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New wave of smart cities has arrived – and they’re nothing like science fiction

New wave of smart cities has arrived – and they’re nothing like science fiction

The smart city of the future will be defined by quieter upgrades to existing infrastructure and new partnerships, not flashy developments that resemble science fiction, writes UCL’s James Ransom.

In the heart of the [smart] city, home is where the heart is

In the heart of the [smart] city, home is where the heart is

A home should not be a bubble in the smart city, but part of the connected fabric for better living and quality of life, says Phil Brunkard, Republic of Things.

Why smart cities need smart buildings

Why smart cities need smart buildings

As the two ecosystems evolve, they will have ample opportunity to feed off each other, says Thomas Seiler, CEO at u-blox.

Better public-private collaboration key to urban mobility

Better public-private collaboration key to urban mobility

Jaanaki Momaya, UK General Manager of Lime, calls for collaboration between different forms of mobility to create transport that works effectively for all. 

Smart cities: Software is eating the world

Smart cities: Software is eating the world

Technology will shape and change the face of cities dramatically. Oliver Gassmann, Co-author of Smart Cities: Introducing Digital Innovation to Cities, explores what those changes might look like.

Revolutionising procurement processes is key to better citizen outcomes

Revolutionising procurement processes is key to better citizen outcomes

Sarah Wray talks to David Ogden, Business Director, Amey, about the next phase for citizen engagement.

5G’s importance for smart cities has been underplayed

5G’s importance for smart cities has been underplayed

Everyone talks about 5G hype but Kevin Hasley RootMetrics & IHS Markit argues that the importance of 5G to connected communities and smart city success has been underplayed.

The smart home race is on

The smart home race is on

David Walker, head of property, Hyperoptic, highlights the importance of digital infrastructure to property developers and argues that connectivity increasingly gives a competitive edge.

The near future of urban mobility

The near future of urban mobility

Improving mobility is complex, affected by many inter-related and shifting trends. Phil Williams, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Iomob, looks at how we move towards ’mobility heaven’ and avoid ’driverless car hell’.

Knowledge is (saving) power: How data can drive climate and health improvements in commercial property

Knowledge is (saving) power: How data can drive climate and health improvements in commercial property

Simon Brammer, Ashden, discusses the need for technological integration to decarbonise our buildings.