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Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City jumps on smart city bandwagon

Vietnam’s commercial capital, Ho Chi Minh City (HCM), is gearing up to join the ranks of the world’s smart cities.<p>Vietnam News reported recently announced modernization plans by leaders of the city otherwise known as Saigon. Government representatives said the new smart city program aims to reduce …

U.S. lawmakers want to make smart city projects less risky

Smart city projects have plenty of on-paper advantages, but city leaders are keen to remain in the good books of residents and broken promises, lack of city funds, and failed projects don’t make a good resume.<p>It’s part of the reason we aren’t seeing much smart city investment outside of hubs like …

America's Aging Baby Boomers, Forced To Work Until Death, Blamed For Collapsing US Productivity

The graying of America's workforce will come as no surprise to regular readers. Just earlier this month, we wrote that in a little noticed aspect of …

Smart city revenues skyrocket; core problems remain

A new research report predicts that annual revenues from smart city projects will grow to nearly $89 billion by 2025. However, it found most smart city initiatives are focusing on solving peripheral issues, with few big projects tackling core city problems.<p>Navigant’s “Smart Cities” report, annual …

Critics Pushing back on Columbus' Vision of a 'Smart City'

"Columbus, Ohio, is bucking trends when comes to mass transit — and not everyone is happy about it," according to an article by Katie …

Trends

City Hall is looking for ways the Internet of Things can improve city life

Just the other day, at a press conference announcing <b>Curalate</b> as an official technology provider for the <b>Democratic National Convention</b>, Mayor <b>Jim …

Welcome

Philadelphia looks to take forward vision of smart city by inviting ideas to leverage IoT

<i>(c)iStock.com/f11photo</i><p>The city of Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation and Technology is inviting technologists, telecommunications specialists, …

Internet of Things

Philadelphia preps for its Smart City Challenge

Philadelphia has announced a goal to create a large multi-purpose wireless network — called the “Smart City Challenge” — that will depend on public-private partnerships to address the digital divide and enhance existing operations and services.<p>Site of the upcoming Democratic convention, …

Philadelphia's 'Smart City Challenge' seeks ideas for Internet of Things

Over the past several years, Philadelphia consistently has been recognized for being among the nation's best municipal governments for the …

Why the Feds and Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Are Betting on Columbus, OH

Columbus, OH.—like so many U.S. urban areas—is a city of paradoxical statistics.<p>It’s the fastest growing Midwest city in both population and job …

Columbus wins the White House’s ‘Smart City’ challenge

Ohio capital is fastest-growing in the Midwest<p>Columbus, Ohio is the winner of the US Department of Transportation’s “Smart City” challenge, a competition for mid-sized cities to rethink urban transportation using technology like self-driving cars and smart street lights. Columbus edged out six …

Urbanisation can mitigate poverty,says PM at smart city launch

Making a strong pitch to consider urbanisation as an opportunity to mitigate poverty and not as a problem, Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi on …

Smart Cities

Latin America smart city market to grow 19% by 2020

Latin America’s smart city market will jump nearly 20% in the next four years driven by urbanization and major smart infrastructure investments.<p>The BNamericas site reports estimates by the Markets & Market consultancy of annual smart city market growth of 19.4% by 2020, reaching a total of $758 …

The Making of a Smart City: Austin, Tex.

Austin, Tex., is one of the finalists in the USDOT’s Smart City Challenge competition, which encourages cities across the country to think about how …

Electric Vehicles

Google-affiliated Sidewalk Labs has big plans for its 'city of the future'

Sidewalk Labs, a top-secret urban innovation division run under Google's parent company Alphabet, wants to improve city life for city-dwellers by reinventing public parking and transportation.<p>Its first testing grounds — Columbus, Ohio — may host subsidized ride-sharing, a service that finds free …