‘Smart’ Cities

What’s a ‘smart’ city? There’s no one definition. For many city leaders — and especially the private sector —  the term has become a shorthand for technology that makes cities work better or more efficiently. Scroll down to see all of Citiscope’s news coverage on this topic.

At a conference known as Urban 95, city leaders consider how cities work for those who are 95 centimetres tall -- the average height of a healthy 3-year old.
Patralekha Chatterjee April 21, 2017
Recommendations for successful technology projects from the Uraia Platform.
David Hatch February 15, 2017

The nation’s largest planned metropolis is touted as clean, green and affordable, the Dhaka Tribune reports. 

December 7, 2016

The U. S. Trade and Development Agency is scouting for urban innovation projects in both nations.

October 7, 2016

The Japanese government funded major technology retrofits in Yokohama, Keihanna, Toyota and Kitakyushu, OpenGov reports. 

September 30, 2016
A deep focus on social equity, civic participation and green spaces has made Austria's capital one of the world's best places to live.
Saransh Sehgal August 18, 2016

South Korea’s fourth largest city is its first to adopt a long-range wireless network for self-driving cars and other innovations, TechCrunch reports. 

June 16, 2016

Digital literacy, telemedicine and mobile birth certificates are among the ‘smart’ city technologies that would help poorer communities, Mail & Guardian Africa says.

April 18, 2016

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar says basics like sewage treatment must be improved before ambitious ‘smart’ cities plans can be realized, the Economic Times reports. 

February 19, 2016
An Urban Thinkers Campus in Paris focused on how smart planning can foster urban development.
Vitor Pereira February 5, 2016

Dallas, Atlanta and Chicago are teaming with the wireless carrier on innovations such as traffic monitoring and grid management, Fortune reports.

January 8, 2016

The philanthropy will oversee a groundbreaking contest in which Indian cities compete for infrastructure funding, the Economic Times reports.  

January 4, 2016

A third of India’s urban population would be impacted by plans for 100 ‘smart’ cities, the Centre for Internet and Society says.

December 23, 2015

The intelligence center in Springfield, Massachusetts, draws real-time video from dozens of cameras and instantly detects gunfire, MassLive reports. 

October 22, 2015

Pete Buttigieg, 33, views sensors and data analytics as key to improving city management, Fortune reports. 

October 2, 2015

Critics of India’s plan for 100 ‘smart cities’ say investing in villages might prevent a crush of migration to cities in the first place, Indian Express and iGovernment report.

September 24, 2015

The Obama administration will provide more than $160 million for research designed to improve urban living. 

September 16, 2015

The planned city of 100,000 aims to offer low-cost energy and telecommunications services delivered by the municipality, the Times of Israel reports.

September 2, 2015

Águas de São Pedro is deploying sensors, mobile apps and biometrics to improve life in this city of just 3,000, RCR Wireless News reports. 

August 27, 2015
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