In some neighborhoods, people don't bother calling 911 when they hear gunshots, which may explain why police in roughly 70 U.S. cities have turned to gunfire detection technology provided by Newark, California-based SST. Get details on how the ShotSpotter system works – and what to watch out for.
Candidates in New York City's mayoral race are turning to technology and social media to boost interest and voter turnout – and even to raise money for their campaigns. Is it a trend that could shape the future of mayoral politics in your city?
If you are serious about making the case for smarter buildings in your city, you'll want to read a recent post by the Rocky Mountain Institute. Most people, RMI notes, try to cost-justify the technology merely on the basis of energy savings. But as you'll see, there's much more to the value stream for building owners and cities.
The organizations building smart city platforms continue to proliferate. And as intriguing as this latest collaboration between groups in Europe and Japan sounds, we have to wonder if protracted platform wars are on the way.
Vitally important to the success of the smart cities movement, greenfield projects push the boundaries and encounter numerous challenges. They also provide invaluable feedback. Click for a look at successes and failures from five showcase projects.
We tip our hat this week to Smart Cities Council Associate Partner Zipcar for their work pioneering a new business model for automobile transportation. We can't discover and test new ways of doing things without the leadership of innovators such as Zipcar, which just announced expanded "wheels when you want them" services in San Diego.
Where will workers with the deep analytical skills so critical to smart city success come from? A collaboration between IBM and Dublin City University offers one answer.
A new post from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace suggests that U.S.-China climate change cooperation is climbing to the next level -- and that smart cities will be the focus. Find out why -- and what to expect when the action moves from the laboratory to the real world.
A new report from market research firm Frost & Sullivan underlines what has already become apparent in the field. Read why transportation has become one of the most common flash points for a smart city.
French giant EDF's sustainable cities initiative led by Pascal Terrien is global in nature and seeks to define the ideal role of a utility in urban environments where 75% of the world’s population will reside by 2050. Click to read our Q&A with Terrien, one of Europe's leading experts on energy efficiency and sustainability.