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Smart cities: Reality check

Smart cities: Reality check

There are some big ideas in smart cities, but are we making enough progress on the fundamentals?

What is actually smart about cities right now?

What is actually smart about cities right now?

Megan Goodwin, Interactive Rights Management digital innovation agency, looks at four key obstacles that need to be overcome before we can achieve truly smart cities.

Breaking the data deadlock

Breaking the data deadlock

Cities have been at something of an impasse with their ability to innovate with data. Sarah Wray looks at how those taking action with bold new initiatives are paving the way for everyone to move ahead.

Smart cities can change the world – if we radically rethink the approach

Smart cities can change the world – if we radically rethink the approach

Tom Goodwin has high hopes for how smart cities could improve our lives. To get there, though, he says we need to think differently, open up and look further ahead.

We need to talk about smart cities

We need to talk about smart cities

If we don’t tell the smart city story better, we are set to see a backlash and technology’s benefits may not be realised at all, says SmartCitiesWorld editor, Sarah Wray.

Follow the money by Jack Hanley, vice president for sales, Telensa North America

Follow the money by Jack Hanley, vice president for sales, Telensa North America

It’s time to step away from technology pilots and start making the business case for smart city applications

Sharing a data protection officer, by Colin Tankard, MD, Digital Pathways

Sharing a data protection officer, by Colin Tankard, MD, Digital Pathways

The General Data Protection Regulations, which comes into force shortly, requires the need for a data processing officer

Will the bus see a reboot this year, asks  Johan Herrlin, CEO of Ito World

Will the bus see a reboot this year, asks Johan Herrlin, CEO of Ito World

Today’s smart transport initiatives are beginning to have more in common with the humble bus

Accelerating the commercial drones market with cellular connectivity, by Dr. Shane Rooney, Executive Director, GSMA

Accelerating the commercial drones market with cellular connectivity, by Dr. Shane Rooney, Executive Director, GSMA

Cellular connectivity here means that a drone can interact with mobile networks when equipped with a SIM card and a communications modem

Platforms and blockchain could see local economies scale

Special Reports

Platforms and blockchain could see local economies scale

All kinds of economic innovation are underway in many towns and smaller cities that are often overlooked. So far this wave of citizen-centric regeneration is localised, but successful models are emerging and pioneers are exploring ways of harnessing technology to leverage and extend them.