One startup out of Germany is endeavoring to address urban environmental issues through a novel solution. Green City Solutions creates huge vertical planter boxes for public spaces utilizing plants adept at removing dust, nitrogen dioxide and ozone gasses from low-lying smog. The company
This report is the first ICT industry publication designed for city decision makers including CTOs, CIOs and technology advisors that provides an overview of the network-enabled technologies to have the greatest impact on the evolving Smart City. Developed by the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), it aims to help city planners know what’s on the horizon for tomorrow so that they can start developing their technology vision today.
This IDC Survey Spotlight shows the results from IDC’s Smart City MaturityScape Benchmark Survey in which 151 U.S. local government organizations were asked a series of questions to plot them on the IDC MaturityScape for Smart Cities.
In the past five years, leading cities across North America have made tremendous inroads to testing and deploying smart city technologies to address key challenges related to maintaining and replacing aging infrastructure, managing maintenance costs and providing improved services to residents and community members. Building upon previous research conducted by the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) and Nutter Consulting, DNV GL partnered to capture the lessons learned and best practices for cities to engage with a diverse set of smart technology vendors.
Overflowing sewers, caused by intense rainfall, can be one of the most severe ecological problems that a city can face, especially in old cities with inadequate infrastructure. A Smart Solution for this problem, already tested by some cities, is to copy nature and create natural “sponges” for the excess water.
Think of Remix as a video game for planners, which is leading to better public transit service across the country. The startup’s strategy is to empower planners through digital tools, use data as a storytelling tool through visualizations that show how a neighborhood could improve through transit, and promote understanding of data as a mechanism for policy change.
The discussion over Smart Cities has been going on for years. Some Smart solutions, such as street lights and sensors, have been applied in many cities, but these small and usually isolated interventions are not enough to make a city truly Smart. Smart Solutions need to be connected and to achieve critical mass. However, comprehensive and large-scale innovations are about to emerge, and Smart Transit is the component that can lead the way to a true Smart City revolution.