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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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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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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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