The Windy City recently trotted out a digital roadmap that, while better than nothing, seems long on noble aspirations but short on guidance and economic incentives. See if you agree -- what a better approach looks like.
A common mistake cities often make is they can't get "smart" until they install a whole bunch of sensors. In fact, most cities already have mountains of data. Read how Cleveland, Philadelphia and other cities are using it to improve public safety.
Take a look at the remarkable progress of China's Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP). China's Ministry of Commerce ranks SIP as the most competitive industrial park in the country. We think it's the most competitive in the world and predict you will agree once you read its astounding accomplishments.
On-body cameras and iPads are just two smart policing technologies ready for prime-time, according to police officials. Click for a preview of the other smart tools officers will be using soon – and a few that are still a few years out.
A recent piece from the Economist takes a hard look at the Open Data phenomenon, which is exploding around the world. We think you'll want to skim it for its warnings about what could go wrong – and anecdotes about cities that are doing it right.
In Vancouver, B.C., the police department's gradual adoption of analytics-led policing has seen property crimes decline 24% and violent crimes 9%. Read about the 'analytics culture' that made it happen.
Read why a stupid mistake by one employee of a Scottish city led to a €100,000 fine levied by the UK Information Commissioner's Office. There's a data privacy lesson in it for cities everywhere.
Microsoft has been selling software to governments for years, but a recent win in Brazil suggests a formula worth a second look. Big Data is a piece of it, but click to see what else is involved.
A post from ArchDaily reminds us that we've got lots of smart technology and lots of data, but even so we're missing a couple of things. One is the kind of knock-you-down creativity you'll see in an award-winning smart highway project. We've got video and details at the site.
A Navigant Research report predicts worldwide revenues for building energy management systems (BEMS) will more than double by 2020. If it weren't for two roadblocks – one of which is the appalling lack of standards – we suspect growth would be even more dramatic.