More than 80% of the population of the Americas, and 70% of that in Europe, now lives in cities. And of course, as cities grow and spread, they have a greater impact on the environment. As a result, many Smart Cities now focus as much on environmental sustainability as they do on technology per se.
Smart cities hold out the lure of sustainability and innovative technological solutions to large, previously intractable problems. But such opportunities do not come cheaply. Some of them, such as smart lighting, can be funded from the savings made in changing technology. But other, larger projects represent much bigger risks, and it has proven hard to
The UK government has made much of its new ‘verify’ site, part of the government as a platform approach. This site will allow UK citizens to verify their identity whenever they come into contact with any government department. It will be used for many purposes, ranging from tax returns to driving licences and vehicle excise duty.
Smart Cities are a growing phenomenon, with cities around the world vying for supremacy. But for all the hype, it can sometimes seem as if physical changes are a long time coming. So it’s good to read about some very concrete developments that will bring smart city lighting a lot closer to many of us.
We believe that one of the most interesting ideas emerging from discussions about sustainable cities is the idea of citizen-generated apps, ones that individuals or companies have created to do interesting things or provide useful information in cities. And why is this especially interesting? Because it’s driven by users and because it harnesses the ‘internet
It’s by no means an easy task, which is perhaps why it has taken until now for the World Wide Web Foundation established in 2009, to produce its first ever global Web Index. The ambitious project involves examining, over a five year period, the impact of the world wide web on 61 countries around the