Data management

How to make your highways talk to you (so you can save money on repairs)

Wed, 2016-02-03 19:30 -- Doug Peeples

For governments in states with below freezing winters road preservation and repair can take a big bite out of maintenance budgets when spring thaws bring warmer weather. Read the story to learn about a promising data collection project that could help those jurisdictions make more accurate, informed decisions about when and where to impose weight restrictions to protect their roads.

Why Thailand wants smart cities -- and which one will be the first

Wed, 2016-01-27 19:30 -- SCC Staff

Smart cities figure heavily in Thailand's national policy to embrace a digital economy and become a digital hub for the region. As part of its strategy the Thai government recently selected one of its most popular tourist destinations, the island of Phuket (pronounced Poo-ket), for the first of its smart city pilot projects.

Who will keep your smart city humming? Skilled, talented people (and Cisco's on it)

Wed, 2016-01-27 19:30 -- Doug Peeples

Connected technologies, the Internet of Things and other elements are coming together to create the intelligent cities of the future. But where do we find the skilled, talented people we'll need to make it all work? Fortunately, Council Lead Partner Cisco and others are on it. Read the story to learn about how they plan to fill the smart cities talent gap.

Smart cities evolution: Is your city keeping up?

Fri, 2016-01-15 01:21 -- Doug Peeples

The researchers with Council Associate Partner IDC are back with their smart cities predictions for 2016. The primary focus remains a combination of sustainable development, livability and economic growth. However, that focus will be more sharply defined in the next few years. Read the story for a quick glimpse into the near future -- and a mistake most cities are expected to make.

Will this trend migrate to other countries? The UK wants cities to do better with their data

Wed, 2016-01-06 01:32 -- Doug Peeples

The UK’s Future Cities Catapult is working with a government agency to find new ways to gather and interpret data that will help local governments make the right decisions to ensure their cities are safer, more efficient and better able to grow their economies. Read the story to learn about the project and the challenges to making it happen.

How Schneider Electric's local weather forecasts help farmers up their game

Fri, 2015-12-11 19:30 -- SCC Staff

There have been many, many technological advances in how our food is grown but one thing farmers still have to contend with is the weather. It doesn't always cooperate -- and it's not easy to predict. Read the story to learn how a new weather forecasting platform will provide more accurate weather forecasts for rural areas.

What a noted research firm got wrong about the future of smart cities

Wed, 2015-12-09 19:30 -- Doug Peeples

If you’re still skeptical about the Internet of Things and how interconnected our world is becoming, the technology researchers at Gartner have a heads up for you. The company forecasts connected things will be a much larger part of the smart cities environment, almost 40% larger, in less than a year. Read the story to learn why and where (and why we take issue with some of the findings).

How Microsoft helped Tacoma teachers teach better (with data they already have)

Fri, 2015-11-13 19:30 -- Doug Peeples

Tacoma, Washington's high schools were thought of as "dropout factories" not so long ago, with only a little over half of their students graduating on time. Learn how Microsoft's IT solutions helped Tacoma and other school districts take advantage of their data to create better learning outcomes for their students -- and to spend more time with them.

IDC analyzes the smart cities analytics vendors

Fri, 2015-11-06 19:30 -- Doug Peeples

For a city to become truly smart it needs to have a good handle on analytics to take advantage of huge amounts of data from a variety of sources like advanced meters, sensors and many more connected devices. Who to call when it's time to crunch all that data and turn it into useful information? IDC has several insights that may be very helpful to cities asking that question.