Innovative, Sustainable and Livable Cities of Tomorrow

Fraunhofer’s Urban Futures Conference   Fraunhofer’s Urban Futures Conference, which takes place in Berlin on November 25 and 26, 2015, will offer participants a glimpse of the urban future. Scientists, engineers, politicians and economists will present new concepts for intelligent and sustainable urban innovation. The aim is to help transform our cities into clean and … Continue Reading »

Hawaii Proposes 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2045

Hawaii House Bill 623 passed by a 74-2 vote, and if Gov. David Ige signs the bill into law, Hawaii will become the first U.S. state to make a total commitment to renewable energy sources. Hawaii’s energy today is composed of 80 percent fossil fuel sources, and some projections say a target of 40 percent … Continue Reading »

What Counts: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Urban Institute published a new book called What Counts: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities, which “outlines opportunities and challenges for the strategic use of data to reduce poverty, improve health, expand access to quality education, and build stronger communities. It is a response to both the explosive … Continue Reading »

Smart Public Safety in New York City

Rudolph Giuliani, who became mayor of NYC in 1993, and William Bratton, the New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner, jointly revolutionized policing in New York. Their approach was based on actively preventing crimes, rather than reacting to criminal activity. The model they implemented, CompStat (COMPuter STATistics or COMParative STATistics), strategically uses data to fight against … Continue Reading »

How to Fingerprint a City

I found an interesting post from Frank Jacobs on how to create a fingerprint of a city. It is based on a paper from Rémi Louf and Marc Barthelemy that was published in arXiv in October 2014. From the post: Thanks to Big Data, a new “Science of Cities” is emerging. Urban processes that until now could … Continue Reading »

Social maps that reveal a city’s intersections — and separations

Every city has its neighborhoods, cliques and clubs, the hidden lines that join and divide people in the same town. What can we learn about cities by looking at what people share online? Starting with his own home town of Baltimore, Dave Troy has been visualizing what the tweets of city dwellers reveal about who … Continue Reading »

Turning vehicles into WiFi hotspots

João Barros, the former national director of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal program, and Susana Sargento, a professor at Portugal’s University of Aveiro, have launched Veniam, a startup that harnesses public transportation fleets to deliver Wi-Fi access to citizens. More and more cars are equipped with internet access, and the internet-of-things adds more devices to the internet … Continue Reading »

Smart citizens. How internet facilitates smart choices in city life

The Ericson Consumer Labs recently published a new report on how the internet facilitates smart choices in city life. The online study was conducted in September 2014 with 9,030 iPhone and Android smartphone users aged between 15 and 69. Respondents were from Beijing, Delhi, London, NewYork, Paris, Rome, São Paulo, Stockholm and Tokyo, representing 61 million citizens.  The … Continue Reading »

CitySDK Cookbook: Harmonizing APIs across cities

WaagSociety published their CitySDK Cookbook. About the CitySDK: CitySDK is a “service development kit” for cities and developers that aims at harmonizing application programming interfaces (APIs) across cities. CitySDK APIs enable new services and applications to be rapidly developed, scaled and reused through providing a range of tools and information for both cities and developers. CitySDK … Continue Reading »