Citizen engagement

Augmented reality has arrived in Palm Springs and Fort Lauderdale. Why you should be next

Fri, 2016-01-15 03:48 -- SCC Partner

Augmented reality, heralded as the next big paradigm shift in computing, has arrived and pioneering cities like Palm Springs and Fort Lauderdale are already using it as a key part of their tourism and economic development efforts. See why it’s worth your attention for 2016.

Ready for GOOD news? How to fight climate change while saving money

Fri, 2016-01-15 02:51 -- Kevin Ebi

Climate change is becoming an increasingly critical issue with growing numbers of cities feeling its impacts. And cities — not federal or international organizations — will also likely be the leaders in doing something about it. But the good news is that cities have more — and better — tools to succeed.

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.

Secret to better police relations? Lewiston: Be yourself on social media

Wed, 2016-01-13 19:30 -- Kevin Ebi

By some measures, the public’s confidence in police has never been worse. As departments look for ideas to repair or preserve their relationships with the communities they serve, they may want to look to Lewiston, Maine, and neighboring agencies that have found powerful success using social media to show officers as real people.

Why Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas are moving from "apps" to "frameworks"

Fri, 2016-01-08 19:30 -- Doug Peeples

AT&T has just unveiled a comprehensive portfolio of new offerings -- from infrastructure monitoring to transportation -- to help cities provide a safe, clean environment to live in. And some major U.S. cities are already on board. Maybe your city should be, too.

Attract more tourists with augmented reality (like Fort Lauderdale)

Wed, 2015-12-16 00:28 -- Kevin Ebi

If your city isn’t tourist friendly, you’re missing out on a big economic boost. And now Fort Lauderdale is giving you more competition. Learn about how a new initiative powered by Civic Resource Group is helping tourists there and in other cities have more fun and, more importantly, spend more money.

How does your city stack up to the averages? 5 questions to ask about your smart city effort

Fri, 2015-12-11 19:30 -- Frank Cutitta

What does it take to ensure the success of a smart cities initiative? Research from Smart & Resilient Cities finds that city leaders can’t do it by themselves. Don’t miss a new infographic that illustrates the top success factors that could help drive your next project — and the prime areas for improvement.

New York's talking lamp post (and what it implies for your city)

Wed, 2015-12-02 04:50 -- Kevin Ebi

Can you imagine asking a street light about the weather or traffic? New York residents can and they’re getting useful answers in return thanks to a demonstration project with GE that’s bringing smart cities technology to life. And you could be doing this in your own city.

App lets citizens tattle on police. How Johns Creek is bringing officers and the public together

Fri, 2015-11-20 19:30 -- Kevin Ebi

After high profile brutality cases, police officers are under the public’s microscope like never before and a new app makes it easier than ever for people to launch civil rights complaints. But cities like Johns Creek, Georgia, are using technology to build relationships between the police and the public they serve.