As populations grow and traffic congestion increases, demand is growing quickly for solutions that make urban travel easier and faster. A new MasterCard report finds most residents in emerging market cities are willing to share personal data to make that happen. Read more on that and other surprising findings too.
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If it isn't now, it probably will be soon. Research firm Gartner predicts the number of connected things (like smart LED lighting, smart locks and a plethora of sensors) in use in smart cities will reach 1.1 billion this year -- and climb to 9.7 billion in five years. Click to see the expected growth hot spots.
There's a lot of appeal in self-driving cars – and also a lot of hype about how soon we'll see them. A new IBM survey of auto industry execs found considerable skepticism about fully autonomous vehicles being commonplace on your city's streets any time soon.
A UK professor won £171,495 to lead a study on how the Internet of Things might benefit the countryside -- digital collars on sheep, sensors on riverbanks and so on. Apparently not everyone sees value in the study; see what you think.
The global smart cities market is forecast to reach $1.56 trillion by 2020, according to Frost & Sullivan. Find out which sectors will see the biggest gains – and why the report says cities no longer have a choice about getting smarter.
A new report from Navigant Research examining the strategy and execution of 16 leading smart city suppliers identifies Cisco and IBM as market leaders. But Microsoft and Schneider Electric are coming on strong. Don't miss this report if you're considering potential partners for smart city projects.
A Black & Veatch study finds years of steady rates may be catching up with some stormwater utilities, which are short on cash and on comprehensive planning. Click to learn how credits and incentives could be part of the solution.
Cisco and the Smart Cities Council polled city leaders in North America on ways to help them accelerate their smart city initiatives. Survey results confirm that improving city infrastructures is a significant driver for smart city development – but financing is a major obstacle. See what else the survey reveals.
AA study finds few people in the U.S. have even heard of smart cities, and those who have don’t think their city is all that smart. So what smart things do citizens really want their cities to do? You may be surprised at what topped the list.
The popular smart city rankings conducted by Council Advisor Boyd Cohen have been enhanced this year with expanded indicators, a new advisory panel and an exciting invitation for 100 cities around the world to see how they rank. Is your city on the list?