A report from the recent World Intelligent Cities Summit in Istanbul cites several presenters who cast doubt on the growth prospects for smart homes. At least one sees a backlash already occurring in Turkey. But we don't think smart homes are really the issue; click to see what is.
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We think you'll be as intrigued as we were when you read our recent Q&A with Alan Snook, president of GRID20/20, a Council Associate Partner in the energy space. For example, click to the interview to find out why Alan says smart cities can learn a thing or two from theme parks – and how companies like his are lowering the cost of living in a city.
So many people chronicle the benefits of smart cities in vague generalities and ignore the cost question entirely. But as Brian Cotton of Frost & Sullivan points out in today's guest column, the smart thing to do is to calculate the numbers on both sides of the equation. Click for more on using math to decide whether, when and where to launch your smart city journey.
A Forbes post recaps the numbers that make smart water projects so economically compelling. They may help make the case for water modernization in your city. We've listed a few highlights and a link to the full story.
We've seen it before -- developing regions leapfrogging the developed world. South Korea, for instance, is the acknowledged world leader in broadband access after starting from way behind. Now we're seeing signs that India may become a leader in smart cities.
You've likely heard about the smart grid and smart meters. But there's more to the electric power value chain that can benefit from intelligence. Read about the multiple benefits Los Angeles Department of Water and Power gets from its newly installed smart transformers.
The European Commission is spending 4 million euros to fund a three-year project to create a neighborhood-scale energy management platform. What may prove most useful is the EC's plan to also test new business models. Find out why.
It's no secret that we have too many delivery trucks from too many companies driving around our cities, duplicating effort and increasing emissions. The European Commission has funded research to find solutions and we think you'll agree some of them are pretty interesting.
A 2011 earthquake in New Zealand spurred a rebuilding effort in Christchurch that is relying on smart technologies and engaged citizens. Find out why it's another great example of turning lemons into lemonade.
A post from ArchDaily reminds us that we've got lots of smart technology and lots of data, but even so we're missing a couple of things. One is the kind of knock-you-down creativity you'll see in an award-winning smart highway project. We've got video and details at the site.