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What is IoT and why is it important for Smart Cities?

By Joe Appleton on May 11, 2021 11:56:18 AM

Ever since the idea of a smart city was first introduced, Internet of Things technology has been a key pillar of smart city development. As technology advances and more countries embrace next-generation connectivity, IoT technology will continue to grow and have a bigger effect on the way we live.

According to numbers from the Improving Internet of Things (IoT) Security with Software-Defined Network (SDN) study, there will be more than 75.44 billion connected IoT devices by 2025. With a forecast of over 7.33 billion mobile users by 2023 and more than 1,105 million connected wearable devices users by 2022, the Internet of Things is expected to grow into one of the smartest collective and collaborative systems in history.

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Smart City Internet of Things (IoT) Smart Cities Sensor Networks IoT Urban Data Platform Sensors Smart Technology

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Leading Cities and QBE are looking for resilient city solutions

By Thomas Mueller on Apr 21, 2021 4:37:20 PM

For the third time, the QBE AcceliCITY Resilience Challenge of QBE North America collaborates with the non-profit organization Leading Cities. Start-ups have the opportunity to apply for the accelerator program. Since the smart city startup accelerator program launch, more than 1,500 smart city solutions from over 50 countries have been evaluated.

Semi-finalists of the QBE AcceliCITY Resilience Challenge take part in the eight-week virtual accelerator program. For the finalists, the program culminates in a virtual boot camp and a pitch day. The winner will receive USD 100,000 and a pilot project in a city. The start-ups that rank second and third will receive $ 25,000 and additional resources and access to valuable connections to help scale their initiatives. The application deadline is April 30, 2021.

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Smart City Startup Innovation Smart City Smart City Innovation Smart Cities Leading Cities Startup Challenge Resilient City QBE Resilience Challenge

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5G Enables Smart City Innovation

By Jon Glasco on Apr 15, 2021 9:24:26 AM

Mobile operators worldwide are investing in 5G networks, and proponents of this much-hyped technology believe it will enable a new wave of smart city development. According to the IEEE, "5G is not just an evolutionary upgrade of the previous generation of cellular networks. It is a revolutionary technology … and a critical piece of the smart city puzzle."

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Innovation Smart City Smart City Innovation 5G Smart Cities Urban Mobility Smart Education Covid-19 Telehealth Services

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The Use of AI for Smart Urban Services in Smart Cities

By Joe Appleton on Apr 6, 2021 4:05:46 PM

When used correctly, disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence can improve our urban landscape for the better. Drawing from huge resource pools and using a combination of modern machine learning, natural language processing, computer vision, and more, artificial intelligence can be leveraged to drive efficiency and improve the quality of life for the smart cities of the smart cities tomorrow.

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Smart City Smart Cities Urban Planning Artificial Intelligence AI Big Data Urban Data Big Data Analytics

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CityTech RUHR: How Cities Innovate through City-Startup Collaboration

By Thomas Mueller on Dec 1, 2020 1:56:40 PM

The first edition of CityTech RUHR, Germany’s largest international smart city startup challenge, concluded with the successful development and implementation of pilot projects by three international startups in three participating cities of the Ruhr Metropolis. Three success stories reflect the high innovation potential that can be leveraged through the collaboration between cities and startups.

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Smart City Solutions Smart City Challenge Smart City Smart Cities Ruhr Metropolis Business Metropole Ruhr City of Cities City Tech Ruhr

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Smart City Live 2020: What cities should do in the new normal scenario?

By Thomas Mueller on Nov 9, 2020 9:56:00 AM

COVID-19 has turned everything inside out. In cities, too. The pandemic has left an indelible mark on the outlook of the urban coat and is forcing city officials to rethink urban development to adapt to coronavirus risks and fears.

Meeting those needs presents an incredibly urgent and disconcertingly novel set of challenges. So, what are cities doing beyond locking down and freezing up? What kind of systems and smart city innovations should they put in place to be more resilient?

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Smart City Smart Cities Urban Innovation Smart City Expo World Congress Urban Challenges Post-Covid City Covid-19 Smart City Live 2020

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Solutions for Cities: International Digital Ideas Competition started

By Thomas Mueller on Nov 3, 2020 1:00:03 PM

The Covid-19 pandemic has posed similar challenges to cities and municipalities around the world. What have we learned from the Covid-19 pandemic and how can innovative solutions also be used in the post-crisis period? The international digital ideas competition #SolutionsForCities, started by the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI), is not only intended to find answers to all these questions. Rather, cities and municipalities are to be supported through international collaboration in identifying digital solutions to overcome their local challenges.

Partnering cities of the International Smart Cities Network (ISCN) and German cities that have been recognized as "Smart Cities Model Projects" have identified current challenges to be solved through the international ideas competition.

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Smart City Challenge Smart City Smart Cities Urban Challenges BMI International Smart Cities Network Ideas Competition Solutions for Cities

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How Will Urban Mobility Change In The Post-Covid City

By Joe Appleton on Aug 11, 2020 10:30:00 AM

The Covid-19 pandemic has made a tremendous impact on people’s everyday lives. Changes to our regular routines have been coming in thick and fast, from mask-wearing protocol to social distancing etiquette. Of all these changes, how we move around and get from A to B has seen some of the most drastic changes.

Over the past few months, mobility has rapidly evolved into an entirely new beast. Faithful and reliable transport methods are being shunned in favour of new systems. Citizens are avoiding crowded trains and buses in favour of bicycles and e-scooters. As cities evolve to phase out car usage, improving air quality and the health of citizens, the Covid-19 pandemic has provided a unique opportunity to overhaul urban mobility. But will these changes be here for good?

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Smart City Smart Cities Intelligent Mobility Urban Mobility Traffic Management Mobility Solutions e-Scooter Bike-Sharing Walkable

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AcceliCITY offers paid pilot projects for smart city startups

By Thomas Mueller on Apr 25, 2019 12:01:36 AM

bee smart city partner Leading Cities is now accepting applications for its second edition of the AcceliCITY smart city startup accelerator. Last year’s inaugural edition of the contest worked with 27 semi-finalists selected from more than 550 applications from over 40 countries.

“The goal of the AcceliCITY program is to facilitate sustainable growth, resiliency and quality-of-life improvements for cities around the world by addressing the critical needs of Smart City startups,” says Michael Lake, President and CEO of Leading Cities. “These startups are developing the innovative solutions to municipal challenges in the 21st century.”.

AcceliCITY offers the chance for startups to secure what they need most - paid projects to build their portfolio and validate their solutions. This edition will focus on the challenges of smart water and smart mobility through pioneering partnerships with the cities of New Bedford, Massachusetts and Mount Pearl, Canada. In addition, all applicants will compete to be selected for fast-tracking to the Urban Resilience Challenge. Those selected will automatically advance to the semi-finalist stage and compete for a 1st Place prize of $75,000 and 2nd Place prize of $25,000.

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Smart City Solutions Smart Government Smart Mobility Smart City Startup Smart City Startup Ecosystem bee smart city Smart Cities Startup Solutions Startup Accelerator Startup Competition Competition Accelerator Leading Cities Smart Water Pilot Projects

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How Universities Add Value in Smart City Innovation

By Jon Glasco on Feb 4, 2019 1:00:00 AM

Urban innovators with smart city aspirations rely on university knowledge and resources when addressing complex issues. Through access to research and thought leadership on urban challenges, smart cities benefit from partnerships with universities.

The Changing Face of Urban Innovation

When contemplating the need for urban improvement, cities once looked for efficiency gains, cost savings, and incremental, low-risk innovation to enhance local government operations. Today, urban residents demand much more from city leaders. Wicked urban problems such as homelessness, lack of affordable housing, pollution, congestion, inequality, social and digital exclusion, and environmental threats require bold thinking and a new paradigm in public sector innovation - made possible through collaboration with universities. 

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Smart City Solutions Smart City Development Innovation Smart City Smart City Innovation Smart Cities Urban Innovation University Collaboration partnership Urban Challenges Smart Solutions Smart City Ecosystem University Smart University Research Project University Knowledge Research University Partnership Thought Leadership

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