San Jose's new wireless project: a prime example of "Think big, but start small"

Thu, 2018-04-26 14:01 -- Doug Peeples

San Jose and AT&T are working together on a project to improve wireless coverage in the city for citizens and first responders. It's not a big project. However, if all goes well it will be the key that unlocks a tremendous number of opportunities to enhance city services — and the city's livability.

NYC's free Wi-Fi network is getting a boost (a reliability boost, that is)

Thu, 2018-04-19 14:32 -- Doug Peeples

When cities provide a popular service, they need to be sure it's dependable, that everything works as it should — or they'll be getting an earful from frustrated citizens. Learn about the smart technologies New York City is using to ensure its network of kiosks offering free public phone calls and Wi-Fi is always on.

Australia turns on world's first 5G Wi-Fi hot spots (and yes, it's a big deal)

Wed, 2018-04-04 14:29 -- Doug Peeples

Australian telecom Telstra has turned on what is said to be the world's first 5G-enabled Wi-Fi hot spots available to the public as part of an evaluation of its next generation technology. Click for details and why it's such an important development for smart cities.

Update: All states on board for new public safety broadband network

Thu, 2018-01-04 14:55 -- Doug Peeples

It's unanimous. All 50 states have decided to opt-in in to what will be the country's first nationwide public safety broadband communications network. Click to learn about how the new network is expected to improve emergency response times, disaster recovery and first responder efficiency.

Trending: the demand for IT professionals continues

Wed, 2017-12-27 16:06 -- Doug Peeples

A new report says companies in many cities expect to add IT professionals to their staffs in the first half of 2018, as they have been this year. Cities looking for talent to help them with their smart city initiatives should be aware that competition for those skilled professionals is expected to remain strong.

Are citizen-led projects the way forward for smart cities?

Wed, 2017-11-08 00:35 -- SCC Europe Staff

Involving citizens in public data collection and decision-making processes is helping cities across Europe narrow in on the projects and areas that really need shaping. Cities like Oradea in Romania have connected its public institutions to a single platform, making everything from tax paying to medical appointments easily accessible for citizens. Citizen science and sensors in Amsterdam, meanwhile, have helped monitor the city’s air quality.

Bristol takes the lead as the UK's smartest smart city. Here's why...

Thu, 2017-10-26 16:02 -- Doug Peeples

The UK has long been considered a hotbed of smart city innovation and progress, with London at the top of the list. But as of earlier this week, that spotlight is shining on Bristol. Read our story to find out why (and what your city can do to be like Bristol).