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Joe Appleton

Joe Appleton

Joe Appleton is bee smart city's content strategist, editor and writer. He has a particular interest in smart and sustainable cities and urban mobility.

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How NRW is Changing the Landscape of Smart Mobility Solutions

By Joe Appleton on Nov 29, 2022 1:02:53 PM

Smart Mobility is one of the most talked about dimensions in smart city development. A strong and innovative mobility sector is the heart of any city. If citizens can’t travel around a district, city, or region with ease, it stifles business, curtails expansion, and makes life difficult for all urban stakeholders, from citizens to politicians.

Without smart mobility solutions, a city can suffer from social inequity, it can fail to empower entrepreneurs, and of course, it can cause harm to our environment.

Topics:

Smart Mobility Smart City Innovation Smart Cities Made in Germany

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Interview: 5 Minutes with Carlos Moreno

By Joe Appleton on Oct 28, 2022 11:20:49 AM

We were lucky enough to listen to an exciting talk by Carlos Moreno at an event in Poznan in October 2022. After the event, we managed to have a quick chat with Carlos and discuss the 15-minute city concept and the future of smart and sustainable cities.

Topics:

Smart City Urban Planning

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Understanding Interoperability in Innovation Procurement

By Joe Appleton on Feb 1, 2022 9:00:00 AM

“Interoperability” is a popular buzzword in the innovation space. But what does it really mean, and why is it particularly important in the world of innovation procurement? To help separate the fact from the fiction and bring some clarity to the process, we spoke to innovation procurement specialist Olaf-Gerd Gemein, to learn more about this important but also challenging topic. 

Topics:

Innovation Smart Cities Procurement

12 MIN. READ

Talking Open Data and Open Source with FIWARE CEO Ulrich Ahle

By Joe Appleton on Jan 31, 2022 8:30:00 AM

Today, terms such as “open source” and “open data” are becoming used in everyday conversations, but what do these words really mean? We caught up with the FIWARE Foundation’s CEO, Ulrich Ahle, at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona to find out more about FIWARE, open-source technologies, and the future of urban data.

Topics:

Open Data Urban Data Platform

6 MIN. READ

German Smart City Market Outlook 2021-2026

By Joe Appleton on Dec 16, 2021 3:57:58 PM

Globally, the Smart City market is growing at a rapid pace. Thanks to smart innovations and accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for smart and sustainable solutions to urban challenges has been pushed into the foreground, becoming building blocks of government policy all over the world. But what is the market situation in Germany? In short, the Smart City market is booming here in Germany, but that’s not a wild claim; it’s backed up with facts, figures, and well-researched forecasts from respected bodies.

Topics:

Smart Cities Made in Germany

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The Top 10 Smart Cities In Asia (Updated 2021)

By Joe Appleton on Aug 26, 2021 9:30:00 AM

Asia is one of the most exciting continents on the planet, with rapidly evolving economies, fertile economic ecosystems, and bold leadership from proactive governments. But which cities are the smartest in the region? To get an idea, we’ve ranked the top smart cities in Asia using metrics from the IMD Smart Cities Index Report.

Topics:

Open Data Smart City Big Data

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28 GERMAN SMART CITY Model Projects selected for 2021

By Joe Appleton on Jul 27, 2021 10:43:07 AM

On the 15th of July, 2021, the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Home Affairs (BMI) announced the winning cities of the third season of German “Smart Cities Model Projects”. This exciting scheme provides funding to assist selected cities with their digital transformation strategies and smart city projects. The scheme first began in 2019, where 13 German cities were selected for funding. In 2020, the project expanded to provide funding to 32 selected cities, to a total of 820 million Euros.

Topics:

Smart Cities BMI Smart Cities Made in Germany

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Smart City Leader Interview: Michal Lakomski, Smart City Poznan

By Joe Appleton on Jun 21, 2021 11:57:44 AM

Michal Lakomski is the Mayor's Proxy for Smart City in the city of Poznan in the Greater Poland region. As the Mayor’s Smart City Proxy, and as the Director of Digitalization and Cybersecurity Department for Poznan City Hall, his role involves supervising and overseeing the city’s digital transformation and overall evolution into a modern smart city.

Under his leadership, Poznan has already made an impression as one of the most exciting and dynamic cities in Europe, embracing new technologies, supporting innovation, and putting its citizens first.

Topics:

Technology Smart City Development Innovation Smart City Digital City Digitalization Big Data

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The Smart City Tender Process 101

By Joe Appleton on Jun 4, 2021 12:22:15 PM

If you plan on providing your services to a government agency, there are a number of things you need to know. Depending on the size, scale, and cost of the project, there are different routes that prospective companies will have to navigate.

Tendering is a form of government procurement or purchasing that involves an authority inviting bidders to submit applications to provide their services. It’s a bidding process that involves government decision-makers selecting the most appropriate bid that provides the best and most cost-effective solution to a problem.

Topics:

Smart City bee smart city Smart Cities Procurement Smart City Tender

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The Benefits of Urban Data Platforms for Smart City Development

By Joe Appleton on May 17, 2021 1:12:05 PM

Urban data platforms (UDPs) are helping smart cities to evolve. These platforms serve as the supporting pillars for many smart city applications. They can map, combine, and store data from a wide range of sources, and process them to help form practical solutions to city-wide problems. Urban data platforms are an important part of any smart city ecosystem, taking data from government sources, private enterprises, NGOs, and members of the public, to help provide data-driven solutions that benefit everyone.

Topics:

Smart City Strategy Smart City Development Internet of Things (IoT) Artificial Intelligence Urban Data Platform Big Data

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