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Open standards and interoperability are the key to smart city growth

Open standards and interoperability are the key to smart city growth

Phil Beecher, President, Wi-SUN Alliance, explains the value of open standards for smarter cities.

The energy sector and cybersecurity – the other capacity gap

The energy sector and cybersecurity – the other capacity gap

Michael John, Director of Operations, ENCS, looks at the urgent skills challenges in the energy sector.

Reclaiming the smart city

Reclaiming the smart city

At a time when concerns about data and its misuse are growing, leading cities are showing that smart cities can be compatible with privacy and individual digital rights.

A solutions-first smart city approach will benefit citizens faster

A solutions-first smart city approach will benefit citizens faster

Smart infrastructural changes are highly valuable for improving our cities. However, they must go hand in hand with targeted, smaller scale solutions that work with existing services and tackle pressing, human challenges, says Hannah Kaner, Orange Bus.

Making sense of the data deluge in the cities that never sleep

Making sense of the data deluge in the cities that never sleep

Frédéric Houbie from Hexagon’s Geospatial Division looks at how cities can move from collecting data to making sense of it.

Success in smart cities depends upon success in the smart home

Success in smart cities depends upon success in the smart home

The smart home is the key to the success of the smart city, says Simon Forrest, Imagination Technologies.

Early examples show the way to future smart cities

Early examples show the way to future smart cities

Nick Sacke, Comms365, looks at smart city examples from around the world which signpost the way ahead.

Are local leaders ready for America’s small town revolution?

Are local leaders ready for America’s small town revolution?

Disruptive technologies are set to spur a new era of small town growth, says Barton Russell from the Barton Russell Group consultancy. The question is whether local leaders are ready to grasp the opportunity and manage the new challenges it could bring.

Smart cities: What’s in a name?

Smart cities: What’s in a name?

Is the term ‘smart cities’ helpful, or could it be potentially damaging? What terminology should we use and how much does it matter?

Less traffic, better infrastructure: How urban mobility will advance

Less traffic, better infrastructure: How urban mobility will advance

As prediction technology advances and algorithms are refined, smart cities worldwide are set to make big strides with improving urban mobility in the years to come. Radim Cmar, Solution Architect for Smart Cities at navigation app Sygic, looks ahead to how things could develop.