More than a tenth of Americans still don’t go online, a troubling figure that has the potential to widen the digital divide as cities invest more in digital services. From free tablets and small cells to tech education, here are some approaches cities are using to close the gap.
Considered one of the UK's top smart cities, Edinburgh is taking additional steps to get even smarter — and much more energy efficient — in ways that will benefit both citizens and city operations.
What started as a relatively small project to improve San Jose's wireless services has grown into something substantially larger: a platform to accommodate next-generation 5G mobile technology, greatly expand broadband internet access and provide opportunities for many more smart city services for its citizens.
Is your city's quality of life as good as it could be? A new report outlines several ways cities committed to their citizens' wellbeing can do more to ensure a truly livable future for them.
With several smart city successes already under its belt, Kansas City is expanding its efforts to improve basic services, shrink the digital divide and more. And city officials are very much relying on data — and a new public/private partnership — to help them do it.
San Jose and AT&T are working together on a project to improve wireless coverage in the city for citizens and first responders. It's not a big project. However, if all goes well it will be the key that unlocks a tremendous number of opportunities to enhance city services — and the city's livability.
Are smart street lights near the top of your smart cities transformation to-do list? If not, your city could be left behind. Enhanced public safety and energy efficiency are essential — but smart street lighting networks offer another key smart city ingredient: connectivity. Click to find out how, and why it matters.
How easy does your city make it for people to get information or conduct business digitally? If your answer is “not very,” you’re in danger. Learn what generation Z expects of digital services and how some cities are preparing today.
In a former railway yard in southeast Paris, a €200 million project is underway to create a global hub for Internet development that will be the largest start-up incubator in the world. Dubbed Halle Freyssinet (or Station F), this is just one project that will make Paris a global player in terms of Internet technology, as well as create up to 4,000 jobs and attract 1,000 French and foreign tech entrepreneurs.
Cities can’t function without energy. It fuels our cars, subways and trains. It cools, heats and lights our homes and businesses. It pumps our water and processes the food we eat. And it powers the technologies that are the foundation of a smart city. To ensure a smart energy future, cities and utilities must work together – regardless of whether the utility is part of local government or a private investor-owned utility that supplies the city’s energy.