Do smart cities need smart people?

Cities. Gleaming high rise office blocks, centres of technology and industry, and trade hubs. But more importantly, home to millions of people worldwide. Cities are vital ecosystems, consisting of far more than the bricks and mortar that make the buildings. So why is it only recently that city design has begun to be about people?

Financing smart city solutions

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

Joint development of public e-services in Sweden

Are electronic services in public administration a case of putting ‘lipstick on a pig’, or can they genuinely improve operational efficiency and delivery of services? It’s a question which Swedish cities asked themselves before considering any work on e-services. They concluded that business process analysis suggested that there was a place for ICT solutions in