Brooks Rainwater, Director of the City Solutions and Applied Research Center at the National League of Cities, explores the increasing impact that innovation districts are having on wider metropolitan economies.
Archive for 2014
A network of interactive digital touchscreens has been installed in Manchester’s city centre. The 10 digital kiosks give residents and visitors a wealth of wayfinding information at their fingertips through its MiGuide (Manchester interactive guide) screen. The system is designed not just to help people get around the city, but to get the most out of it.
The City of Westminster, one of London’s local councils, has started to embed the first of 3,000 sensors into the streets. Each sensor in the ground detects when a car is parked on the street above it. They will be in the ground by the end of March, making London the world’s first major city to adopt the long-heralded “smart parking” revolution.
Digitization, automation, and other advances are transforming industries, labor markets, and the global economy. In this interview, MIT’s Andrew McAfee and McKinsey’s James Manyika discuss how executives and policy makers can respond.
The on-going digital divide often features in the media alongside discussion of the economic implications it can have on emerging markets. So which developing nations are failing to close the ICT competitiveness gap? The 2013 Global Information Technology Report (GITR ) addresses this question, as well as including its Current Networked Readiness Index, and individual country/economy profiles.
Fast-changing markets demand rapid development of new products and processes. Thousands of tools and methods are available to help innovators discover what users want and how to deliver on their expectations. The challenge is to figure out which ones to use when. Luma Institute has created a framework to help you choose the best tool for each step of the innovation process, based on the people you’re designing for and the complexity of the systems in which you operate.
On 15 January 2014 it was exactly 20 years ago that the Internet went public with the arrival of the ‘Digital City’ in Amsterdam (DDS). For the first time in history, it offered access to an open, social online environment in Amsterdam.