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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 14:59
Big cities aren't necessarily unsafe. In fact, some of the safest cities in the world are urban hubs that boast low crime rates and high levels of safety. The Economist's 2017 safe cities index, sponsored by NEC, ranked 60 cities based on the factors of personal security, digital security, health security, and infrastructure security. Personal security takes into account urban crime, ... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 16, 2017 - 12:36
As an urban technologist, I’m often asked to give an example of a compelling smart city application that real people are using. But to be honest, there really isn’t too much to point to - yet. Cities may be getting smarter, but they haven’t noticeably changed from a user perspective. It seems like most of the digital advances in cities have been invisible and focused on city operations, rather... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 16, 2017 - 12:00
Electric cars won’t eradicate gridlocks and air pollution, but carbon footprints could be cut by favouring pedestrians, cyclists and mass transit The spectre of our cities choking with unhealthy air has prompted numerous governments to mandate a transition to electric cars. Their concerns are well founded, even if their proposals fall short of what is needed. Over the past four decades, cars have... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 16, 2017 - 11:31
Kenya is currently ranked among the top 50 countries in the world that fail to provide their people with enough food, according to the Global Hunger Index. Although spirited efforts to address hunger have been taken in the recent past, most of these have been restricted to drought-stricken rural areas. The subtle forms of hunger in urban areas—such as the scores of casual labourers who routinely... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 16, 2017 - 10:06
'It’s not a human right to pollute the air for others' Paris, Copenhagen and Oxford announced bans on petrol and diesel cars this week.  Paris will ban all petrol- and diesel-fuelled cars by 2030, a decade ahead of France’s 2040 target. Copenhagen plans to ban diesel cars from 2019, while Oxford has proposed banning all non-electric vehicles from its centre from 2020. This would make central... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 11:35
As more cities and communities undertake digital transformation, Cisco continues to lead with powerful research, vision, technology, and business models all designed to guide our customers’ journey. We continue to evolve our offerings—drawing on internal and partner resources and customer feedback—to lay a path forward and keep it clear, safe, and well lit. In fact, Cisco was recognized as the #... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 11:18
THE FUTURE OF MOBILITY IN CITIES IS MULTIMODAL AND INTEGRATED. When vehicles are used, they should be right-sized, shared, and zero emission. These principles, produced by a working group of international NGOs, are designed to guide urban decision-makers and stakeholders toward the best outcomes for all in the transition to new mobility options. The pace of technology-driven innovation... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 10:56
How to replicate smart city solutions? Are standards the right tools for cities? Can the European Standardization Organizations be part of the cities’ journey towards a smart and sustainable future? WHY? Cities are not always fully aware of what standards can offer, as they may not be familiar with the value voluntary standards bring and how to get involved in the standardization system. This... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 10:50
You don’t want to be hit by a recession in a city like Steubenville, Ohio. Eight years into the economic recovery, there are thousands fewer jobs in the metropolitan area that joins Steubenville with Weirton, W.Va., than there were at the onset of the Great Recession. Hourly wages are lower than they were a decade ago. The labor force has shrunk by 14 percent. The dismal performance is not... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 19:19
The concept of the slum emerged when industrial capitalism hit its stride in the late 19th century. Derived from Cockney street slang, the word was soon taken up by reformers and moralists of the Victorian period, a loaded descriptor of the densely populated and poorly serviced neighborhoods that housed workers, their families, and the reserve army of the unemployed. Plenty of people used the... Read more