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Cisco launches openBerlin innovation hub in Berlin. October 20, 2015 in Innovation Cool Berlin is now getting real traction as a tech hub, with Cisco announcing the launch of its openBerlin innovation centre and planning to invest some $30 million in the location over the next few years. openBerlin, located in the Berlin-Schöneberg district, will look to bring together start-ups, app developers, accelerators, government organisations, universities and industry partners with a city focus on manufacturing, logistics and transportation. However, what openBerlin won’t be is an incubator, an accelerator or any kind of company builder. Rather, it’s meant to function as an ‘open digital platform’ offering an infrastructure for all kinds of partners to use.

The centre includes a dedicated space to demonstrate the Internet of Things in action, and open areas where customers, start-ups, communities, researchers, entrepreneurs and technology enthusiasts can work and brainstorm new ideas and technologies. So, a Silicon Schöneberg? Nope. London ranks first in European Digital City Index. October 26, 2015 in Which European city ranks number one for in the European Digital City Index for supporting digital entrepreneurs? That would be London, ahead of Amsterdam and Stockholm.

It’s difficult to get over its hard advantages, you see. Not only is London’s venture capital industry the most developed in Europe, but the presence of so many financial services firms clearly helpspromote a growing number of fintech and crowdfunding start-ups — think Seedrs, Funding Circle, Transferwise et al. Plus, London is also the accelerator and co-working capital of Europe, while its start-up scene is supported by a strong creative cluster around Silicon Roundabout. However, the downside is the UK capital’s spectacular housing and office rental costs. Fast-growing Berlin ranks just seventh. There may be some surprise that Berlin is not ranked higher, but the city is let down slightly by its digital infrastructure score and high cost of labour.

Smart City Applications, Smart City Solutions, Software For Smart City, Internet of Things. Global City Indicators Facility. Global Cities Institute. The Real-Time City? Big Data and Smart Urbanism by Rob Kitchin. National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUI Maynooth) - NIRSAJuly 3, 2013 Abstract: ‘Smart cities’ is a term that has gained traction in academia, business and government to describe cities that, on the one hand, are increasingly composed of and monitored by pervasive and ubiquitous computing and, on the other, whose economy and governance is being driven by innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, enacted by smart people.

This paper focuses on the former and how cities are being instrumented with digital devices and infrastructure that produce ‘big data’ which enable real-time analysis of city life, new modes of technocratic urban governance, and a re-imagining of cities. The paper details a number of projects that seek to produce a real-time analysis of the city and provides a critical reflection on the implications of big data and smart urbanism. Number of Pages in PDF File: 20 Keywords: big data, smart cities, urbanism, real-time analysis, data analytics, ubiquitous computing. The Programmable City | How is the city translated into software and data, and how does software reshape the city? The world (or just fanboys) will soon be waiting with baited breath as Apple launches its entry into the wearable technology market with the release of the iWatch. Apple’s HealthKit interface With the bundling of the Apple HealthKit into iOS8, the trailblazers of the mobile digital technology industry have moved into the hybrid mobile/wearable space, and towards a wearable rather than haptic interface future for mobile technology.

The intertwining of mobile and wearable technology is in tandem with the tethering of these technologies to the body and to the vast databanks and data analytic algorithms of big data companies that use this information to assess the trends and predictabilities of everyday life. We term these technologies as enablers of the “quantified self”. The quantified self is itself a product of the continual measuring of datapoints harvested from the individual and continually compared to the measured past and a predicted future.

Bibliography and further reading Plato. Mapping Smart cities in the EU - smart-cities.pdf. Smart cities : où sont-elles en Europe ? Les Etats membres de l'Union européenne comptent pas moins de 240 villes intelligentes. 18 d'entre elles se situent en France. 94 381 454, c'est le nombre de personnes qui coulent des jours heureux dans l'une des 240 villes de plus de 100 000 habitants dites "intelligentes" que comptent les 28 Etats membres de l'Union européenne. C'est en tout cas ce qu'estime une étude publiée par la Commission de l'industrie, de la recherche et de l'énergie du Parlement européen. Si ces cités méritent ce qualificatif, c'est parce qu'elles possèdent au minimum l'une des caractéristiques suivantes, listées par le spécialiste Rudolf Giffinger, professeur à l'université technologique de Vienne (et détaillées au-dessous de la carte) : une administration intelligente, une économie intelligente, une mobilité intelligente, un environnement intelligent, des habitants intelligents et enfin un mode de vie intelligent.

Quelles sont ces villes ? Passez votre souris sur une ville pour afficher les données. The 10 Smartest Cities In The World. We all have our favorite cities, and our subjective reasons for choosing them. They make us happy, keep us entertained, look beautiful at night. Whatever it is. The Cities In Motion Index doesn't care about that. It has objective data: 50 sets of it in all, covering every facet of urban life, from the economy and governance to technology and urban planning. The result is that some perpetually favorite places--Rome and Istanbul for instance--don't fare so well (Rome is 54th out of 135) in a ranking of "smartness," a catch-all phrase for a well-operated city that is pleasant to live in. They look like middle-rankers compared to the top three cities: Tokyo, London, and New York.

Buenos Aires (106th place) sounds pretty bad when you think about the 105 cities ranked above it, while Dallas (13th) looks set for the future. The ranking is put together by IESE Business School, in Spain, and gives a sense of cities' sustainability, in the broadest sense. No city is perfect. What could design a city? As part of its project on the cities of the future, the BBC asked a series of experts to explain their vision of where they would like to live in the future. With input from those who are planning new cities to people who are retro-fitting old ones and even a child's view of the future, we asked one simple question: "What if you could design a city from scratch? " We have had some intriguing answers, from those who think the smart cities of the future will rely on technology to those who want to put people centre stage. And for the children, who will after all be the citizens of these future urban spaces, the vision is more fantastical. But then, who wouldn't want a city with tree-high swimming pools full of sweets?

Guru Banavar - IBM Guru Banavar is IBM's chief technology officer and was the chief architect behind Rio de Janeiro's control centre. A well-designed digital infrastructure will support decision-making by public managers as well as private citizens. Let me give you an example. Tomorrow's cities: Do you want to live in a smart city? How do you fancy living in a city with which you can interact? A city that acts more like a living organism, a city that can respond to your needs. Around the world such cities are already being built, from Masdar in Abu Dhabi to Songdo in South Korea. Now the chaotic city near you may be in line for a makeover. In the future everything in a city, from the electricity grid, to the sewer pipes to roads, buildings and cars will be connected to the network. But how do we get to this smarter future. And is it a future we even want? Technology firms such as IBM, Siemens, Microsoft, Intel and Cisco are busy selling their software to solve a range of city problems, from water leaks to air pollution to traffic congestion.

In Singapore, Stockholm and California, IBM is gathering traffic data and running it via algorithms to predict where a traffic jam will occur an hour before it has happened. IBM argues that it does get citizens involved in its smart city projects. It worries Mr Townsend. New Citi-Commissioned EIU Report Projects Competitiveness of 120 of the World's Major Cities in 2025. New York – A new Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) research report, "Hot Spots 2025: Benchmarking the Future Competitiveness of Cities," commissioned by Citi, projects that São Paulo, Incheon and Mumbai will see the greatest surge in global competitiveness between 2012 and 2025. Released today at the New Cities Summit in São Paulo, the report forecasts the competitiveness of 120 cities in 2025 based on their projected ability to attract capital, business, talent and tourists.

"Around the world, cities continue to evolve as the centers of innovation and engines of economic growth," said Citi CEO Michael Corbat. "Core to Citi's strategy is a focus on the 150 cities we believe will shape the world in the years ahead. The Citi-commissioned EIU research will enhance understanding of the factors driving urban competitiveness and illuminate how the highest performing cities continue to create competitive advantages. " Key findings of "Hot Spots 2025" include: Hot Spots of Competitiveness in 2025. Tomorrow's cities: Just how smart is Songdo? As cities around the world look to technology to make themselves "smarter" many are watching Songdo.

Built with smart technologies very much a part of its DNA, it sits adjacent to Seoul, already regarded as one of the hi-tech capitals of the world. So has the experimental city, dubbed by some as a "city-in-a-box" because of its reliance on technology, been a success? Building a city from scratch offers challenges as well as opportunities. In South Korea, part of that challenge is to deliver a markedly smarter city than Koreans are used to. Seoul's underground railway already offers high-speed wi-fi; it is easy to send emails or watch videos while walking along the high street; there are electronic panels at the exits of railway stations, revealing the waiting times for connecting buses; and companies like Samsung are already working on linking household devices to your mobile phone.

So what else can a city like Songdo offer? Clever rubbish Park life. Tomorrow's cities: How big data is changing the world. 27 August 2013Last updated at 22:50 GMT By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter Should happiness become a general measurement of city life? You may not be that bothered about the idea of living in a smart city but I bet you'd love to live in one that was happy. The data to measure the happiness of a city is already all around us, in the tweets we send on an hourly basis to the profiles we share on Facebook. And increasingly that data is being captured and analysed to gauge the health and happiness of a nation. Take the Hedonometer project which this year set out to map happiness levels in cities across the US using data from Twitter. Using 37 million geolocated tweets from more than 180,000 people in the US, the team from the Advanced Computing Centre at the University of Vermont rated words as either happy or sad.

It found words such as "starving" and "heartburn" were written far more frequently in cities with a high percentage of obese citizens. Data overload Continue reading the main story. Building cities of the future now. 21 February 2013Last updated at 01:14 ET By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter Technology being used in urban communities around the world hints at how we may live in the cities of the future Around the world new cities are being built while those we have lived in for centuries are being upgraded for the future. It is partly a reaction to over-crowding and pollution and partly because in an ever-connected world it makes increasing sense to hook entire cities up to the network.

A smarter city may mean one that uses data on traffic to ease congestion or one that aims to join up services to provide better information for citizens. Technology firms such such as IBM and Cisco see smart cities as a huge business opportunity but, alongside the schemes being touted by technology firms, are more grass root projects which aim to empower citizens and allow them a say in how the city will look. Here, we look at some of the most talked-about projects: Masdar is reporting energy efficiencies of around 30% Tomorrow's cities: Rio de Janeiro's bid to become a smart city. 8 September 2013Last updated at 21:09 ET By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter Rio: Latin America's first 'smart city'? Rio de Janeiro's famously chaotic favelas are as much a landmark of the city as the Christ statue or Sugarloaf Mountain but few would see them as the natural home to smart technologies.

However, a remarkable project is under way that is already changing lives, and it is one of which the city government, keen to put Rio on the map as Latin America's first smart city, should take note. Morro dos Prazeres favela is one of the areas that has been mapped by teenagers The project, co-ordinated by Unicef in collaboration with local non-government organisation CEDAPS (Centro de Promocao da Saude) has local teenagers digitally mapping five favelas in order to highlight some of the challenges for those living there.

The data is uploaded to a website and added to an online map. It is proving an effective way of getting changes made. How smart? Camera view School campaign “Start Quote. The city of 2050. Sensor networks Experts predict that everything, from street furniture to roads to the homes we live in, will be connected to the network. All these objects will produce vast amounts of data and some cities may build Nasa-style control centres to make predictions about city life, including where crimes may be committed. Smart buildings Buildings will have taken on a life of their own, controlling heating, lighting and security with little human intervention.

Architects envisage buildings becoming far more sustainable, producing their own power and reusing rain water. Buildings may be able to store energy in huge batteries, while homes put excess electricity back into the smart grid. Robo-taxis It is likely cars will be self-driving. Traffic lights will no longer be necessary. Farmscrapers Forget the skyscrapers that dominate our city skylines.

Shopping Going to the shops may be very different in 2050. 3D printing is likely to be available in many shops allowing people to create bespoke items. Global cities of the future: An interactive map. Over the next 13 years, 600 cities will account for nearly 65 percent of global GDP growth. Which of them will contribute the largest number of children or elderly to the world’s population?

Which will rank among the top 25 cities by per capita GDP? How will regional patterns of growth differ? Explore these questions by browsing through this revised and updated interactive global map below, which contains city-specific highlights from the McKinsey Global Institute’s database of more than 2,600 metropolitan areas around the world. Interactive.