We went to CES 2017 and caught a glimpse of future cities

UrbanizeHub was at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. We saw a great number of amazing new technologies that promise to change the way we live our lives, improving even the most routine experiences to a great extent. Some of the most impressive innovations are promising to change the way we …

UrbanizeHub at Different City – Smart City in Bucharest

Urbanizehub was at the 1st edition of the ‘Different City – Smart City’ Conference which was held in Bucharest, Romania in the first week of November 2016. The Conference’s main theme was ‘Innovation and New Technologies in Managing Cities Today and in Planning of the Smart Cities of Tomorrow’, and it was organized by the …

Bike hiring schemes in Santiago and Barcelona

Bike hiring schemes have become increasingly become popular in all continents. These systems can serve as an alternative to cars and promote more bicycle use. Barcelona has lived a bike hiring scheme boom in the last few years that is beginning to dissipate. On the other hand, Santiago’s boom has just started and it looks …

Autonomous vehicles and their impact on the city

Owning a car used to be a status symbol or an expression of personal identity, but younger generations today are much less interested in cars. They see mobility as a service, and themselves as its users. And as cars are becoming less popular, so is the act of driving. There are more and more attempts …

How open data can make a city better

As cities become denser they also need to become more effective and liveable. Open data can be a great starting point for many actions that a city may take to improve services and living conditions for its citizens. Below are some policy areas where open data can be of great help for authorities and people.  …

Urban sprawl vs. compact cities: what’s the smart solution?

When discussing smart cities, a structural question has been creating intense debate among experts – should a smart city be compact or allow ‘urban sprawl’, outward expansion into surrounding rural areas? Many argue that urban sprawl is a dangerous process because it takes over valuable farmland, at a time when food production is already not …

Smart City – Copenhagen

EUREKA  is an intergovernmental organisation for pan-European research and development funding and coordination. EUREKA aims to coordinate efforts of governments, research institutes and commercial companies concerning innovation.  EUREKA innovation event from this year was focused on Industry and city perspectives on “Smart Cities – Sustainable and Attractive Communities”. The presentation of Smart city in Copenhagen: Ambitions, possibilities …

The future of urban mobility

Two major automotive themes at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) were urban mobility and connected cars. “Connected car” took on one of two meanings: how future cars will integrate with technology in our lives or how they will connect to a network of vehicles and the surrounding environment. The latter was more interesting and ties in …

Essential technologies of a smart city

A smart city is a place where various components are connected using the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and sensors to improve services people use on a daily basis, as well as the quality of natural resources. A few key technologies are essential for a smart city: Smart energy The amount of energy a city uses can …

The security of SMART cities

Why it’s better to build smart cities from scratch rather than build on the existing infrastructure? How safe is the technology of SMART cities? What problems can occur in SMART cities? Increasingly, questions of data security will rise as will social, citizen-centric solutions to urban problems Smart cities operate at their best when a people-centric …