‘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

The island nation is employing sensors and other technology in its push to be more environmentally conscious, the Straits Times reports. 

August 19, 2015

Cities often overlook enhancements to existing buildings such as increased energy efficiency in their pursuit of urban innovation, The City Fix reports.  

August 7, 2015
At Madrid summit, UNDP official questions whether cities can be “smart” without being sustainable.
Gregory Scruggs July 15, 2015

Data-science expert Mike Weston warns in the Wall Street Journal that personal information collected by ubiquitous urban sensors could be sold to marketers.

July 15, 2015

Bloomberg Philanthropies has partnered with India’s government on a new contest that would fund the most innovative smart city proposals.  

June 29, 2015

Ajit Gulabchand tells CityMetric that new cities such as ultra-modern Lavasa are needed in India to accommodate migration to urban areas. 

June 22, 2015

Mayor Sly James supports the installation of public Wi-Fi, sensors and digital kiosks along the downtown streetcar route, the Kansas City Star reports. 

June 9, 2015

The city will implement 70 projects under an initiative that aims to empower citizens and visitors with digital information, MobileSyrup reports. 

May 29, 2015

State governments will recommend existing cities and new projects that will compete to be among India’s 100 “smart cities,” the Business Standard reports. 

May 4, 2015

Basic infrastructure will need to come to developing cities before the high-tech sensors arrive, GreenBiz reports. 

May 1, 2015

India’s prime minister is touting his plan for Gujarat International Finance Tec-City as a model for the nation’s urbanization, Reuters reports. 

April 20, 2015

There’s growing support in India for “climate resilience” measures to ensure that upgrades to cities are not washed away by cyclones, monsoons and floods, the Thomson Reuters Foundation reports.

March 13, 2015

Information relayed from drivers’ smartphones would enable traffic lights to adjust to changing weather and traffic conditions in real time, The Local Denmark reports.

February 12, 2015

Rebuilding with an eye toward energy efficiency and density should be central to India’s plan for 100 smart cities, Shailesh Pathak recommends in Swarajya.

February 10, 2015

The Portuguese city equipped hundreds of taxis and buses to connect passengers to the Internet for free and collect data on road conditions and trash bins, the Technology Review reports. 

December 31, 2014

Tianjin Eco-City is a marvel of innovation, yet it only has attracted 20,000 residents, a fraction of the 350,000 it is projected to house, MIT Technology Review reports. 

December 10, 2014

Panasonic has partnered with Fujisawa City, Japan to create a futuristic community powered by solar energy and equipped with advanced technologies, Forbes reports. 

December 5, 2014

For India Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a “smart” city by his country’s standards is a place that’s capable of providing essential public services, Zee News reports. 

November 28, 2014

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of 100 “smart cities” could get a boost from Singapore, the Economic Times reports. 

November 11, 2014

The most significant global urban innovation on the horizon is the integration of the Internet with city services, two Cisco executives write in Foreign Affairs.

November 6, 2014
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