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.
Former Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist has written a thoughtful piece on traffic congestion – and why it's not always a bad thing. Find out why he says that – and the important piece we think he left out.
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.
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.
Commentary in ArchDaily notes that architects are often asked to design the buildings and neighborhoods and cities of the future. Yet they are woefully uninformed about the amazing things made possible by smart technology. Read ideas on how to change that.
Does the Smart Cities Council need to become the Smart Suburbs Council instead? Researchers from the UK and New Zealand claim that suburbs have a greater potential to become energy self-sufficient.
There's good news for cities planning to deploy smart sensors. Sensor hardware prices are falling rapidly and your ability to create value from sensor data will grow exponentially. Click for details, including a peek at some intriguing ways sensor technology is being utilized.
Siberians are out to change the Western stereotype of a land that's bone-cracking cold and dotted with prison camps or bleak industrial cities. Click for details on the compelling urban future envisioned for the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk (and the question the rest of us should be asking.)
The organizations building smart city platforms continue to proliferate. And as intriguing as this latest collaboration between groups in Europe and Japan sounds, we have to wonder if protracted platform wars are on the way.
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.