Economic development

The same technology that makes your city smarter can bring in new jobs

Wed, 2016-06-01 18:30 -- Kevin Ebi

You know that the Internet of Things can help your city run more efficiently, but did you know it can also help create jobs? Cities like Cape Town, South Africa, are finding the next generation of job creators want to be in smart cities — and their economies are benefiting as a result.

How technology is protecting a major Florida seaport from terrorists

Wed, 2016-05-18 19:20 -- SCC Staff

Cities that have seaports know they're fortunate. Ports are economic powerhouses. But ports — particularly cargo-only ports — are also like electric grids and other critical infrastructure in a way. They're susceptible to physical attacks. Read the story to learn how a Florida seaport is protecting its equipment and operations.

3 things you need to do to attract millennials (your job market depends on it)

Wed, 2016-04-20 19:30 -- Kevin Ebi

A city’s future is largely determined by its job base and the future of your job base may be driven by your ability to attract highly-skilled millennials. AT&T offers some helpful advice for companies, but it turns out they need your help too. Find out how.

America's biggest winners and losers (and what you can learn from them)

Wed, 2016-04-13 18:30 -- Kevin Ebi

Cities will hold the vast majority of the world’s population in just a few decades, but your city’s growth is not guaranteed. In fact, some cities are shrinking rapidly. Check out new rankings of America’s fastest growing (and fastest shrinking) cities to see what you can learn from them.

How connected is YOUR smart city? (Yes. It matters)

Fri, 2016-04-01 18:30 -- Doug Peeples

As more urban areas commit to smart cities upgrades and the technologies they'll need to accomplish those transformations, it becomes increasingly clear success depends on one key element: connectivity. While the thought of planning and developing a connected network for your city may seem daunting, other cities are doing it. You don’t have to go it alone. And the benefits might surprise you.

Your Internet's faster than it used to be -- but maybe not fast enough

Fri, 2016-04-01 18:30 -- Doug Peeples

Smart cities need to be connected cities, as we explain in our story on the importance of connectivity in this special issue. Connectivity and Internet of Things are the buzz for smart cities right now, but maybe we're overlooking something. Is the Internet fast enough for us and what we need to do? Read on for some not so great news about the status of U.S. Internet service -- and some promising developments.

Emulate India? They just got $100 million from Cisco

Wed, 2016-03-23 18:30 -- Doug Peeples

Cisco, a long-time investor in India, will spend an additional $100 million to support the country's move toward digitization and smart cities. The money will be invested in early-stage tech startups, innovation labs -- and a greatly expanded training and education program to ensure the country has the skilled tech professionals it needs.

Winning formula: Smarter stadiums equal more cash for your city

Fri, 2016-03-18 18:30 -- Kevin Ebi

A stadium is one of a city’s bigger investments. Are you getting your money’s worth? Discover how smart stadiums can get more people to the games, can get them to spend more and can help you cut operations costs — all delivering more money to your city’s bottom line.

Making sense of smart buildings (and why they matter)

Fri, 2016-03-18 18:30 -- Doug Peeples

Smart grids. Smart cities. And a market coming into its own: smart buildings. It's fairly easy to see how smart grids and smart cities are intertwined. Progressive utilities and cities share many of the same technologies and goals. Smart buildings do too, as it becomes increasingly apparent the 21st century's commercial buildings need to be more than big energy-guzzling boxes.

Innovation on rails: why smart trains for smart cities make sense

Wed, 2016-03-09 19:30 -- Doug Peeples

In many parts of the world railways are relied on as heavily as road or air travel, and in some places even more so. This week Siemens is sharing its take on a tailor-made smart intercity train specifically designed to accommodate the changing transportation needs of the Gulf Region -- as well as its smart city ambitions.