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What Exactly Is A Smart City?

What Exactly Is A Smart City?
Having worked in the smart cities space for several years now, I am encouraged by the growth of the sector and the pace of technological advancements being developed for urban environments. However, I believe that the smart-cities movement is being held back by a lack of clarity and consensus around what a smart city is and what the components of a smart city actually are. While some people continue to take a narrow view of smart cities by seeing them as places that make better use of information and communication technology (ICT), the cities I work with (and most of the participants in the #smartchat, a monthly Twitterchat about smart cities held on the first Wednesday of each month) all view smart cities as a broad, integrated approach to improving the efficiency of city operations, the quality of life for its citizens, and growing the local economy. Later this year, I’ll publish my annual rankings of smart cities here on Co.Exist. Step 1: Create a Vision with Citizen Engagement

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What being ‘smart’ means for cities - Raconteur The word “smart” seemingly gets attached to almost anything nowadays, from the ubiquitous mobile phone to even condoms. The phrase “smart city” though turns 25 this year, coined back in 1992, around the time of the Rio Earth Summit. Typing it into a search engine today will generate more than 15 million hits. Figures for the smart city market appear similarly impressive, at first.

Melbourne, Barcelona, San Francisco: three smart cities changing the world Last month, Chris Vein’s article about why we need smart cities kicked off a conversation about Australia’s future and the role smart cities will play in it. Here, he cites three cities around the world that exemplify the new perspectives that smart cities must bring. The power of change has an impact on our lives every day. theconversation This is the second article in our series Making Cities Work. It considers the problems of providing critical infrastructure and how we might produce the innovations and reforms needed to meet 21st-century needs and challenges. Australia, one of the world’s most urbanised nations, is looking to up its investment in digital technologies to make our cities work better.

A Minister for Cities, great. Now for a Smart Cities discussion Adam Beck has just returned from Smart Cities Week in Washington DC, where he chaired one of the sessions. The opportunities for smart cities are unrelenting, he says, and at their heart is social benefit. The article title read “Australian cities in no hurry to become smart”. Asked if Australian cities were dragging their heels compared with others around the world, Cisco chief executive John Chambers said: “You run a risk if you don’t make a move.” The article was run in the Sydney Morning Herald in late 2014, which clearly profiled the mood at the time of the Smart Cities agenda in Australia. With a Minister for Cities now in place, could Australia be ready to put its grown-up pants on and join the global Smart Cities movement?

שולחן עגול עיר חכמה - IT News אלי וויימן (מנחה): רקע לדיון התכנסנו לדיון שולחן עגול בנושא שהחל לרכז תשומת לב בעיקר בעולם המערבי, באירופה ואמריקה, שקיבל את הכותרת "עיר חכמה", ובאנגלית Smart City. מאחר וקיים לא מעט חוסר אחידות בהגדרות של מה זו עיר חכמה, אני מציע שנתחיל בהסכמה לפחות אצלנו בין חברי הצוות בהגדרת המבחן: מה היא עיר חכמה? בדיונים שהשתתפתי בהם בחו"ל היו מומחים שדרשו לא פחות מ-24 קריטריונים לעיר חכמה, בעוד אחרים הסתפקו ב-6 קריטריונים. איך אתם רואים את מבחן הכניסה לליגה של ערים חכמות?

OpenGrid for Smart Cities In January of this year, officials at Chicago’s Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) launched OpenGrid, a map-based application that provides residents with a way to visually understand complex municipal data. OpenGrid’s mission is to improve Chicagoans’ ability to meaningfully use open data beyond the capacity of current data portals. The program is easily accessible via any web browser on desktops, tablets, and phones. The application is called OpenGrid for a reason: it is open-source. Since DoIT’s beginnings several years ago, open source programming has been a core principle of DoIT’s data and analytics work.

City of Boston using data to improve firefighting and other services, report says The city of Boston is using data and digital technology to improve firefighting and other vital services, according to a report from the Harvard Kennedy School released on Monday. The 12-page brief from the Rappaport Institute at the Kennedy School is entitled “City Hall’s Data and Technology Journey: Using Data to Improve the Lives of Citizens.” Authored by executive director Steve Poftak, the report tracks “how the City’s efforts have improved firefighting, business permitting, and the flow of traffic,” the institute said in a statement. Advertisement On the firefighting front, electronic data from the city’s Inspectional Services Division on building hazards, combined with the Fire Department’s own hazard reports, was recently made available to dispatchers, said Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn. Poftak wrote in the report that the data project stemmed “from an internal request by the BFD’s own dispatch unit to better understand building hazards.

Why smart cities need to become smarter about technology Smart cities need to become more intelligent about the way they control everything, from traffic lights to the distribution of water. Cities across the world are experimenting with technology to improve the life of their residents, but many are installing technology in a fragmented way. By submitting your personal information, you agree that TechTarget and its partners may contact you regarding relevant content, products and special offers. You also agree that your personal information may be transferred and processed in the United States, and that you have read and agree to the Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy. The problem is that smart technology systems have yet to be connected, with a system performing a function in one part of a town separate from a system performing another function in a different area. Chris Harding, director of interoperability at independent IT standards group Open Group, is on a quest to change that.

Big Data and Smart Cities: How to find sinergies in between In the context of Smart Cities, the universe of Big Data, IoT, M2M and other related technologies are a great ally for them to become in a tangible reality. Moreover, the concept of intelligent city is not conceived in the margin of them, because, even if their developments are different, in one way or another will be debtor of them. In this article we will see how to carry out a smart city vision that unfailingly relies on large volumes of data. Smart City: A big challenge

Digitizing Sheffield Through Open Data Sheffield is a thriving commercial center in northern England. Life was not always so idyllic: industrial decline led to significant economic migration out of the city between 1981 and 2001. However, Sheffield successfully fought back, creating new businesses and employment opportunities. Today it is a Core City, one of the UK’s eight leading cities committed to enhancing economic performance and making their cities better places to live, work, visit and do business. To ensure the continuation of its economic growth, Sheffield developed an open data portal and became the largest UK city to purposefully digitize its services and better engage residents in their community. Key Considerations for Sheffield’s Open Data Initiative

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