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.

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.

Who will keep your smart city humming? Skilled, talented people (and Cisco's on it)

Thu, 2016-01-28 01:00 -- Doug Peeples

Connected technologies, the Internet of Things and other elements are coming together to create the intelligent cities of the future. But where do we find the skilled, talented people we'll need to make it all work? Fortunately, Council Lead Partner Cisco and others are on it. Read the story to learn about how they plan to fill the smart cities talent gap.

Is your city running out of water? The first place to look to find more

Fri, 2016-01-22 08:46 -- Kevin Ebi

Already one out of six people worldwide doesn’t have enough water. Within the next 10 years, two-thirds could be struggling with some form of water shortage. Clearly cities need more water, but where do you find it? You probably already have it. Here’s where to look first.

How Mammoth Lakes found 32 million gallons of water in its dried-up lakes

Fri, 2016-01-22 08:25 -- SCC Partner

When California mandated a 20% reduction in water use, the city of Mammoth Lakes figured, “Why stop there?” Learn how it used advanced metering technology throughout its conservation strategy — and went well beyond its own ambitious water-savings goals.