In a wide-ranging conversation with Smart Cities Council Chairman Jesse Berst, Cisco executive Hardik Bhatt discusses his company's lighthouse strategy in the smart cities space, its role as a "horizontal enabler" and its two-sided view of the smart and connected communities market.
Drivers in the Twin Cities and Seattle are trying to make sense of smart lanes – a concept that's been used in Europe for about a decade and produced impressive results. But we're not convinced it's the right way to go in the U.S. See if you agree.
Cities are rightfully striving to deliver mobile applications to citizens. But almost all of them are delivering those apps as one-off, point solutions. AT&T has moved the market forward by creating a prepackaged collection of favorite applications. Better yet, this starter collection can become a platform for a raft of useful mobile solutions.
You have to appreciate the irony. Futurist and urban researcher Anthony Townsend is on a promo tour for his forthcoming book Smart Cities. He's trying to drum up interest in smart cities by... well, by denigrating smart cities.
In planning future cities, traditional top-down planning can fail to capture the energy and ideas from the "informal" economy that thrives in some parts of the world. That's how two authors from the Forum for the Future see it; we tend to agree. Find out why.
As mobile apps become big hits in cities around the world, app challenges are increasingly common. If you want ideas for your own competition, click for a look at one Council advisor International Telecom Union is organizing.
Many if not most North American water utilities face severe challenges - aging infrastructure, reduced budgets and scarcity issues among them. A GE blog explains how technology can solve this conundrum. It's worth a read.
The smart cities market took a major step towards mainstream status with an announcement this morning from Microsoft. The company is launching a global initiative labeled "CityNext." Find out what the tech giant has to offer cities like yours.
When we talk about innovation, we typically think of technology. But click for a good reminder from Smart Cities Council advisors Terrapin Bright Green and the U.S. Green Building Council that we badly need innovation in other areas as well, such as financing and policy.
The UK's Technology Strategy Board just released findings from stage one of its Future Cities Demonstrator Programme – a competition that has 30 UK cities developing innovative ways to be smarter and more sustainable. Don't miss this recap of common themes that are emerging.