On November 4th 2011, the trademark ‘smarter cities’ was officially registered as belonging to IBM. It marked a period in which the company succeeded in defining the concept ‘smart city’ in a way that was beneficial for her, and became the leader of the smart city technology market.In the first decade of the 21th century cities all over the world started claiming to be “smart” for reasons varying from deploying ICT in their operations to the high level of education of their citizens.
Forerunners were San Diego, San Francisco, Ottawa, Brisbane, Amsterdam, Kyoto, and Bangalore. Others followed, including Southampton, Edinburgh, Manchester, Vancouver, and Montreal. Which city does not want to be smart? Thanks to tireless marketers, the concept ‘smart city’ became “self-congratulatory”, whi...
Smart management could help to run the smart city projects efficiently and effectively by viewing the smart city initiative as a unique complex project and identifying the smart city projects’ success practices and challenges.
What is a smart city project?
A project is considered smarter when it’s associated with a higher number of smart city main dimensions which are economy, people, governance, environment, mobility and living. Each dimension represents a particular aspect of the city where a smart project aims to achieve smart city goals in efficiency, sustainability and high quality of life.
Another definition for the smart city projects are those projects which use modern technology to generate economic, social and ecological value, run by multiple organizations as a partnersh...
History is filled with urban utopias. A very recent one is PlanIT Valley, a dreamed smart city in Portugal near Porto. My interest was awakened from the first moment I heard about it, despite of my skepticism of ‘greenfield’ smart cities in general, which I explained elsewhere. The people behind it – Steve Lewis in the first place – believed that their Emerald City would make the difference: Carbon neutral buildings thanks to an extensive and centrally controlled sensor-network, lower construction costs because of new building techniques and autonomous cars to enable sustainable traffic. Their dream seemed genuine, unlike similar claims from large tech-companies like IBM, Cisco, and Siemens who went for the fast money in the first place: Smart city play is a $36 billion business opportunit...
There is no place in the world where all residents share the same level of prosperity, or where this prosperity has been achieved in a sustainable or just manner. Therefore, the question is what kind of prosperity is achievable for citizens around the world without destroying the environment and harming the prospects for a decent life of fellow men and future generations?
In this essay I will look for an answer. The doughnut principle proposed by Kate Raworth (on the photo above) is a promising starting-point, hence the title chosen. I will try to avoid the hypocrisy of a well-fed Western man who advocates a reduction in consumption for sustainability, because billions of people are hungry or poor and dream of some wealth. Moreover, they are not the main polluters.
The social origin of...
The world is getting more and more urbanized. By 2040, 65 percent of the world’s population will be living in cities. 1.3 million people move into cities every day. These are reasons why many city governments are working on smart city initiatives. But what is the anatomy of a smart city really?
With the combination of low power sensors, wireless networks, and web-and mobile based applications, smart cities have arrived. Connected cities are becoming a platform for innovation.
Below all information is categorized in this nice infographic from Postscapes. It tells you what is driving the need to establish smart cities, how smart city concepts and projects are different in the developing world, and what technologies and systems are needed to make them a reality.
The 19th century was ...
Smart city’ is becoming a buzzword faster and faster. Many people talk about it, but what makes a city ‘smart’? What activities have to be undertaken to fall under the umbrella of smart city initiatives? The best way is to explain this by giving examples. See below some examples of Singapore, Dubai and Barcelona. And how smart is your city?
Cities are becoming smarter by the year. With the enormous increase of new and better technologies, cities have more possibilities to use this in their operations. Some area’s in which cities can benefit from technology are:
Big Data, driver of smart cities
One driver of s...