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Jon Glasco

Jon Glasco

Jon Glasco is a freelance consultant and writer focused on innovation in smart cities and smart urban mobility. He has experience in executive and consulting roles in the telecommunications, mobile operator, public transport, government and professional service sectors. Jon holds an MBA and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

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Unsafe to Cross: The Need for Pedestrian Safety Solutions

By Jon Glasco on Feb 18, 2022 10:33:40 AM

Ensuring pedestrian safety is a complex challenge throughout the world - especially when many smart cities are encouraging more walking while trying to reduce hazardous crosswalk and traffic situations. In this article, we cover pedestrian safety challenges, offer examples of smart crosswalk solutions and review pedestrian safety policies.

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Smart Mobility

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Bridging America’s Digital Divide: The Search for Equitable Solutions

By Jon Glasco on Sep 17, 2021 12:59:19 AM

More than 35 years ago, an American entrepreneur challenged the monopoly power and anti-competitive practices of AT&T - at that time the nation’s dominant provider of telephony services. Today, government leaders and entrepreneurs are challenging the dominance of cable companies who control broadband networks and operate as internet service providers (ISPs). Today’s challenge is driven by the digital divide and a digital equity shortfall in the U.S. which places many low-income households, students, small businesses, unemployed and rural citizens at a disadvantage.

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Smart City Solutions Smart Government Smart City Technology Digital Transformation Digitalization

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5G Enables Smart City Innovation

By Jon Glasco on Apr 15, 2021 9:24:26 AM

Mobile operators worldwide are investing in 5G networks, and proponents of this much-hyped technology believe it will enable a new wave of smart city development. According to the IEEE, "5G is not just an evolutionary upgrade of the previous generation of cellular networks. It is a revolutionary technology … and a critical piece of the smart city puzzle."

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Smart City Solutions Innovation Smart City Smart City Innovation Smart Cities Urban Mobility Smart Education

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Mobility as a Service: A Blueprint for Disruption?

By Jon Glasco on Jan 27, 2020 10:30:00 AM

In less than a decade, the concept known as mobility as a service (MaaS) has captured the imagination of visionaries and innovators throughout the global transport industry. As an opportunity with potential to transform the industry and reduce dependence on car ownership, MaaS evolved from an intriguing concept to early-stage reality (at least in terms of trials, pilot projects and embryonic services).

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Smart Mobility Urban Mobility

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E-Scooters: A Collision Between Innovation And Controversy

By Jon Glasco on Jan 12, 2020 1:04:30 PM

In their eagerness to create breakthrough technologies and disruptive platforms, innovators sometimes collide with an established (and perhaps ill-suited) regulatory and policy-making process. In a previous article on e-scooters, we reported that a strategy of "permissionless innovation" enabled app-activated e-scooter startups to gain a precarious foothold in urban mobility markets. However, these startups soon discovered that safety and regulatory issues - including the lack of regulations in most situations - led to controversial relations with cities and citizens. In this article, we cover recent experiences, lessons learned and thoughts on the need for collaborative solutions. For an overview of the e-scooter market and its dynamics, read our article E-Scooters: A Passing Fad or Smart Mobility?

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Smart City Solutions Smart Environment Smart Mobility Sustainability Last-Mile Urban Mobility e-Scooter

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E-Scooters: A Passing Fad or Smart Mobility?

By Jon Glasco on Jan 3, 2020 12:29:28 AM

Electric scooters appeal to those who want to move quickly and easily through urban streets at low cost while avoiding congestion and solving first mile / last mile mobility problems. However, menacing clouds - in the form of safety, regulatory and business model issues - linger above the nascent e-scooter sharing market, raising questions about its future. A key question is whether cities can find ways for this new micro-mobility service to add value to sustainable urban mobility. In this article, we explore the e-scooter market and competitive dynamics and offer a perspective on smart city challenges. To learn about the lessons learned from the city perspective regarding the introduction of e-scooter sharing, please read our article E-Scooters: A Collision Between Innovation And Controversy.

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Smart Environment Smart Mobility Urban Mobility e-Scooter

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How Crowdsourcing and Incentives Improve Public Safety

By Jon Glasco on Mar 10, 2019 10:44:35 PM

When it comes to public safety, smart city leaders recognize the importance of engaging with citizens and encouraging them to report safety problems. In this article, we present a perspective on public safety — and focus on Vizsafe, a U.S. startup firm which discovered opportunities to incentivize citizens and improve safety by creating a platform which connects the power of crowdsourcing and smartphone technologies with a blockchain-based rewards system.

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Smart Living Smart Government Smart People Blockchain Smart City Platform Smarte Verwaltung

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Smart Education for Smart Cities: Visual, Collaborative & Interactive

By Jon Glasco on Feb 27, 2019 1:52:54 PM

Smart education is a key ingredient in smart city development. Strengths in basic education, advanced training and certification, universities and community colleges, e-learning infrastructure, lifelong learning and innovation in education technologies are all part of what defines a smart city. "For the citizens of a smart city to thrive, we must first place education at its center," according to Dr. I-Chang Tsai, Vice President and Director General of Digital Education, Institute for Information Industry in Taiwan. Smart cities recognize the need for "education programs producing graduates with modern knowledge, practical skills and collaborative attitudes."

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Smart City Solutions Smart People Smart Education

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How Universities Add Value in Smart City Innovation

By Jon Glasco on Feb 4, 2019 1:00:00 AM

Urban innovators with smart city aspirations rely on university knowledge and resources when addressing complex issues. Through access to research and thought leadership on urban challenges, smart cities benefit from partnerships with universities.

The Changing Face of Urban Innovation

When contemplating the need for urban improvement, cities once looked for efficiency gains, cost savings, and incremental, low-risk innovation to enhance local government operations. Today, urban residents demand much more from city leaders. Wicked urban problems such as homelessness, lack of affordable housing, pollution, congestion, inequality, social and digital exclusion, and environmental threats require bold thinking and a new paradigm in public sector innovation - made possible through collaboration with universities. 

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Smart City Solutions Smart City Development Innovation Smart City Smart City Innovation Smart Cities Urban Innovation

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Smart Mobility: Challenges and Solutions in Smart Cities

By Jon Glasco on Feb 1, 2019 12:09:48 AM

Urban mobility is described as the lifeblood of modern cities, a critical economic factor, and a facilitator of smart, sustainable development. Planning a smart city that delivers effective and equitable urban mobility solutions is one of the most pressing problems for cities throughout the world. In this article — the first in a planned series — we provide a perspective on urban mobility challenges and examples of smart urban mobility solutions.

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Smart City Solutions Smart Environment Smart Mobility Sustainability Urban Mobility

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