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. Here, then, are the top 10 smart cities: 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.) 6.) 7.) 8.) 9.) 10.)
Cities New technologies for smart grids and intelligent metering can enable urban energy networks that dynamically respond to human mobility and behavior patterns. Today, networked demand response systems can reduce peak loading on our aging electric grids but the integration of renewable energy sources is still difficult due to intermittency. Project in this theme will focus on the exploration of DC microgrids for compact urban cells that incorporate localized renewable energy generation sources such as rooftop solar and microturbines. These local DC power networks can reduce AC/DC conversion losses in residential buildings and provide direct connections to photovoltaic energy and battery-based energy storage. Projects include: Dynamic smart grids that respond to human mobility and behavior patternsElectric (DC) microgrids for compact urban cells and renewable energySecond-life of auto batteries for energy buffer and vehicle chargingDC power networks for residential buildings
Lufa Farms Inc. Our Vision We grow food where people live and grow it more sustainably. This means growing on no new land; capturing rainwater; recirculating 100% of irrigation water and nutrients; reducing energy use; composting green waste; using biological controls instead of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides; and delivering produce to customers on the same day it’s harvested. This also means developing the expertise and technology to make this type of agriculture efficient, data-driven, and scalable.
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. It is against this background that the concept of the smart city has been introduced as a strategic device to encompass modern urban production factors in a common framework and to highlight the growing importance of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), social and environmental capital in profiling the competitiveness of cities. The significance of these two assets - social and environmental capital - itself goes a long way to distinguish smart cities from their more technology-laden counterparts, drawing a clear line between them and what goes under the name of either digital or intelligent cities. Definition Policy context
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Smart Cities | Connected Living GSMA Smart Cities Index Making cities smarter with mobile Guide to Smart Cities A practical guide to the smart city opportunity for mobile operators Connected Living in a Smart Home Experience the new services mobile connectivity is bringing consumers in today's smart home Energy Data Management Managing energy consumption on multiple sites - Case Study Smart Cities Cities around the world are facing a dual challenge of a growing population and climate change. GSMA Smart Cities Index The GSMA is uniquely positioned to collaborate with cities globally and create a common index for measuring ‘Mobile Connected’ Smart Cities. Establishing key indicators to evaluate costs and benefits of smart city projects is crucial to justify the investment from municipalities, private sector and financial institutions. Visit the GSMA Smart Cities Index website to learn more. Join the latest discussion in the Smart Cities Forum
Molenbeek, un nid de terroristes ? Cette commune de Bruxelles est le lieu d’une belle alternative Molenbeek, quartier populaire de l’ouest de Bruxelles, est le plus dense de la capitale belge avec 100.000 habitants. Un quartier pauvre où le revenu moyen n’excède pas les 9.000 euros/an et où la population immigrée est très présente. À sa limite Est, en bordure du quartier historique en plein renouvellement de Tour & Taxis, se trouve une ancienne friche ferroviaire que la région, à travers son administration Bruxelles environnement, a voulu réhabiliter main dans la main avec les habitants. Le résultat de l’aménagement de cet espace vert de cinq hectares, Parckfarm, est saisissant. L’autogestion organisée par l’administration tranche avec les pratiques habituelles des pouvoirs publics sur la démocratie participative et l’implication des citoyens. Ici, on est dans le réel, la création de lien social au sens propre et concret. Le sens de l’esthétisme Campement de SDF. Le poulailler KOT-KOT. Manier le papier administratif et le dialogue institutionnel La serre, au milieu du parc.
IBM Smarter Cities Challenge hops on board to help with transit-oriented development | OttawaStart.com 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. The City is planning to create compact neighbourhoods with mixes of business and residential development around the light-rail stations through the adoption of Transit-Oriented Development plans that will be presented to planning committee for approval later this fall. The latest community news headlines Click here for more OttawaStart headlines... Search our news archive
Paris se lance dans un plan de végétalisation de ses toitures Le béton est actuellement un des matériaux de construction le plus utilisé dans le monde : il constituerait plus de 2/3 des habitations mondiales. Il est pourtant reconnu comme étant largement énergivore et source de multiples dégradations de l’environnement. Face à l’hégémonie du béton dans la plupart des zones urbaines, une volonté de redonner de la place à la nature fait son apparition en France dans la seconde moitié du 20ème siècle. La végétalisation, c’est son nom, est aujourd’hui devenu un phénomène que les pouvoirs publics voient comme un outil de lutte contre le réchauffement climatique. Comme l’illustre la volonté de Paris de végétaliser 100 hectares de bâti d’ici 2020. Végétaliser la capitale française… Derrière le terme de végétalisation se cache l’action volontaire de reconquérir les terrains dénaturés par l’action humaine (ou par des catastrophes naturelles) grâce à la replantation de diverses espèces végétales. … pour lutter contre le réchauffement climatique
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.
Food deserts and fresh food access aren’t the problem. Poverty, not obesity, makes people sick. Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images A dozen recently and currently incarcerated women gathered in a classroom across the street from their San Francisco jail and considered a bulb of fennel. Crowded around a few small tables, the students peppered their teacher, Vera Pittman, with questions. “Do we have to eat the hair?” “It’s fronds, not hair,” said Pittman, walking the fennel to each table so everyone could inhale its licorice-like smell. The fennel 101 lesson was part of a cooking class called Soul Food, a program started by a local chef and aimed at teaching low-income women how to cook and eat fresh and local foods. Since 2004 there’s been a sharp spike in the number of programs like Soul Food that are aimed at reducing such health disparities by making fresh food more accessible to low-income people. The first lady became fresh food’s most prominent booster when she announced the Healthy Food Financing Initiative in 2010.
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. "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. The main challenge for smart cities technology going forward is to scale technologies from pilot projects to citywide projects. Photo: Flickr/Stuck in Customs