Topic: smart-cities


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Smart City Index 2022: Germanys smartest cities

By Kimberly Rittner on Sep 21, 2022 8:31:54 PM

The digital association BITKOM has presented the results of the Smart City Index 2022. The Smart City Index highlights the progress of major German cities in terms of digitization. This makes it the most comprehensive digital ranking of German cities.

Once again, all German cities with 100,000 or more inhabitants were under the microscope for this year's Index. A total of approximately 11,000 data points from 81 major cities were collected, reviewed and analyzed.

The main evaluation process focused around five key urban categories: Administration, IT and Communication, Society, Mobility, and Energy and Environment. Each category included 36 indicators, which in turn were subdivided and categorized by 133 parameters.

Topics:

Technology Smart Cities Digital City

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Smart Tourism - Innovation and Reinvention for an Industry in Crisis

By Jon Glasco on Jul 13, 2022 10:27:00 AM

As 2019 drew to a close, the travel and tourism industry had reasons to celebrate. The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), IBTM Events, and the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) all announced the good news. But then the Covid-19 pandemic dealt a serious blow to the tourism sector.

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Innovation Sustainability Smart Cities Digitalization

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European Smart City Peer-Learning Partnerships: Expression of Interest

By Thomas Mueller on Feb 20, 2022 2:37:38 PM

As part of the BBSR-funded project #connectedinEurope, six smart city peer-learning partnerships between German and European cities are being set up to promote knowledge transfer in smart city development and digital urban development to foster peer-to-peer learning. European and German cities can express their interest until 25 February 2022.

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Smart City Smart Cities Digital Transformation

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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. 

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Innovation Smart Cities Procurement

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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.

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Smart Cities BMI Smart Cities Made in Germany

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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.

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Smart City bee smart city Smart Cities Procurement Smart City Tender

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The Impact of AI on the Smart City Movement

By Lisa Smith on May 18, 2021 3:24:44 PM

Artificial intelligence (AI) promises huge advantages for smart data processing and automation, potentially affecting every area of our daily lives and influencing the planning and implementation of smart city projects across all six fields of action; however, the creation of AI also poses some important questions. If we relinquish the administrative control of certain processes and services to AI, how can we ensure that they will be inclusive? What will the future labor market look like, and what implications will machine intelligence have for education? Policymakers in particular need to keep ahead of the curve and form a standard legal framework in order for cities to make the most of what AI has to offer.

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Smart Mobility Smart City Smart Cities Artificial Intelligence

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How to Win a Smart City Tender: 5 Key Success Factors

By Joe Appleton on Mar 29, 2021 9:30:00 AM

Winning a smart city tender isn’t a matter of luck. It’s a matter of skilled planning, careful estimations, honest evaluations, a trustworthy relationship, and a solution that ultimately solves the city’s problem.

Government contracts are lucrative contracts, but they’re not easy to land. The competition can be fierce, and unless you’re armed with the proper knowledge, the right product, and a good strategy, your proposal will fall flat before the decision-makers have even had the time to look at it. It’s a sad reality, but it’s true.

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Smart City bee smart city Smart Cities Procurement Smart City Tender

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Smart Cities Made in Germany: 32 Model Projects selected

By Thomas Mueller on Sep 10, 2020 4:10:19 PM

On the ­8th of September 2020, Horst Seehofer, Federal Minister of the Interior, Building and Community, announced the decision that 32 Smart City Model Projects will be funded with around 350 million Euros in the second round of the national funding programme "Smart City Model Projects". In the first round of last year, 13 Smart Cities were selected and funded with the aim of accelerating urban digital transformation in Germany.

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Urban Transformation Sustainability Smart Cities Smart Cities Made in Germany Digitalization

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Will Smart City Technology Prevent Crime Before It Happens?

By Mike Barlow and Cornelia Levy-Bencheton on Jan 29, 2019 11:21:12 PM

Law enforcement has been using technology to solve crimes for more than a century. Using technology to prevent crimes, however, is a relatively new idea. The movie Minority Report famously depicts a futuristic society in which police officers arrest people before they commit crimes. It’s a deeply disturbing movie with a not-too-subtle message about the danger of relying too heavily on technology.

Nevertheless, a small industry has emerged around the practice of predictive policing. New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans and other cities have experimented with predictive policing programs. The experiments have been inconclusive and controversial. 

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Smart City Solutions Smart Living Technology Smart City Smart City Technology Smart Cities Digital City Smart City Initiatives

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