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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.

The UK must lead the way in accessible smart cities, says CIBES Lift UK’s Gary Sullivan

The UK must lead the way in accessible smart cities, says CIBES Lift UK’s Gary Sullivan

Lifts will very soon respond to control from mobile devices, with users able to pre-call chosen floors using their mobile phones

A light bulb moment for European cities by Seeta Hariharan, general manager and group head of TCS Digital Software & Solutions Group

A light bulb moment for European cities by Seeta Hariharan, general manager and group head of TCS Digital Software & Solutions Group

Thanks to recent advances in energy-efficient LED lighting and smart software, streetlights can now serve as the foundation for building a smart city

Accelerating the evolution of smart, connected cities

Accelerating the evolution of smart, connected cities

Cities, and the organisations they work with, cannot afford to delay their smart city initiatives, says Dante Ricci, Senior Director SAP Global Public Sector -- and they must start with citizens not technologies

Smart Cities: the power of the ecosystem

Smart Cities: the power of the ecosystem

For smart cities to succeed, organisational silos must give way to a problem-solving and adaptive network of partners, believes Massimiliano Claps, team leader for the Future Cities Business at SAP

AI and infrastructure planning, by Ashay Prabhu, co-founder of Assetic

AI and infrastructure planning, by Ashay Prabhu, co-founder of Assetic

With the advent of big data and the tools to interpret it, leaders have been given new ways to optimise their cities’ performance into the future

A lack of stakeholder collaboration will threaten the technological transformation of underground utility management, say KPMG's Matt King and Salar Shemirani

A lack of stakeholder collaboration will threaten the technological transformation of underground utility management, say KPMG's Matt King and Salar Shemirani

Technology brings many benefits and advantages to underground asset management, but collaboration is crucial to its ultimate success

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.