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The Top 10 Smart Cities In Asia (Updated 2021)

By Joe Appleton on Aug 26, 2021 9:30:00 AM

Asia is one of the most exciting continents on the planet, with rapidly evolving economies, fertile economic ecosystems, and bold leadership from proactive governments. But which cities are the smartest in the region? To get an idea, we’ve ranked the top smart cities in Asia using metrics from the IMD Smart Cities Index Report.

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Open Data Smart City Singapore Seoul Asia Smart Cities Asia City Brain Hangzhou AI Big Data Tianjin Zhuhai Kuala Lumpur Busan Hong Kong Taipei City Chongqing Smart City Blueprint Smart Cities Index

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28 GERMAN SMART CITY Model Projects selected for 2021

By Joe Appleton on Jul 27, 2021 10:43:07 AM

On the 15th of July, 2021, the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Home Affairs (BMI) announced the winning cities of the third season of German “Smart Cities Model Projects”. This exciting scheme provides funding to assist selected cities with their digital transformation strategies and smart city projects. The scheme first began in 2019, where 13 German cities were selected for funding. In 2020, the project expanded to provide funding to 32 selected cities, to a total of 820 million Euros.

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Smart Cities BMI Smart Cities Made in Germany Bochum Model Projects Germany

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Smart City Leader Interview: Michal Lakomski, Smart City Poznan

By Joe Appleton on Jun 21, 2021 11:57:44 AM

Michal Lakomski is the Mayor's Proxy for Smart City in the city of Poznan in the Greater Poland region. As the Mayor’s Smart City Proxy, and as the Director of Digitalization and Cybersecurity Department for Poznan City Hall, his role involves supervising and overseeing the city’s digital transformation and overall evolution into a modern smart city.

Under his leadership, Poznan has already made an impression as one of the most exciting and dynamic cities in Europe, embracing new technologies, supporting innovation, and putting its citizens first.

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Technology Smart City Development Innovation Smart City Smart Community Digital City Poland 15-Minute City Digitalization Big Data Smart City Poznan Smart City 2.0

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The Smart City Tender Process 101

By Joe Appleton on Jun 4, 2021 12:22:15 PM

If you plan on providing your services to a government agency, there are a number of things you need to know. Depending on the size, scale, and cost of the project, there are different routes that prospective companies will have to navigate.

Tendering is a form of government procurement or purchasing that involves an authority inviting bidders to submit applications to provide their services. It’s a bidding process that involves government decision-makers selecting the most appropriate bid that provides the best and most cost-effective solution to a problem.

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Smart City bee smart city Smart Cities Business Opportunity Tender Procurement Smart City Tender Tendering Process

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The Impact of AI on the Smart City Movement

By Lisa Smith on May 18, 2021 3:24:44 PM

Artificial intelligence (AI) promises huge advantages for smart data processing and automation, potentially affecting every area of our daily lives and influencing the planning and implementation of smart city projects across all six fields of action; however, the creation of AI also poses some important questions. If we relinquish the administrative control of certain processes and services to AI, how can we ensure that they will be inclusive? What will the future labor market look like, and what implications will machine intelligence have for education? Policymakers in particular need to keep ahead of the curve and form a standard legal framework in order for cities to make the most of what AI has to offer.

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Smart City Smart Cities Artificial Intelligence Autonomous Vehicles AI Impact of AI Machine Learning Industry 4.0 iCarbonX

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The Benefits of Urban Data Platforms for Smart City Development

By Joe Appleton on May 17, 2021 1:12:05 PM

Urban data platforms (UDPs) are helping smart cities to evolve. These platforms serve as the supporting pillars for many smart city applications. They can map, combine, and store data from a wide range of sources, and process them to help form practical solutions to city-wide problems. Urban data platforms are an important part of any smart city ecosystem, taking data from government sources, private enterprises, NGOs, and members of the public, to help provide data-driven solutions that benefit everyone.

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Smart City Strategy Smart City Development Internet of Things (IoT) Artificial Intelligence Urban Data Platform Big Data Urban Data UPDs Urban Development

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Smart City Leader Interview: Jamie Cudden, Smart Dublin

By Joe Appleton on May 7, 2021 9:30:00 AM

Jamie Cudden is the leader of Dublin City Council’s Smart City program. The Smart City program focuses on embracing new technologies to solve the many challenges that the city faces to make Dublin a more liveable city for all of its residents. Using pioneering ideas, involving 5G, Internet of Things, and Big Data, Dublin’s Smart City program has been able to develop and deploy a wide range of solutions for challenges such as citizen engagement, sustainable mobility, energy management, and more.

Since Dublin is a prime example of a smart city in action (read our Smart Dublin City Portrait for more information), we decided to get in touch with Jamie and find out how he helped to steer Dublin into a smarter future.

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Technology Smart City Internet of Things (IoT) Sustainability 5G Citizen Engagement Citizen-Centric Sustainable Mobility Dublin Big Data Dublin City Council Energy Management

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Sustainable Cities Depend on Smart Ecosystems

By Jon Glasco on Apr 8, 2021 9:30:00 AM

During the coronavirus outbreak in Amsterdam, city leaders took steps to help citizens at risk of isolation due to lockdown measures. As part of the city's "Everyone Connected" project, an ecosystem comprised of local technologists and civil society groups cooperated to deliver refurbished laptops with Internet connectivity to low-income, elderly and other citizens with below-average digital access. This is an example of a local ecosystem responding to an urgent situation that threatened to exacerbate digital and social exclusion. Smart city ecosystems are vital in implementing sustainable solutions and responding to a crisis.

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Smart City Strategy Technology Amsterdam Smart Collaboration Smart City Smart City Ecosystem Sustainable Cities Smart Ecosystems Smart Sustainable Cities Smart Partnership

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How to Win a Smart City Tender: 5 Key Success Factors

By Joe Appleton on Mar 29, 2021 9:30:00 AM

Winning a smart city tender isn’t a matter of luck. It’s a matter of skilled planning, careful estimations, honest evaluations, a trustworthy relationship, and a solution that ultimately solves the city’s problem.

Government contracts are lucrative contracts, but they’re not easy to land. The competition can be fierce, and unless you’re armed with the proper knowledge, the right product, and a good strategy, your proposal will fall flat before the decision-makers have even had the time to look at it. It’s a sad reality, but it’s true.

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Smart City bee smart city Smart Cities Business Opportunity Tender Procurement Smart City Tender

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Smart City Resilience: Mitigating the Risks of Climate Change

By Joe Appleton on Nov 23, 2020 9:05:01 AM

Climate change is a very clear and present danger. Though the term usually conjures up images of melting ice sheets and dying forests, our cities are also particularly vulnerable to it too.

Currently, 50% of the world’s population lives in cities. That percentage is expected to rise to 70% by 2050. Cities are already struggling to mitigate the problems caused by increased population density, and these problems are expected to intensify as other variables such as climate change and extreme weather take hold. To prepare for the future, cities must improve their climate change resilience in order to improve the quality of life of its citizens.

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Smart City Sustainability Sustainable Urban Development Sustainable Cities Climate Change Resilience Urban Heat Island Extreme Weather Water Shortage Climate Crisis

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Citizen’s Perspectives on Data Privacy in Smart Cities

By Joe Appleton on Nov 2, 2020 10:09:00 AM

As smart cities get smarter, citizens have begun to express concerns about the use of their data, and whether their privacy is being sacrificed for the benefit of big data.

Ever since the concept of a smart city first emerged, it has been clear that technological innovation, intelligent systems, and big data would be three key ingredients to a city’s success. While there’s no clear-cut definition of what a smart city is or has to include (see also our article Redefining the Smart City Concept: A New Smart City Definition), it has been universally acknowledged that the purpose of a smart city is to improve the lives of its residents.

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Smart City Internet of Things (IoT) Citizens Smart Security Data Privacy Cyber Security Data Protection Security Solutions Digital Infrastructure Connected Devices

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The Importance of Cyber Security & Data Protection for Smart Cities

By Joe Appleton on Oct 22, 2020 3:03:09 PM

In 2012, Austrian author Marc Elsberg released his best-selling novel Blackout: Tomorrow Will Be Too Late. It’s a disaster thriller that focuses on cyber-terrorism. A group of disenfranchised hackers manipulates a network of European power stations, destabilizing the grid, and plunging Europe into chaos.

The loss of power is a catalyst that leads to a domino effect of disasters, from food shortages and the devaluation of money to nuclear catastrophes and societal collapse. Elsberg was praised for his meticulous research and realism. Of course, Blackout takes the dangers of a cyber-attack to the extreme, but it’s all within the bounds of possibility.

Though the events that take place in Blackout are a work of fiction, as more cities embrace inter-connectivity and smart technology, the threat of serious cyber-attacks on digital infrastructure is very real. In 2015, a cyber-attack compromised Ukraine’s power grid, compromising corporate date, denying the distribution of energy, disabling IT infrastructure, and destroying countless data files.

As cities get smarter, it begs the question: if a power station can be hacked, what else can be?

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Smart City Internet of Things (IoT) Smart Security Data Privacy Cyber Security Data Protection Security Solutions Digital Infrastructure Connected Devices

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How Smart Cities Are Boosting Citizen Engagement

By Joe Appleton on Oct 19, 2020 10:00:00 AM

According to statistics from the United Nations Population Fund, over half of the planet’s population lives in cities. By the year 2030, it’s expected that around 5 billion people will live in urban hubs. As cities grow larger and have a greater impact on the environment, local governments will have to adapt to ensure that the needs of their citizens are being met.

Civic engagement is a key part of a city’s evolution. Input from citizens can help define the dynamic of a city. Unfortunately, citizen participation rates are lower than ever. In the past, cities could use town hall meetings and surveys to connect with their residents, but due to a number of reasons, modern governments aren’t connecting with their citizens like they used to. This can have numerous negative effects on a city, from an alienated population to the implementation of unpopular policies.

Because of this, it’s necessary for city governments to embrace new methods of inspiring citizen engagement.

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Crowdsourcing Smart City Crowdfunding Citizen Participation Civic Engagement Competition Governance Citizen Engagement Participatory Budget Survey

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Smart Tourism - Innovation and Reinvention for an Industry in Crisis

By Jon Glasco on Sep 24, 2020 2:09:52 PM

As 2019 drew to a close, the travel and tourism industry had reasons to celebrate. The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), IBTM Events, and the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) all announced the good news. But then the Covid-19 pandemic dealt a serious blow to the tourism sector.

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Innovation Smart Cities Digital Technologies Smart Sustainable Cities Post-Covid Covid-19 Digitalization Smart Tourism Smart Tourism Innovation Smart Destination

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Smart Cities Made in Germany: 32 Model Projects selected

By Thomas Mueller on Sep 10, 2020 4:10:19 PM

On the ­8th of September 2020, Horst Seehofer, Federal Minister of the Interior, Building and Community, announced the decision that 32 Smart City Model Projects will be funded with around 350 million Euros in the second round of the national funding programme "Smart City Model Projects". In the first round of last year, 13 Smart Cities were selected and funded with the aim of accelerating urban digital transformation in Germany.

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Urban Transformation Smart City Challenge Smart Cities Digital Technologies Innovative Technologies Gelsenkirchen Smart Cities Made in Germany Smart Sustainable Cities Digitalization Model Projects Germany

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How Can Smart Cities Improve Urban Public Health?

By Joe Appleton on Aug 21, 2020 10:30:00 AM

Urban public health is currently in the spotlight as city populations struggle to deal with the threat of COVID-19. As lockdown measures take their toll on urban communities, city dwellers have been forced to see their cities through new eyes, and the results have been worrying.

A study from the UN has found that 68% of the global population will be living in cities and metropolitan areas by 2050. However, many researchers believe that the stats will likely be far higher, and further estimates suggest that up to 90% of the planet’s population could be living in megacities within the next 30 years.

The current coronavirus pandemic has proven that cities will need to adapt if they want to nurture healthier, happier, and safer populations. Urban public health will need to evolve to cater for denser populations, and the potential hazards that go along with it.

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Public Spaces Smart City Smart Healthcare Covid-19 Urban Public Health Green Spaces Sustainable Mobility Slow Streets

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The 15-Minute City: Nurturing Communities For Smarter Cities

By Joe Appleton on Jul 1, 2020 12:38:20 PM

The term “smart city” has a different meaning for different people. For most, it conjures up a vision of a technologically-advanced metropolis, where citizens rely on smart gadgets to go about their daily lives. For others, the smart city concept describes government initiatives based on big data, technology and intelligent processes that improve the quality of life of a city’s residents. These aren’t incorrect definitions, they’re just two sides of a multi-faceted approach to urban development.

Technology and data are essential building blocks for creating a smart city. But it’s the city’s residents that can help enact the biggest changes. By introducing projects that focus on improving the lives of individuals and communities, smart cities can begin to grow on their own.

One of the most talked-about methods of transforming a city into a smarter city is by introducing 15-minute neighborhoods. More commonly known as a 15-minute city, or even a 20-minute city, these strategies focus on improving the lives of residents by making the city more accessible to everyone.

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Transit Smart City Sustainability Accessibility Urban Planning Urban Mobility Bicycle-Friendly Public Transport Paris 15-Minute City Melbourne Walkable 20-Minute Neighbourhood Hyper-Local

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Rethinking Urban Mobility for the Post-Covid City

By Joe Appleton on Jun 15, 2020 12:27:36 PM

There’s a positive aspect of this horror,”  the deputy mayor of Paris, Jean-Louis Missika, told the Washington Post. “Never has the city been less polluted. Parisians have much appreciated it, and I think there will be strong changes in the behaviour of people, in terms of movement.” This is a sentiment shared by many leaders across the globe.

Despite the hardships caused by the spread of Covid-19, the current situation presents a unique opportunity. Now is an ideal time to revolutionize the way we live in urban environments.

It’s a quiet revolution that has already begun.

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Smart Mobility Barcelona Air Quality Urban Mobility Mobility Bicycle-Friendly Public Transport Air Pollution Sustainable Urban Mobility Traffic Congestion e-Scooter Berlin Milan Brussels Pop-up Bike Lanes Cycling Infrastructure Post-Covid City Covid-19 Paris Cycling Car-Usage Lockdown Anne Hidalgo Transport Solutions Pedestrian 15-Minute City Superblock

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Leading North American Smart Cities to Watch in 2019

By Lily Maxwell on Sep 25, 2019 10:55:27 AM

In a 2018 report completed by the Eden Strategy Institute, 12 of the globe’s 20 smartest cities were located in the USA. Founded upon a spirit of innovation, it is perhaps no surprise that many of the country’s smart cities are so high-ranking, providing inspiration to other cities all over the world. Following our exploration of 4 up-and-coming North American Smart Cities in Part 1, we’ve chosen to take a brief look at 4 of the most prominent smart cities in the country in Part 2. From 2018’s highest ranking smart city worldwide, New York, to its start-up hub, San Francisco, we’ll take you through some of the smartest initiatives the US has to offer.

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Smart Government Smart Mobility Open Data Civic Engagement Smart Planning Blockchain New York City IoT Smart Infrastructure Urban Infrastructure Seattle Big Apple San Francisco Boston Smart Transportation

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Rising North American Smart Cities to Watch in 2019

By Lily Maxwell on Aug 26, 2019 10:58:58 AM

The US is, in many ways, the birthplace of innovation: it was there that Ford launched the first affordable car and there that Steve Jobs founded Apple Inc. It is perhaps no surprise, then, that the US has also produced some of the world’s most innovative smart cities. With so many to choose from, we’re going to dive right in and take a look at some of the less obvious smart urban centres to see how they’re changing their city’s physical and social landscape in order to improve the lives of their citizens.

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Urban Innovation Smart City Initiatives IoT North American Smart Cities New Technologies Austin San Diego Detroit Smart Infrastructure Traffic Sensor Urban Infrastructure Portland Michigan

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The Circular Economy: Vision, Problems and Smart City Solutions

By Jon Glasco on Jul 23, 2019 9:25:54 AM

Our current economic model - known as a linear economy - is not sustainable. This is the warning we hear from scientists, economists and other thought leaders who describe the linear model as a wasteful take-make-consume-dispose system, one that damages natural resources and the environment, generates excessive volumes of waste and dumps valuable materials into landfills. By comparison, the grand vision of a circular economy depicts a more resilient and sustainable model which yields responsible use and reuse of resources and raw materials, protection of the environment, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and innovation in waste management.

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Waste Management Circular City Sustainability Save Resources Green Economy Water Management Circular Economy Ecology Raw Materials

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Rising Stars: Eight Smart Cities in Asia to Watch in 2019 - Part 2

By Lily Maxwell on Jul 16, 2019 9:10:55 PM

As we saw in our last article on Asian smart city stars, urban centers in Asia are facing mass urbanization on a much more significant scale than many other parts of the world. They are also often located in climate-vulnerable regions. For example, a World Bank research report assessing the possible consequences of continued sea-level rise on eighty-four developing countries found that the impact of sea-level rise will be particularly severe for the Asia-Pacific region. For this reason, becoming ‘smarter’ and more sustainable is a top priority for many of Asia’s cities. In this article, we will look at four more Asian metropolises that are pushing forward smart initiatives in order to tackle current and prepare for future challenges. If you have not read the first part of the Rising Asian Stars article, you can read it here Rising Asian Stars: Smart Cities to Watch in 2019 - Part 1.

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Smart City Solutions Public Spaces Smart Mobility Innovation South Korea India Smart City Initiatives Asian Smart Cities Smart Education Digital Government China Public Wifi Mobile Payments Thailand Smart Street Lighting City Brain Pune Phuket Smart Phuket iFlytek Hangzhou Songdo Digital Pune

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Bob Bennett on the Role of Technology in Smart Cities and the Benefits for Citizens

By Lily Maxwell on Jul 10, 2019 10:46:02 AM

Bob Bennett, the former Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) of Kansas City talked in our Smart City Leader Interview Series - while he still was the CIO of Kansas City - about the importance of smart cities and smart citizens. He emphasized the role of technology and the benefits for citizens.

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Broadband Connectivity Innovation Smart City Public Private Partnership Smart Citizens Digital Inclusion Blockchain Future Cities Civic Participation CIO Infrastructure Smart City Initiatives Knowledge Sharing New Technologies Urban Infrastructure Smart Water Kansas City PPP Urban Data Platform Sensors Data Privacy

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Rising Asian Stars: Smart Cities in Asia to Watch in 2019 - Part 1

By Lily Maxwell on Jun 19, 2019 2:02:08 PM

There were an estimated 47 megacities in existence in 2017, and the majority were located in Asia. The region is facing urbanization on a scale far beyond that of other regions, with an estimated 1.1 billion moving into Asian cities in the next 20 years. Many Asian countries are also in areas that are prone to extreme weather patterns or natural disasters, and this is only becoming more of a problem with climate change. Cities across the continent urgently need to prepare for serious population growth, and the strain it will place on their public services, and the risks that environmental changes pose. For this reason, becoming more resilient and ‘smarter’ is inevitably at the top of most Asian cities’ political agendas. In this article we are going to explore some of the Asian cities investing in becoming smarter and more sustainable in order to make their citizens safer and happier.

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Smart City Strategy Smart City Solutions Smart City Approach Public Safety Singapore Smart Nation Singapore Seoul South Korea Public Transport Smart City Initiatives Asian Smart Cities Innovative Solutions Smart Nation Digital Government Climate Change IoT Osaka Vietnam Tech Hub Japan Smart Home Technology Da Nang Smart Cities Asia

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Rob van Gijzel on the Importance of Smart Cities & Smart Citizens

By Lily Maxwell on Jun 10, 2019 8:12:22 PM

Rob van Gijzel, the former Mayor of Eindhoven and current Chairman of the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) Foundation in New York and National Ambassador for the Blockchain Cities Coalition speaks about the importance of smart cities and smart citizens.

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Smart City Intelligent Community Forum Eindhoven Inclusivity Urban Innovation Blockchain Future Cities Regulation Sustainable Urban Development Smart City Initiatives New Technologies Rob van Gijzel Smart Society Humanize Data and Technology Smart City Strategies Socially Beneficial

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Boyd Cohen on the Future of Smart Cities: Sustainability, Technology & Citizen-Centricity

By Lily Maxwell on May 28, 2019 12:56:28 AM

The importance of smart cities & smart citizens: In our interview series, smart city leaders comment on the future of smart cities, the role of technology, and the benefits for citizens. In our second interview of the series, we have asked urban strategist and smart city expert Boyd Cohen to share his expertise, thoughts and insights with us on a number of important smart city topics.

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Co-Creation Smart City Internet of Things (IoT) Sustainability Renewable Energy Smart Citizens Urban Innovation Blockchain Blockchain Cities IoMob Urban Mobility Regulation Citizen-Centric Smart City Initiatives

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Smart Cities and the Promise of Innovation in Public Services

By Jon Glasco on Apr 10, 2019 10:47:47 PM

There was a time when bells in town squares warned citizens of impending danger. Today, the bells ring again in the form of studies and media reports with warnings about urban problems that plague modern cities and resist solutions. Meanwhile, increasing numbers of people move to cities in pursuit of a higher quality of life. This is the story of cities: Citizens with big expectations versus the endurance of big city problems. It is a still-unfolding story with numerous villains: social inequality, traffic congestion, pollution, crime, unemployment, lack of affordable housing, aging infrastructure, public service shortfalls.

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Smart City Strategy Smart City Solutions Smart Government Smart City Urban Innovation Future Cities Digital Transformation Quality of Life Smart Cities, Smart Future Digital City Smart City Initiatives Innovative Public Services Smart City Ecosystem Smart City Planning Services Innovation

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Smart Sustainable Cities in Spain: The Commitment to a Green Economy

By Jon Glasco on Mar 14, 2019 2:34:15 AM

In recent years, an increasing number of Spanish cities recognize the need for bold steps to confront an emerging urban crisis. A crisis with multiple dimensions including damage to quality of life caused by greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, threats of climate change, and an urgency to develop policies that support green city innovation.

Global Perspective: Good Intentions, Complex Barriers

Since the concept of a green economy was forged in the 1990s, the ideas and strategies for green cities have evolved into a variety of urban development policies, smart city solutions and sustainability measures to protect the environment, enable economic development and ensure high quality of life.

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Waste Management Spain Air Pollution Traffic Congestion Urban Sustainability Sustainable Cities Green City Green Economy Malaga Climate Change Seville Madrid Sustainability Challenges United Nations Emissions Particulate Matter Greencities Sustainable Transport Sustainable Development Goals SDGs Greenhouse Gas Water Management

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Estonia: Smart Nation on the Baltic Sea

By Mike Barlow and Cornelia Levy-Bencheton on Feb 13, 2019 3:07:32 PM

What does it take to turn a national bureaucracy into a smart government? It’s not too often a country is given a clean slate from which to start. But for Estonia, a small nation on the Baltic Sea, that is exactly what happened.

A combination of pragmatism and instinct led Estonia to develop an e-government in the 1990s, soon after the country regained its independence from the Soviet Union. The Estonians didn’t pursue a digital future because they thought it would be cool or trendy. They followed their common sense, which told them it would be better to expend their limited resources on servers and networks, rather than on grand buildings and government palaces.

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Smart Government Transparency Blockchain Smart Cities, Smart Future E-Government Smart Nation Estonia X-Road E-Estonia Digital ID

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Will Smart City Technology Prevent Crime Before It Happens?

By Mike Barlow and Cornelia Levy-Bencheton on Jan 29, 2019 11:21:12 PM

Law enforcement has been using technology to solve crimes for more than a century. Using technology to prevent crimes, however, is a relatively new idea. The movie Minority Report famously depicts a futuristic society in which police officers arrest people before they commit crimes. It’s a deeply disturbing movie with a not-too-subtle message about the danger of relying too heavily on technology.

Nevertheless, a small industry has emerged around the practice of predictive policing. New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans and other cities have experimented with predictive policing programs. The experiments have been inconclusive and controversial. 

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Technology Public Safety Smart City Smart City Technology Smart Cities Safety Solutions Smart Cities, Smart Future Digital Technologies Digital City Smart City Initiatives Crime Prevention Privacy Surveillance Social Problems Crime

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10 Ways to Envision a Smart City

By Mike Barlow and Cornelia Levy-Bencheton on Nov 23, 2018 3:55:12 PM

What is a smart city and how is it different from our traditional notion of a city? There is no single definition for a smart city. The term itself is a moving target and every city is different.

That said, here are 10 ideas that can help us envision and define the smart city concept:

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Smart City Strategy Smart City Solutions Technology Co-Creation Smart Collaboration Smart City Urban Planning Smart Cities, Smart Future Mike Barlow Cornelia Lévy-Bencheton New Localism

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Keynotes of Global Thought Leaders at Smart City Expo World Congress

By Thomas Mueller on Oct 23, 2018 11:07:57 AM

Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), the leading international event for cities will host in 2018 its eighth edition under the theme Cities To Live In. From November 13 to 15, Fira de Barcelona's Gran Via venue will gather over 400 speakers and thinkers from fields that range from technology and smart governance to sharing economy and mobility. Among the top speakers for the 2018 edition are Rufus Pollock, economist and founder of Open Knowledge International; Andrew Keen, economist and author of How to fix the Future and The Cult of the Amateur; Víctor Pineda, social development scholar and disability rights advocate; and Bangladeshi social entrepreneur, banker and economist Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner.

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Barcelona Fira Barcelona Smart City Expo Urban Solutions Smart City Expo World Congress Andrew Keen Victor Pineda Muhammad Yunus Rufus Pollock

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Jonathan Reichental on the Importance of Smart Cities & Smart Citizens

By Lily Maxwell on Oct 10, 2018 12:00:29 PM

The importance of smart cities & smart citizens: In our new interview series, smart city leaders comment on the future of smart cities, the role of technology, and the benefits for citizens. In our first interview of the series, we have asked Jonathan Reichental, CIO of Palo Alto, California to share his expertise, thoughts and insights with us on a number of important smart city topics.

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Smart City Strategy Smart City Solutions Energy Innovation Smart City Smart City Technology Smart Citizens Smart Cities Mobility Future Cities Palo Alto PaloAlto311 Jonathan Reichental Citizen Empowerment Local Government Regulation Procurement Public Transport Leadership Urban Challenges CIO Environment Transportation Housing Quality of Life

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Blockchain Technologies: The Next Frontier of Smart Cities - Part 2

By Lily Maxwell on Aug 20, 2018 10:06:01 AM

As we discussed in our previous article (Blockchain: The Next Frontier of Smart Cities - Part 1), blockchain has the potential to transform our communities, making the places we call home more collaborative, democratic and sustainable places. It is no surprise then, that a whole bunch of cities - from Santiago de Chile, Toronto, Tel Aviv, Oslo, and Milan, to London, and Stockholm - are already developing blockchain-based projects. Dubai is going even further, aiming to become the world’s first fully ‘blockchain-powered city’ by 2020. Lofty ideals aside, as we examined in part 1, blockchain does actually seem to offer some concrete benefits for communities, as we shall see below.

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Smart City Solutions Collective Intelligence Transparency Smart City Internet of Things (IoT) Smart Cities Decentralized Governance Democratic Participation Blockchain Data Security Data Control Blockchain Cities IoMob Security Behavioral Change Trust Safety

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Blockchain: The Next Frontier of Smart Cities - Part 1

By Lily Maxwell on Aug 10, 2018 12:06:36 PM

Blockchain is a hot topic. Until very recently, it was associated almost exclusively with cryptocurrency - bitcoin, ethereum etc. However, the power of blockchain to revolutionize the way we exchange goods and services, and transform how we govern - above and beyond the cryptocurrency hype - is increasingly being recognized. When it comes to cities, the transformative potential of this technology is enormous. From enabling P2P energy-sharing systems, as in New York’s ‘Transactive Grid’, which allows local residents to generate, buy and sell their own solar energy, to encouraging behavioral change - for instance through SocialCoin’s blockchain and AI-based ‘social good’ currency (see e.g. the Citibeats solution) - and much more - blockchain is offering new opportunities to create more economically, environmentally and socially sustainable communities. As such, blockchain is likely to be an increasingly central enabler of smart city innovation worldwide. In this article, we will explore the potential benefits of blockchain in an urban context.

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Collective Intelligence Smart Collaboration Smart City Smart Cities Decentralized Governance Democratic Participation Blockchain Shared Ownership Data Security Data Control Blockchain Cities IoMob CityMapper

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Submit your Nomination for the ICF Intelligent Community Awards 2019

By Thomas Mueller on Jul 17, 2018 1:39:18 AM

Nominations are currently open for the 2019 Intelligent Community Awards organized by our partner Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), based in New York City. There is no cost to submit a nomination. The deadline to nominate a community is September 21, 2018.

Communities qualifying for the Smart21, Top7 or Intelligent Community of the Year become part of a global working group of regions, cities and towns organized by ICF, a group that currently includes over 170 members. They also receive media coverage, investment inquiries and independent validation of their community’s progress as they strive to keep their best people “home.”

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Intelligent Community Forum ICF Intelligent Community ICF Canada Top7 Intelligent Community of 2018 Intelligent Community Awards

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Innovative Urban Planning for the Citizen-Centric Smart City

By Lily Maxwell on Jun 29, 2018 1:39:22 AM

Innovating urban planning to foster community-focused development is a critical element in the creation of smarter cities. More than half of the world’s population currently live in cities. The UN estimates that by 2050, this figure will have doubled. The “financialization” of housing, among other factors, has led to a situation where many of the world’s cities are now defined by a chronic shortage of housing for the least advantaged, and in many cases, for the working and middle classes as well. The local connection between the financial institutions funding housing development and the people buying them has long disappeared, replaced by a new international financial system where real estate is a major asset. Indeed, a recent UN report estimates that the total value of global real estate makes up 60 percent of all global assets, with a value of $217 trillion, three-quarters of which is housing.

So how do we make housing more accessible in cities the world over? The ‘smart city’ movement presents cities with the opportunity to build and plan ‘smarter’, developing citizen-centered, tech-enabled living, working and playing spaces that respond to people’s changing desires and needs - that are ‘future-proof’ and ‘user-centric’. Whether in Sao Paulo, Brasil, or Todmorden, UK, smart city innovation, and the ideas and funds it brings, should be capitalized upon to drive forward and finance smart development projects that help to relieve the global housing crisis that we are facing. In this week’s article, we will focus on some of the ways we can innovate planning in order to ‘redistribute’ housing stock (both existing and future) to create more equitable, just and sustainable urban communities.

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Citizen Centricity Innovation Smart City Affordable Housing Citizen Participation Planning Smarter Urban Planning Collaborative Technologies Digitization Citizen Engagement

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Rising Stars: Eight European Smart Cities to Watch in 2018

By Lily Maxwell on Jun 26, 2018 2:47:50 AM

The term ‘smart city’ is everywhere at the moment, but it is still mostly discussed in reference to familiar names - Amsterdam, Barcelona, Toronto, Vienna - the usual suspects. This overlooks the innovative projects and smart city solutions being implemented in less well-known cities across the globe, and suggests that the world’s major capitals are the only leaders in this space. In this article we are therefore going to take a brief look at the world’s smart cities that we believe deserve more attention in 2018. Some are big, others are small, but, regardless of their size and location, they’re all making themselves ‘smarter’ for the benefit of their citizens:

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Leading Smart Cities Antwerp Rising Stars European Smart Cities EU Nantes Groningen San Sebastián Donostia Smart Cities Europe STEEP Hamburg Riga Newcastle

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Why The Smart Home Is Facilitating Smart Communities

By Lily Maxwell on Jun 17, 2018 10:55:32 PM

As John Friedmann highlights (2011), the household is just as much a socio-political space as the public realm: although it may be deemed ‘private’, the connections a household has to the outside world very often define its access to political empowerment, knowledge, jobs and, crucially, self-advancement. A home might be termed an ‘in-between’, or liminal, space: a place of family, domesticity and the everyday that is also the nucleus of its inhabitants’ connections to the outside world. As a zone which is supposedly hyperconnected (both internally and externally) the smart home should theoretically enhance its inhabitants’ connections to the wider community. As such, the smart home can be seen as a facilitator of community engagement, and in turn, civic involvement in smart city community initiatives.

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Smart Living Smart City Smart Home City Commons Smart Community Civic Engagement Citizen Sensing Smart Building

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The Need to Redefine the Smart Home and its Link to Smart Cities

By Lily Maxwell on Jun 10, 2018 2:01:45 AM

If the smart city is one that is hyperconnected, energy and cost-efficient, and sustainable, aiming to improve the lives of all by leveraging existing resources and infrastructure, then the smart home should theoretically be a microcosm of this. Like many emerging concepts in the smart cities sector, including the very ‘smart city’ itself, most official definitions of the ‘smart home’ tend to center around new technologies:

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Smart Living Smart City Smart Citizens Accessibility Smart Home Smart Home Technologies Inclusivity People-Centric

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How to ensure that your smart city strategy is inclusive

By Lily Maxwell on May 15, 2018 3:54:12 PM

Many proponents of the smart city claim that it is by nature inclusive. However, like all other aspects of urban design and development, smart city initiatives frequently fail to fully prioritize inclusivity, often perpetuating the very issues that they aim to solve. As Gil Peñalosa, world-renowned urban designer, noted in a recent panel discussion on ‘The Invisible Smart City’: “we currently design our cities as though everyone is 30 and active”, leading to biased, inaccessible urban design that excludes what he calls the ‘silent majority’. Going one step further than this, Yves Raibaud, acclaimed sociologist and urban geographer, argues that cities are designed ‘by and for men’ (par et pour les hommes) - notably ‘western’, privileged men. This evidently leaves much to be desired in terms of diversity, and in turn inclusivity. Children, older people, women, ethnic minorities, the disabled, the mentally and physically ill, and people with low household incomes (and those who meet at the intersecting points between these groups) are frequently excluded by and from urban design, unable to fully enjoy or participate in civic urban life or the processes that shape it.

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Smart City Strategy Citizen Centricity Co-Creation Life Quality Human-Centric Approach Citizen Participation Digital Exclusion Digital Equity Digital Inclusion Inclusive Smart City Accessibility Digital Skills Citizen Engagement

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The inclusive smart city: 7 steps to tackling digital exclusion

By Lily Maxwell on Apr 23, 2018 11:24:00 PM

Although the quantity of people using technology in their everyday lives is constantly rising, a relatively high percentage of the world’s population remains digitally disengaged or even technologically illiterate. In the European Union alone, nearly a third of people don’t use the internet on a daily basis; only half of all Europeans aged 16 - 74 use social networks or e-government services, and in some European countries up to 25% of people don’t have access to a computer from home.

As smart cities render our world more and more digital, and Information and Communications Technology (ICTs) play an increasingly important role in our daily lives, the ‘digital exclusion’ of certain population groups - notably those from low-income backgrounds, the elderly, and the disabled - is morphing into total societal exclusion.

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Broadband Connectivity Smart Citizens Citizen Participation Smart People Digital Exclusion Digital Equity Digital Inclusion Inclusive Smart City Accessibility Digital Skills Citizen Engagement

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Smart City Benefits: How Smart Cities save Governments, Businesses and Citizens Money

By Lily Maxwell on Apr 18, 2018 3:21:12 AM

Around the world, cities are growing. Already, roughly 180,000 people move into cities every day. By 2015, the UN estimates that there will be 22 metropolitan areas with populations of more than 10 million people. Growing urban populations mean more costs for cities - from increasing energy use, to overstrained public services - but they also provide a stimulus for innovation. After all, we can’t infinitely expand outwards and upwards. Instead, we need to find ways to be more ‘efficiently urban’: in other words, we need to be smarter with how we use our resources, time and capital.

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Smart City Strategy Smart City Solutions Citizen Centricity Smart City Development Smart City Human-Centric Approach Cost Savings Smart City Investment Save Resources Time Savings Economic Benefits

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The 6 Key Benefits of Transforming a Municipality into a Smart City

By Lily Maxwell on Apr 2, 2018 12:41:44 PM

By 2050, it is estimated that roughly 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. With more citizens to serve and a climate that is rapidly degrading, public service efficiency and effective resource usage are becoming pressing issues for cities.

Big tech companies talk a lot about how the solutions to these issues can be found through their innovative new technologies; however, while technical tools are indeed necessary, cities should ensure that their smart city strategy is holistic, multifaceted and, most importantly, citizen-centric, if they want their efforts to bring fruitful results. A contextually adapted and citizen-centric approach, using both human and technological resources, can bring multiple benefits for municipalities, particularly those that are struggling with specific problems - such as inefficient waste management systems, lack of civic participation, or traffic and congestion. In this article, we take a closer look at the advantages of smart city development and lay out the six core benefits of smart cities.

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Smart City Strategy Smart City Solutions Collective Intelligence Smart City Approach Citizen Centricity Smart City Development Smart City Smart City Technology Human-Centric Approach

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The Importance of Smart Citizens to accelerate Smart City Development

By Lily Maxwell on Mar 11, 2018 11:23:18 PM

"Nothing in the world is more simple and more cheap than making cities that provide better for people" - Jan Gehl, founding partner of Gehl Architects, in an interview in 2013.

When we talk about smart cities, the technological terms dominate. We refer to how big data, the Internet of Things, sensors, and automation, among other things, will change and innovate our cities, making life better for urban citizens. As Ignasi Capdevila and Matías I. Zarlenga highlight, however, in their study 'Smart City or smart citizens? The Barcelona case', when we think of smart cities from the perspective of new technologies alone, ‘citizens are often considered as users, testers, or consumers rather than producers and sources of creativity and innovation’.


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Smart City Strategy Collective Intelligence Smart City Approach Citizen Centricity Smart City Definition Smart City Development Open Government Co-Creation Innovation Smart City Technology Human-Centric Approach Citizen Participation Citizen Engagement

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Announced: The Top7 Intelligent Communities of the Year 2018

By Thomas Mueller on Mar 6, 2018 1:32:56 AM

In early February 2018, the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) named the world’s Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2018. This is the think tank’s 16th annual Top7 list of regions, cities or towns that have gone, in ICF’s words, “from Smart City to Intelligent Community.” This year’s list includes communities from four nations, with Taiwan contributing three, Canada two communities and Australia and Finland one each. The seven will travel to London in June where one will go on to be named the Intelligent Community of the Year, succeeding Melbourne, Australia, the reigning community. The announcement will take place as the culminating event at the ICF Global Summit from 4-6 June at Siemens’ Crystal Facility and other sites around London.

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Financing Smart Cities: Where’s the Money?

By Sarah Wray on Jan 14, 2018 2:09:01 PM

In this article, we look at some of the emerging and advancing options for finding money to invest in smart city solutions.

Across the world, cities are acutely aware that they need to upgrade their infrastructure and systems to improve life for citizens and residents. This is becoming more urgent as rapid urbanization continues – by 2050, 66 percent of the world’s population will live in cities, up from 54 percent in 2014, according to the United Nations. This could add 2.5 billion people to the world’s city-dwelling population, placing additional strain on city services.

In a US survey from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) almost 40 percent of respondents claimed they needed additional money “to sustain infrastructure at a baseline level” and indicated that the current state of their infrastructure is hurting quality of life.

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Smart City Strategy Smart City Solutions Citizen Centricity Crowdsourcing Public Private Partnership Data Monetization Crowdfunding Funding Financing

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Revealed: The UK's Leading Smart Cities

By Thomas Mueller on Oct 29, 2017 10:39:02 PM

On October 23, Huawei and Navigant Consulting have released the 2nd "UK Smart Cities Index - Assessment of Strategy and Execution of UK’s leading Smart Cities". The report features an assessment of 20 UK cities in their efforts of utilizing technology to address urban challenges and to seize development opportunities.

Bristol and London are the UK's smartest cities

Surprisingly, Bristol has been announced as leading smart city in the UK, followed by London. The two cities are spearheading the movement, well ahead of the other 18 cities that were analyzed in the report. 

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Smart City Strategy Smart City Approach Technology Urban Transformation Smart City Development Leading Smart Cities Smart Cities United Kingdom UK

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Call for a Human-Centric Smart City Approach

By Thomas Mueller on Aug 31, 2017 4:59:51 PM

Over the past seven years, the smart city approach has changed fundamentally in terms of the strategies that cities and communities have chosen as a pathway for transformation. Driven by technology providers in the early years, governments as leaders of the smart city movement have later understood that technology is “only” the enabler for reaching governmental, economic and societal goals.

Today, smart city strategies still consider technology as an enabler, but governments have learned that top-down initiatives are not a prerequisite for success. Drivers for success are collaborative and participative human-centric approaches. If a city or community wants to become smarter, it should take the needs and problems of its customers – most of all their citizens – into account.

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Smart City Strategy Smart Government Collective Intelligence Smart City Approach Citizen Centricity

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Collective Intelligence: Key Success Factor for the Smart City

By Dr. Alexander Gelsin on Aug 31, 2017 4:51:26 PM

As expressed by a number of urban strategists in the past two years, we have witnessed a gradual shift towards citizen-centric smart city strategies. In an interesting article titled "Making cities smarter: How citizens' collective intelligence can guide better decision making" published by Deloitte University Press, the importance of citizen-centricity is presented clearly.

At bee smart city we completely agree with the authors and are convinced that collective intelligence is the key success factor for smart cities. Why? Because the acceptance and use of smart city solutions call for a user-centric approach that takes the needs and problems of citizens into account.

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Smart City Strategy Smart Government Collective Intelligence Smart City Approach Citizen Centricity

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Smart City Evolution: A Review of Becoming a Smart City

By Bart Gorynski on Aug 31, 2017 4:12:36 PM

Over the past years, the smart city concept has reached a state of mainstream acknowledgment throughout the world. However, several important aspects are subject to constant debate:

  • What is the best or a suitable smart city definition?
  • Does the smart city concept apply to cities only, or does it include rural or smaller communities?
  • Is the smart city concept technology- or human-centric?
  • What are the key success factors of leading smart cities?
  • What are the strategic governance approaches?
  • What can be derived from best practices in smart cities development?

In our review on becoming a smart city, we will cover all of these topics that relate to the smart city evolution and defining the term smart city from a practical perspective.

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Smart City Strategy Smart Government Collective Intelligence Smart City Approach Citizen Centricity Technology Smart City Masterplan Top-Down Strategy Smart City Definition Urban Transformation Rural Transformation Bottom-Up Strategy

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Redefining the Smart City Concept: A New Smart City Definition

By Thomas Mueller on Aug 31, 2017 3:33:12 PM

Over the past seven years, the smart city concept has changed fundamentally in terms of the approaches that cities or communities have chosen for urban transformation. Driven by technology providers in the early years, governments as leaders of the smart city movement have later understood that technology is only the enabler for reaching governmental, economic and societal goals.

Today, smart city strategies still consider technology as an enabler, but governments have learned that top-down initiatives or a master planned approach are not the determinants of success. Drivers for success are collaborative and participative citizen- or human-centric approaches. If a city or community wants to become smarter, it should take the needs and problems of its customers – citizens, businesses, workforce/commuters, entrepreneurs, academia and non-profit organizations – into account.

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Smart City Strategy Smart Government Collective Intelligence Smart City Approach Citizen Centricity Technology Smart City Masterplan Top-Down Strategy Smart City Definition Urban Transformation Rural Transformation Bottom-Up Strategy

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Smart City Vision: A Smart City Can Be What You Want Your City To Be

By Bart Gorynski on Aug 30, 2017 11:51:56 AM

Driven by urban strategists, scholars, companies and other institutions, we witness a constant debate on what a smart city is. There are so many existing definitions and synonyms such as "connected city", "resilient city", "senseable city", "intelligent community", "digital city", "digital community" or even "smart village". This debate poses the question on what exactly smart cities stand for.

Creating a unique identity and vision

While it is generally accepted that there are different generations of smart cities (as discussed in "TOWARDS A NEW PARADIGM OF THE SMART CITY"), we believe it is important for each city or community to create a unique identity of their smart city or smart community vision. 

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Smart City Strategy Smart Government Smart City Approach

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