Want a smart energy future for your city? Here are 2 tools you really need

Sat, 2016-03-05 01:00 -- Doug Peeples

Many cities that want a sustainable, reliable energy future are going with renewables, advanced metering, energy efficiency programs or a combination of those and other technologies. Many others are planning to do the same. Regardless of your approach, data analytics and sensors are key to making it all work. Read the story to learn why.

If the buildings in your city could be smarter, here's one way to do it

Thu, 2016-02-25 01:00 -- Doug Peeples

Managing large commercial buildings for optimum cost-effectiveness and energy efficiency isn't easy. Just ask owners and operators. But help is on the way. IBM and Siemens are pooling their resources on a cloud-based building energy management system that promises to make those goals attainable -- and sustainable.

Putting it all together: communications for water, power and smart cities

Sat, 2016-02-13 01:00 -- SCC Staff

New multi-faceted technologies designed to bundle a variety of solutions seem to be arriving faster all the time. Among them is the latest Itron offering: a communications platform designed for multiple uses by smart cities and electric and water utilities. It may be an option for your city and the utilities that serve it.

Pioneering cities wanted for European interoperability pilot (funding available)

Sat, 2016-02-13 01:00 -- SCC Partner

If you’re in Europe and you are interested in bringing together spatial and temporal data to improve your city, check out a new pilot city request that could provide some funds to help you do the work. The project is led by the Open Geospatial Consortium, which advocates for an open, vendor-neutral standards platform.

How (and why!) Boston uses Open Data to show what's going wrong

Sat, 2016-02-06 01:00 -- Kevin Ebi

Politicians usually try to hide bad news, but in Boston, it’s displayed on a giant virtual scoreboard alongside the good. It’s part of the city’s new open data CityScore dashboard, designed to build public trust and encourage city staff to do better. See if the approach is right for you.

Can open data take some of the guesswork out of farming? Definitely

Sat, 2016-02-06 01:00 -- Doug Peeples

At a time when climate change has the potential to threaten our food supplies, farmers can use all the help they can get. A competition arranged by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Council Lead Partner Microsoft yielded several innovative ways to ensure a sustainable, resilient food supply -- and they all relied on open data.

What Kentucky is doing to get people to like the tax man (hint: rapid refunds)

Thu, 2016-02-04 01:00 -- Kevin Ebi

Could your city budget use an extra $1 million infusion? Predictive analytics helped Kentucky find that in just a few months by pinpointing fraud on tax returns. And it’s a system the public overall should love. Learn how it’s helping law-abiding citizens get tax refunds faster than ever.

How to make your highways talk to you (so you can save money on repairs)

Thu, 2016-02-04 01:00 -- Doug Peeples

For governments in states with below freezing winters road preservation and repair can take a big bite out of maintenance budgets when spring thaws bring warmer weather. Read the story to learn about a promising data collection project that could help those jurisdictions make more accurate, informed decisions about when and where to impose weight restrictions to protect their roads.