Policy frameworks and tools

Four reasons you should help other cities get smart. (Three of them are entirely selfish.)

Wed, 2016-02-17 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

If you're a city leader committed to a smart city transformation, you know the challenges well: It's a disruptive to dismantle what once was and build in its place a livable, economically vibrant and sustainable city. So why would you take on even more challenges to help smaller communities become smart too? Jesse Berst passes along four good reasons, including three ways to help yourself by helping others.

Do smart cities matter? Ask the energy industry

Fri, 2016-02-12 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

As the energy industry moves forward with the work of transforming an antiquated electricity network into a strong, resilient, responsive and reliable 21st century electric grid you may wonder who or what is shaping our energy future. Read the story to learn how and why smart cities are becoming more influential in the direction that future is taking.

Cities want to get smarter, so why is it taking so long? (What you can do to move faster)

Wed, 2016-02-10 06:00 -- Kevin Ebi

Most cities and utilities see the smart cities transformation as truly revolutionary. But despite that, the latest Black & Veatch survey finds they’re moving slower in that direction. Learn about the obstacles they see in their way and how you can leap over them so you don’t get left behind.

Europe is demanding a common smart city platform. Should you be doing the same?

Wed, 2016-01-20 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

What the smart cities initiative really needs is a common platform for technology adoption that can be shared across different cities. At least that's the opinion of several industry leaders in Europe. Read the story to learn what they have in mind and why collaboration is such a big part of what they want to do.

How do we ensure safe smart cities? Work with the security pros

Mon, 2015-11-30 14:21 -- Doug Peeples

Local governments throughout the world are working hard to create sustainable, energy-efficient and economically strong smart cities. But the intelligent technologies we rely on to create them are vulnerable to cybersecurity threats – and few local governments are doing much to protect against them, say experts at security software company Kaspersky Lab. Read the story for their recommendations on precautions cities can take.

China's big plans to be the global leader in smart city technology

Fri, 2015-11-20 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

The U.S. and the European Union may be the trailblazers for the smart cities initiative, but Chinese officials say their country will dominate the smart city technology sector within five years. And they’re confident enough to say the Chinese smart city model will be one of the first to be adopted by other countries.