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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?

Electric cars: Leading the charge

Electric cars: Leading the charge

Electric vehicles hold enormous potential but their deployment so far has fallen short. Jacob Klimstra, Senior Energy Consultant and Member of the Advisory Board for Electrify Europe, looks at how the industry could work to overcome the remaining barriers to a breakthrough.

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.

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.

Smarter Cities: too many standards impede smart lighting for cities, by Jeremy Ludyjan, Senior Director, Field Marketing, Fulham Co. Inc.

Smarter Cities: too many standards impede smart lighting for cities, by Jeremy Ludyjan, Senior Director, Field Marketing, Fulham Co. Inc.

If we can’t offer IoT as a common standard for control and monitoring of ALL devices from a central console with shared sensors and integrated drivers today, we will lose our opportunity to do so for at least a generation

Building a better world of smart structures on the smart grid, by Hussain Kazmi, PhD student at KU Leuven and Enervalis

Building a better world of smart structures on the smart grid, by Hussain Kazmi, PhD student at KU Leuven and Enervalis

Smart buildings operating on smart grids are essential to life billions out of poverty

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

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

Smart street lighting is driving smart city projects, says Will Gibson, Telensa

Smart street lighting is driving smart city projects, says Will Gibson, Telensa

As cities take advantage of LED conversion projects to add strategic streetlight connectivity, a new study indicates that many cities are not thinking long term when switching to LED
Platforms and blockchain could see local economies scale

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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.