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.
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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.
To find innovative ideas for solving five of the toughest transportation challenges, Siemens this week launched its Mobility IDEA Contest. Members of the public and university students are invited to submit ideas (and there are prizes). Get the details.
Love them or hate them, our fascination with selfies is greatly helping detectives solve tough cases faster. Find out how police are using them to solve everything from random crimes to missing person cases.
Microsoft is marking the one-year anniversary of CityNext, its smart cities initiative, which is already reducing energy use and pollution, improving healthcare and boosting efficiency. Read some of the ways cities around the world are getting smarter via CityNext solutions.
As more people become glued to their smartphones, the number of car-pedestrian accidents has climbed steadily. Find out about a new solution researchers are working on that doesn’t involve taking people’s phones away.
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.
Assessing the structural integrity of buildings and bridges can a be risky, time-consuming business. Learn how octocopter drones could provide engineers with more and better information faster – and keep them safer.
Residents of 79 cities in Europe were surveyed on various aspects of their lives, from education and housing to noise levels, air quality and healthcare. Click for a look at how the data adds up.
Chicago has been a trailblazer in using the Internet of Everything to tackle a wide assortment of municipal issues. Click to read how the city's connected strategy is paying off in reducing crime, traffic congestion and even pests.