Google claims to know the digital capital of each U.S. state (but doesn't)

Wed, 2013-08-28 06:00 -- Jesse Berst

Google's attempt to find the top "eCity" for each U.S. state may be a cute idea – but its methodology seems pretty fishy to us. Click to the site to see which cities topped the list – and whether you think the search giant ought to search again for America's real digital capitals.

Top 10 most competitive cities today (and how to leapfrog them tomorrow)

Wed, 2013-08-14 13:40 -- Jesse Berst

The research arm of The Economist has just published a report benchmarking the global competitiveness of the world's 120 largest cities. It's worth the read for its insights into the many factors that make a city more competitive. Infrastructure plays a key role, but there are many other factors as well.

Report: Big growth in building energy management systems (but big hurdles too)

Wed, 2013-08-14 06:10 -- Jesse Berst

A Navigant Research report predicts worldwide revenues for building energy management systems (BEMS) will more than double by 2020. If it weren't for two roadblocks – one of which is the appalling lack of standards – we suspect growth would be even more dramatic.

Why smart buildings are even more valuable than you think

Wed, 2013-08-07 06:11 -- Jesse Berst

If you are serious about making the case for smarter buildings in your city, you'll want to read a recent post by the Rocky Mountain Institute. Most people, RMI notes, try to cost-justify the technology merely on the basis of energy savings. But as you'll see, there's much more to the value stream for building owners and cities.