Oslo: The Opportunity of Growing Inwards The Smart Citizen / Vineeta Shetty / June 18, 2019 / “We are a rich city in a rich country dependent on the oil and gas industry,” is the candid admission of Raymond Johanssen, governing mayor of Oslo. A plumber by original trade, he can convincingly claim to know […]
Vulnerable Britain: Can Tech Help Social Care? September 24, 2018 | by Preeta Bannerjee | Britain’s health and social care systems are ailing. Strapped for cash, its public services are straining to meet unprecedented demand from an ageing population. The number of people aged 85 and older needing 24-hour care is on course to double, […]
San Sebastián: Polishing the Pearl of the Cantabria
What can you give a city that has everything? The resort of San Sebastián was born smart: envisioned and planned where sea and land came together in a sheltered bay with an island, surrounded by green hills, three beaches, a river and a sufficiently wide floodplain to build streets, picturesque squares and gardens. The Belle Epoque […]
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The Hague: Europe’s Cyber-Guardian
The Hague: Europe’s Cyber-Guardian 24 August 2017 | by Preeta Bannerjee | In the first half of 2017, ransomware outbreaks disabled organisations around the world and wrought huge economic costs. Malware called Petya crippled shipping, infiltrated ATM machines and knocked out transport systems. Then WannaCry inflicted havoc on the UK’s National Health Service, forcing it […]
Copenhagen: The Great Dane of Sustainability
Copenhagen: The Great Dane of Sustainability 22 September 2016 | by Vineeta Shetty | Sharing does not come intuitively to the Danes. Julian Agyeman recounts in his book, “Sharing Cities” that when the Danes colonized Greenland after 1721, they taught the Inuit “that communal living—shared food, shared hunting trips, shared wives—was sinful.” Three hundred […]
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Qatar Sews Seeds for Regreening the Sahara
15 March 2016 | by Philip Allin | The triangulation of global warming, desertification and shrinking forests precipitating climate change have led a group of scientists, thinkers and investors to develop a radical approach since 2009. If successful, the project will regenerate vast swathes of the Sahara desert, transforming it into an area both verdant […]
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German Municipalities Lead the Way in Passive Housing: A World Habitat Day Special
5 October 2015 | by Zeno Bastian In December, at the UN Climate Change Convention in Paris, politicians will struggle for an agreement intended to lead to the drastic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources that progressive countries will push for, implies an increased efficiency of energy […]
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Europe Lags in Digital Security, EIU’s Safe Cities Index 2015 shows
15 September 2014 | by Vineeta Shetty US cities perform most strongly in digital security, while Europe struggles, according to the NEC-sponsored Safe Cities Index, released by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The index tracks 50 world cities across four categories: Digital Security, Health Security, Infrastructure Safety and Personal Safety; The concept of the “smart city” […]
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Eindhoven’s Light Motif keeps citizens safe…and entertained
27 August 2015 | by Philip Allin Any first time visitor who flies to the Netherlands notices it long before they land: this is a well-organised country. From your window seat, you can make out roads, canals, fields and entire conurbations all arranged neatly in geometric formations and parallel lines. Indeed, you can read the […]
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San Francisco Transport and Zipcar Lead Smart Cities Agenda at IoT World 2015
San Francisco Transport and Zipcar Lead Smart Cities Agenda at IoT World 2015 Smart Cities and Beacons will be treated as key verticals at the Internet of Things World taking place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco on May 12 and 13, 2015. Brian Harrington, Executive Vice President/Chief Marketing Officer at Zipcar & Lauren […]
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