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December 06, 2017
As growing population centers and leading producers of greenhouse gas emissions, cities have a responsibility to lead the way forward on climate change mitigation. At this year’s North American Climate Summit, leaders from cities across the globe honored that duty on Tuesday by signing the Chicago... read more
December 05, 2017
New research from the Public Technology Institute shows that security is dominating local government investment in new projects and initiatives. City and county CIOs have listed cybersecurity as their primary focus for 2017, according to a survey published Thursday by the Public Technology... read more
December 01, 2017
Now that Los Angeles has claimed the 2028 Olympics, it's embarking on an ambitious effort to reduce congestion and transform the city's transportation infrastructure. Last November, residents approved Measure M, a sales-tax increase that will give the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit... read more
November 30, 2017
Vehicles in Wyoming equipped with new communication technology will soon help make I-80 safer for travelers as the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WyDOT), the University of Wyoming and their partners demonstrated the new connected-vehicle technology recently in Cheyenne to show how vehicles... read more
November 30, 2017
The national thought leader will stay with the District until early 2018.
November 27, 2017
Midsize cities have a new, free open data portal available to them, for analytics and community engagement around innovative civic solutions, in Open Data America. More than 500 cities had pertinent datasets compiled on their behalf at launch for public use and visualization.
November 21, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has approved changes to the way Columbus, OH will spend its $40 million grant prize from the DOT's 2016 Smart City Challenge, according to Columbus Business First.
November 20, 2017
Thursday evening, Elon Musk streamed the unveiling of the new Tesla Semi, an all-electric big rig that can haul 80,000 pounds up to 500 miles without charging. IoT features include enhanced autopilot that keeps the truck in its lane and safely away from other vehicles, using sensors and camera... read more
November 20, 2017
The seventh edition of Smart City Expo World Congress concluded last week on a high note. Over 18,000 attendees registered for the show, far more than in 2016 and a figure that exceeded expectations. Combined with the 675 exhibitors, 400 speakers and 700 global cities that were present at the show... read more
November 10, 2017
In an ironic twist, the biggest roadblock to saving thousands of human lives will be humans. The Rand Corporation, a nonprofit institution with a history of analyzing futuristic technologies, released a report Tuesday outlining the risk of waiting to allow autonomous vehicles until they're far... read more
November 09, 2017
AT&T, Ford, Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies Inc. are helping to accelerate the development of connected cars with the first-announced cellular-V2X (C-V2X) trials in the USA.
November 09, 2017
Cities with bold ideas around their technological futures should be sharpening their pencils. Applications for the 2018 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grants are due Dec. 15. The council will award grants to five North American cities hoping to grow their smart cities initiatives.
November 06, 2017
Mozilla awarded $275,000 this week across 18 projects leveraging gigabit-speed internet to innovate within their cities. The Gigabit Community Fund has granted more than $800,000 to more than 60 winners in its four years, the grants themselves ranging from $5,000 to $28,000 each.
November 03, 2017
The TALQ Consortium formally updated its consortium scope to address smart city applications beyond smart outdoor lighting. The new objective is to extend the consortium's standardized software protocol for use between Central Management Systems and generic Outdoor Devices Networks to enable... read more
November 03, 2017
Disruption has accompanied the rise of technology, connectivity and analytics. In both the private and public sectors, the domains of formerly disparate agencies and fields have begun to merge in the wake of such innovation. Leaders on all sides are still learning how to process this, but... read more
November 02, 2017
The phrase “Smart City” is synonymous with technology, but at its core, the concept is so much more than that. For cities to truly become “smart,” humans need to be at the center of urban design and planning.
October 27, 2017
How can play areas in cities open up new ways to interact with and experience space? This was the question that prompted Mexico City's Laboratorio para la Ciudad to host the "Urban Toys" competition, seeking architectural proposals for temporary urban interventions that will reactivate underused... read more
October 27, 2017
Cincinnati leaders announced a request for proposals (RFP) on Wednesday for a transportation service providers aggregation tool that is intended "to promote innovation, solve for an optimized personal mobility experience (including parking), and serve as a data gathering tool to better understand... read more
October 26, 2017
For Smart Cities to prosper, leaders from the public and private sectors, as well as from academia and the citizen population, will have to collaborate. Input from all different stakeholders is necessary to ensure that cities are able to face the coming challenges of the future in ways that are... read more
October 20, 2017
In 2011, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) helped bring bike-share to Boston, and a year later, the system expanded into the surrounding communities of Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline. Now, in a move that echoes efforts in the California Bay Area and New Jersey, the MAPC will create... read more
October 18, 2017
GM's Cruise Automation has had a big month. First the company said it had purchased a chip developer that will help it virtually eliminate one of the major costs of making self-driving cars. Then, Cruise announced plans to test those cars in New York City.
October 18, 2017
While the term “Smart City” is a fluid concept with many different definitions, urban leaders tend to agree that cities must take advantage of data to be considered smart. As cities continue to grow in both population and influence, analyzing data and leveraging insights to make more informed... read more
October 18, 2017
The St. Louis mayor's office announced Monday the city is joining the Smart Cities Initiative.
October 18, 2017
Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is unveiling details of an ambitious mass transit plan for Music City on Tuesday. Barry is expected to make the announcement at 10:45 a.m. at Music City Center. The plan is expected to include details of four tax increases to go before voters in May, along with plans for... read more
October 13, 2017
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is considering two options for the 4.6-mile, $891 million South Bay Metro Light Rail Extension project, which will expand service to a new transit center further south, according to Urbanize LA.
October 12, 2017
Communities across the Denver metro region are joining forces to promote smart city technology. Leaders from academia, industry and other sectors are coming together to not only grow entrepreneurial activity, but shape public policy in a direction that embraces 21st-century urban growth.
October 11, 2017
The lure of living in a technologically advanced community appeals to many Americans, although many don't quite understand what the term smart city means, according to a new report from CompTIA. The Building Smarter Cities and Communities report, which surveyed both private citizens and US... read more
October 10, 2017
The General Electric Company first formed in Schenectady, N.Y., over a century ago, so the city has a long history in pursuing innovation. In 2014, city officials started to explore putting sensors throughout the city to track a variety of issues including traffic flow, energy savings and road... read more
October 09, 2017
Few things have propelled the IoT's dizzying growth in recent years as much as machine learning and the innovators who are pushing it. Independent, intelligent machines that can comb through data to make their own decisions are, to some, the only reason such phenomenon as the IoT can exist in the... read more
October 06, 2017
From autonomous vehicles to IoT modules to smart utilities, cities across the world have been adopting smart technology at a growing rate. Advances in technology and the growing utilization of data analytics have made it clear that Smart Cities have truly arrived.
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