Experts disagree whether Bitcoin is a passing fad or the wave of the future, but governments and businesses alike are not waiting for the answer. Find out how they are starting to carefully embrace it – and why.
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Joel Cherkis, GM of Microsoft's Worldwide Government team, says there are a lot of ways cities can address the challenges of urbanization. But what he hears from city leaders is there aren't a lot of options to pay for them. He suggests a few worth considering.
Cities in Brazil are using a value capture model to raise what one reports suggests are phenomenal amounts of public revenue to finance infrastructure projects. Click for a look at what value capture has meant for Sao Paulo neighborhoods.
Short takes from Council members: S&C debuts submersible switchgear for power system resiliency… MasterCard exec talks government role in digital-to-cash conversion…Camgian and Vanderbilt develop IoT system for facility management…Zipcar and RideScout partner… ASU Center hosts municipal finance conference… New York's MTA tests vanadium energy storage system.
A New York Times story suggesting Europe remains a step ahead of the U.S. in creating smart cities got a lot of media attention. But what's important is why Europe is out in front – and what cities in the U.S. and other parts of the world can learn from its success.
When cities and/or utilities encourage residents to adopt new technologies – say energy efficiency upgrades – there may be resistance for any number of reasons. In this excerpt from the Smart Cities Financing Guide, read how National Grid uses on-bill financing to get the job done.
A new study has calibrated the money-saving potential of smart streetlights -- and how the savings can come in many ways. Click to read why smart streetlighting is emerging as the ideal "gateway drug" for smart city projects.
A variety of smart city concerns are currently making the rounds. Some are legitimate, others manufactured. But vendors selling smart city products or services won't want to be caught unprepared when calling on customers; click for details.
So many people chronicle the benefits of smart cities in vague generalities and ignore the cost question entirely. But as Brian Cotton of Frost & Sullivan points out in today's guest column, the smart thing to do is to calculate the numbers on both sides of the equation. Click for more on using math to decide whether, when and where to launch your smart city journey.
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg spent the past 12 years as Mayor of New York. He is famously convinced that he knows what's best for everyone else – and now he's turning his attention and his money to European cities. See what he has in mind.