The concept of smart cities was premised on integrating information, communications and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies like sensors and cameras in a secure fashion to manage a city’s assets. One goal was more effective and cost-efficient management of city infrastructures and property,… read more
For Smart Cities to prosper, leaders from the public and private sectors, as well as from academia and the citizen population, will have to collaborate.
From hurricanes, to wildfires to economic instability, cities need to be prepared for disaster. While cities are actively pursuing sustainability, they also need to pursue resiliency – the ability to bounce back from disruptive circumstances. At a recent briefing on Capitol Hill, three experts… read more
Government has a data problem. Put simply, it collects so much of it that it struggles to analyze most of it. Of course, states and localities already use data analytics for a lot of things. Departments of revenue, for instance, rely on it to curb tax fraud.
With many municipalities strapped for resources, the Smart City vision can seem like a pipe dream. Even in the cases where funding comes through and a project is launched, there’s no guarantee of success.
When Genevieve Gaudet needed to assemble a new team of designers and engineers for New York City government, she started noticing some of the pitfalls of the government job application process. She had, of course, experienced the hiring process herself when she applied for her own job.
Jon Walton was San Francisco’s chief information officer for four years when he took a new job down the peninsula in San Mateo County in 2012, going from serving one large municipality to a jurisdiction encompassing 22 smaller, economically diverse cities.
Struggling economies in some of… read more
Instead of deploying urban sensors as instruments of surveillance for technocrats, what if vulnerable communities controlled the gear-and the data? The buzziest of buzzwords in urban planning is the “smart city”-a metropolis laced with wireless sensors that track everything from weather and… read more
Evolution, innovation, change… these are concepts inherent in our society—natural, permanent, ever-present moments of acceleration and deceleration. Captured in Darwin’s theory of evolution and witnessed daily in the rapidly changing landscape of technology.
Under pressure to adapt to new demands and increased service usage, city officials from around the nation said Wednesday their highest hurdles for smart city growth included money, staffing, finding leadership buy-in, partnerships, and creating a cohesive vision that spans the organization
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Source: Civic Engagement | Smart & Resilient Cities