Category Archives: Smart Cities

Smart Cities: From digital infrastructure development to integration

Over the past century, the world’s population has increasingly moved to live in cities. According to a June 2018 report from McKinsey & Company, cities are now “home to more than half of the world’s population, and they are expected to add another 2.5 billion new residents by 2050”. Meanwhile, a United Nations 2018 report…
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Securing the Continuity of City Operations During Coronavirus

As local governments around the world brace for the impact of Coronavirus and the need for employees to work remotely, Leading Cities is extending this year's AcceliGOV application deadline until the end of April. The Grand Prize for the AcceliGOV competition is a year of no-cost Blacksands' award-winning Secure Connection as a service protecting local…
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Smart Cities – what’s in it for citizens?

Connected technology is ushering in a new era of smart cities, which promises to improve the quality of life for billions of people around the world. Smart cities — which are using technology to make urban areas safer, more efficient, and more livable — represent the transformative power of the Internet of Things. Now, as…
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Blockchain for Smart Cities, Simplified

Blockchain technology is just beginning period of projected exponential growth. It has already become a go-to in global smart cities applications. In this report, I want to share with you why I believe blockchain could be one of the most disruptive new technologies since the internet itself. While a number of cities, governments and corporations…
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AcceliGOV – Cities Compete for Protection from Cyber Attacks

As the formidable threat of cybersecurity looms over the majority of the world’s municipal governments, Leading Cities launched AcceliGOV. This global competition offers municipalities around the world the chance to compete for a pre-paid pilot of a globally sourced, expert-vetted cybersecurity solution. Interested cities may complete a brief application found at AcceliGOV.com by March 31st. AcceliGOV…
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‘Cybersecuring’ Smart Cities

Are the fears of the public sector holding back progress and opportunities for improved quality of life created by smart cities? After more than a decade of exploration, discussion and advancement, the term ‘smart city’ has come to have slightly different definitions depending on the source. However, though the term is fairly new, the underlying…
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Two main urban problems that IoT and AI can solve

Having visited more than 40 countries, 200 cities and lived in six countries in the last 10 years as well as working in the disruptive Internet of Things (IoT) space, the subject of how to make cities smarter and more citizen friendly is of particular interest to me for both professional and personal reasons. More…
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Any city can be converted into a smart city

Using a pioneering methodology, Bright Cities helps cities from all over the world to become more efficient and smarter. The startup gathers, analyzes and connects data from various sources to trace diagnoses about cities performances of any size and nationality. An action roadmap is then created, listing priority actions, schedules and budgets to improve the…
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Long Beach – Technology for an improved quality of life for its citizens

The Smart City Long Beach projects aim to leverage advancements in technology, data management, and user-centered design in order to improve residents’ quality-of-life and promote digital equity. Smart Long Beach will better prepare the city to utilize emerging technologies, which will be deployed responsibly to meet community-sourced needs. With a purpose to foster civic engagement…
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Smart Cities and IOTA – How IoT Technology Helps Big Cities

Internet of Things implementation into smart city systems is about to take another big leap forward soon, especially while the IOTA platform keeps on providing new ideas and solutions for smart cities. Let’s explore how valuable the use of IoT technologies is for modern city development and which solutions are already implemented into life. Smart…
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Jersey City – redefining SMART based on residents needs

Jersey City has implemented smart city projects aiming to improve the lives of its citizens and created mobility projects to streamline resources while meeting neighborhood-specific needs. Jersey City has strived to integrate smart technology into every facet of its community in order to improve the quality of life for all residents and increase economic development.…
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A Holistic Approach to Smart Rail in Smart Cities

ARC smart cities analyst Wasay Rashid was interviewed by Dave Songer, editor of Smart Rail World Magazine. This episode focusses on intelligent infrastructure, smart cities, the future of transportation, and the challenges facing the transport industry. The conversation begins with introducing Wasay Rashid and his role as the lead economic analyst of railways and transportation…
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Planning your daily commute like it’s a planned vacation trip

People spend inordinate amounts of time in their daily commute. New survey data show the average American's commute inched up to 26.9 minutes from 26.6 minutes the previous year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2017 American Community Survey. That 18-second increase may seem small, but it totals an extra two and a half hours on…
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Smart Columbus – building blocks for a better future

The Smart Columbus project started with the mission to accelerate human progress through open mobility. Essential to developing a smart city was not only data collection and state of the art technology, but also the ability to serve and involve shareholders - its residents. With a purpose to include citizens and make them part of…
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How AI & ML Are Being Used to Relieve Traffic Congestion

Traffic isn’t just bad. It’s actually getting worse. Do you think the traffic is bad where you live? Try moving to Boston, where commuters suffer the worst highway congestion in the nation. Residents of the New England city spent an average of 164 hours sitting in their vehicles going nowhere slowly last year, losing as…
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Planning a Smart City – a podcast by ARC Advisory

ARC Advisory started a series of podcasts focused on Smart Cities. The first episode focuses on Planning a Smart City and looks deeper into the needed technology, actors, and the development of such a complex infrastructure. Larry O'Brien, Vice President of Research at ARC Advisory Group and Jim Frazer, Vice President of Smart Cities, discusses…
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Figuring Out the Municipal Internet of Things

In order to realize the potential of Smart Cities, we’re going to have to figure out the Municipal Internet-of-Things (IoT). We know “smart communities” (a broader term meant to be inclusive of counties, special districts, and states in addition to cities) will utilize an assortment of devices, networks, data and analytics – what we’ll call…
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Expo 2020 Dubai: Is this what the city of the future looks like?

Eiffel Tower and the Atomium, color TV and the zipper: a World Expo is about spectacular structures and ingenious inventions. Architecture and innovative technology have never been as closely linked as they’re going to be at Expo 2020 Dubai. More than 130 buildings at the site will be connected via Internet of Things or IoT…
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Smart Solutions for Connected Cities Using Data Visualization

The heating and cooling infrastructure in Västerås is a complex operation managed by utility company Mälarenergi that lacked the visibility required for effective control. A collaboration between Mälarenergi and ABB allowed the collection of data that could be integrated into a common platform providing real-time visualization of the network delivering the ability to develop smart…
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Digitalization: Welcome to the City 4.0

How can cities leverage the benefits of digitalization to relieve stress on overstretched services and resources? With seamless integration of data gathered by the Internet of Things (IoT), the city’s underlying infrastructure layer can be managed and optimized. Jan Schönig, Director for Urban Development & Smart Cities, gives insights: Cities are under pressure. Urban centers…
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