Berlin has embraced ‘smart’ in a big way. Starting from the idea that open data is vital to driving and supporting innovation, the city has now truly earned the title ‘smart city’. Berlin aspires to being a “laboratory for 21st century urban living”, and young people from across Europe are flocking there, away from traditional
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
What is the safest city in the world in which to live? According to a report from the Economist Intelligence Unit, it is Tokyo, also the world’s most populous city. But how has the Unit assessed safety, and on what basis does it make this assessment? The basis for the assessment The safety index is
Which is the Smartest City in the world in 2015? According to Juniper Research, that accolade goes to Barcelona. And Juniper is of course not the first to give Barcelona a smart city award. In more or less any discussion about Smart Cities, the name Barcelona is bound to crop up sooner or later. For
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.