The presentations from the COST Strategic Workshop on Smart Cities held on 26 and 27 September 2011 are available and include project presentations on smart mobility, urban security and the future of the cities from a Smart Cities perspective.
Archive for 2011
AlJazeera English published a video about Abu Dhabi’s Masdar city entitled “Abu Dhabi’s Masdar plan: behind the scenes at the green city”. Masdar City is an emerging global clean-technology cluster what aims to be one of the world’s most sustainable urban developments powered by renewable energy.
MESH Cities explores the wireless systems empowered, 21st Century city through the eyes of its super-users. These are the people who are embracing the new communications and infrastructure tools that will determine the ultimate livability of the modern city.
In this latest article by Barry Jaruzelski, John Loehr, and Richard Holman, published in “strategy+business” magazine, a thorough analysis of the Booz & Company’s annual study is presented. The study shows that spending more on R&D won’t drive results. The most crucial factors are strategic alignment and a culture that supports innovation.
Twenty global cities, including Barcelona, Cape Town, Lagos, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro and San Francisco, in four continents, join forces with Living Labs Global, Oracle, CityMart.com and The Climate Group in an effort to find innovative solutions that will improve the living standards of more than 100m citizens by launching the Living Labs Global Award.
Postscapes published an excellent infographic summarising the most important aspects of the smart city vision. It presents what is driving the need to establish these networked environments, how smart city concepts and projects are different in the developing world, and what technologies and systems are needed to make them a reality.
The IBM Smarter Cities Challenge 2012 application cycle is open until December 16, 2011. The Smarter Cities Challenge is a competitive grant program awarding $50 million worth of IBM expertise over the next three years to 100 cities around the globe.