Smart Cities

Time For A Digital Overhaul Of The Planning System?

Peter Madden OBE | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Tech
Peter Madden OBE

In many ways the planning system has done a good job: trying to balance competing demands for scarce resources and mediating between economic forces and the views of local communities. And, over the years, it has proved remarkably resilient.

Are Smarter Cities Making Us More Vulnerable To Cyber Crime?

Vince Warrington | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Tech
Vince Warrington

So I would guess that many of us are now aware of what ransomware is. Following the attack on Friday 12th May which spread to 150 countries and infected over 230,000 computers, it's clear that many organisations are still unprepared for cyber incidents, and it highlights the escalating challenges facing those of us who work to protect vital systems from ever more innovative types of cyber crime.

How Tech Is Reigniting The Golden Years For Our Ageing Populations

Andreas Schierenbeck | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Tech
Andreas Schierenbeck

In 2016, the global population was estimated to be 7.4 billion; a figure that the United Nations believes will increase to 11.2 billion by the year 2100. Today, one in eight of those 7.4 billion people are over the age of 60. This number is expected to increase as our overall quality of life continues to improve and we all live longer - with life expectancy even breaking the 90 barrier as soon as 2030, according to Imperial College London and the World Health Organization.

The UK Industrial Strategy: Growing The Sectors Of Tomorrow?

Peter Madden OBE | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Politics
Peter Madden OBE

In January this year, the government launched a consultation on its new Industrial Strategy. This envisages our economic future as one backed by science and based on cutting-edge innovation, aims to build on excellence and also to spread growth across the UK through more focus on 'place'.

Could 'Willy Wonka' Services Help Future-Proof Our City Transport Systems?

Andreas Schierenbeck | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Tech
Andreas Schierenbeck

Roald Dahl with his ingenious glass elevator was decades ahead of his time, but the onus is now on city planners and developers to think now about what cities will look like in 15, 30, or even 50 years' time and how smart technology will play a vital role

How The IoT And Smart Cities Can Help Meet Sustainable Development Goals

Eman Martin-Vignerte | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Tech
Eman Martin-Vignerte

In the next five to 10 years, we see smart cities evolving steadily. There is increasing awareness of the benefits that smart cities can bring, including their ability to help meet sustainability development goals. And we expect this awareness and dynamism to grow.

Everyone Should Be A Hacker - And This Is Why

Jacob Lindsay | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Tech
Jacob Lindsay

Perhaps the question for everyone today is not 'why hack?' but rather what's your hack? In a time of extreme instability and change, perhaps the smartest place to be is one that welcomes interruption and self-review

How Connected Cities Are A Platform For Innovation

Peter Madden OBE | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Tech
Peter Madden OBE

In the UK, we have largely built our towns and cities, so a better question might be: 'How could we enhance our cities by overlaying a digital layer?' This layer, spread over the physical, helps us to understand our cities better and create services that allow citizens to interact with the city - and each other - differently.

Smart Cities Won't Get Smart On Their Own

Aaron Partouche | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Tech
Aaron Partouche

Smart cities have won a lot of headlines recently with various independent projects popping up. But what about the possibility of a smart Europe? As the phenomenon picks up momentum the EU is trying to accelerate smart city deployment across the region by aiding development of open standards that aim to help manage data flow in cities by 2020.

Urban Innovation Predictions For 2017

Peter Madden OBE | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Politics
Peter Madden OBE

What does this year hold for the urban innovation agenda in the UK? Like many others, I completely failed to predict the Brexit vote or the Trump Presidency. But I'm having another go at the crystal ball gazing this year because I still think it's useful to speculate about - and prepare for - the future. So, here are my five predictions for UK cities in 2017.

How Technology Can Make Our Roads Safer

Ben Dickson | Posted 26.12.2016 | UK Tech
Ben Dickson

tech for good However, there's hope that with the help of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and Internet of Things, we can make our roads and bridges much more safer, save hundreds of thousands of lives, and spare billions of dollars in maintenance and repairs costs.

Skills, Not Technology, Are The Key To Smart Cities

Narayanan Vaidyanathan | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Tech
Narayanan Vaidyanathan

This means that any discussion of the city of the future has to move beyond the technology itself to a serious discussion about the evolution of skills and functions required by those who will build and maintain the cities of tomorrow.

Funding For Urban Innovation: The Emerging UK Picture

Peter Madden OBE | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Politics
Peter Madden OBE

As the work begins and the dust starts to settle on this year's Autumn Statement, I think we can see it as a real shot in the arm for infrastructure, R&D and innovation. These measures should see a real return in terms of productivity and growth. They should, too, help the UK keep up in telecomms developments. And they present a great opportunity to push even harder on urban innovation, so our companies can continue to develop and sell world-beating products and services that help cities thrive.

Cities And The New Industrial Strategy

Peter Madden OBE | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK
Peter Madden OBE

One of Teresa May's first actions as Prime Minister, was the promise of a new industrial strategy. What does this mean for cities and how can they help deliver it?

Cities Are Pointing The Way To A Post-GDP World

Henrietta Moore | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK
Henrietta Moore

For generations, governments across the world have regarded economic growth as the primary driver of better living standards for their people.

Brexit and Urban Innovation

Peter Madden OBE | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK
Peter Madden OBE

For urban innovation, there is an opportunity for cities, companies and institutions to engage in new ways on this global stage, and to do even better in developing the products and services for the markets of tomorrow.

Evolving Connectivity Is The Enabler For Innovation Role Out Across European Cities

Aaron Partouche | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Tech
Aaron Partouche

Smart cities are also moving from concept to reality throughout central Europe, with metropolitan cities such as Amsterdam leading the way. The city deployed 40 projects ranging from smart parking, to the development of home energy storage for integration with a smart grid.

The Future of Open Workspaces in London

Araceli Camargo | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Tech
Araceli Camargo

Currently, London is facing highly complex socio-economic challenges; a shortage of affordable housing for vulnerable people and students, a slowdown of social mobility due to inflation and high university fees, and a brain drain due to rising living costs.

Making Cities Smarter

David Richards | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Tech
David Richards

The pace of urbanization globally is unprecedented - by 2050 nearly 66% of the world's population is expected to be urban. The ability to effectively manage this rapid urbanization is critical. Cities must find new ways to increase the efficiency of existing and new infrastructure and services to a level never previously achieved.

Putting Security at the Heart of 'Smart Cities'

Gary Newe | Posted 17.09.2016 | UK Tech
Gary Newe

The phrase "Cities of the Future" conjures up so many different images, from the utopia of The Jetsons to the dystopia of Judge Dredd. But one thing that most agree on is the connected nature of our cities, with every aspect of life being connected to the internet, machines communicating with machines and with us.

Better Than 'Blade Runner': Re-Imagining Our Cities

John O'Reilly | Posted 10.09.2016 | UK Tech
John O'Reilly

Images of the city have always wielded psychological, emotional and political power. Anyone brought up on a diet of Hollywood movies and US TV shows will have had that uncanny experience as a first-time visitor to a US city - a sense of déjà vu, the feeling of being on a movie set, in a story.

Casa Jasmina: A Future Home?

Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Tech
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino

Smart homes, just like smart cities, imply that something's been dramatically improved because it was a bit dumb. But homes (and war) have always been the starting point of technological advances.

Tall Poppies: The Rise of Second Cities

Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Tech
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino

When you live in a capital it's easy to complain about the big things that are broken, but since visiting all these Second Cities, I'm excited for them in a way I'm not about London. Second Cities will have to figure out how to best harness what they have and keep people loving what's great about them.

Would You Take a Ride in a Driverless Car?

Simon Spooner | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Tech
Simon Spooner

The developers of driverless cars are under a great deal of pressure to ensure that systems are completely secure. A hacked car would have the potential to cause massive damage.

These Are The 7 Most Intelligent Cities In The World

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A list of the seven most intelligent cities in the world has been revealed - and its (previously unsung) winners come as a pleasant surprise. The I...