Smart Cities News

Why the Toronto Quayside project is a cautionary tale and a missed opportunity

Why the Toronto Quayside project is a cautionary tale and a missed opportunity

While dogged by controversy, Toronto could have showcased exactly what a smart city could deliver, something that is important now more than ever.

Plan zero: Milan prepares for the post-pandemic ‘new normal’

Plan zero: Milan prepares for the post-pandemic ‘new normal’

Milan’s Chief Resilience Officer shares how his city is working to address the COVID-19 emergency today, while also looking ahead to what’s next.

Saudi Neom megacity plans world-first ‘solar dome’ desalination plant

Saudi Neom megacity plans world-first ‘solar dome’ desalination plant

It is claimed that the technology generates no carbon emissions, produces less brine than facilities using conventional reverse osmosis technology and will process drinking water more cheaply than traditional plants.

Data ownership could unleash truly smart cities

Data ownership could unleash truly smart cities

A simple way to control personal data could foster greater trust around smart city initiatives and open up a discussion around what citizens really find valuable – an extension of participatory budgeting, giving people a say in how they ‘spend’ their data.

Daejeon pilots drones to save ‘golden time’ in emergencies

Daejeon pilots drones to save ‘golden time’ in emergencies

Seoul, Songdo and Sejong may grab most of the smart city headlines about South Korea but Daejeon is proving itself to be a key contender too.

US DHS evaluates smart building tech in active shooter exercise

US DHS evaluates smart building tech in active shooter exercise

Real-time information in an emergency could help responders more quickly determine the location of people and the type and severity of the emergency, monitor on-scene conditions and find victims.

Less than a third of Brits trust local authorities to use personal data ethically

Less than a third of Brits trust local authorities to use personal data ethically

Banks are more trusted to use personal data ethically than local authorities. Further, just seven per cent would trust public transport providers.

Carlsbad rips up the RFP in favour of challenge-based search for transformation partners

Carlsbad rips up the RFP in favour of challenge-based search for transformation partners

Carlsbad wants to be the “best-run government” around and is seeking digital transformation partners to support this.

Successful shared mobility in cities and beyond

Successful shared mobility in cities and beyond

New mobility options can improve the livability of cities but without the right strategy could have the polar opposite effect, say authors Giel Mertens and Rolf Bastiaanssen of Bax & Company, and Nico Larco of the University of Oregon.

Portland’s procurement aims to minimise sensor waste

Portland’s procurement aims to minimise sensor waste

IoT sensors are deployed in many smart city projects but recycling the small electronics used in them is difficult. Portland wants to promote sustainable procurement and re-usability.