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Dubai’s Hyperloop: moving faster towards the future

Dubai continues to look toward the future, and this year it will host a design competition for the world’s most out-there transport solution. The Dubai Future Foundation has just announced an international competition that will take place in Dubai in September and will see 100 scientists, engineers and tech experts spend 48 hours collaborating to design …

Barcelona Art Factories: platforms for creativity and innovation

Barcelona’s artists and local collectives have long demanded spaces for cultural creativity and innovation. As a result, Barcelona’s city council has transformed disused factories and public spaces into artistic powerhouses. The Barcelona art factories foster innovation and creativity as well as promote cultural activities within the community. The Catalan capital has been at the core …

Cyber-threats to smart cities

Cyber-threats are expanding in every way from attack frequency to scale, sophistication and impact severity. The rate of code vulnerabilities found in dated, internet-accessible software also shows no signs of abating. Crypto-ransomware that leverages clever engineering techniques is also on the rise. As more and more smart devices running critical infrastructure organizations can connect to the …

Inside Out – a global art project

‘Inside Out’ is a global participatory art project ‘with the potential to save the world’. Inspired by creator JR’s large‐format street “pastings”, the project gives everyone the opportunity to share their large-scale portrait and make a statement about the things they care about. It is a global platform for people to share their untold stories …

Traffic Light Assist – a vehicle to infrastructure communication

The ‘Traffic Light Assist’ technology, which will be launched by Audi in the autumn, aims to tell driver exactly how long they have before traffic lights change colour. It will communicate with new smart traffic lights already installed  select cities and metropolitan areas. Audi will begin offering a new traffic light technology in three of its …

How to solve traffic jams

How to solve traffic jams? Road congestion exists in basically all of the cities all around the world. It’s an unfortunate reality in nearly every major city—road congestion, especially during rush hours. Jonas Eliasson reveals how subtly nudging just a small percentage of drivers to stay off major roads can make traffic jams a thing of the past. …

Pavegen – footsteps as source of sustainable energy

Pavegen is redefining sustainability in the built environment, through the creation of pioneering flooring technology. It can improve our data-driven smart cities and inspire future generations to diversify the renewable energy mix of tomorrow. Its aim is to connect and empower communities across the globe, utilizing the power of footsteps to contribute to a greater environmental goal. …

Connectivity is destiny

Connectivity is the key to the future. Geopolitical futurist Parag Khanna foresees a world in which megacities, supply chains and connective technologies redraw the map away from states and borders. In his new book, Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization, he redraws the way humanity is organized according to lines of infrastructure and connectivity rather than …

Smart cities and digital transformation

In an interview for CXO Talk, Johnathan Reichental, chief information officer for the city of Palo Alto in the heart of Silicon Valley, talked about smart cities and data, government and open government and other topics related to innovation. Reichental’s has had a career in the private sector for more than 20 years. He has been …

The Pact of Amsterdam: a new role for cities in EU policy making

The Pact of Amsterdam is to play a central role in the new EU Urban Agenda by increasing the policy focus on European cities. Cities would play a larger role in European Union policy making under a newly adopted framework dubbed the “Pact of Amsterdam.” According to the EUROCITIES network of municipal leaders, the accord …