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“Natural Cities” Emerge from Social Media Location Data

February 6, 2014 - in Smart Cities

A city is a large, permanent human settlement. But try and define it more carefully and you’ll soon run into trouble. A settlement that qualifies as a city in Sweden may not qualify in China, for example. And the reasons why one settlement is classified…

MarketsandMarkets Forecasts Smart Cities Market Will Exceed US$1 Trillion by 2016

January 7, 2014 - in Projects, Smart Cities

Smart Cities Market research report categorizes the global market on the basis of smart homes, smart buildings, smart energy, smart industry automation,…

Smart Cities and Sustainable Development Blogging Contest

December 20, 2013 - in Projects, Smart Cities

Write a story about the connection between smart cities and sustainable development, and win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Abu Dhabi Sustainability…

Rise of the Wise: Next Steps for Smart Cities

December 18, 2013 - in Smart Cities

Latin America is currently the most urbanized region in the world, with nearly 80 percent of its population living in urban centers. Rapid urbanization has brought its problems, and cities must now work to improve their infrastructure and the quality of their…

How Smart Cities Must Plan for Electric Cars

November 7, 2013 - in Transportation

In a smart city, every electric vehicle must have access to a charging station within its driving range. So how should these stations be located? The good news: computer scientists have solved the general version of this problem. The bad news: it’s hard.…

The UK’s Aggressive BIM Strategy Leads the World #YII2013

October 30, 2013 - in Event Coverage, Featured, Modeling

Mark Bew, chairman of HM Government BIM Working Group addressed the rail and transit group at Bentley Systems’ Year in Infrastructure Conference today in London. The United Kingdom is leading the world in their adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM)…

Your City is Spying On You

October 14, 2013 - in Smart Cities

When sensors are used without our knowledge or against our will, they become instruments of surveillance. Most of the sensors to create a seamless snooping system are already in place, but the data — credit-card transactions, passport scans at borders, emails,…

New Initiative to Support $40 Billion Smart Cities in UK

October 13, 2013 - in Projects, Smart Cities

The UK’s cities will be helped to get smart, thanks to the launch of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’s new Smart Cities. It comes as a new report published today values the smart cities industry at more than $400 billion globally by…

'Smart City' Planning Needs the Right Balance

September 27, 2012 - in Smart Cities

In the pantheon of Next Big Thing trends, the concept of "smart cities" is one of the trendiest. The idea is that by harvesting the incredible amount of data "exhaust" that every one of us generates as we traverse a city, planners can optimize services in…

SAP's 'Urban Matters' Initiative Aimed at Smarter Cities

May 30, 2012 - in Corporate, Maintenance, Smart Cities

The recently launched the SAP Urban Matters program is an initiative with the goal of helping cities and urban settlements improve the lives of people and deliver better, more effective government. The initiative focuses on helping customers and partners address…