Many cities that want a sustainable, reliable energy future are going with renewables, advanced metering, energy efficiency programs or a combination of those and other technologies. Many others are planning to do the same. Regardless of your approach, data analytics and sensors are key to making it all work. Read the story to learn why.
Managing large commercial buildings for optimum cost-effectiveness and energy efficiency isn't easy. Just ask owners and operators. But help is on the way. IBM and Siemens are pooling their resources on a cloud-based building energy management system that promises to make those goals attainable -- and sustainable.
New multi-faceted technologies designed to bundle a variety of solutions seem to be arriving faster all the time. Among them is the latest Itron offering: a communications platform designed for multiple uses by smart cities and electric and water utilities. It may be an option for your city and the utilities that serve it.
If you’re in Europe and you are interested in bringing together spatial and temporal data to improve your city, check out a new pilot city request that could provide some funds to help you do the work. The project is led by the Open Geospatial Consortium, which advocates for an open, vendor-neutral standards platform.
At a time when climate change has the potential to threaten our food supplies, farmers can use all the help they can get. A competition arranged by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Council Lead Partner Microsoft yielded several innovative ways to ensure a sustainable, resilient food supply -- and they all relied on open data.
Cities collect lots of data. The issue has been how to pull meaningful answers out of it. Technology from Imex Systems and IBM is allowing cities — and their citizens — to pose questions and get real answers, even from data that is unstructured. See how it works.
Politicians usually try to hide bad news, but in Boston, it’s displayed on a giant virtual scoreboard alongside the good. It’s part of the city’s new open data CityScore dashboard, designed to build public trust and encourage city staff to do better. See if the approach is right for you.
Chicago residents no longer have to be data experts to find the answers they want in the city’s open data repositories. A new map view makes analyzing data easy. And Chicago is offering to help your city too. Learn how.
Could your city budget use an extra $1 million infusion? Predictive analytics helped Kentucky find that in just a few months by pinpointing fraud on tax returns. And it’s a system the public overall should love. Learn how it’s helping law-abiding citizens get tax refunds faster than ever.
For governments in states with below freezing winters road preservation and repair can take a big bite out of maintenance budgets when spring thaws bring warmer weather. Read the story to learn about a promising data collection project that could help those jurisdictions make more accurate, informed decisions about when and where to impose weight restrictions to protect their roads.