Public safety and security

Secret to better police relations? Lewiston: Be yourself on social media

Wed, 2016-01-13 06:00 -- Kevin Ebi

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.

Black & Veatch lends a hand (and talent) to nationwide smart cities initiative

Wed, 2016-01-13 06:00 -- SCC Staff

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.

Why Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas are moving from "apps" to "frameworks"

Fri, 2016-01-08 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

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.

Tell your police department! What Baltimore learned about body cams

Tue, 2016-01-05 12:36 -- Kevin Ebi

Baltimore’s police have been forced into handing over their body cameras. A pilot project is over. But they want them back — now! See what the city learned from its pilot and the best practices it’s using to develop a long-term strategy to return them to the streets.

How Jaipur got ahead in the race to create innovation zones

Fri, 2015-12-18 06:50 -- Doug Peeples

While India’s central government works toward its goal of 100 smart cities, some cities and states are taking matters into their own hands and striking out on their own. Read our story to learn how the city of Jaipur is developing a smart city infrastructure and services – with considerable help from Smart Cities Council partners Cisco, GE and Qualcomm.

Missing out on street light benefits? 3 fresh ideas from Copenhagen

Fri, 2015-12-18 06:50 -- SCC Partner

Copenhagen is already one of the world’s most sustainable cities, but it has an even bigger vision: to be completely carbon neutral. See how many different things its doing with smart street lights from Silver Spring Networks and why they play such a key role in reaching its sustainability and livability goals.

Daimler, BMW and Audi: How they're moving us closer to self-driving cars

Tue, 2015-12-15 11:49 -- Doug Peeples

Daimler, BMW and Audi recently wrapped up their acquisition of HERE, a provider of maps and location services for smart phones and connected cars -- and they fully expect to improve on an the already popular platform and bring us closer to a world of highly-automated, safer, more convenient driving. Read the story to learn why your driving future could be very different.

Need help with climate goals? Smart lights give Mississauga 4 ways to save (power and money)

Tue, 2015-12-15 11:07 -- SCC Partner

Street lighting is one of a city’s biggest energy expenses and a Canadian city is well on its way to cutting that expense by more than half. Energy-efficient LEDs are a good start, but only a start. See how Mississagua worked with Elster to save more than 13 million kWh of energy this year through intelligent, adaptive lights.

App lets citizens tattle on police. How Johns Creek is bringing officers and the public together

Fri, 2015-11-20 06:00 -- Kevin Ebi

After high profile brutality cases, police officers are under the public’s microscope like never before and a new app makes it easier than ever for people to launch civil rights complaints. But cities like Johns Creek, Georgia, are using technology to build relationships between the police and the public they serve.

5G broadband could be the ticket for even smarter smart cities

Wed, 2015-11-11 06:00 -- SCC Staff

5G mobile broadband is on the horizon and it’s generating a lot of excitement. At a time when almost every device will likely be connected to the Internet of Things, 5G technology's mega-fast speed and far greater bandwidth than 4G mean it will be used in a variety of applications, from connected transportation to more responsive, smarter cities. Read about some of them in our story.