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.
As important and effective as data analytics and management tools are for smart city planning and development, not every city has the resources to take advantage of it. But a new White House initiative, the Opportunity Project, could go a long way toward solving that problem. Is this something your city could use?
In a world where two out of three Internet of Things projects don’t live up to their potential, what can you do to be the one that succeeds? IBM studied the winners and developed a guide for IoT success. We share three things to think about before you get started.
Many cities that want a sustainable, reliable energy future are going with renewables, advanced metering, energy efficiency programs or a combination of those and other technologies. Many others are planning to do the same. Regardless of your approach, data analytics and sensors are key to making it all work. Read the story to learn why.
If you’re in Europe and you are interested in bringing together spatial and temporal data to improve your city, check out a new pilot city request that could provide some funds to help you do the work. The project is led by the Open Geospatial Consortium, which advocates for an open, vendor-neutral standards platform.
Los Angeles recently fired up its GeoHub, a platform that gathers the numerous types of map data from city departments and makes it available in ways that help employees do their jobs more efficiently and transparently. And citizens can tap into it too. Read the story to see if this idea could work for your city.
Cities collect lots of data. The issue has been how to pull meaningful answers out of it. Technology from Imex Systems and IBM is allowing cities — and their citizens — to pose questions and get real answers, even from data that is unstructured. See how it works.
Washington, D.C., put open data on a fast track, developing a policy for open data and a collaborative platform that allows citizens to be much more involved in crafting new laws. Learn what triggered the open data shift and see how much you can accomplish in a year.
Politicians usually try to hide bad news, but in Boston, it’s displayed on a giant virtual scoreboard alongside the good. It’s part of the city’s new open data CityScore dashboard, designed to build public trust and encourage city staff to do better. See if the approach is right for you.
At a time when climate change has the potential to threaten our food supplies, farmers can use all the help they can get. A competition arranged by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Council Lead Partner Microsoft yielded several innovative ways to ensure a sustainable, resilient food supply -- and they all relied on open data.