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7 cities compete to design the city of the future

Seven American cities spent 6 months competing for a $40 million prize from the US Department of Transportation. The challenge was designing the city of the future by juggling three big ideas: automation, climate change and urban inequality.  Here are the cities and their proposals: SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA Problem: High density of vehicles which leads …

Singapore Smart Nation: next level data collection

As part of its Smart Nation program launched in 2014, Singapore will deploy the most ambitious data collecting effort on daily living. In a sweeping effort that will touch the lives of all residents of Singapore, in ways yet undetermined, the government will deploy a next level data collecting initiative. Singapore is already known for …

The Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city: a child with an ideal

Eco-city: “This place is like a child – it’s in a development phase, but it’s chasing an ideal. It’s the kind of place where people can come to pursue their dreams.” says Wang Lin, one of the city’s residents.                                                                                                                          This 24 billion pound project which began in 2009 is part of the ambitious plan …

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 …

What’s mobile participation?

Mobile participation is about citizen’s participation in different aspects of urban governance using mobile technology, smartphones or tablets. Citizens can participate in decision making using mobile apps that they can download and install on their phones or tablets. This represents a real innovation in electronic participation. The main idea of citizens’ participation is that every decision matters …

Ford’s Mobility Revolution

Ford is set to lead the mobility revolution by redesigning its own business model to focus on delivering autonomous vehicles and high-tech customer service. At the 2016 Mobile World Congress, Ford announced its business plan to expand the automotive company to become an auto and mobility company. The steady expansion of cities also brings a …

Cycling Safely: Volvo Lifepaint

Volvo responds to cyclists’ safety concerns by releasing the Volvo Lifepaint. As cycling rises in popularity as a means of transport in big cities, so too do the accidents which involve bike commuters. Sharing the roads between drivers, cyclists and even pedestrians is a daunting challenge. It is made even more daunting during improper conditions such …

How hyperconnected cities are taking over the world

Increased connectivity between cities is seen as key to revolutionizing both urban living and diplomatic ties with other countries. We’re now moving towards a new era where insular, political boundaries are no longer as relevant as they used to be. More and more people see themselves as “global citizens,” and that is due to the …