Sometimes you could be forgiven for thinking that becoming a Smart City was a goal in itself. There is a lot of talk about what technology can do, and how things will work, but not always any consideration of why this is important. The most successful Smart Cities—think Rio de Janeiro or Barcelona—are intent on
We are enjoying one of the most peaceful periods in history. Global violence is at an all-time low and it continues to decline. Deaths from war are at an historic low too. Yet there are some parts of the world, particularly inner city areas, where the number of violent deaths is rising fast. In his
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?
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
As the Commonwealth Games get under way in Glasgow this week, visitors to the city should note not just the sporting venues, but also the work that’s happening through Glasgow’s Smart City initiatives. Glasgow has taken advantage of the opportunities available from the EU and from hosting the Games to ensure that there is a
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