Topic: smart-city


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Why Smart Cities need to start getting smart about Water

By Joe Appleton on Jun 1, 2021 9:30:00 AM

The impacts of climate change have already begun to cause damage to our planet. The Earth’s landscape has drastically transformed over the last century, and the natural world is under threat from rising sea levels, extreme weather events, and rapid urbanization. Our cities are growing, and their populations are swelling along with them.

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Smart Environment Smart City Sustainability Climate Change

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City Climate - Modern City Climate Monitoring for Smart Cities

By Dr. Sebastian Schlögl on May 20, 2021 5:45:44 PM

As early as in the 19th century, people recognized that the air quality in rural areas was much better than in urban areas. Nowadays, cities worldwide cope with challenges such as air pollution, extreme air temperatures, and heavy precipitation. In the future, these problems will occur more often due to climate change. This trend will result in an unknown amount of economic damage and endanger the life and health of the cities’ populations.

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Smart City Solutions Smart Environment Smart City Climate Change

9 MIN. READ

What is Internet of things -IOT? Why is it important for Smart Cities?

By Joe Appleton on May 11, 2021 11:56:18 AM

Ever since the idea of a smart city was first introduced, Internet of Things technology has been a key pillar of smart city development. As technology advances and more countries embrace next-generation connectivity, IoT technology will continue to grow and have a bigger effect on the way we live.  In this article, we explore IOT and its importance for the development of smart cities.

According to numbers from the Improving Internet of Things (IoT) Security with Software-Defined Network (SDN) study, there will be more than 75.44 billion connected IoT devices by 2025. With a forecast of over 7.33 billion mobile users by 2023 and more than 1,105 million connected wearable devices users by 2022, the Internet of Things is expected to grow into one of the smartest collective and collaborative systems in history.

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Smart Economy Smart City Internet of Things (IoT) Smart Cities Urban Data Platform

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Leading Cities and QBE are looking for resilient city solutions

By Thomas Mueller on Apr 21, 2021 4:37:20 PM

For the third time, the QBE AcceliCITY Resilience Challenge of QBE North America collaborates with the non-profit organization Leading Cities. Start-ups have the opportunity to apply for the accelerator program. Since the smart city startup accelerator program launch, more than 1,500 smart city solutions from over 50 countries have been evaluated.

Semi-finalists of the QBE AcceliCITY Resilience Challenge take part in the eight-week virtual accelerator program. For the finalists, the program culminates in a virtual boot camp and a pitch day. The winner will receive USD 100,000 and a pilot project in a city. The start-ups that rank second and third will receive $ 25,000 and additional resources and access to valuable connections to help scale their initiatives. The application deadline is April 30, 2021.

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Innovation Smart City Smart City Innovation Smart Cities

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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

10 MIN. READ

The Use of AI for Smart Urban Services in Smart Cities

By Joe Appleton on Apr 6, 2021 4:05:46 PM

When used correctly, disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence can improve our urban landscape for the better. Drawing from huge resource pools and using a combination of modern machine learning, natural language processing, computer vision, and more, artificial intelligence can be leveraged to drive efficiency and improve the quality of life for the smart cities of the smart cities tomorrow.

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Smart City Smart Cities Urban Planning Artificial Intelligence Big Data

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How The Urban Heat Island Effect Is Harming Our Cities

By Joe Appleton on Dec 3, 2020 10:58:59 AM

The current climate crisis is having a drastic effect on the planet. While it’s easy to place the blame on rapid deforestation and unsustainable industry, one of the largest contributors to the current climate change phenomenon is much closer to home: our cities.

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Smart City Solutions Smart City Sustainability Urban Planning Climate Change

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CityTech RUHR: How Cities Innovate through City-Startup Collaboration

By Thomas Mueller on Dec 1, 2020 1:56:40 PM

The first edition of CityTech RUHR, Germany’s largest international smart city startup challenge, concluded with the successful development and implementation of pilot projects by three international startups in three participating cities of the Ruhr Metropolis. Three success stories reflect the high innovation potential that can be leveraged through the collaboration between cities and startups.

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Smart City Solutions Smart City Smart Cities

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Solutions for Cities: International Digital Ideas Competition started

By Thomas Mueller on Nov 3, 2020 1:00:03 PM

The Covid-19 pandemic has posed similar challenges to cities and municipalities around the world. What have we learned from the Covid-19 pandemic and how can innovative solutions also be used in the post-crisis period? The international digital ideas competition #SolutionsForCities, started by the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI), is not only intended to find answers to all these questions. Rather, cities and municipalities are to be supported through international collaboration in identifying digital solutions to overcome their local challenges.

Partnering cities of the International Smart Cities Network (ISCN) and German cities that have been recognized as "Smart Cities Model Projects" have identified current challenges to be solved through the international ideas competition.

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Smart City Solutions Smart City Smart Cities BMI

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How Will Urban Mobility Change In The Post-Covid City

By Joe Appleton on Aug 11, 2020 10:30:00 AM

The Covid-19 pandemic has made a tremendous impact on people’s everyday lives. Changes to our regular routines have been coming in thick and fast, from mask-wearing protocol to social distancing etiquette. Of all these changes, how we move around and get from A to B has seen some of the most drastic changes.

Over the past few months, mobility has rapidly evolved into an entirely new beast. Faithful and reliable transport methods are being shunned in favour of new systems. Citizens are avoiding crowded trains and buses in favour of bicycles and e-scooters. As cities evolve to phase out car usage, improving air quality and the health of citizens, the Covid-19 pandemic has provided a unique opportunity to overhaul urban mobility. But will these changes be here for good?

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Smart City Solutions Smart Mobility Smart City Smart Cities Urban Mobility e-Scooter

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