Public safety and security

Dissecting ISO 37120: How safe is your city? (Hint: run the numbers on homicides and response times)

Wed, 2014-09-10 06:00 -- SCC Staff

The number of homicides and the size of your police force are key indicators, according to the latest installment of our series on the new smart city standard. But George Karayannis says city leaders need to track response times and other criminal activity to really understand how safe their city is (or is not). Don't miss this one.

New IBM chip promises tech solutions that learn and reason

Wed, 2014-09-10 06:00 -- Doug Cooley

Let the brainstorming begin for the brain-mimicking computer chip unveiled by IBM. Promising a paradigm shift in computing technology, the chip carries one million electronic "neurons" and relies on webs of transistors that work like a brain's neural networks. What kind of solutions could it yield for cities? Click for details.

Dissecting ISO 37120: Fire and emergency response indicators -- how safe is your city?

Wed, 2014-08-20 06:00 -- SCC Staff

The new smart city standard measures a city's ability to protect people from natural and man-made emergencies using response times and other indicators. In this latest installment of our ISO 37120 series, George Karayannis explains how the standard can help cities benchmark their operations and possibly save more lives.