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Urbanization and the Need for Smart Cities

January 19, 2017

One of the trends shaping the last half century has been the urbanization of the world’s population. There are now … Continued

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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

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Smart Cities: Will Future Taxi Drivers be Ghosts in the Machine?

October 25, 2016

The term “ghost in the machine” is how British philosopher Gilbert Ryle described René Descartes’ philosophical concept of mind-body dualism. … Continued

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Artificial Intelligence is what will Make Smart Cities Smart

October 13, 2016

In his book, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, the late Carl Sagan wrote, “There are … Continued

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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

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No Single Template Exists to Create Smart Cities

July 29, 2016

Cities are unique. Like a Siren’s call, their uniqueness beckons residents and tourists alike; and, that uniqueness should be celebrated … Continued

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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

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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

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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

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The Internet of Things will Change the World Once Devices Start Communicating

April 18, 2016

“The potential for the Internet of Things is huge,” writes Thomas Wadlow. “From water sensors that remind you to water … Continued

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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

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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

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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

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General Electric: Attracted by Millennials or Repelled by Connectitax?

January 18, 2016

“Fair to say,” writes Marilyn Geewax (@geewaxnpr), “[it] was a brilliant day for Boston.”[1] Geewax was talking about the day … Continued

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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

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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

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A Holistic Approach is Necessary to Make Smart Cities Truly Smart

September 28, 2015

Cities are like living organisms whose systems function synergistically. That’s why a holistic approach to making cities smarter is required … Continued

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Smart Cities Begin with Connectivity

September 11, 2015

“Federal and local governments around the world are expected to spend $475.5 bn technology products and services by 2019,” reports … Continued

From Smarter Cities to Smart Cities

August 12, 2015

“I think the Internet of Things is real.” That comment was uttered by an unidentified participant earlier this year at … Continued

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Turning Normal Cities into Smart Cities

July 10, 2015

Most of the recent articles about smart cities have originated in (or are about) India, where the Prime Minister has … Continued

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Smart Cities Begin with Smart Approaches

June 8, 2015

Around the globe the topic of smart cities is beginning to catch on. India, for example, has established an ambitious … 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

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Smart Cities Aren’t Smart if They Don’t Accommodate the Poor

April 24, 2015

“People move to urban areas in search of more jobs and a better life,” writes Axel van Trotsenburg, the World … Continued

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Smart Cities and the Citizen Sensor

April 15, 2015

“The Smart Cities movement is sometimes criticised for appearing to focus mainly on the application of technology to large-scale city … 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

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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

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Smart Cities: Big Data and Resiliency

January 23, 2015

Smart city discussions are almost always based on technology and how that technology can be used to improve the systems … Continued

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2015 Predictions: Smart Cities

January 9, 2015

Predicting what cities of the future would look like has been a source of speculation for centuries. Isaac Asimov, the … Continued

Smart Cities should be Judged by How They Treat the Poor

November 26, 2014

Kamu Iyer, a veteran Mumbai architect, devotes a chapter in his book “Bombay from Precincts to Sprawl,” to discussing what … Continued

Smart Cities won’t Get Smart in the Absence of Trust and Sharing

November 14, 2014

“One of the chief prerequisites for the successful execution of a smart city project is neither technology nor effective management,” … 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

Big Data is Essential for Improving Urban Efficiency

September 23, 2014

Clay Lucas (@ClayLucas) writes, “Cities that fail to embrace ‘big data’ – and the meteoric rise of smartphones and the … Continued

Smart Cities and Big Data

September 17, 2014

Julian Garcia Barbosa, Big Data Senior Account Executive at Telefónica, writes, “Improving citizen security, optimising waste management, anticipating traffic jams … Continued

Transportation is a Major Concern for Smart City Planners

August 12, 2014

By now most people are aware that over 50 percent of the world’s population live in an urban setting. All … Continued

Smart Cities Require Creative People

July 16, 2014

With three-quarters of the world’s population living in cities in 2050, Lester Wong, Sheena Tang, and Raphael Lim report that … Continued

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We Have All the Necessary Technologies to Make Our Cities Smarter

June 19, 2014

“A veritable ‘perfect storm’ of challenges and opportunities is profoundly changing the fundamentals of urban areas throughout the world,” asserts … Continued

Creating Smart Cities by the Numbers

May 30, 2014

Last year I penned a two-part series entitled Numbers in the City, Part 1 and Part 2. Those posts discussed … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management: Mapping Your Way to Resilience

May 13, 2014

Commenting on the results of a survey conducted by APQC, Gregory L. Schlegel, founder of The Supply Chain Risk Management … Continued

Principles for Developing Smart Cities

May 2, 2014

“Humanity is crowding into ever smaller portions of the planet,” writes N.L. in an article in The Economist. “In ‘Triumph … Continued

The Changing Face of Cities: Getting Smarter, but are They Getting Better?

April 4, 2014

“Future cities, where infrastructure adapts to our needs, are an enticing prospect,” writes Dr. Gary Graham, a Lecturer in Operations … Continued

Smart Cities, Smart People, Smart Future

March 6, 2014

Alex Steffen, an author and futurist who writes a lot about smart cities and sustainability, insists that for most people … 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

Will Smart Homes Contribute to Smart Cities?

January 15, 2014

Google recently announced that it was going to buy smart thermostat and smoke alarm-maker Nest Labs Inc. [“Google to acquire … Continued

Predictions for the Coming Year: Smart Cities

January 10, 2014

Aaron Stern reports, “The number of people living in cities worldwide more than doubled between 1950 and 2010, meaning that more than … Continued

Cities from the Ground Up

September 27, 2013

Every designer dreams of seeing something go from the drawing board to reality – that is, designing and building something … Continued

What Makes a Smart City Smart?

September 3, 2013

The staff at ITBusiness writes, “We hear the term ‘smart city’ a lot these days, and it can mean different … Continued

The Benefits of Urbanization on Innovation

August 1, 2013

People continue to flock to cities. Although some migration is forced (see, for example “China’s Great Uprooting: Moving 250 Million … 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 Future of Urban Transportation: Moving People

July 24, 2013

In a post entitled Smart Cities and Traffic, I discussed how big data analytics are helping to reduce traffic challenges … 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