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Open Data Means Registries

March 4, 2013 - in Column

The municipal world has been buzzing with the concepts of Open Data. Many regions and municipalities have declared their support for the idea, and a Global Open Data Day was declared on February 22, 2013. Organizations have formed and principles declared (see…

Smart Cities, Network Effects, and the Next Generation of Planning

March 4, 2013 - in Interview, Smart Cities

Michael Batty, a professor of planning at the University College London, Fellow of the British Academy, and founder and chairman of the board of the Centre…

Virtual Australia and New Zealand Initiative Aims for Fully Integrated 3D Model

February 22, 2013 - in Feature, Featured, Modeling, Smart Cities

A new not-for-profit called VANZI Ltd. has been set up to broker the framework for a fully integrated and secure 3D computer model for both the natural…

The Future of Urban Planning: Interactive 3-D Visualization

February 6, 2013 - in Column, Planning

In many cases, the software used by urban planners and architects is nearly as complex as urban planning itself—especially for owners and operators of the project, who may not have design backgrounds. However, unlike the old, manual method of sorting though…

ARCHIBUS Connects Facility Operations to Sustainability

February 5, 2013 - in Facility Management, Interview

It’s widely reported that the inefficient energy use of building accounts for 40% or more of CO2 emissions in the United States as compiled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. With that number in mind, many organizations have placed a greater emphasis…

Mapping Local Resources Helps San Jose Battle Food Insecurity

January 29, 2013 - in Feature, Featured, Smart Cities

Food security is a growing social and economic challenge that knows no political boundaries. Even in the United States, an astonishing 18 million households were labeled ‘food insecure’ in 2011 because they lacked the means at some point during the year…

Location-enabled Smart Planning and Community Development

January 23, 2013 - in Column, Modeling, Planning

The economic downturn impacted many nations around the world including the US. In particular, decreasing home values left many Americans underwater on their mortgages and many companies and organizations struggling to survive. Companies downsized or went out…

OGC Sensor Web Standards and the “Smart City”

January 16, 2013 - in Column, Sensors, Smart Cities

Sensors are everywhere. There are now thousands of sensors for every human on Earth. And there will be even more thousands in the future. At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, applications that use sensors to monitor your home environment, track your…

Sensor Sensibility: Applications to Analytics, Modeling and Simulation

January 9, 2013 - in Column, Sensors

Deploying sensors in the environment provides opportunities that previously were impossible, or at least cost prohibitive. Twenty years ago, monitoring a wide field meant a deployed field crew visiting areas of interest frequently, or perhaps aerial surveys…

The Geospatial Dimensions of Intelligent Infrastructure

December 18, 2012 - in Feature, Featured

The concept of intelligent infrastructure involves the combination of sensors, network connectivity and software to monitor and analyze the inputs for more efficient operations. This concept meshes nicely with advancements in geospatial technology that are…