From hydroponic greenhouses near supermarkets to tech-powered farms that come out of a box to a UK app that links producers to consumers, technology is advancing agriculture in new and novel ways. It's also enabling better access to healthy, locally grown foods.
Kids in Ghana use rocks they found in the schoolyard to learn how a computer mouse works. There's no computer in their school, so the teacher improvises. From rural Ghana to neighborhoods of Philadelphia, the digital divide is real – and so are efforts to end it. See some examples involving Huawei, Microsoft and others.
Smart Cities Council, the world’s largest smart cities network, will award five challenge grants to help five American cities apply smart technologies to improve urban livability, workability and sustainability. The grant is in support of the White House’s call to action to accelerate the development of smart cities, which was just announced today.This is the second year that the White House issued a major announcement to kick off Smart Cities Week – North America’s premier smart cities conference, convening over 1,500 participants from all levels of government and the private sector on September 28-29 in Washington, D.C.
With many cities facing chronically tight budgets and the need to expand services to meet the changing demands of growing populations, switching to digital services can often be the right choice. Our story explains some of the critical elements to consider when moving services online and how to provide maximum benefits for citizens and do it cost-effectively.
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Philadelphia's city council has something in common with the town court in Clarksville, Indiana and the Howrah City Police in West Bengal, India. Add New York City and Napa, CA to the list, too. They've all been victims of cyberattacks. Click for details and resources – including defensive strategies your city should consider before it's too late.
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Observers point to a shift in how China views the participation of foreign companies as it focuses on information security and smart cities development. Read more on that -- plus details on a business development mission to China to promote U.S. cleantech products and services.
Efforts to create truly smart cities in Arab nations have been uneven so far. See how the governments are busy reinventing services to turn their cities into economic leaders.