New York

If you ask what a “Smart City” is to one hundred people, you’ll receive one hundred different answers. In all likelihood, the common theme that will unite these definitions is technology. Popular notions of Smart Cities are often tied to innovative new devices and platforms, and for good reason. Technology is an integral part of any Smart City.

But a Smart City is more than just technology.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 16:30

Building a smart city requires strong leadership as much as it needs involved citizens. Even the best projects will fail without community buy-in and stakeholder engagement, after all.

Hampered by outdated systems and infrastructure in need of repair, the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City has found a friend in New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The forward-thinking governor this week announced his $10 billion plan to redevelop the JFK Airport, the nation’s fifth-busiest aviation facility.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 13:45

The focus on citizens remained strong on the second day of the Smart City Expo World Congress. Panels on digital social innovation, refugee policy and the sharing economy complemented keynotes on urban connectivity and the circular economy.

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 13:00

Cities have historically been economic and commercial hubs, but the scale of their influence and output is only growing.

On Saturday afternoon, I was flying back to the United States after attending the 2016 Stockholm Security Conference on Secure Cities. Hosted by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the conference offered a number of valuable lessons about urban safety and resilience that have universal applications. All the same, I left the conference thinking that American cities were somehow disconnected from conversation I’d just observed, that the discussions were based in the realm of academia or the hypothetical.

On the same day I flew back, I was proven very wrong.

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