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Water utilities: Dump your old business model (because you need a new one now)


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.

New app promises to find extra parking spaces for your downtown


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.

How smart cities developers are getting smart about construction


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.

Big WiFi project underscores Adelaide’s endless quest for livability


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.