As our urban leaders begin to advance policy and programs that align with the New Urban Agenda created at the UN Habitat III convening in Quito, Ecuador, we offer the case for data-driven decision making as a means for greater sustainability outcomes/
So, if ‘smart cities’ is the answer, what was the question again? Well, the question has always been the same: “how can we embrace technology and intelligent design to create a better world, for people?”.
To thrive, cities need well-educated, high-tech workforces and cities across Australia are developing them by starting young. Check out three winning ideas from showcase schools that you can put to work in your own city. (Some of the ideas use tools you already have.)
The move to renewable sources of energy is typically driven by climate goals, but as renewables take over as the world’s largest source of new power there’s a new reason: price. They can be cheaper. Find out if you should be giving renewables a second look.
We're in a water crisis. In about 10 years, the UN says two-thirds of the world's population will face water stress: lower quality water and less of it. As excruciating as it may be for conservative, risk-averse water utilities, it's going to take a complete re-evaluation of how they do business if water quality is to be preserved. Read the story for some tough advice from an industry professional.
Cities are experimenting with several smart approaches to reduce congestion and solve parking problems. But what about all those vacant spaces in parking garages? An Australian businessman has some thoughts about that, and what he has to say just might interest city managers looking for ways to reduce congestion and find more parking for their residents.
The number of cities struggling with drought seems to grow each year. Think you’re safe? The odds aren’t in your favor. Learn about three Veolia projects that are helping cities prepare.
The head of ICT for the city of Ashfield – a suburb of Sydney in New South Wales, Australia -- became the Smart Cities Council's 5,000th registered member last week. Learn why Bruno Daniele joined – and how you can do the same.
Some of the technologies that make smart cities so effective can also pay off during their construction. Learn how Saudi Arabia developers are using mobile technology, why RFID has proven a construction site game-changer in Australia and how China is tapping supercomputers to make construction more cost-efficient.
The city of Adelaide can now boast that it runs the largest free WiFi network in Australia, with help from Cisco. But that claim only touches the surface of what’s happening in the capital city of South Australia, where “livability” has become the mantra of public officials. Learn why.