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NYU Governance Lab Calls on Congress to Use Tech for Citizen Engagement

The Governance Lab at the  NYU Tandon School of Engineering  has called on Congress to use its new CrowdLaw for Congress platform to promote citizen engagement and participation in the federal lawmaking process. In support of CrowdLaw for Congress, Professor Beth Simone Noveck, who is the director of the Governance Lab, appeared before the U.S. House Financial Services Committee last week, announcing its launch and advocating for its usage. CrowdLaw as a concept means tapping public expertise to...
Tags: Ecommerce, Smart City, Congress, Spain, United States, Chile, E-activism, Oklahoma City, U S Congress, Beth Simone Noveck, U S House Financial Services Committee, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Noveck, NYU Governance Lab Calls


New IDC Spending Guide Forecasts $124 Billion Will Be Spent on Smart Cities Initiatives in 2020

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., February 10, 2020 – A new forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Smart Cities Spending Guide shows global spending on smart cities initiatives will total nearly $124 billion this year, an increase of 18.9% over 2019. The top 100 cities investing in smart initiatives in 2019 represented around 29% of global spending, and while growth will be sustained among the top spenders in the short term, the market is quite dispersed across midsize and small citie...
Tags: Ecommerce, Smart City, Japan, London, China, Singapore, New York City, Tokyo, Latin America, Idc, International Data Group IDG, United States Western Europe, Ruthbea Yesner, Serena Da Rold, IDC s Customer Insights Analysis, Spending Guide


A decade of smart city projects: What worked and what didn't

The idea of smart cities was not on anyone's radar back in 2005, but New Orleans got a head start on data-driven decision making thanks to Hurricane Katrina. After Katrina hit and the city's levees failed, the city started using data to improve and speed-up decision making to support the city's recovery. Amsterdam was another early adopter with the Amsterdam Smart Cities Initiative in 2009. The team used data to address depression and increase treatment for people who were not getting help....
Tags: Google, Ecommerce, Smart City, California, Toronto, San Francisco, Vienna, Washington Dc, Sprint, Amsterdam, New Orleans, Kansas City, Smith, Low, EMS, Stanford University


Holding our breath — How poor air quality blights cities

Air quality tends to be worse in cities than elsewhere in the country. Figure 2 shows the geography of background concentration levels of two major pollutants – nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and fine particulate matter 2.5 (PM2.5)6 – across the UK. NO2 has a clear local pattern and is mostly concentrated where it is emitted: in urban areas and by busy roads. NO2 values are particularly high in the areas around London, but all urban areas have high levels. PM2.5, which includes soot and dust generated b...
Tags: Ecommerce, Smart City, UK, England, London, Scotland, Eu, Aberdeen, NHS, Liverpool, Southampton, Oxford, Manchester, Greater Manchester, Swansea, Dundee


Six European cities investigate AI to move towards carbon neutrality

Helsinki, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Paris Region, Stavanger and Tallinn will challenge companies to develop innovative solutions in the fields of energy and mobility. Their first step is a modest ‘pre-commerial procurement process’. With over 70% of EU citizens now living in urban areas, traffic congestion and inefficient transport systems still persist across the continent and account for 24% of GHG emissions in European cities. AI technologies have already proven they can help optimise traditiona...
Tags: Energy, Ecommerce, Smart City, Eu, Tallinn, E-strategies/policy, Tallinn Estonia, ICLEI


No Smart City Stands Alone

No successful smart city initiative can thrive in isolation, as the ability to create immersive and interactive experiences requires us to connect and communicate with other people, places and things. Collaboration is a foundational element for success, yet one of the most difficult barriers to address. Any smart city, building, port, factory or healthcare system requires significant coordination among many different groups, representing IT, operations, HR, systems architecture engineering, secu...
Tags: Ecommerce, Smart City, United States, Toyota, E-strategies/policy, Woven City


Tencent gets proposal from MVRDV for green smart city

After two years of development, MVRDV has unveiled its competition entry for Chinese tech giant Tencent’s next campus — a green and futuristic smart city shaped like a continuous undulating mountain range. Located on a 133-hectare site in Shenzhen’s Qianhai Bay, the nature-inspired development combines references to the lush, mountainous surroundings with Tencent’s cutting-edge technology. The massive urban district is expected to include enough office space for 80,000 to 100,000 employees, publ...
Tags: Smart City, Japan, Design, China, Architecture, Gallery, Urban Design, Tencent, Toyota, Solar Panels, Shenzhen, Carousel Showcase, Green City, Conference Center, MVRDV, Sustainable City


People Come First in Smart Cities of the Future

The smart city market is poised to grow to more than $158 billion by 2022 and for good reasons. Thanks to advances in technology residents of these global smart cities will be subjected to more efficient traffic patterns, improved air quality, better response times to emergencies and optimal energy consumption.  People at the heart of smart cities “Technology is bringing unprecedented changes to our society at a rapid pace,” said Park Won-Soon, the mayor of Seoul, which has the highest intern...
Tags: Ecommerce, Smart City, Toronto, Magic Leap, Seoul, E-activism, Wayfindr, StreetLight Data, Laura Schewel, Omar Kahn, Tom Prey, Wayfindr Waymap, Schewel


Cities Will Save Democracy, but Only If We Measure It

Is a decline in global democracy inevitable? Trust—the oil that fuels the gears of democratic government—has sunk steadily. According to Freedom House, 2018 marked the 13th consecutive year of democracy weakening worldwide. Similarly, a Gallup poll found that among the American public trust in the federal government has dropped to an all-time low of 38%. While this is cause for serious concern, hope remains for global democracy to rebound thanks to cities. That same Gallup poll found that trust ...
Tags: Ecommerce, Smart City, Minnesota, Minneapolis, France, European Union, Ohio, Nantes, E-activism, Gallup, Dayton Ohio, Jacob Frey, Marshall Fund, Nan Whaley, Cities Will Save Democracy, Steven Bosacker


The challenge of redesigning cities to adapt to an ageing population

Author | Arantxa Herranz As life expectancy increases and fertility declines, the population pyramid is being inverted in some countries, particularly in cities. That is, the age of the population is increasing dramatically. In the European Union, for example, the number of elderly people with respect to the total population is expected to increase significantly in the coming decades. At a global level, for example, we have gone from just 4.97% of the population being over the age of 65 in 1960,...
Tags: Ecommerce, Smart City, European Union, Arantxa Herranz, World Health Organisation This agency


BIG presents a sustainable living laboratory town in Japan for Toyota at CES

As part of CES 2020, Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled exciting designs for its first project in Japan — the Toyota Woven City, a sustainable “living laboratory” at the foothills of Mt. Fuji. Created in collaboration with Toyota Motor Corporation, the project will be the world’s first urban incubator dedicated to the advancement of all aspects of mobility with a focus on sustainability, from renewable energies to shared mobility. The futuristic prototype town will also be notable for its inclusio...
Tags: Smart City, Japan, Design, Ces, Architecture, Urban Design, Urban Planning, Bjarke Ingels, Toyota, Solar Panels, Big, Carbon-neutral, Bjarke Ingels Group, Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Toyota Motor Corporation, Mt Fuji


Lush Sky Green towers are the first of their kind in Taichung

Taichung, Taiwan has taken yet another step toward becoming a greener, more livable city with the recent completion of Sky Green, a sustainably minded, mixed-use development. Designed by Singaporean architecture firm WOHA, the high-rise is named after its inclusion of sky gardens and terraces that are filled with lush, subtropical greenery. The project’s integration of green spaces is expected to raise the city’s standards for “skyrise greenery” in future sustainable developments. As an expert ...
Tags: Smart City, Design, Singapore, Taiwan, Architecture, Urban Design, Green Building, High-rise, Mixed-use, Courtyard, Taichung, Mixed-use Development, Sky Garden, Taichung Taiwan, Sustainable City, Residential Tower


Helsinki launches Climate Watch to track city’s emission reductions

The City of Helsinki recently launched the ‘Climate Watch’, an online tool that allows people to monitor and keep track of the city’s progress in achieving its goal to become carbon neutral by 2035. In accordance with the Carbon-Neutral Helsinki 2035 Action Plan, the city has launched 147 measures to reduce emissions and to attain the goal of carbon neutrality. This means that after 2035 emissions from transportation and the city’s buildings will be net zero. Data available for everyone The ...
Tags: Ecommerce, Smart City, Finland, Helsinki, E-activism, City of Helsinki, Esa Nikunen


Sweden to help India in building climate neutral smart city

Gurgaon based developer, M3M, signed an agreement with the Swedish company to develop 165 acre smart city project which will attract a foreign investment of around US$ 2 billion. The smart city will take 7-10 years to complete and will look for foreign investments for different services. Swedish companies will help to build India’s first climate neutral city in Gurgaon. During Swedish royal family's visit to India, Gurgaon based developer, M3M, signed an agreement with the Swedish company...
Tags: Ecommerce, Smart City, Sweden, India, US, Un, Gurgaon, Pankaj Bansal, India Gurgaon, Sweco AB, Sibia


How Barcelona is leading a new era of digital democracy

By Philip Preville One day back in March 2016, a Barcelona resident went online and — using the anonymous handle “Eiyeitis” — voiced an opinion about the city’s 010 telephone information service. In Spain, dialing 010 is like dialing 311 in North America: it’s a one-stop hotline for municipal information and service requests, everything from upcoming council meetings to uncollected curbside waste. The difference is that Spanish cities charge a fee to dial 010. In Barcelona’s case, it cost €0.37 ...
Tags: Facebook, Ecommerce, Smart City, Spain, Barcelona, European Union, Mexico City, Vodafone, Reddit, North America, Helsinki, E-activism, Digital Innovation, Bria, Ada Colau, General Data Protection Regulation


Smart City Observatory launches report on Smart City 2019

The Brazilian Observatory of Intelligent Cities (OBCI) launched the first report of the entity during the Smart City Expo Curitiba 2019, the second Brazilian edition of the largest event of intelligent cities in the world. The purpose of the document is to explain what an intelligent city is and how these practices can be applied by Brazilian municipalities. Smart City 2019 started yesterday at Expo Barigui, and ends this Friday (22). OBCI was launched last year in Smart City Curitiba and aims t...
Tags: Ecommerce, Smart City, United States, Brazil, Janssen, Robert Janssen, Smart City Observatory, Observatory of Intelligent Cities OBCI, OBCI, Smart City Curitiba, Claudia da Matta


Google creates $4M fund for data-driven climate projects

Google announced plans to launch a $4 million fund in partnership with ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability to help nonprofits and academic institutions in Europe and Latin America work on data-driven projects to fight climate change. The first grant will go to the Mexican nonprofit Iniciativa Climática de México (ICM) for its "Hogar Solar" program that directs government spending on electricity to solar panels to help expand the solar market. The nonprofit targets those facing energy pov...
Tags: Google, Ecommerce, Smart City, Europe, America, Google Earth, Latin America, Moore, Technology/R&D, Rebecca Moore, EIE, Iniciativa Climática de México ICM, Hogar Solar


We Need a European, People-First Smart City Model

We must bring the citizens to the heart of European smart city thinking, not focus on the interests of global behemoths or political aspirations. The images associated with smart cities are typically technology-driven. Over the past decades, especially private companies have been largely at the forefront of boosting smart city development and technology through their projects. Meanwhile, public organisations, municipalities, and cities have struggled with scarce resources. Understanding th...
Tags: Google, Ecommerce, Smart City, Europe, China, Finland, Silicon Valley, E-activism, Amazon Apple, Shoshana Zuboff, North American Silicon Valley, Maria Malho, Demos Helsinki Demos Helsinki, Tutkain


Atlanta becomes 100th LEED certified city

Atlanta is the 100th city to become certified through LEED for Cities and Communities. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) launched the program in 2016 to provide a framework for cities to measure and track their sustainability. The city's resilience strategy, , was a key element for earning certification. Specific initiatives the USGBC found notable include the city's Clean Energy Plan, intended to get Atlanta to 100% clean energy while prioritizing equity and affordability; Atlanta's ele...
Tags: Ecommerce, Smart City, Atlanta, Georgia Tech, USGBC, U S Green Building Council USGBC, Vatsal Bhatt, LEED for Cities and Communities, Smart Cities Dive


Who needs 5G? In Japan, this smart city does what its citizens need, right now

In the Japanese city of Fukuoka, messaging app Line is already operating a smart city -- just in a different way than you may expect.
Tags: Mobile, Smart City, Japan, Trends, Features, Line, Smart Cities, 5g, Fukuoka, Line Fukuoka


Humanising Brisbane to become a smart city of the future

By Associate Professor Elizabeth Stephens, the University of Queensland’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. Twenty years ago, cities around the world were judged and ranked on their sustainability credentials. A decade ago, the focus was all about liveability. Today, you won’t be rated as a city of the future unless you’re a ‘smart city’. So what is a ‘smart city’? And how is Brisbane ranked on a global scale? A smart city is one in which innovation and the implementation of new...
Tags: Ecommerce, Smart City, UK, Vienna, Queensland, Sydney, Brisbane, Un, Melbourne, Sam, Mckinsey, Sarah Kenderdine, International Data Corporation, Queensland Art Gallery, Elizabeth Stephens, New York London Singapore Tokyo Paris


Council moves PGE’s central eastside “Mobility Hub” forward

Concept for Mobility Hub at 8th and Stark by ZGF Architects. By this summer there could be a new place in the central eastside where you can stop and grab lunch, surf the web, and charge your e-bike. Today at Portland City Council, plans to redevelop a 10,000 square foot parking lot on the corner of Southeast 8th and Stark into the the region’s first “Mobility Hub” were strongly supported by Mayor Ted Wheeler and three commissioners. Portland City Council unanimously approved an ordinanc...
Tags: Smart City, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Electric Vehicles, Wheeler, Portland, Portland City Council, Ted Wheeler, Portland General Electric, Pge, Jonathan Maus, Brownstein, Green Loop, Chloe Eudaly, Pge Mobility Hub


A Strong Democracy Is a Digital Democracy

By Audrey Tang Democracy improves as more people participate. And digital technology remains one of the best ways to improve participation — as long as the focus is on finding common ground and creating consensus, not division. These are lessons Taiwan has taken to heart in recent years, with the government and the tech community partnering to create online platforms and other digital initiatives that allow everyday citizens to propose and express their opinion on policy reforms. Today, Ta...
Tags: Ecommerce, Smart City, Taiwan, Beijing, Parliament, Hackathon, E-activism, Kuomintang, Tsai Ing wen, Pol, Digital Democracy, Audrey Tang, Judicial Yuan, Open Source / Open Data, Jaclyn Tsai


100+ Million Invested In Civic Tech Sector Over Last 3 Years: Village Captial & CIIE.CO

The ‘Catalyzing Civic Tech in India’ report by CIIE.CO, Omidyar Network India, and Village Capital highlights the opportunities for impact in civic tech space. Village Capital and CIIE.CO has launched a report titled ‘Catalyzing Civic Tech in India’. The report highlights the  $100+ million investment into Civic Tech in India by organizations aimed to improve the delivery of services to citizens and refine the Indian government’s responsiveness to important civic issues. The report further anal...
Tags: Ecommerce, Smart City, India, US, Infrastructure, Silicon Valley, E-activism, Technology/R&D, Village Capital, Allie Burns, CIIE CO, CIIE CO Omidyar Network India and Village Capital, Kunal Upadhyay, Managing Partner Venture Investing CIIE CO, PwC L T Dell


Mobile Technology: Trends and Predictions for 2020

Mobile technology now involves so much more than just texting and calling. Today, it’s being used to foster a more connected and convenient experience for all consumers. For people who are constantly on the go, mobile technology allows almost every aspect of their life to be unrestricted by their movements. Mobile tech has continued developing in waves over the last few years and shows no signs of slowing. Here are a few areas experts are excited to see new developments in as mobile tech continu...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Mobile, Smart City, Business, Technology, Samsung, Tesla, Bmw, NICK, Alexa, Right Now, Volvo Ford, Nick Rojas, Verizon Hans Vestberg


The Federal Government Has Lost Our Trust. It Could Learn Something From Our Cities

Today in America, public trust in our national government is the lowest it’s been in more than two decades. And, according to Gallup polling, the decline cannot be attributed to just one political party or just one president. But, at the same time, trust in our local government is holding strong. In fact, Republicans and…
Tags: Smart City, Politics, Technology, News, Uncategorized, America, Gallup, Martin O'malley


35 Cities Unite To Clean The Air Their Citizens Breathe, Protecting The Health Of Million

Today, 35 mayors pledged to deliver clean air for the more than 140 million people that live in their cities. By signing the C40 Clean Air Cities Declaration, the mayors recognise that breathing clean air is a human right and commit to work together to form an unparalleled global coalition for clean air. The pledge unveiled today at the C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen commits cities to set ambitious pollution reduction targets and implement substantive clean air policies by 2025. By public...
Tags: Ecommerce, Smart City


A German City of Industry Gets a Modern Makeover

The German company Siemens is launching an ambitious adaptive reuse project to revitalize its historic corporate campus, with a modern data-collecting twist. BERLIN—Right now, it’s hard to imagine what Siemensstadt will eventually look like. Surrounded by old brick factory buildings and shuttered offices, the area sits at the intersection of two large roads in a neglected northern outskirts of Berlin. Cars speed by faster than they should; every now and then, a solitary traveler emerges f...
Tags: Google, Ecommerce, Smart City, California, Germany, Berlin, Toronto, San Francisco, Munich, Siemens, Bay Area, Kreuzberg, Brandenburg, Sullivan, Sommer, Abel


Global 'smart city' network promises enhanced collaboration

A new civic technology-focused network from the magazine and research firm Cities Today is trying to open communication between city officials from more than 170 cities around the world, all of whom are all trying to solve the same problem: how technology can be introduced effectively and ethically into urban communities. The network, called the Cities Today Institute, was formally announced on Wednesday as the magazine’s think tank for chief innovation officers, information officers and other “...
Tags: Ecommerce, Smart City, London, Vancouver, Kansas City, E-strategies/policy, E-activism, Governance / E-government, Bennett, Kansas City Missouri, Bob Bennett, Theo Blackwell, Cities Today, Kimberly LaGrue, Cities Today Institute, StateScoop


Measure Together

Traditionally, government agencies monitor the living environment via monitoring networks with often expensive reference devices. Due to the rapid innovation in the field of ICT and the development of low-cost sensors, everyone can better measure the quality of the living environment themselves. And that happens more and more. The Dutch Institute for Public Health and Environment is investigating how they can use new sensor data for the monitoring of the environment. They experiment with sensors...
Tags: Ecommerce, Smart City, E-activism, Dutch Institute for Public Health and Environment