African countries are still at the early stages of the urbanization process, but they are quickly catching up with the rest of the world. While Africa was the least urbanized region in the world in 2015, it is now the second fastest urbanizing region behind Asia, which it is expected to surpass by 2020.
Technology-driven design firm, IBI Group, released a whitepaper on the ‘Top 10 Smart City Success Factors’. The whitepaper draws on the firm’s experience designing smart cities and delivering intelligent transportation systems internationally, and sheds light on the key elements required for cities to develop and implement a successful strategy.
In this article, Meri Rosich describes how the development of a layer of intelligence creates a new society with different rules and challenges. “Smart society” is a concept we use to describe a future where people will use technology to solve problems and support better living for everyone. It is not the same for everyone as it depends on the particular needs of each country. For Germany is based on industrial automation, while in Japan it is focused
The papers reflect on the evolution of innovation policy over the last 25 years, from the Regional Technology Plans in 1994 to the current Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (2014-2020). At large, the general opinion is that a lot has been achieved
ESRI and The Science of Where release frequent podcasts on data science, the Internet of Things, Smart Communities and other forces driving digital transformation and leveraging the power of location intelligence. Three recent podcasts on smart cities and digital transformation are very interesting: The Three Stages of Digital Transformation, How Smart Cities Drive Efficiency and Engagement with IoT and Buidling a Data-Smart City.
Elsevier launched a new book series to publish a collection of insights into the diverse constitution of smart cities for improving both the theory and practice of smart cities, and transferring the knowledge acquired to scholars, policymakers and practitioners alike. Subjects to publish shall include, but not be limited to:
SMURBS, which stands for SMart URBan Solutions for Air Quality, Disasters and Urban Growth, is a new research project funded through Horizon2020 of the European Commission. It is coordinated by the National Observatory of Athens and includes 19 partners from 12 countries.