US cities applying Smart City solutions, such as Seattle and Portland are making progress in finding their own solutions towards the infrastructure challenges they face instead of going through the slow process of waiting for the federal government to provide funds and design policies. This is a case of urban planners thinking globally and acting locally, and cities acting more autonomously and taking steps to provide their own solutions to their own challenges.
2nd Euro-Mediterranean conference and exhibition “smart and blue city” – Call for papers is now open
The Euro-Mediterranean conference and exhibition “smart and blue city” is organized with the help of many partners and supporters, aiming to bring together city and regional authorities with industry, SME’s, academics and professionals to present information and ideas for smartness and growth. The conference will take place on 28-29 September 2017 in Heraklion,
Raconteur’s special report on Smart Cities, which was just published in The Times, unpicks what the future city will look like, as well as the current market for smart solutions. The report covers, among other issues, the latest technology helping to solve urban issues, Latin America’s first smart city and how personal data can be used to improve citizens’ lives.
In an article for Metering & Smart Energy International, Eric Woods, research director at Navigant Research, shares how city energy strategies are central to the smart city vision and what that means for the energy industry as a whole. According to the author, these changes are part of a broader transition in the energy sector, known as the Energy Cloud.
The Lawyer Research Service and Osborne Clarke have collaborated to produce ‘Smart cities in Europe – Can public procurement be used as leverage to drive smart city solutions?’. This white paper, which is part of the ‘Smart cities in Europe’ series of reports, sets out the shift in mindset and working practices needed for the public sector to truly champion smart solutions.
A fresh start for the European economy has been the first priority of the European Committee of the Regions from the start of this mandate. Creating jobs and sustainable growth in cities and regions is the most direct way for CoR Members to show how the EU contributes to a better quality of life for citizens.
According to the author, urban innovators are increasingly thinking of the city not just in terms of place, but as a platform. Throughout history, cities have been crucibles of innovation because of physical concentration of people, the independence of spirit, and the creative