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Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) Digital Cities kick-off workshop - EIT ICT Labs. The focus of the workshop is to launch 2013 activities on Citizen-Centric Cities (CCC), a paradigm allowing governments and municipalities to enhance the participation of the citizens in the information, decision, and implementation processes for a better life in the city.
It will also set up the bases for 2014. When? Where? This workshop will take place on February 20 at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris Agenda 9:00 - 9:30 Welcome and registration 9:30 - 10:00 Objectives of Digital Cities in 2013: Khaldoun Al Agha. IDC releases smart cities predictions for 2013. IDC Government Insights has revealed its first annual “Worldwide Smart City 2013 Top 10 Predictions,” highlighting market predictions for the year ahead.
What will smart cities get smart about this year? What will smart cities get smart about this year?
Although the global smart city movement is growing as a significant force for open data, and municipal IT innovation and investment, several key issues will influence the direction of the program this year. Market researcher IDC Government Insights has released its smart city predictions for 2013, a list of prioritized business drivers and technology trends that will shape the local government IT landscape this year.
Smart cities market: $20 billion by 2020. The market for smart city technology -- from transportation management and water monitoring systems to smart grids -- is already well over a billion dollars per year.
Last year the market reached $6.3 billion. By 2020, the market value will more than triple, to $20.2 billion annually, according to a new report from Pike Research. With 6.3 billion people expected to populate cities by 2050, and booming growth happening in developing countries, it's no surprise that cities are looking for tools to improve efficiency in everything from transportation to energy use. But it isn't just opportunistic tech companies pushing the technologies. "Over the last twelve months, the market has shifted away from being shaped largely by technology suppliers and city developers," says Pike's research director Eric Woods. Market Analysis.
Smart Cities: Europe. IBM Smarter Cities Challenge hops on board to help with transit-oriented development. News • Posted by OttawaStart on September 11, 2012 The City of Ottawa welcomed a team of IBM experts today as they begin a three-week, pro bono consulting engagement on ways to encourage new development along Ottawa’s future Light Rail Transit (LRT) corridor.
The project is being funded by an IBM 2012 Smarter Cities Challenge grant valued at US$400,000 and will be led by a team from IBM’s global technology workforce to work closely with City leaders and deliver recommendations on the City’s LRT plan. “We are extremely privileged to receive this free work as part of the 2012 IBM Smart City Challenge,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “I am looking forward to their expert recommendations on how we can turn our Transit-Oriented Development plans into action, creating new destination neighbourhoods in Ottawa”
Connected Living. The Top 10 Smart Cities On The Planet. Last year, I spent considerable time researching best practices for climate resilient cities—an endeavor that culminated in what I believe was the first ever global ranking of resilient cities.
Now, after extensive research on smart cities initiatives around the globe, I have developed what may be the first ever global rankings of smart cities. The term "smart cities" is a bit ambiguous. Some people choose a narrow definition—i.e. cities that use information and communication technologies to deliver services to their citizens. I prefer a broader definition: Smart cities use information and communication technologies (ICT) to be more intelligent and efficient in the use of resources, resulting in cost and energy savings, improved service delivery and quality of life, and reduced environmental footprint—all supporting innovation and the low-carbon economy.
The Role of ICT in the Governance of Smart Cities. .....how to turn technological infrastructures into value for society.....
An overwhelming body of scientific evidence now clearly indicates that climate change is a serious and urgent issue . In parallel, the unprecedented growth in the world population occurred over the last centuries coupled with the gradual increase in developing countries’ spending power has contributed to exacerbate the unsustainability of existing consumption patterns. The drawing of world’s natural resources at a faster pace that they can be restored, has been proven over the decades to be one of the main pitfalls of modern socioeconomic systems . The combined effect of the above phenomena is gradually but steadily leading the world towards a global environmental, economic and social collapse. As put in the Stern review: “There exists a serious risk of major irreversible change with non-marginal effects on modern life as we know it today” . Enrico Ferro.  N. .  D.H. .  R. .  A. New Cities Foundation.
Innovative City Convention » Smart Grids for Smart City. Smart city. Urban performance currently depends not only on the city's endowment of hard infrastructure ('physical capital'), but also, and increasingly so, on the availability and quality of knowledge communication and social infrastructure ('intellectual capital and social capital').
The latter form of capital is decisive for urban competitiveness.