Why IBM's Watson could become your city's cyber security ally

Wed, 2016-05-11 23:00 -- Doug Peeples

The dangers of cyber attacks are well-known: big banks, hospitals, retail stores, utilities and other service providers have all been hacked — cities too. To help security professionals stay ahead of the hackers IBM is training Watson, its "multi-talented" cognitive computing technology, as a super cyber security detective.

Why your city's water system may need help -- lots of help

Fri, 2016-05-06 04:52 -- Doug Peeples

Many cities throughout the world continue to operate water distribution networks that are 70-100 years old. And while lost revenue from water leaks is staggering, it's not the only problem. Failing systems also can contribute to contaminated, poor quality drinking water. Read on to learn why your city should take a hard look at its water network -- and the available solutions.

3 smart city lessons from Washington and Idaho (who would have thought?)

Fri, 2016-05-06 03:31 -- Jesse Berst

You don’t have to be a big city to be a smart city. A regional utility is modernizing its infrastructure in eastern Washington and Idaho, and in the process, it’s bringing smart technologies to a mostly rural area. See what it’s doing and how you can too, regardless of how big your city is.

Internal fraud cost this city $50 million. How to keep all your tax revenue

Fri, 2016-05-06 02:20 -- Kevin Ebi

Cities spend a lot of time looking for citizens and businesses who are tax cheats, but what if the tax fraud is occurring within your own department? Cities lose millions that way — one lost $50 million. Find out what you can do to protect the tax revenue you collect.

Floods are killing people. More are coming. Here's how to prepare.

Fri, 2016-04-22 23:00 -- Kevin Ebi

Sudden floods are already causing significant deaths and severe flooding is only forecast to get worse. Yet flood warning systems aren’t getting better. A Rice University professor who built an advanced system explains how it works — and why your city should build one today.

4 proven steps to save water and money (Atlanta and DC are using them already)

Fri, 2016-04-08 23:45 -- Kevin Ebi

If your city hasn’t faced a water crisis yet, it’s only a matter of time: 70% of the world’s production areas will face shortages by 2050. Here are four steps you can take now to not only save a precious resource — they will also save you money.

Don't wait for self-driving cars. How Florida and NYC are getting traffic moving today

Sat, 2016-03-26 00:00 -- SCC Partner

Self-driving cars, once they arrive, are likely to improve traffic flow and safety. But why wait? Siemens is helping to bring some of the benefits of connected vehicles to Florida’s roads now. See how and learn about the steps New York is taking today to reduce its congestion.

Winning formula: Smarter stadiums equal more cash for your city

Sat, 2016-03-19 00:00 -- Kevin Ebi

A stadium is one of a city’s bigger investments. Are you getting your money’s worth? Discover how smart stadiums can get more people to the games, can get them to spend more and can help you cut operations costs — all delivering more money to your city’s bottom line.

A little help for your data woes? (Courtesy of the White House)

Sat, 2016-03-12 01:00 -- Doug Peeples

As important and effective as data analytics and management tools are for smart city planning and development, not every city has the resources to take advantage of it. But a new White House initiative, the Opportunity Project, could go a long way toward solving that problem. Is this something your city could use?