Researchers at the University of Sheffield are trying to figure that one out. They've created a calculation model and are using a set of 31 indicators to measure economics, infrastructure and social benefits of mobile connected smart cities. See how 11 cities have measured up so far.
City officials wondering how important it is to optimize their networks for mobile users may be interested in a recent report from Cisco. The networking giant predicts that the global appetite for data access via mobile devices will exponentially soar between now and 2018. Click to see one way smart cities are taking advantage of the boom.
Smart cities must have lots of wireless bandwidth. That's a challenge -- but one Council Global Partner Qualcomm is taking on. Working with Sprint, Qualcomm is piloting small cell sites that improve coverage in dense urban environments where high demand leads to spotty service. Get the details.
Two major utilities based in Italy are exploring how they might leverage each other’s networks and infrastructures to improve service and operations. It's a smart way to get more bang for their euro, as you'll see in this new excerpt from the Smart Cities Readiness Guide.
Today government apps for smartphones are still seen as progressive -- a bonus. But a new survey suggests that soon they will be expected. Click for three areas where survey respondents said apps contribute to their satisfaction with city life.
We were interested to see this market research report that confirms many of the beliefs that led to the founding of the Smart Cities Council. It provides important insights about smart cities as the way forward – and ways to get started. We think you'll find it interesting too.
With so many cities clamoring for ways to deploy citywide wireless networks, it's curious to see a California city talking about dismantling the free wi-fi system it launched back in 2007. Click for what's behind the Riverside council's thinking.
A survey of public officials found that 69% of them see economic factors as the number one reason why cities need fast fiber networks. Yet only a fraction of them are actively pursuing public fiber networks. Find out why (and what they can do about it).
To create some buzz around fast fiber networks, a New Zealand telecomm infrastructure company is hosting a year-long competition. When all is said and done, one town will claim the prize as NZ's fiber showcase. Get details on this time-tested approach.
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.