13 septembre 2018

It takes 'more than technology' to build a smart city

Smart technology cannot replace wise planning in building a city, Singapore's former master planner, Mr Liu Thai Ker has said. Many young planners put blind faith in technology, thinking that knowledge of technology is enough to plan a city well, and this is the reason why urban environments do not do well, he said yesterday at a forum in Beijing. Mr Liu was sharing his experience at the China-Singapore Executive Forum 2018, which discussed cooperation between the two countries in the building of smart cities and developing of the... [Lire la suite]
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30 juillet 2018

The Chinese and Dutch Smart Cities of the future

In recent years, the concept of smart cities has gained popularity quickly. Many countries are transforming their cities and investing in making them ‘smarter’. However, the actual definition of smart cities is not very clear. Some focus on sustainable development, some on technological innovation and others on the people who live there and their experience. Key seems to be that smart cities are sustainable, driven by the needs of the people who live there. To realize this, technology seems to be indispensable. Smart city race to the... [Lire la suite]
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16 juillet 2018

In Helsinki, the smart city up to citizen

In terms of urban development, the Finnish capital has found its way between the all-technological and the all-participative. Surrounded by the calm waters of the Gulf of Finland, architecturally contemporary brick buildings rise block after block into a crane sky over the ancient port of Sörnäinen. The Kalasatama district ("fishing port" in Finnish) is one of Helsinki's major urban developments. Nothing futuristic at first sight, yet this operation of 175 hectares is one of the most interesting attempts in Europe to give substance... [Lire la suite]
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11 mai 2018

H&M Looks To Big Data For Store Insights

To reduce markdowns and break out of a lull in sales, H&M is turning to artificial intelligence (AI) and Big Data to tailor its merchandising mix in its brick-and-mortar stores. The fashion retailer is using algorithms to gain insights from returns, receipts and data from loyalty cards to improve its bottom lines, according to news source Retail Dive reports. H&M is utilizing the technology in a store located in an upscale section of Stockholm, Sweden. It has so far learned that women make up most of its... [Lire la suite]
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20 avril 2018

Smart cities need thick data, not big data

In Barcelona, high-tech data platforms generate demand for old-fashioned community development. Residents living around Plaça del Sol joke that theirs is the only square where, despite the name, rain is preferable. Rain means fewer people gather to socialise and drink, reducing noise for the flats overlooking the square. Residents know this with considerable precision because they’ve developed a digital platform for measuring noise levels and mobilising action. I was told the joke by Remei, one of the residents who, with her ‘citizen... [Lire la suite]
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01 mars 2018

"TRIP BASED SERVICES" OR THE ADAPTATION OF COMPANIES TO THE MOBILITY OF THEIR CLIENTS

In recent years, geolocalisation technologies have created "Location Based Services": products and services adapted to people's past and present geolocations. Made possible thanks to Roofstreet technology, the next evolution is in progress with the arrival of "Trip Based Services": products and services that adapt not only to positions but also to past and future trips. Who needs to understand travel today? Understanding travel is a current issue and essential to many sectors. Retail: Customer knowledge has always been central... [Lire la suite]

10 janvier 2018

Ford and Autonomic are building a smart city cloud platform

Ford and Silicon Valley-based Autonomic will work together to build a new open platform upon which cities can build out infrastructure communications, including connected traffic lights and parking spots, called the “Transportation Mobility Cloud.” Ford CEO Jim Hackett announced the news on Monday at the CES 2018 keynote kicking off the annual conference. The platform is designed to help connect smart transportation services, as well as adjacent connected offerings, uniting them with one common language to help coordinate all this... [Lire la suite]
08 décembre 2017

Big Data Market in Smarter Cities: Forecast (2017-2022)

LONDON, Nov. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Big Data can be best defined as the capture, storage, search and analysis of large and complex data sets which are generally difficult to be processed or handled by traditional data processing systems. Smart city corresponds to the integration of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Internet of Things (IoT) in a secure fashion to manage the cities assets such as schools, hospitals, power plants, waste management among others. Download the full report:... [Lire la suite]
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01 décembre 2017

Creating smart city visions of the future

The concept of smart city visions is advancing across the globe. But what will they look like and how will they work? Rohit Talwar, Steve Wells and Alexandra Whittington of Fast Future explore the possibilities The city of the future is a symbol of progress. The sci-fi vision of the future city with sleek skyscrapers and flying cars has started to give way to a more plausible, human, practical and green image known as the smart city. While smart city visions differ, at their heart is the notion that in the coming decades, the... [Lire la suite]
17 octobre 2017

The 5 major roadblocks to smart city infrastructure

Cities that can clear away issues that prevent smart city growth have an advantage over other municipalities in the race to become smarter. Powerful trends are pushing the global community to develop more smart cities, as the world population increases and more people move to urban environments. By 2050, there will be approximately 2.5 billion new urban residents. "Every month our urban population grows by about 5 million between births and migration. So that's roughly a million new housing units we need every month, and then the... [Lire la suite]