Posts about Smart Cities

The internet of things (IoT) hyperbole has taken an unexpected twist – very similar to my all-time favourite conundrum, that is, ‘How many mystery writers does it take to change a lightbulb?’ Well, the answer is two, of course. You see, you have one to screw the bulb almost in and the second to give a surprise twist at the end ...
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When I first wrote about smart cities for this blog back in 2013, the concept was still very much just that – a concept. Fast forward to today and nearly every city, both large and small, is developing and perhaps even implementing plans to make their cities smarter. Over these few years, the key drivers and motivations for moving towards a smart city environment have remained unchanged ...
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It's hard to go very far, especially if you work in the IT or telecom sectors, without hearing or reading about the Internet of Things. The IoT seems to be everywhere. And that's a problem. Right now we're at a transitional point in the history of the IoT and, indeed, communications in general. Overlapping trends – including virtualization, machine-to-machine, high-speed networking, mobility as well as very inexpensive processing and storage – have opened the gates to ubiquitous computing. It's redundant at this point to say that the Internet of Things will be big. For folks who want a review of the pretty astounding numbers, check out Business Insider. In an ironic way, this isn't so great. The vision is getting ahead of the reality. Two clichés come to mind: “Be careful what you wish for” and ...
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It's difficult to imagine how a financial crisis could help a city. How it could stimulate thought and drive innovation forward. Yet it appears this is exactly what's been happening in Europe over the past few years. While many of us have focused on the continent’s financial recovery and growth, others have been busily using Europe's economic doldrums to kick-start long-term change and create a new vision for a smart and sustainable future.
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"Smart City" is one of the trending buzzwords these days. Like all buzzwords, no one really knows exactly what it means, but let me venture a broad definition: a smart city is a city that strives to reinvent itself using technology to improve its efficiency, enhance the service it offers to citizens and visitors and adopt a more sustainable model.
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