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Joe Appleton

Joe Appleton is bee smart city's content strategist, editor and writer. He has a particular interest in smart and sustainable cities and urban mobility.

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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.

Topics:

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.

Topics:

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

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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.

Topics:

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.

Topics:

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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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.

Topics:

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?

Topics:

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.

Topics:

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

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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.

Topics:

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

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