Smart Cities

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 13.04.2016 | 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 13.04.2016 | 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...

The Eco-Socio Revolution in Jordan's Second Largest City

One Young World | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK
One Young World

Ayah is a One Young World Ambassador from Jordan. In the lead up to Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week she entered a blogging contest called 'Describe the Ideal City in 2030'.

Out of the Shadows...

Clare Reddington | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Tech
Clare Reddington

Making the City Playable conference in September and will run for two months. From now and until then we will work with the creators to question, explore and make the most engaging, surprising, thoughtful project we can. I love how much this project moves on the notion of a Playable City and look forward to demonstrating again that playful city interventions can be more than just fun.

A Kinder City - Playable City Award

Ben Gwalchmai | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Tech
Ben Gwalchmai

For anyone unaware of the project or those uninterested, they'll be powering the project by day and should they cross the bridge at night then they'll be pleasantly surprised.

Are Smart Cities Too Clever for Their Own Good?

Colin Strong | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Tech
Colin Strong

Smart Cities are hot news with many examples where innovation and technology have been drivers of growth and sustainability. But are Smart Cities heading for an 'Uncanny Valley' where the lack of consultation with citizens can lead to alienation and rejection by the very people that these initiatives are designed to help?

Transforming London: Can We Achieve the Smart City Vision?

Ian McVey | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Tech
Ian McVey

Ultimately, a dependable infrastructure and technology-focused approach are vital foundations upon which a megacity will build itself, which could prove critical to a nation's economy and GDP. Without the infrastructure or technology, the potential for GDP growth may be limited.

Driving Driverless Cars: The Future of Urban Mobility

Intelligence Squared | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Intelligence Squared

Machine intelligence is coming to drive us. This robotics-science technology will not arrive unannounced in our cars. We will not overnight have no need to learn to drive. Its just that we won't have to be driving all the time in all places.

Getting City Commuters Out of Their Car and Into the Air - SkyTran Is the Future of Urban Transport

Intelligence Squared | Posted 25.12.2013 | UK Tech
Intelligence Squared

Traffic is too heavy. Rush hour is too long. Highways are too narrow and byways too slight. Our roads are congested, backed-up, over-crowded, and bumper to crash-proof bumper... The urban environment as we once knew it is gone.

This is the Age of 'Smart'

Clayton Hirst | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Tech
Clayton Hirst

We watch them, drive them, make phone calls on them and even live in them. Everything today, it seems, is smart. TVs, cars, phones and cities all carry the prefix to display their clever credentials. And next week, with the launch of the new iPhone 5S, another product will be added to the long list of smart.