URENIO Watch: Intelligent cities – smart cities – innovation ecosystems

Networked Society City Index 2016

society3Ericsson and Network Society Lab have published the 2016 edition of Networked Society City Index. This index ranks cities based on their ICT level of maturity and their performance in terms of sustainable urban development. According to this report, cities play and will play an essential role in the developmental processes in the following years, due to their continuously increasing importance. Continue reading…

2016 Top Smart City Projects in Asia/Pacific

idc_asia-pacific_logoIDC Asia Pacific announced the winners of the 2016 Smart City Asia Pacific Awards, which recognizes the most outstanding smart city projects in Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ) in 14 functional eServices. On its second year, the most outstanding projects came from all over Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ), with Singapore and New Zealand coming up as the biggest winners with three awards each. Continue reading…

European Innovation Scoreboard 2016

European Innovation Scoreboard 2016The European Innovation Scoreboard – previously Innovation Union Scoreboard – provides a comparative analysis of innovation performance in EU Member States, other European countries, and regional neighbours. It assesses relative strengths and weaknesses of national innovation systems and helps countries identify areas they need to address.

The EU is continuing to catch up with global innovation leaders. But innovation is still held back by low business investment and restrictive framework conditions, notably affecting SMEs. Continue reading…

State of the Cloud report 2016 by RightScale

rightshare0This report illustrates the findings of a large scale survey conducted by RightScale in 2016, regarding the adoption of cloud computing. In total, 1,060 technical professionals across a broad cross-section of organizations took part in the survey. The findings identified by this report are crucial in terms of presenting the state-of-the-art on cloud computing and its possible future evolution. Continue reading…

WEF White Paper: Internet for All

WEF11According to WEF’s White Paper Internet for All – A Framework for Accelerating Internet Access and Adoption, there are four essential categories imposing barriers to the greater use of Internet: infrastructure; affordability; skills, awareness and cultural acceptance; and local adoption and use. Defining the strengths and weaknesses for each region regarding these dimensions can be very useful for pointing out and proposing policies for technological improvement. Continue reading…

Opportunity Now: Europe’s Mission to Innovate

EU_mission_to_innovate_smAccording to Robert Madelin, Senior Adviser for Innovation to the President of the European Commission, Europe has always been a world-leading inventor. Europe retain the core skills and deep science culture that have made this possible. In this century too, Europe can contribute a great share of the world’s new tools: in genomics and biotech, in data and materials, in energy and nutrition, in propulsion and cognition, in health and well-being, both physical and mental. Continue reading…

The Global Information Technology Report 2016

WEF1The Global Information Technology Report 2016 is a report produced by the World Economic Forum aiming to present some key messages regarding the proper measurement and the effective and smart use of ICTs for achieving global economic growth and societal inclusion. According to this report the leading countries in terms of generating economic impact from investments in ICT are Finland, Switzerland and Sweden. Continue reading…

Report: Smart Specialisation at City Level

infocus1URBACT, the European Programme focused on cities, presents in this report the results of the IN Focus transnational exercise. This act constitutes a pioneering initiative, trying to explore the urban agenda on economic development in terms of smart specialisation. Continue reading…

Smart city applications are best managed in the cloud

Cloud-article-Philips-LightingMachina Research has published a new study recommending that future smart city services should be managed in the cloud. Commissioned by Philips Lighting, the whitepaper, titled “Future-proofing IT for Smart City services”, highlights how hybrid cloud offers the most cost-effective infrastructure and the importance of future-proofing the IT used to implement Smart City services. Continue reading…

Geographies of Innovation

geographies of innovationGeographies of Innovation, created by the 300.000 km/s firm, visualizes and explores the location of innovation initiatives, companies and research hubs in Barcelona, how they cluster in urban space and which sector of activity they belong to. Continue reading…