Tel Aviv was voted as the “Best Smart City in 2014” at the Barcelona Smart City expo, beating 250 other cities from around the world to the title. This distinction was based mainly on DigiTel, a personalized digital communications network.
This book chapter by M. R. Johannessen and L. Berntzen (2017) explores the concept of Transparent Smart City providing useful insights on how city councils and city administrations can apply smart technology for increased transparency. The authors also provide an overview of available technologies from a case study in Norway.
In a latest article published in Engadget, by Nick Summers, a smart city project that is under development in Toronto Canada is presented. According the author the project started with an email sent by Eric Schmidt, Google’s former executive chairman, to Dan Doctoroff, of SideWalks, in 2014, having as subject line “The City of the Future”.
There is very little in the literature about what Japan is doing in the field of smart cities. The report “Japan’s Smart Cities” by Andrew DeWit shows a series of domains in which smart city concepts and technologies have been applied.
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.