Barcelona Rightfully Claims Smart City Label

September 6, 2017

Travel writers love painting a picture of the world they see with words; and, Barcelona, Spain, has a lot to … Continued

Smart Cities: Science Fiction or Possibility?

August 18, 2017

“Every mayor wants their city to be ‘smart’,” writes Eleanor Cummins (@elliepses), “but harder is doing what it takes to … Continued

Smart Cities and the Future of Energy

June 16, 2017

“The way we consume power has remained stubbornly anachronistic,” asserts Lauris Veips. “However, much can be and is being done … Continued

The Future of Smart Cities

November 23, 2016

There is a lot of discussion about smart cities and how a city can earn the “smart city” label. Most … Continued

Smart Cities can’t be Dumb about Last Mile Logistics

September 13, 2016

As cognitive computing systems and the Internet of Things (IoT) continue to mature, there will be more and more written … Continued

Smart Cities: People, Processes, and Technology

June 3, 2016

In the business world, executives know that to be successful they need to blend the right combination of people, processes, … Continued

Smart Cities and the Future of the World

May 13, 2016

Although there has been a lot written about smart cities, many people still have no idea what the smart cities … Continued

The World Needs Smart Cities

April 22, 2016

If you live in India (or follow what’s happening on the sub-continent), you know there has been a lot of … Continued

Towards a Smart City Hierarchy of Needs

March 22, 2016

Over 70 years ago, Abraham Maslow introduced the world to his hierarchy of needs framework. Like most brilliant ideas — … Continued

Support Continues to Grow for the Smart Cities Movement

February 23, 2016

As a member of IEEE and three of its associated groups — the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society; the IEEE Information … Continued

Moving Towards Smart Cities

January 25, 2016

“Twenty-first century technologies offer newfound promise for the future of cities,” write Rob Puentes (@rpuentes) and Adie Tomer (@AdieTomer), “more … Continued

Smart Cities and the Internet of Things

January 7, 2016

The Internet of Things (IoT) is sometimes referred to as the Industrial Internet because it is primarily an emerging machine-to-machine … Continued

Smart Cities and Driverless Vehicles

December 8, 2015

We’ve all heard the question, “Which came first the chicken or the egg?” A similar conundrum could be brewing in … Continued

Towards the Digital Enterprise

June 30, 2015

“Technology is intertwined in nearly every aspect of business today,” writes Pierre Nanterme (@PierreNanterme) and Marty Cole, respectively Accenture’s Chairman/CEO … Continued

Welcome to Infrastructure Week, Part 3

May 15, 2015

This is the final article in a three-part series celebrating the third annual Infrastructure Week. According to the website promoting … Continued

Welcome to Infrastructure Week, Part 2

May 14, 2015

This is the second article in a series of three celebrating the third annual Infrastructure Week. According to the website … Continued

Welcome to Infrastructure Week, Part 1

May 13, 2015

If you are like me, you have probably never heard of “Infrastructure Week”; but, unlike many other causes celebrated with … Continued

Smart Cities and Smart Grids

May 8, 2015

In previous articles about smart cities, I have stressed the importance of implementing “people-first” strategies. After all, the whole point … Continued

Smart Cities Rely on Smart Systems

March 4, 2015

Kanumury Radhesh (@radhesh_k), leader of the Global Entrepreneur Program for IBM India and South Asia, offers this definition of a … Continued

Investing in Infrastructure is Investing in the Future

February 24, 2015

According to a 2014 study commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and conducted by the University of Maryland’s … Continued

Manufacturing is Still Critical for a Healthy Economy

February 23, 2015

In KPMG’s 2014 Global Manufacturing Outlook report, Jeff Dobbs, KPMG’s Global Sector Chair for Industrial Manufacturing, wrote, “The challenges of … Continued

Smart Cities and the Internet of Things

February 12, 2015

“Machines can make cities smarter,” declares Spyros Salpeas, Head of Global Services, MENA, at Orange Business Services. “Machine-to-machine (M2M) — … Continued

2015 Predictions: Transportation and Logistics

December 15, 2014

The world is on the move. Gone are the days when a majority of humankind could walk to their jobs … Continued

Conditions are Ideal for Smart Cities to Flourish

October 15, 2014

“The interconnection of things and services is making big strides across the globe,” writes Didier Manning, Global Program Manager – … Continued

Smart Cities, Like It or Not, Will Require Technology in the Future

February 12, 2014

Back in 2008, University of Newcastle professor Robert G. Hollands, noted that the term “smart cities” suffers from “definitional impreciseness, … Continued

Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning

September 16, 2013

These days, most of the arguments that involve the subject of artificial intelligence (AI) and whether it will ever be … Continued

The Future of Urban Transportation: Moving Goods

July 25, 2013

In an earlier post (The Future of Urban Transportation: Moving People), I discussed some of the solutions that researchers are … Continued

The Internet of Things Looks Like Big Business

July 22, 2013

The world changed forever when people started connecting over the Internet. The world is going to change again as billions … Continued

Trends and Technologies that are Going to Change Your Life and Business: Part 4

July 11, 2013

In Part 3 of this 4-part series, I discussed the first six of twelve technologies identified as game-changers by McKinsey … Continued

Smart Cities and Traffic

June 20, 2013

One simply can’t discuss smart city initiatives without including the topic of traffic — that is, how things move within … Continued

Numbers in the City, Part 2

June 14, 2013

In Part 1 of this series, I discussed an emerging movement called quantitative urbanism and how mathematics can be used … Continued

Numbers in the City, Part 1

June 7, 2013

You've probably heard the expression, "I'm tired of being treated like a number." In the past, "being treated like a … Continued

A Thought Probe Series on Tomorrow’s Population, Big Data, and Personalized Predictive Analytics: Part 5, Beyond Smart Cities

May 24, 2013

I borrow the tagline for this post from Dr. Tim Campbell, author of a book entitled Beyond Smart Cities. Explaining … Continued

Water, Water, Every Where — What Can We do About It? — Part 1

April 8, 2013

In the Part Two of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," the bard discusses the distress of … Continued

Secure Information Sharing Has Never Been More Important

February 20, 2013

If you are concerned about cybersecurity, you probably read the New York Times‘ article about the Chinese military carrying out … Continued

Infrastructure, the Supply Chain, and Economic Growth

February 4, 2013

"Deficiency in transport and communications infrastructure is one of several supply chain barriers that act as obstacles for speeding up … Continued

Hurricane Sandy and the Resilience of Cities

November 5, 2012

"New Yorkers are known for their resilience," writes Deborah L. Jacobs. "But Hurricane Sandy was a whack on the side … Continued

Accurate Container Weights Remain a Safety Concern

November 2, 2012

Everyone involved in the maritime container shipping industry understands that declaring accurate container weights improves "the safety of container ships, … Continued

Coming to Grips with the Shortage of Trucking Capacity

February 29, 2012

Yesterday's post entitled Trucker Shortage Continues to Garner Headlines, focused on what most analysts consider an acute problem — a … Continued

Upgrading America’s Maritime Infrastructure

February 9, 2012

Last fall, Tony Munoz, editor-in-chief of The Maritime Executive Magazine, decried the fact that President Obama’s $447 billion infrastructure plan … Continued

U.S. National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security Finally Announced — Much Work Left to Do

February 2, 2012

Last fall, American Shipper magazine noted that several years had passed since Congress first "directed DHS to develop a global … Continued

Technologies that Could Change Your Life

January 13, 2012

For five years running, IBM has published what it calls The Next 5 in 5 list. The list contains five … Continued

Trucking Outlook for 2012

January 4, 2012

Just before the Christmas holiday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a new hours-of-service (HOS) rule that "reduces … Continued

U.S. Manufacturing in the Coming Year

January 3, 2012

Back in 2008, former U.S. Senator and presidential aspirant Gary Hart called on his party's presidential candidate, Barack Obama, to … Continued

Piracy on the Freeways

December 20, 2011

You read a lot these days about piracy on the high seas; but, you read relatively little about what could … Continued

Creating Jobs in America, Part 2

September 23, 2011

In yesterday's post, I discussed some of the initial recommendations offered by the President's Jobs and Competitiveness Council as well … Continued

The Holes in Globalization’s Fabric

August 26, 2011

Overall globalization has been a good thing for the world. Millions (if not billions) of people have emerged from poverty’s … Continued

Global Hunger: The News is both Good and Bad

August 16, 2011

Unless you don't follow the news at all, you are aware that the Horn of Africa is once again struggling … Continued

America’s Infrastructure

August 8, 2011

Following the publication of my post entitled Analysts Raise Warnings about the Fragility of Logistics (which, among other things, discussed … Continued

Analysts Raise Warnings about the Fragility of Logistics

July 15, 2011

If earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, floods, fires, strikes and the like were not enough for supply chain professionals to worry … Continued

The Supersized Supply Chain

July 11, 2011

In a world that appears to believe “bigger is better,” we have seen super-sized meals, super-sized stores, super-sized flat screen … Continued

Let’s Talk Water, Part 3

July 1, 2011

In the first segment of this 3-part series, I discussed some of the challenges that are going to be confronted … Continued

Let’s Talk Water, Part 2

June 30, 2011

In the first segment of this 3-part series, I discussed some of the reasons that there is likely to be … Continued

Let’s Talk Water, Part 1

June 29, 2011

With all of the recent flooding in the United States, shortages of water may seem like a strange subject with … Continued

How Safe is Our Food?

June 15, 2011

The recent Escherichia coli (or E. coli) outbreak that killed dozens and sickened thousands of people in Europe has once … Continued

Ocean Carriers and Ports Forecast Bright Future

May 20, 2011

A little over a year ago, with the world starting to emerge from the Great Recession, supply chain analyst Bob … Continued

Innovative Building Materials

May 12, 2011

Last July I wrote a blog entitled The Future of Building Materials. In that post, I discussed new building materials … Continued

Can Developed Countries Increase Manufacturing?

April 26, 2011

As we all know, economies of most countries change over time. The general vector of this change is from agriculture … Continued

The Impact of the Japanese Tsunami on the Supply Chain

March 22, 2011

As the situation in Japan becomes clearer, some companies are beginning to reassess the future of their supply chains. The … Continued

Floating Cities

March 18, 2011

Whether one believes that climate change is accelerated by human activity or not, the fact that the earth’s climate has … Continued

Ports Vie for Increased Market Share

March 1, 2011

My last post discussed the shipping industry from the shipping line perspective. Today I would like to discuss the industry … Continued

Rising Food Prices

January 14, 2011

“The world has moved a step closer to a food price shock after the US government surprised traders by cutting … Continued

Making a Call from Mount Everest

November 24, 2010

Conservative business analyst Holman W. Jenkins, Jr., asserts, "Except for computers and the Internet, the idea that we're experiencing rapid … Continued

Terrorism and the Supply Chain

November 3, 2010

The latest terrorist scare that involved packages hair wigs for african american women found onboard cargo aircraft is a good … Continued

China and the Rare Earths Conundrum

October 22, 2010

There have been a number of articles written over the past few months discussing China's stranglehold on the rare earth … Continued

Critical Infrastructure and Worms

October 18, 2010

Perhaps you have been following the story about “computer systems at Iran’s first nuclear-power plant [that] have been infected with … Continued

An Update on Africa, Part 2: Mining, Oil and Gas, and Telecommunications

October 14, 2010

In yesterday's post, I discussed four of seven economic sectors examined by McKinsey & Company analysts in a report issued … Continued

Shipping News Keeps Getting Better

October 11, 2010

Back in July I wrote a post entitled Stormy Seas Seem to Be Calming for Shipping Lines. I concluded that … Continued

Investing in Energy

October 4, 2010

The Wall Street Journal claims that there is a lot of money to made (and lost) through investments in the … Continued

Update on Urban Farming

September 10, 2010

I have written a number of posts about food security and the growing concern that as the global population increases … Continued

Solar Power: Taking Advantage of Desertification?

August 31, 2010

Many emerging market countries have notable deserts that historically have been more of a curse than a blessing. In past … Continued

Feeding the Poor

August 13, 2010

A recent headline in the New York Times blared, "India Asks, Should Food Be a Right for the Poor?" [Jim … Continued

The Future of Building Materials

July 30, 2010

In brief post about the amount of infrastructure that needs to be built over the next couple of decades [Chart … Continued

Stormy Seas Seem to Be Calming for Shipping Lines

July 22, 2010

Last year about this time, I was reporting on the financial hit that the shipping industry had taken as a … Continued

Trouble Predicted for U.S. and Global Transportation Systems

July 12, 2010

Thom Williams, of Amherst Alpha Advisors, claims, "The present trucking industry remains … a broken model, one which cries out … Continued

Healthcare in the Developing World

July 1, 2010

You might not have heard that Bill Gates is no longer the world's richest man. He lost his unofficial title … Continued

Red Car-nation

May 13, 2010

One need look no further than the streets of China to see that it is emerging from the Great Recession. … Continued

Syria Old and New

April 22, 2010

Portions of the modern state of Syria rest in what has been labeled the cradle of civilization. New excavations there … Continued

A Kick in the Ash for Supply Chains

April 21, 2010

Unless you have been completely isolated from the news, you are aware that a volcanic eruption in Iceland brought air … Continued

Port Efficiency and Secure Information Sharing are Keys to International Trade

April 7, 2010

Anyone who follows activities in either the supply chain or shipping sectors knows that the shipping industry has been suffering … Continued

Traceable Supply Chains and Food Safety

April 5, 2010

Illnesses and deaths associated with tainted food are a constant concern for consumers, retailers, and suppliers. In addition to physical … Continued

Updates on Alternative Energy Sources: Conclusion

March 22, 2010

The so-called green energy sector (i.e., alternative and renewable sources of energy) is one of the few areas that finds … Continued

Updates on Alternative Energy Sources, Part 5: Wind

March 17, 2010

This is the fifth in a series of posts on alternative energy sources using as a starting point an article … Continued

Updates on Alternative Energy Sources, Part 2: Nuclear Power

March 12, 2010

I introduced this series on alternative energy sources with an article by Michael Totty [“The Long Road to an Alternative-Energy … Continued

Updates on Alternative Energy Sources, Part 1

March 11, 2010

Over the past couple of months, there have been an increasing number of articles about advances in alternative energy research. … Continued

India’s Struggle to Develop, Conclusion

March 9, 2010

This is the final post in a 3-part series about development in India. In this post, I would like focus … Continued

India’s Struggle to Develop, Part 2

March 8, 2010

This is the second post in a 3-part series on development in India. Yesterday’s post dealt with challenges that India … Continued

India’s Struggle to Develop, Part 1

March 5, 2010

This is the first in a 3-part series about development in India. French scholar Romaine Rolland once remarked, “If there … Continued

Changing Business Models in the Energy Sector

February 19, 2010

There remain a number of ongoing debates about achieving energy security in the United States and most of those debates … Continued

Education and Training: Enabling the Developing World’s Future

February 18, 2010

In yesterday's post entitled The Future Belongs to the Young, I promised to write a post about a series of … Continued

Precision Agriculture

February 16, 2010

Benjamin Franklin, one of America’s founding fathers, once quipped, “There seem to be but three ways for a nation to … Continued

Roads to Prosperity

February 15, 2010

Roads have enjoyed an important metaphorical (as well as actual) place in man's history. Roads characterized the greatness of the … Continued

Lectures on Africa

February 5, 2010

Amber Johnson, who works for Online Colleges, a website dedicated to bringing "top-notch news, reviews and hot topics in the … Continued

Concern Growing Over Energy, Water, and Hydraulic Fracturing

February 3, 2010

Energy security continues to be a focus issue for politicians around the world. One can't discuss energy, however, without also … Continued

Food and Fumes

January 28, 2010

In a recent post entitled Sewage and Cleantech, I indicated that I would be writing about the challenges of dealing … Continued