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SMART technologies and municipal finances

The report entitled “The impact of SMART technologies in the municipal budget: increased revenue and reduced expenses for better public services” shows how cities can use SMART technologies to cope with budgetary restraints and find innovative sources of revenues to reinforce their investment capacities and offer better services to their citizens. Continue reading…

EU to use smart cities to boost investment and sustainability

On February 7 2017, the European Commission and the European Committee of the Regions announced their plan to work together in an initiative to create smarter EU cities and regions, with the overall goal of boosting investment and building a more sustainable Europe.

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2017 Strategic Directions: Smart City/Smart Utility Report

The Black & Veatch 2017 Strategic Directions: Smart City/Smart Utility Report measures the progress made by communities and utilities on the path toward smarter cities. The report also discusses potential hurdles that may impede success. Continue reading…

Trends in Smart City Development

“Trends in Smart City Development” is a new report from the National League of Cities featuring case studies about how five cities – Philadelphia, San Francisco, Chicago, Charlotte, N.C., and New Delhi, India – are using different approaches to implement smart city projects. The report also provides recommendations to help local governments consider and plan smart city projects. Continue reading…

IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Smart Cities 2017 Predictions

idc_futurescapes_logoThis IDC study provides IDC’s top 10 predictions for the 2016 Smart City agenda. It provides a springboard for thinking about the future within the context of a structured set of predictions tied to current and next budget cycles. The IDC Smart City team outlines key recommendations for government leaders who want to understand trends impacting IT investments and determine the best course for strategic planning. Continue reading…

Organising Smart City Projects: Lessons learned from Amsterdam

sca_projectsThis report, issued by the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences in cooperation with Amsterdam Smart City, analysed 12 smart city projects in Amsterdam to draw lessons and make future smart city projects more effective. The idea was to analyse the non-technological aspects of smart city projects (partnerships, business models, scaling potential) since smart city solutions are not just about developing and applying technology. Continue reading…

Innovation & Networking Session with IBM “Smarter Cities Challenge” team

ibm smarter cities challengeAn open discussion with members of the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Team working in Thessaloniki on an ‘open data’ initiative, will take place in the Central Library of Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki on Thursday 10/11/2016 between 16:00-18:00. The group of cross-functional professionals from IBM will discuss their Thessaloniki project and share insights on technology and business trends. Continue reading…

Smart Islands Projects and Strategies

smart islands projects and strategiesThis publication is a documentation of smart projects and strategies implemented by 35 European islands and showcased during the 1st Smart Islands Forum, 21-22 June 2016, Athens, Greece . The publication presents lighthouse projects from: Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom Continue reading…

The Smart Cities Report by Business Insider

bi smart cities report 2016According to the authors of this smart cities report, the SCs segment has enormous potential as a market for IoT solutions, but it is also an inherently slow-moving market. Smart cities development faces many barriers around the world including tight municipal budgets, sluggish technology procurement guidelines for public agencies, privacy and cybersecurity concerns, and a pressing need for more IT staff at municipal agencies. Taking the time to deploy new, futuristic technologies can also be a luxury that many municipal agencies charged with the day-to-day running of a metropolis can’t afford. Continue reading…

Smart Cities Scotland Blueprint

smart cities scotlandThis blueprint, prepared for Scottish Cities Alliance, supports the development strategy of Scottish government, considering what the cities can achieve by working together to advance both individual and joint smart cities initiatives. It establishes key collaborative actions and programmes to deliver smart cities activity, and identifies funding mechanisms, delivery structures and monitoring activities to support delivery. Continue reading…