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NEWBITS presents high-level evidence-based recommendations to boost innovation diffusion in the ITS sector

Within the framework of the H2020 project NEWBITS (New Business Models for ITS), a benchmark analysis of ITS innovation diffusion processes between Europe and the United States was performed, to ground an evidence-based categorisation of success determinants and barriers affecting ITS deployment as well as to formulate key recommendations for successful technology transferability.

Rethinking Smart Futures: Focused on people, enabled by transport, powered by technology

This report draws on a series of five roundtable events that brought together leading thinkers and decision-makers to debate the challenges and opportunities facing cities, transport and infrastructure, today and tomorrow. The report sets out a vision for smart cities, defining the attributes that will characterise the successful ‘˜places’ of the future. It examines the challenges to progress towards this agenda ‘“ the obstacles to overcome. Finally, it proposes an agenda for action ‘“ setting out how different participants can work together, and galvanise themselves and others to seize the opportunities on offer.

Smart Cities should focus on People, not Technology

While a lot of buzz in smart cities is about the impressive, cutting-edge technology, the crucial component which makes them smart should be the emphasis on their citizens. The technology should be invisible, seamlessly embedded in the environment to serve real human needs. If the sole focus of a smart city is the technology, then the project is doomed to fail.

CyberParks: The Interface Between People, Places and Technology

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This book focuses on the potential of ICT to increased possibilities for new uses and elements or even types of urban open spaces, as an important added value to the quality of life, inclusiveness and atrractiveness of the city. The editors are Carlos  Smaniotto Costa, Ina  Å uklje Erjavec, Therese  Kenna, Michiel  de Lange, Konstantinos  Ioannidis, Gabriela  Maksymiuk and Martijn  de Waal and its is open access.

University campuses are ideal mini smart cities

Universities around the world, with the US leading the way, are taking notice of smart city developments and applying many of the same solutions. University campuses are ideal for this, as, in effect, they are mini metropolises of their own, with their own shops, roads, transport, residences, banks, and tens of thousands of visitors every day.

Smart City and Service Ontologies in Integrative Service Design

This article, written by A.-V. Anttiroiko and N. Komninos, focuses on how smart technologies are transforming public services. More specifically, the authors discuss the preconditions for the development of public smart city services by grounding their design on service-dominant logic. Its title is “Smart Public Services: Using Smart City and  Service Ontologies in  Integrative Service Design” and it is part of the book Setting Foundations for the Creation of Public Value in Smart Cities.