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Three Generations of Evolving Smart Cities

During the last decade or so, as the notion of the Smart City became more and more popular, there is a transformation in how some cities manifest the concept. Overall, there seem to have been three distinct phases of how cities have embraced technology and development, moving from tech-company driven, to city government driven, to, finally, citizen driven. In this time, some cities moved from one phase to another linearly, while others have been stuck in one throughout their experiments with smart cities.

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Book: Smart Rules for Smart Cities (Springer)

Contemporary cities cannot be thought of and defined as static systems, as they were in the past, with a few urban functions. New parameters must now be considered together to plan how to reach the desired urban smartness (energy, mobility, waste’¦). This research provides a new framework and tools an methodologies to measure the impact of Smart Cities. The book has been edited by E. R. Sanseverino, R. R. Sanseverino, V. Vaccaro and G. Zizzo. Continue reading

Smarter Toronto: A Call for Collaborative Action

This report is a collaborative work between ARUP, Toronto Region Board of Trade and Smart Cities Working Group, and provides concrete actions and recommendations in order to accelerate the efforts to make Toronto a world leader in smart solutions. Based on the idea that smarter and more resilient cities are the result of a unified strategy, the report suggests that local government together with other stakeholders should develop a smarter Toronto vision and strategy with specific actions and measurable outcomes.

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Implementing ITU-T International Standards to Shape Smart Sustainable Cities: The Case of Dubai

The world’s first city to implement International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) Key Performance Indicators for Smart Sustainable Cities reports the results of their experience in the newly released Smart Dubai case study. The case study charts the Smart Dubai journey from its initial planning stages through to the current status of related ICT applications, highlighting lessons learned along the way. The study offers an evaluation of Dubai’s progress in meeting its smart-city objectives, evaluations undertaken using ITU’s KPIs. The results of the evaluation will assist Dubai in refining its smart-city strategy, in addition they will support ITU’s work to identify elements of the KPIs in need of review. Continue reading

Report – Maximising the Smart Cities Opportunity: Recommendations for Asia-Pacific policymakers

Asian cities are facing pressing and complex challenges: reducing pollution and mitigating the consequences of climate change, efficiently managing economic resources, and improving the quality of life of citizens.  This report,  published by the GSMA, identifies seven key recommendations for municipalities looking to implement smart city solutions. Continue reading

Open Data Barometer: Global Report

The findings from the fourth edition of the Open Data Barometer show that while some governments are advancing towards these aims, open data remains the exception, not the rule. Why does this matter? Everyone should be able to access and use open data on an open web to allow them to participate fully in civic life. Without good data, it is impossible to hold governments to account for the decisions that they make, the policies they pass, and the money they budget and spend. Continue reading

Tiny Singapore exports Smart City model to giants China and India

Despite its small size and population (4.7 million), Singapore plays a key role in the development of the two Asian giants of China (1.4 billion people) and India (1.3 billion people). Perhaps this should not be so surprising, since by being essentially a sovereign city-state and an international trade center that loves innovations and multinationals and draws clients from all over the world, Singapore has established itself as one of the models in the world for how a Smart City should be.

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