URENIO Watch: Intelligent cities – smart cities – innovation ecosystems

The 5 technologies that are going to define the next decade in cities

Interconnected data flows and downloading streams superimposed over a virtual electronic gridscape of New York City

Cities have always been hubs of technological experimentation, shaped by the people who inhabit them and the tools they use. We can still see the marks, both charming and garish, from technologies of years past — from old aqueducts to telephone booths to the damage done by cars. Continue reading…

JRC: The challenge of resilience in a globalised world

The report The Challenge of Resilience in a Globalised World, published by Joint Research Centre (JRC), discusses the concept of resilience from different perspectives and the role of science in the continuous process of building a resilient, stable, competitive and prosperous Europe.

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SmartStart: Modeling private sector finance adoption for SmartStart cities

smartstartA growing number of global cities are approaching smart transformation through a series of smaller projects, typically costing a few thousand to a few million Euros. Public sector budgets are often insufficient to take advantage of the benefits of smart city development, and so alternative forms of finance from the private sector has become a priority. This global study estimates the potential accessible funding that the top 40% of cities could be raising from private sector asset finance for these smaller-scale ‘SmartStart’ investments. Continue reading…

Data and Analytics Innovation: Emerging Opportunities and Challenges

data_analytics_and_innovationThis report, published by U.S. Government Accountability Office, presents the results of a forum on recent developments in the area of data, analysis, and innovation—and key implications for related economic opportunities, challenges to realizing such opportunities, new pathways to societal benefits, and privacy concerns. Continue reading…

Ebook: The Global Impact of Open Data

open-data-bookOpen data has spurred economic innovation, social transformation, and fresh forms of political and government accountability in recent years, but few people understand how open data works. This comprehensive report, developed with support from Omidyar Network, presents detailed case studies of open data projects throughout the world, along with in-depth analysis of what works and what doesn’t. Continue reading…

What Cities Could Look Like in 10 Years

bi-graphics-what-cities-could-look-like-in-100-years-lead-imageTo get a sense of what city life might look like in the future, Business Insider called on futurists, urban planners, and designers to weigh in on trends related to transportation, housing, automation, the Internet, the environment, and jobs. Continue reading…

Sustainable, Climate-resilient and Vibrant Cities: Good Practices from Covenant of Mayors signatories

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In their publication Sustainable, Climate-resilient and Vibrant Cities: Good Practices, Covenant of Mayors signatories present some of the best practices of European cities that show how combining adaptation and mitigation measures can help cities make better planning decisions and solve key challenges. Continue reading…

Video: Nat Geo Channel’s Worlds Smart Cities featuring San Diego

San Diego smart city  National Geographic documentaryNational Geographic Channel featured San Diego as the only U.S. city in its acclaimed documentary series “World’s Smart Cities”. San Diego was chosen for its strong technology sector, local innovators, green practices, smart public planning and an unparalleled quality of life. Continue reading…

CIVITAS guidance on procuring sustainable urban mobility released

CIVITAS Urban mobility reportCIVITAS has released new guidance on public procurement that provides local and regional policymakers and transport practitioners with policy reflections and practical insight from European procurement experts. Continue reading…

The State of Broadband 2016: Broadband catalyzing sustainable development

broadbandThe annual report The State of Broadband 2016: Broadband catalyzing sustainable development published by the Broadband Commission assesses the current state of broadband worldwide and explores not only its role in underpinning inclusive and sustainable development, but also the necessary framework conditions to enable affordable, universal and available Internet access to be achieved.

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