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Scroll down to read the latest news and trends in the smart cities space. Also check out timely articles about Compassionate Cities.

Disaster planning: why natural defenses can help your city

11/17/2016

For coastal communities subject to frequent destructive storms, there may be a line of defense that is helping to lessen their impact. New research indicates that coastal wetlands have been responsible for significant reductions in property damage. But we're not doing enough to protect them.

Want a truly resilient smart city? Then let's talk microgrids

11/17/2016

Connecticut was hit hard by massive storms (including Hurricane Sandy) that caused major power outages and extensive property damage a few years ago. That had a lot to with why the state quickly launched a program to fund microgrid construction: to limit outages and lessen the aftermath. Read our story for an update.

How technology helps cities prepare for (and respond to) disasters

11/17/2016

As weather patterns change and become more unpredictable, it is essential for cities to be able to quickly and comprehensively respond to disasters. Here are some approaches you can use to ensure you are deploying emergency personnel and equipment precisely where and when they're needed.

People need safe water: How to see issues before they bubble to the surface

11/17/2016

How can water utilities effectively and efficiently protect their delivery networks against floods and other disasters? Black & Veatch shares technologies they can use to better inform their decision-making and meet customer expectations of clean, safe water.

Is predictive policing right for your smart city?

11/10/2016

Until relatively recently, police work typically involved reacting to events as they happened or shortly after. And anticipating crime was largely a combination of officers' intuition and experience. Predictive policing is a different approach that could very well be changing the future of law enforcement. Read our story to learn how.

Discover how the Internet of Things is driving more cost-efficient cities

11/08/2016

Leaders struggling to do more with less should not ignore the benefits the Internet of Things brings to internal government operations. Cost efficiencies are chief among them. Click for real-life examples and to download a new IoT white paper from the Council and Microsoft.

Is your city doing enough to protect against cyberattacks? (Survey says probably not)

11/03/2016

Cities are buzzing with excitement about what they can accomplish with their smart city projects and the technologies that enable them. But by overlooking or failing to take action on security vulnerabilities, IT professionals warn the benefits from those technologies could be short-lived.

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