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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.

Smart city projects are missing visual data

Smart city projects are missing visual data

Visual data is "conspicuously absent" from many current smart city applications and this could be limiting potential, says James Wickes, Cloudview.

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.

Blockchain: Hurry up and wait

Blockchain: Hurry up and wait

Despite the huge amount of hype surrounding blockchain, new research from Gartner bursts the bubble somewhat and finds that very, very few organisations are actually implementing the technology yet.

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?

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

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.