In the U.S. we call it the American Dream -- the notion that working hard and playing by the rules will lead to prosperity. Today that dream is out of reach for increasing numbers of young people in the U.S. and around the world. Yet new research shows how six targeted philanthropic investments – including an early dose of technology – could change that.
Seattle's new web-based WeCount app anonymously connects homeless people who need things with people willing to provide them. Drop-off sites around the city make it easy. Read more about the peer-to-peer network that's been called the Uber of homeless services.
While traffic seems to get steadily worse, there are some major cities where residents can get to their jobs in 20 minutes or so. See what cities like Buffalo, Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Hartford are doing to keep people moving, reducing wasted time and environmental impact.
Nearly half the greenhouse gas emissions in your city come from transportation. Learn why developing an integrated, multi-modal transportation network not only helps you cut emissions, but gets people to their destinations faster (and saves you money.)
Connected cars are expected to be fairly common on our highways and city streets within a few years. They're seen as the way to make cars safer and the driving experience easier, improve traffic flow, reduce pollution and more. But that raises a big question: What do cities need to do to accommodate them?
Terrible traffic is a nearly $150 billion annual drain on the U.S. economy alone through lost productivity, environmental damage and social costs. Disjointed traffic management systems are on big reason why. See how Microsoft and Cubic plan to get your traffic moving for less.
A recently completed connected smart street lighting trial went so well in Tianjin, China, the city's government wants to greatly expand the deployment. And add a digital incubation center as a test bed for innovative technologies with Council Lead Partner GE's energy startup Current.
In Scotland, the Meal Makers program uses a web-based platform to encourage people to cook an extra meal for an isolated senior, which improves their diets and reduces food poverty and loneliness all at the same time. Read more about Meal Makers and other community-based initiatives tackling food insecurity in Europe.
If technology can be used for professional networking and online dating, it can be used in similar fashion to connect students to inspiring role models they might never encounter otherwise. See how the tech platform Nepris and AT&T are making it happen.
The transit agency serving the greater Boston area is working on a long-range energy management plan to cut energy costs and reduce transportation-related carbon emissions at the same time. There are a lot of approaches and opportunities, but which ones offer the biggest bang for the buck? Read on for ideas your city could use.
A Thailand surveillance system deal for Allied Telesis... a prestigious award for CH2M... Intel invests in driverless cars... Enel commissions Chile solar plant... Ooredoo's data push in Indonesia. Follow the link for more.
To thrive, cities need well-educated, high-tech workforces and cities across Australia are developing them by starting young. Check out three winning ideas from showcase schools that you can put to work in your own city. (Some of the ideas use tools you already have.)
A recent CH2M post gave a biofuel research facility the company helped launch in Masdar City "cool project" status. We have to agree. Read about this innovative effort that tackles the dual challenges of food and water security while providing a sustainable source of clean fuel.
The man behind a new social travel and home-stay club for the 50-plus crowd says there are two issues he's addressing. One is loneliness and isolation among seniors; the other is a way for older folks to monetize their assets. Learn more about The Freebird Club platform launching in Europe this month.
A public-private partnership (P3) that includes Ericsson and Qualcomm is empowering young girls in resource-poor communities with vital tech skills to help them earn decent livings and improve their quality of life. Read what the collaboration has already accomplished in Myanmar.
You know that the Internet of Things can help your city run more efficiently, but did you know it can also help create jobs? Cities like Cape Town, South Africa, are finding the next generation of job creators want to be in smart cities — and their economies are benefiting as a result.
We take 911 emergency service reliability for granted. But there have been many instances when calls weren't answered or a caller's location couldn't be found, with sometimes dire consequences. Read the story to learn why one local government is working on a next generation 911 system with Council Associate Partner Black & Veatch. Then ask yourself if your city's system is as good as it could be.
The federal government has contracted with Siemens to install and operate a combined heat and power (CHP) plant at a U.S. Army command headquarters in Germany, part of a government effort to save energy and lower its power bill. At a time when clean energy sources are so much in demand, CHP may be an option for your city's smart energy strategy.
There are 830 deaths every day from preventable causes during pregnancy and childbirth, according to the World Health Organization. Learn why the UN, GE and others believe more females in leadership positions can transform women's health outcomes – and how GE is using technology to help make it happen.
Simon Rowe's vision is a fleet of buses equipped with sleep pods, toilets, Wi-Fi and other amenities to give homeless people a safe place to get a good night's rest. Thanks to his GoFundMe web page, he's raised more than enough to get his first Sleepbus on the road.
Where some see a recycling crisis, some enterprising cities and counties see a recycling opportunity. See how places like Rotterdam and Prince George’s County are helping people cut their amount of waste without breaking the budget.
What started as a proof of concept for Enevo's smart waste management technology became a win-win for the city of Rotterdam. Read the story to learn how combining sensors for trash receptacles with route planning software reduces waste handling costs and encourages recycling. Could your city do the same?
Many cities and regions around the world are experiencing water shortages. And while most cities would probably find land to build a water recycling plant, that's not the case in Beijing, China. The city's short on water but land is so valuable it's prohibitively expensive. That's why a water plant operator took a different approach — and is building a large water recycling plant underground.
A presidential advisory panel recommends that the federal government should get more involved with smart city developments. Smart Cities Council Founder and Chairman Jesse Berst says cities should work on small projects if they can’t adopt large-scale programs and should focus on their most urgent priorities. Click for more.
Smart Cities Council Founder and Chairman Jesse Berst weighs in on the definition of a smart city in this article focused on Kansas City’s smart transportation and street lighting transformations.
Energy company Enel and Nissan, manufacturer of the Leaf EV, are taking their vehicle-to-grid show on the road — specifically to the UK. The technology adds a new twist to the role of electric cars by turning them into rolling energy storage systems. Read the story to learn more, and how it could help cities with energy management.
Can your residents get where they need to go? Inadequate snow removal likely cost one big city mayor his job. See how one Colorado city used analytics to plow its streets twice as fast — and the savings are going toward making the roads safer all year.
Cities that have seaports know they're fortunate. Ports are economic powerhouses. But ports — particularly cargo-only ports — are also like electric grids and other critical infrastructure in a way. They're susceptible to physical attacks. Read the story to learn how a Florida seaport is protecting its equipment and operations.
The United Arab Emirates wants to be one of the world's smartest countries, and its first move toward that goal is to make Dubai, the country's largest city, as connected as it can be by undertaking more than 100 separate smart city initiatives. While such a large project may not be right for your city, Dubai's transformation plan may give you some ideas for your own.
Energy efficiency is a key tool in reach climate and sustainability benchmarks. But after setting your goals, then what? Here are four proven ideas to help energy consumption in your city. You can even put some to work right away before the summer heatwaves hit.
Closing the hunger gap and reducing food waste doesn't have to mean a big government program or massive relief effort. Clever minds are coming up with innovative apps that give ordinary citizens surprisingly easy ways to make a difference. Could your city borrow an idea or two?
Given the number of social ills that can be attributed to mental illness, finding ways to pre-determine risk could be an enormous breakthrough. And two college students may be on to something with the app they created using IBM's Watson technology. It's fascinating work; click for details.
Kansas City has taken its next steps toward becoming a sustainable city able to provide a better, more livable city for its citizens. One of those steps is a smart street lighting pilot project because city leaders see it as a win-win — a safer, more convenient environment for their citizens and an effective, efficient tool to help them manage the city.
Anyone involved in smart cities initiatives is familiar with smart street lights and probably knows they can do far more than illuminate streets at night. But there are a few things smart street lighting networks can do (or will be able to do soon) that may come as a surprise — a welcome surprise for cities that want to expand or improve the services they provide.
Energy-efficient LEDs can certainly help cut the cost of lighting your streets, but those savings can rapidly vanish if you don’t install them right the first time. Some cities spend hundreds of thousands of dollars redoing their installations. See what you can do to save yourself the trouble.
Street lights are everywhere — and they can be much more than street lights. See how modern smart street lights can not only cut your electric bill dramatically, but can also serve as a platform for sensors, safety services, Wi-Fi hotspots, charging stations and more.
"Darkness brings you down," says rapper Akon, an active campaigner against energy poverty in Africa. Read about the unusual technology he's championing, plus other tech innovations being used to spur greater prosperity on the continent.
Canada's national economy could take a hit from a massive wildfire that destroyed part of a power grid. See how Siemens is heling utilities, like Con Edison, to become more resilient with solutions that can allow them to restore substations in days, not months.
The dangers of cyber attacks are well-known: big banks, hospitals, retail stores, utilities and other service providers have all been hacked — cities too. To help security professionals stay ahead of the hackers IBM is training Watson, its "multi-talented" cognitive computing technology, as a super cyber security detective.
Single mothers and their children have higher rates of hunger and poverty than other U.S. families, according to a new analysis by the Bread for the World Institute. The authors suggest two things could dramatically change that situation. Click to learn more.