This paper examines different approaches to smart city development that reflect different ways in which cities are governed, and different pathways urban governments take to become smart. The main research question is: When comparing a selection of smart city projects, how can pathways for their implementation be classified? By using a comparative case study research design the present study mapped how different design choices of smart cities play out in their implementation and governance. The authors analyse four cases: Smart Dubai, Masdar City, Barcelona Smart City, and Amsterdam Smart City.
WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities announced five projects as finalists for the 2020-2021 WRI Ross Center Prize for Cities. The selected projects show how cities can address both climate change and inequality together. The center received 262 submissions from 160 cities and 54 countries. The five finalists are initiatives from Rosario, Argentina; Ahmedabad, India; Nairobi, Kenya; Monterrey Mexico; and London, UK.
Motivated by the challenges of implementing the recently-proposed Society 5.0, the main contribution of this paper is to propose a sustainable human-centric Smart Community built around a Marketplace of Services. The first main goal of this survey is to suggest an implementation path of Society 5.0, which is currently missing. The second objective and contribution is to review known technologies that are expected to play a significant role in the transition to Society 5.0.
AI in the Wild explores the value of artificial intelligence for conserving nature, managing ecosystems, and defending wildlife. The book is examining the potential benefits and risks in the sustainability of ecosystems resulting from the introduction of artificial intelligence in factories, corporate supply chains, households, cities, and agricultural communities.
Co-Aps is a mobile application used to manage density in public transport and public spaces amid the COVID19 pandemic. Pilots have been implemented in the cities of Barcelona, Istanbul, Sofia and Karditsa.
This paper proposes an architecture for decentralized user-centric data management applications for communications in smart cities. The solution proposed tackles some of the typical problems that affect centralized systems, related to the ownership, exploitation, management, and storage of data. A proof-of concept is presented, which demonstrates the feasibility of the proposal on an empirical basis. The proof-of-concept is implemented using Ethereum and IPFS as key tools.
In order to overcome existing barriers and accelerate the uptake of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) Europe-wide, the European Commission is exploring the idea of developing a common EU-framework for Sustainable Urban Mobility Indicators (SUMI). This publication is analysing the areas that need improvement and the link of SUMP process with the green deal, as well as the ways that data gathering should be approached in cities of different sizes. It is proposing ways to move forward through funding distribution and the EU Urban Mobility Scoreboard. The discussions of the 7th Florence Intermodal Forum are basis for this analysis.