Smart Cities News

Helsinki to lay out rules of engagement in new data strategy

Helsinki to lay out rules of engagement in new data strategy

Helsinki’s data strategy aims to define the city’s key informational content, permanent data resources, organisation methods and required resources.

Manchester to implement counter-terrorism measures at venues ahead of national legislation

Manchester to implement counter-terrorism measures at venues ahead of national legislation

Martyn’s Law, if adopted by the UK government, would compel local authorities and venues to have a clear plan for terrorism threats. Manchester will roll out a voluntary scheme early.

Sacramento launches US’ largest on-demand public microtransit system

Sacramento launches US’ largest on-demand public microtransit system

Described as a mix between ride-hailing and taking the bus, the on-demand service uses small shuttle vehicles and costs $2.50 a ride.

E-commerce delivery emissions on track to increase 30% in cities by 2030

E-commerce delivery emissions on track to increase 30% in cities by 2030

A report by the World Economic Forum also finds that traffic congestion is expected to add the equivalent of 11 minutes to each passenger’s daily commute in the top 100 cities.

21 European cities selected for Bloomberg 'high impact' digital services programme

21 European cities selected for Bloomberg 'high impact' digital services programme

The Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative aims to help the cities deliver "high impact" digital services and share lessons learned with the rest of the world.

SoftBank eyes investment in Indonesia’s new smart capital city

SoftBank eyes investment in Indonesia’s new smart capital city

Indonesia’s government plans to move the capital city from Jakarta due to overcrowding with over 10 million people, pollution and the fact that it is sinking.

City of New York advertises for first chief algorithm officer

City of New York advertises for first chief algorithm officer

While similar roles are becoming more common in the private sector, the hire could be a city first.

Use what you’ve got: Tapping fibre networks to ‘listen’ to the city

Use what you’ve got: Tapping fibre networks to ‘listen’ to the city

UK company Fotech is looking to expand its Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) technology to smart cities, extracting new value from existing fibre networks.

Cities going big on surveillance tech

Cities going big on surveillance tech

The global market for smart city surveillance equipment was worth €6.5 billion in 2018 and is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 24.5 per cent to reach €19.5 billion by 2023.

Seoul's smart city platform based on 'citizens as mayors' philosophy

Seoul's smart city platform based on 'citizens as mayors' philosophy

The city is showcasing its platform and e-government initiatives at CES 2020. These tools aim to provide citizens with the same real-time access to information as the mayor.