Tomatoes from space? Cheese from 3D printers? An electrically charged solution that extends the shelf life of veggies? With hunger and poor nutrition pervasive, read about innovations in food tech that may someday result in healthier foods and a more sustainable food supply.
Many cities throughout the world continue to operate water distribution networks that are 70-100 years old. And while lost revenue from water leaks is staggering, it's not the only problem. Failing systems also can contribute to contaminated, poor quality drinking water. Read on to learn why your city should take a hard look at its water network -- and the available solutions.
You don’t have to be a big city to be a smart city. A regional utility is modernizing its infrastructure in eastern Washington and Idaho, and in the process, it’s bringing smart technologies to a mostly rural area. See what it’s doing and how you can too, regardless of how big your city is.
Cities spend a lot of time looking for citizens and businesses who are tax cheats, but what if the tax fraud is occurring within your own department? Cities lose millions that way — one lost $50 million. Find out what you can do to protect the tax revenue you collect.
Illinois spends more on technology than virtually every other state, but it gets the least from that investment. Now on its way to making up for a 40-plus-year technology deficit, it plans to become the first smart state. And its approach for action could work for your city.
The Edmonton Valley Line, a new light rail project in Edmonton, Alberta, is expected to help meet the growing needs of Canada's second fastest-growing city. It's also the first project for Bechtel's new Public-Private Partnership line of business. Read the story to learn more, and pay particular attention to the important role continuing public involvement has played.
IBM, Cisco and Microsoft named top smart city vendors... an award for Black & Veatch microgrid network... K2 Geospatial's Canadian rail project... Ooredoo's service expansion... Veolia wins first waste management contract in Oman...
President Obama recently announced new efforts to battle prescription drug and heroin abuse, noting that today more people in the U.S. die from opioid overdoses than traffic accidents. Drug addiction isn't a new problem, but new and innovative approaches to curb it are gaining attention. Would they work in your city? Click for details.
To govern effectively and earn the public’s trust, government has to be transparent. But how do you share everything you can while protecting what you must? Learn how an effective data governance strategy helps you cut your costs while better serving the public.
Can you imagine building a community master plan in just three months? Constitución, Chile, did it and the results are something truly to behold. While disaster gave it the sense of urgency, its approach and the tactics it used are worth considering to build engagement even if times are good in your city.
The Canadian city of St. Albert has numerous smart city services and projects in place and an ambitious goal of becoming a "smart city centre of excellence." But in the beginning there was no plan of action, no roadmap to guide St. Albert's smart city transition. If your city is planning a smart city transformation, St. Albert's experience and how its city leaders chose to proceed may give you some ideas you can use.
As Illinois embarks on a journey to become America’s first smart state, it got valuable advice through a Smart States event about how to identify and build people-centered solutions, which is at the heart of governance. Read on for five tips that you can put to work as you craft your own strategies.
Food waste in restaurants and grocery stores is getting more attention as efforts to battle hunger accelerate. But what about edible food the land and sea supply that is mostly ignored because it's unfamiliar? Click to read how big food data is taking that on.
City leaders don't need to reinvent the wheel every time they come up against a problem in their smart city implementations. There are companies they can turn to for help. One of them -- Microsoft -- has a new partner bringing several IT solutions to the initiative it created to help cities become more efficient, more economically competitive and more livable.
The quest for safer, better, more intelligent cars has already attracted car makers, technology companies and others to the connected car market. Now IT and networking company Cisco and car maker Hyundai have teamed to speed up development of next generation connected car technologies.
Sudden floods are already causing significant deaths and severe flooding is only forecast to get worse. Yet flood warning systems aren’t getting better. A Rice University professor who built an advanced system explains how it works — and why your city should build one today.
Who doesn't want a job with benefits, paid time off and a steady paycheck? After a decade working in restaurants, family man Aaron Mingo ached for one. Cincinnati's WCPO tells about a remarkable nonprofit that turned Mingo into an IT field engineer -- for free. And he's not alone.
A city’s future is largely determined by its job base and the future of your job base may be driven by your ability to attract highly-skilled millennials. AT&T offers some helpful advice for companies, but it turns out they need your help too. Find out how.
The total spending on IT infrastructure products like servers and storage is expected to jump by almost 20% this year to reach $38.2 billion. And a majority of that spending will come from public sector and corporate organizations, says market intelligence firm and Council Associate Partner IDC in a new report.
Swedish city Boras has taken several steps toward sustainability. Now it's taking yet another one with an approach that integrates wastewater treatment with energy production. Read the story to learn how they plan to do it and why.
After the recent deadly earthquake in Ecuador, advanced satellite imagery helped authorities assess damages. Elsewhere, satellite images are revealing pockets of poverty -- and need -- that more traditional surveys may not uncover. Read more about the intriguing humanitarian benefits satellite technologies offer.
Kids living on the streets of San Francisco have a mortality rate 10 times higher than their peers. And UC Berkeley researchers say those deaths are preventable. Click to read about several new studies probing youth homelessness -- and why experts think coordinating intake, referral and data systems could help.
In the borough of Calderdale in the UK, more than 65% of adults are overweight or obese. IBM recently partnered with the local council to create specialized fitness programs based on insight gleaned from analyzing data, such as social workers' case notes. Learn more about IBM's new health initiative.
If someone wanted to create absolute traffic chaos in your city, they likely could. It would take only a little know-how and a few hundred dollars in equipment. Cities have been lucky so far. Here’s why you should care about security so you’ll be protected when your luck runs out.
Many cities are counting on connected cars and their technologies to help them deal with traffic snarls, accidents and other transportation-related issues. And car makers are doing their best to make those connected cars safe and reliable. Their latest challenge? The DOJ wants those cars to be so secure they won't be vulnerable to terrorists, cybercriminals and other bad guys.
Today mental illness weaves through many of society's most daunting challenges – homelessness, gun violence, suicide. There's no easy fix, but technology is providing some answers, from online platforms to data-driven treatment. Click to learn more.
Cities will hold the vast majority of the world’s population in just a few decades, but your city’s growth is not guaranteed. In fact, some cities are shrinking rapidly. Check out new rankings of America’s fastest growing (and fastest shrinking) cities to see what you can learn from them.
Some cities are blessed with clean, high quality water -- and some aren't so fortunate. If your city falls into the latter category there are approaches you can take to provide clean water for your residents and meet increasingly strict water quality regulations. The Canadian city of Nanaimo has a success story to share about the technology it chose that should ensure clean water for generations.
Sports and entertainment venues are no easy undertaking. They're expensive to build and operate and cities often pony up millions to help pay for them. So we thought you'd like to take a look at how Schneider Electric took advantage of connected technologies to help make the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas efficient and sustainable (and less expensive to operate).
With customer assistance programs, utilities can truly help people who struggle to pay their energy bills. Margaret Bellon of West Monroe Partners suggests several ways utility programs may have an even greater impact, including use of a third-party portal. Click for details.
Infant and maternal mortality rates in Papua New Guinea are among the world's highest. Rheumatic heart disease concerns cardiologists in East Malaysia. Healthcare providers say hand-held ultrasound technology developed by GE is making a difference. Learn how.
If your city hasn’t faced a water crisis yet, it’s only a matter of time: 70% of the world’s production areas will face shortages by 2050. Here are four steps you can take now to not only save a precious resource — they will also save you money.
With so much hope focused on how connected cars and self-driving cars will help cities cut traffic congestion and reduce accidents, there's some good news from Toyota and Microsoft. The two companies are working together to develop more and better connected services for drivers -- services that will make driving safer and far more convenient at the same time.
IBM partners on cloud and cognitive computing… Intel's new acquisition… Schneider Electric's cloud-based security management system… Ooredoo's ICT infrastructure deal… Qualcomm's wireless EV charging agreement… Siemens' UK energy savings and clean air projects. Follow the link to learn more.
Compassion, technology and some out-of-the-box thinking are making a difference in the war on hunger. Click to read about five initiatives that most any community could embrace – from donating per diems online to on-demand, data-driven food recovery.
We've said it before: smart street lighting networks are a practical, cost-effective first step toward a smart city. Now, Huawei has entered the market with its Connected City Lighting Solution. Read the story to learn about the company's new offering -- and why you should be taking smart street lighting networks seriously.
The move to renewable sources of energy is typically driven by climate goals, but as renewables take over as the world’s largest source of new power there’s a new reason: price. They can be cheaper. Find out if you should be giving renewables a second look.
Wouldn't it be great if the people who live and work in your city had an understanding of how important initiatives like smart water and smart energy are to their quality of life and future? You'll want to know about Itron's program to improve water and energy literacy -- and encourage students to consider careers in smart city technology-related fields.
As more urban areas commit to smart cities upgrades and the technologies they'll need to accomplish those transformations, it becomes increasingly clear success depends on one key element: connectivity. While the thought of planning and developing a connected network for your city may seem daunting, other cities are doing it. You don’t have to go it alone. And the benefits might surprise you.
Smart cities need to be connected cities, as we explain in our story on the importance of connectivity in this special issue. Connectivity and Internet of Things are the buzz for smart cities right now, but maybe we're overlooking something. Is the Internet fast enough for us and what we need to do? Read on for some not so great news about the status of U.S. Internet service -- and some promising developments.