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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.

Smart cities, smart future: Finding the middle ground

Smart cities, smart future: Finding the middle ground

Successful smart city projects need to balance technology, governance, economic and social needs. Chordant’s Jim Nolan looks at how to find a way ahead.

Smart cities: But is it art?

Smart cities: But is it art?

More examples of involving citizens in smart city initiatives are finally emerging but we need to seriously scale them and get much more specific, and fast.

Smart cities: Are we asking the wrong questions?

Smart cities: Are we asking the wrong questions?

In the rush for smart cities, are we starting with the wrong questions? Amy Barker and Miguel Lira, Urban Control, suggest a different approach.

To deliver real change, cities must embrace start-ups

To deliver real change, cities must embrace start-ups

Tim Stone, Venture Partner, at IoT specialist investor, Breed Reply, looks at how cities can better tap the creative power of start-ups.

We examined 885 European cities’ plans to tackle climate change – here’s what we found

We examined 885 European cities’ plans to tackle climate change – here’s what we found

Oliver Heidrich, Senior Researcher in Urban Resource Modelling, Newcastle University, and Diana Reckien, Associate Professor for Climate Change and Urban Inequalities, University of Twente, share their latest research on what cities are doing to tackle climate change and the urgency of the work still to be done.

Designing the compassionate city

Designing the compassionate city

Designing the city with compassion in mind can overcome built-in biases and help us live better, says Jenny Donovan, Urban Designer and Sessional Lecturer, La Trobe University.

Is the IoT a trojan horse for smart cities?

Is the IoT a trojan horse for smart cities?

Last month, the City of Atlanta faced one of the most significant cyber-attacks mounted against a major city anywhere in the world to date. The threats to cities are only going to get worse as infrastructure becomes more connected. What action can cities take now?

Keeping the water flowing (or not) in the smart city

Keeping the water flowing (or not) in the smart city

As populations across the globe skyrocket, demands for water and energy are expected to grow accordingly. David Christophe, Head of Marketing, Energy Segment, Nokia, looks at the new challenges facing cities when it comes to water management, and some of the latest solutions.

Smart places must go beyond cities

Smart places must go beyond cities

Many towns and smaller cities are down on their luck. Will technology help them get back up or see them falling further behind? Sarah Wray takes a look