Cyber threats are growing in sophistication and frequency, and while the targets we usually hear about are big banks and businesses, cities get their share of attention from hackers too. And cities don't always have the expertise to deal with them. A new National Cyber Intelligence Center may help fill that need.
What the smart cities initiative really needs is a common platform for technology adoption that can be shared across different cities. At least that's the opinion of several industry leaders in Europe. Read the story to learn what they have in mind and why collaboration is such a big part of what they want to do.
The researchers with Council Associate Partner IDC are back with their smart cities predictions for 2016. The primary focus remains a combination of sustainable development, livability and economic growth. However, that focus will be more sharply defined in the next few years. Read the story for a quick glimpse into the near future -- and a mistake most cities are expected to make.
Council Associate Partner Black & Veatch will contribute its engineering and construction expertise to Envision America, a nationwide program devoted to helping cities speed up and successfully deploy their smart cities programs. Read the story to learn more about the company's role in the initiative.
While many cities are taking advantage of smart traffic management technologies to make streets safer and less congested for both cars and pedestrians, car makers are doing much the same. Of course the difference is they're putting the technology in their cars. The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class from Council Lead Partner Daimler is a good example of how the future of autonomous driving could unfold.
By some measures, the public’s confidence in police has never been worse. As departments look for ideas to repair or preserve their relationships with the communities they serve, they may want to look to Lewiston, Maine, and neighboring agencies that have found powerful success using social media to show officers as real people.
AT&T has just unveiled a comprehensive portfolio of new offerings -- from infrastructure monitoring to transportation -- to help cities provide a safe, clean environment to live in. And some major U.S. cities are already on board. Maybe your city should be, too.
From free gym memberships and disaster preparedness maps to online resources for trash collection, litter removal and business data, check out what these five enterprising cities are doing for ideas that you can put to work in your own community.
While Enel has a substantial presence in South America, the company this week fired up a solar power plant in Chile and last week began construction on a new solar plant in Brazil -- adding to an already broad portfolio of wind, solar and hydropower in the two countries. Read the story to learn more about Enel's expanding role in bringing clean power to the region.
Veolia is bringing its energy management experience into a partnership with Finnish oil refiner Neste and an Austrian petrochemical company, Borealis, to build a CHP plant which will supply power and steam for Neste and Borealis. Read the story to learn about the secure, safe, efficient -- and cleaner -- power plant they're building.