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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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Cities Only Work When You Think About The People

Cities Only Work When You Think About The People

“Cities only work when you think about the people” One of the most important issues of our time is how we make better cities, writes editor Andrew Tuck in the introduction to The Monocle Guide to Building Better Cities. It is about “making places that deliver quality of life for all”. For a growing number of professionals in the real…

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Embracing The Rewards Of Creating Inclusive Accessible Environments

Embracing The Rewards Of Creating Inclusive Accessible Environments

With the government recently announcing plans to make Changing Places toilets mandatory in all new large public buildings, Nicholas Bungay, director of strategy and external affairs at Habinteg, examines how to ensure venues are open to everyone It’s reasonable to expect to be able to use a toilet when you’re out and about, whether for a football game, concert, show,…

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AV Companies Are Making Progress On Accessibility

AV Companies Are Making Progress On Accessibility

AV companies are understandably focused on trying to perfect their technology to address trust issues among the general public, but meanwhile, they’re working on designs for those who could benefit most from mobility technology — the elderly and people with disabilities.

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In the Smart City Apps Can Help and Hinder Disability

In the City, Apps Help and Hinder Disability – The Atlantic

A Smart City Is an Accessible City. A new breed of accessibility apps can make life easier for people with disabilities. They can also make it harder. A group gathers on a Nashville street corner, some rolling in wheelchairs and others walking. They have arrived holding their smartphones and make friendly chatter while a coordinator helps them log in to…

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Building An Inclusive Smart City Is Not The Same As Building For Everyone

Building An Inclusive Smart City Is Not The Same As Building For Everyone

Inclusive ‘smart city’ development doesn’t necessarily mean we should ‘build for everyone’. Many desire to design products and services ‘for everyone’ — the wider we cast our net, the more fish we’ll catch. This is not necessarily true. It’s far too easy to make assumptions about how ‘everyone’ fits into our ideal ‘smart’ environment. It is easier still to assume…

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The Promise and Peril of Smart Cities

The Promise and Peril of “Smart” Cities: Technology can help us govern better, but at what price to urban life? | City Journal

The Promise and Peril of “Smart” Cities Technology can help us govern better, but at what price to urban life? Technology can help us govern better, but at what price to urban life actual article chapter content Last year, American newspapers published more than 800 stories about “smart” cities. Readers could learn how municipal governments are deploying sophisticated technology to…

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Designing Accessible Government Websites

Designing Accessible Government Websites

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 56.7 million people — nearly one in five Americans — have a disability, such as vision loss, hearing loss or mobility impairments. People with disabilities face many challenges when websites are not accessible. For example, individuals who are blind may not be able to navigate a website using a screen reader if the website…

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Smart Cities May Now Be Rated On Infrastructure Offered To Differently-Abled

Smart cities may now be rated on infrastructure offered to differently-abled

After launching the Ease of Living Index and the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry plans to rank the 100 smart cities on their accessibility quotient for the differently-abled people or ‘divyang.’ “We need to do some sort of a survekshan – swachh survekshan, ease of living index, a garbage-free index and now an accessibility index across the…

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How Friendly Are Public Places in India For People With Visual Disabilities?

How friendly are public places in city for the visually-impaired?- The New Indian Express

How friendly are public places in Hyderabad for the visually-impaired? Here is a  visually impaired guy’s two cents of the accessibility off the places which he visit frequently in the twin cities. Being able to move on one’s own is a great achievement for visually impaired people (EPS | Vinay Mavdapu) Express News Service HYDERABAD: Being able to move on one’s own…

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Helsinki Ranked Fifth Worldwide In Terms Of Smart City Governance

Helsinki Ranked Fifth Worldwide In Terms Of Smart City Governance

The top-10 was rounded out by Montreal (6th), Boston (7th), Melbourne (8th), Barcelona (9th) and Shanghai (10th). A total of 140 cities of all sizes from around the world were evaluated based on existing smart city rankings, news articles and online resources to measure their commitment to building a smart city. Each city was then given a score of one…

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6 Organizations Making a Big Impact on Smart Cities

6 Organizations Making a Big Impact on Smart Cities

For city governments, getting the most out of their digital transformations requires planning, engagement with residents and the ability to measure the impact of their investments. But because of limited resources and the demands of their day-to-day work, sometimes cities can be reactive to grant announcements or vendor pilot projects, leading to disjointed efforts. Several nonprofit foundations and academic centers…

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Artificial Intelligence Ushers in Human-Centric Engineering Discipline

Screenshot_2018-08-24 Artificial Intelligence Ushers in Human-Centric Engineering Discipline

Over the past several decades, artificial intelligence has been besieged by rounds of hype that over-promised, under-delivered and nearly killed the field. Once more, Gartner positioned machine learning and deep learning at the top of its hype cycle, and all the publicity and potential often leads to a “trough of disillusionment” if the technology fails to deliver. Now that AI…

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Smart City Progress in 2018: 4 Strategies to Deliver on the Promise

Smart City Progress in 2018: 4 Strategies to Deliver on the Promise

Almost five years ago, amidst the initial hype of the technology-driven “smart city,” we published a report urging cities to take a step back. While talking to the early digital pioneers within city government, these leaders expressed to us that technological development was happening faster than their agencies could keep up. In response, we proposed judging “smartness” by whether places…

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Towards a Sustainable Smart City: The Case of Aizawl

Screenshot_2018-08-21 SR 73 – ORF_SpecialReport_73_Aizawl pdf

India’s hill cities are unique poles of development. While they have managed to record some degree of economic growth, increasing urban population and unfavourable topography have also made such growth haphazard and unsustainable. In turn, this has threatened the quality of the built environment and of urban life in these cities. This report studies the case of the hill city…

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Google Accessibility Advances and Challenges 

Google Accessibility Advances and Challenges 

Homework is a drag for any high schooler, but for the class of 2006’s Laura Palmaro Allen, even starting an assignment required a laborious, multistep process. She and her family had to strip her textbooks from their bindings, run the pages through a high speed scanner, and digitize them — all before she could use text-to-speech software to actually ingest…

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London’s Chief Digital Officer Talks The Smart City Transition

Screenshot_2018-08-13 London’s Chief Digital Officer talks the smart city transition

London’s Chief Digital Officer talks the smart city transition © iStock / MarioGuti Government Europa spoke to London’s first Chief Digital Officer, Theo Blackwell, about how the city is pledging to lead the way and create a bundle of small smart cities within London. Cities throughout Europe are in transition; becoming smarter, using technology to make them more sustainable and…

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The Top 10 Smart Cities Around the World

Discover What is So Unique About The Top 10 Smart Cities of World

Highest Ranked Smart Cities of 2018-19   Eden Strategy Institute and OXD (ONG&ONG Experience Design) have come up with the top 50 smart cities of 2018-19. According to Eden Strategy Institute, this is one-of-its-kind independent ranking conducted for the first time that takes into consideration the roles that city governments play in leading a smart city strategy. The research studied…

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