Healthcare is a big piece of the future of cities, with so much money and so many quality of life issues at stake. Fortunately data analytics offers great hope, as this story on a fascinating GE technology illustrates.
The city of Nice, France has teamed with Cisco to launch "Connected Boulevard," which builds on the Internet of Things concept. Boulevard Victor Hugo in the center of Nice is host to the proof-of-concept zone and almost 200 different sensors and detecting devices plus "guest" devices such as mobile phones and tablets used in the streets that get connected onto its wireless mesh network.
"Infill" is the new buzzword in urban sustainability -- making better use of existing assets before you look elsewhere. Don't miss this guest post on hidden assets -- fiber optic graveyards, for example – that your city may be sitting on.
At first glance, smart parking may seem like a trivial part of the overall smart transportation issue. But it is actually becoming a cornerstone of smart mobility strategies. Click for details on a new forecast about smart parking growth from Navigant Research.
Energy storage is one of the most important, most exciting new technologies. And big cities are becoming the proving grounds for the latest breakthroughs. Learn how big buildings in cities where power is costly are tapping into battery power and seeing big savings.
No city can afford to build duplicate, side-by-side smart infrastructure for each department. Sharing infrastructure and sharing costs is just plain smart; learn how Itron is making it happen in one of China's "eco-cities."
Many of the most exciting smart city possibilities relate to predictive analytics -- crunching data to forecast what will happen next. But there's always been a "blind spot" in how to predict and simulate human decisions, especially during unexpected events. Learn how Australian researchers are making progress on that front.
Cities around the world have a new ally in the fight to achieve prosperity and sustainability. More than a dozen top technology firms — including some of the world's largest — have formed the Smart Cities Council to provide cities with tools and best practices. Click to read the press release.
If you are a city leader in one of the 10 regions that Grist contends will be hardest hit by climate change, you now have even more reasons to create a smart city roadmap – one that includes ways to mitigate the disasters you'll soon experience.
Smart city thought leader Gordon Feller proposes three steps cities can take to better harness the power of the cloud. What's interesting is that it's not all about technology. Find out why the hardest parts are about people, process and policy issues.