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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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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 Smart City Definition Bottom-Up Strategy Co-Creation Smart Collaboration Smart City Smart Cities Urban Planning Future Cities Smart Cities, Smart Future Mike Barlow Cornelia Lévy-Bencheton Design Thinking Infrastructure Digital Technologies Data Science New Localism City Planning Human-Centered Design
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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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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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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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