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Smart Cities: Dreams Capable of Becoming Nightmares

Smart Cities: Dreams Capable of Becoming Nightmares

Human rights must be put at the centre of development plans for smart cities. Civil servants should have a deep understanding of the technologies they are contracting, and enforce public procurement specifications that protect against abusive or wrongful use of the technologies. Technology needs to have safeguards to ensure that its use is consistent with human rights standards.

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How Can Melbourne Be Made More Accessible?

How Can Melbourne Be Made More Accessible?

How does Melbourne rate compared to other cities, and whose responsibility is it to bring it up to scratch when it comes to making it livable for everyone? Ever heard of the city of Breda in southern Netherlands? The tiny municipality of just over 180,000 people is one of the most accessible places in the world, winning the 2019 Access…

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Will New York City Become the Most Accessible City in the World?

Will New York City Become the Most Accessible City in the World?

Do you think New York City can be the most accessible city in the world? That’s Victor Calise’s goal. He’s the Commissioner for the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, and Jay spoke with him about how his disability catapulted him into his professional journey. They discussed what accessibility on a broad scale means, and how his…

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City Planners Must Practice Everyone-Based Design

City Planners Must Practice Everyone-Based Design

I was once a live-in aide to a woman with multiple sclerosis named Marin. She was a 54-year-old Jewish hippie with a purple streak through her curly cloud of hair. She dyed the right ear of Jake, her white-furred poodle, to match. This was a conversation piece. Some people shied away from talking to her when she motored through town…

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What Are The Challenges Faced By Disabled People In Smart Cities?

What Are The Challenges Faced By Disabled People In Smart Cities?

What Should Be The Criteria For A Fully Accessible Smart City? Ask The Disabled! Smart cities are failing to satisfy the basic public needs of the disabled – say 60% of the global experts as per a new survey conducted by ‘Smart Cities for All’. Although activists and startups are working to provide a better urban environment for the disabled.…

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Accessible and Inclusive Design Is Good for Business

Accessible and Inclusive Design Is Good for Business

The European Commission estimates that 80 million EU citizens live with a disability, with this figure expected to increase to 120 million by 2020 due to the region’s ageing population. In 2010, when it accepted the UN’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the EU committed to ensuring the social and occupational integration of those living with disabilities.…

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Focus on Persons with Disabilities at UN Habitat Assembly

Focus on Persons with Disabilities at UN Habitat Assembly

Hannes J. Lagrelius, WBU Programme Officer for Accessibility in Smart Cities Initiative sums up key highlights of the UN Habitat Assembly with reference to persons with disabilities. The Assembly was held on 27-31 May 2019, at the headquarters of UN-Habitat in Nairobi, Kenya.

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‘People Aren’t Disabled, Their City Is’: Inside Europe’s Most Accessible City

‘People Aren’t Disabled, Their City Is’: Inside Europe’s Most Accessible City

When I arrived at Breda station last month to find out why this Dutch city was recently named the winner of the 2019 Access City award, I did something I have not done while travelling in a long time. Instead of taking a taxi, I independently pushed the two kilometres to the hotel, to see whether lack of access for…

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Accessible Tourism: Making Travel Accessible to All

Accessible Tourism: Making Travel Accessible to All | Voices.com

Accessible tourism is an ongoing measure to ensure that tourist destinations and services are accessible to all people, regardless of their disabilities or physical limitations. The concept of accessible tourism is gaining more awareness as newer technologies develop that could potentially alter the world of tourism as we know it, and open it up to people from all walks of…

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To Make A More Accessible City, Turn To The Sidewalk

To Make A More Accessible City, Turn To The Sidewalk

To make a more accessible city, turn to the sidewalk Universities, advocacy organizations and startups are all exploring how to bring “big data to accessibility” in order to transform mobility for disabled communities. For Dustin Jones to navigate a new neighborhood in New York City, it takes some research. Jones, a disability rights advocate, uses a wheelchair, and he’s learned…

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Research Reveals Inclusive Design Can Expand Customer Reach Fourfold

World-first report Research reveals inclusive design can expand customer reach fourfold

World-first report: Research reveals inclusive design can expand customer reach fourfold New research launched today by the Centre for Inclusive Design in partnership with Adobe and Microsoft has revealed that products and services designed with the needs of people experiencing poverty, disability or the effects of aging in mind can reach four times the number of intended consumers and impact…

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Don Norman On How Design Fails Older Consumers

Don Norman On How Design Fails Older Consumers

More people than ever are living long, healthy lives. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the average life expectancy is 78.6 years for men and 81.1 for women. More relevant, however, is that as people grow older, their total life expectancy increases. So for those who are now 65, the average life expectancy is 83 for…

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Smart Cities for All – New Inclusive Innovation Playbook

Screenshot_2019-05-08 Smart Cities for All – I2-Playbook-XT pdf

Cities around the world are undergoing a dramatic digital transformation. They are using technology products and smart solutions in creative ways: to allow people to report issues like potholes and broken traffic lights; to create direct and personalized communication channels with residents; to facilitate digital or contactless payments for city services. But according to global studies by Smart Cities for…

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Smart Cities Need To Pay More Attention To People

Smart Cities Need To Pay More Attention To People

Around 68% of the global population might live in urban areas by 2050. Smart cities will likely be a part of this future, promising to make our lives more convenient, more secure and more sustainable. Mostly, the stakeholders of smart city projects are politicians, consultants, academics and tech companies. However, the most important group of stakeholders is often missing: the…

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The Power Of Smart Cities

The Power Of Smart Cities

When the Amazon Kindle was released, their ebooks didn’t work with commonly used screen readers, making accessibility difficult for the blind community. The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) in the United States campaigned to change this for years, in vain. Then Amazon won a $30 million USD contract with the New York City Department of Education in 2015 to…

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The Connection Between Smart City Infrastructure and Accessibility

The Connection Between Smart City Infrastructure and Accessibility

The transit systems and social services of major metropolitan areas should be appealing to people with disabilities. Managing a condition that affects one’s vision, mobility, hearing or cognition is often easier in these environments — at least it should be in theory. The disconnect between theory and reality starts with problems in urban planning and development.

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Smart Transport Hub Matilda Can Increase Public Transportation For Disabled

Screenshot_2019-04-10 Smart transport hub Matilda can increase public transportation adoption

“The concept of a smart bus stop would address this and also help in inviting the community to start using public transport. We can use this technology to enable our disabled and elderly community, invite and give them the means to engage with autonomous vehicles in a more friendly and more accepting manner,” said Palmer. “Matilda is designed for people with a hearing handicap, visual impediment, or cognitive impairment. They can now be better facilitated to use public transportation independently.”

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Accessible Maps for India’s Disability Community

Screenshot_2019-03-26 View from India Wheelchair-accessible maps for the differently abled

Researchers with the Global Disability Innovation Hub, co-led by UCL (University College London) in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-Delhi), are developing wheelchair-accessible maps of Delhi, India. Described as Street Rehab, the collaborative project has been conceptualized with innovative sensing platforms. This is how it works. UCL has arrived at low-cost sensors that can identify features of…

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Smart Cities Hold the Key to Sustainable Development in Rapid Urbanisation

Smart Cities Hold the Key to Sustainable Development in Rapid Urbanisation

Asia and the Pacific’s phenomenal development has been a story of rapid urbanisation. As centres of innovation, entrepreneurship and opportunity, cities have drawn talent from across our region and driven economic growth which has transformed our societies. In South-East Asia alone, cities generate 65% of the region’s GDP. Yet, the ongoing scale of urbanisation is a considerable challenge, one which…

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