Realizing the Potential of Blockchain: A Multistakeholder Approach to the Stewardship of Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies is a white paper produced by World Economic Forum, that tries to shed light on blockchain governance challenges and multistakeholder cooperation opportunities. More specifically, this report provides a structured analytical framework and taxonomy for use by industry, technical, governmental, civil society and other stakeholders in considering how they might collaborate to resolve problems and unlock opportunities beyond the reach of any single actor.
The UN’s prediction that, by 2030, two-thirds of the world’s population will be living in megacities, means that smart technologies can play a key role in reducing the pressures and impact of overcrowding.
The 2017 Smart Cities Index, published by Stockholm-based smart parking service Easypark, ranks the top 100 smart cities around the world along 19 factors related to smart city technology such as public transport, clean energy, citizen participation, urban planning, smartphone penetration or living standard. The top smart city was Copenhagen, while the top five also included Singapore, Stockholm, Zurich and Boston.
The Muni-Expo International urban innovation conference will be held on February 13 and 14 at the Tel Aviv Exhibition Grounds. The event is meant to highlight smart city technologies, and will draw more than 80 municipal delegations from around the world. The high interest in the event is taken as a sign of international attention focusing on Israel’s progress.
We are nearing the point where the term Smart City will cease to be a buzzword and become a reality for many people living in the most progressive conurbation. 2018 will be the year of the smart city, and their impact in making everyday living greener and healthier is getting more and more noticeable.
Black & Veatch just released 2018 Strategic Directions: Smart Cities & Utilities Report. The report explores the current landscape of smart city efforts, as 2017 marked an inflection point for initiatives around the world. The report finds that Big Data’s potential to improve community quality of life while making critical human infrastructure more efficient and sustainable is overcoming lingering fears about costs. Bold advances in data analytics, electric transportation and next-generation communications systems are propelling smart city development, while creative financing strategies challenge old notions about massive upfront investments.
Two years ago, in 2016, electronics giant Panasonic teamed up with the city of Denver, Colorado, to create a futuristic smart city from scratch, using a 400-acre stretch of available land near the Denver International Airport. It was envisaged as a decade-long project, but just two years later, the steps being made to apply technology to the new city’s road system show that considerable progress is already being made and the project is under way.