Citizen Engagement

9 July 2015 | by Vineeta Shetty While most cities are struggling to manage the triple helix of collaboration (government, vendor and academia) to improve their smart credentials, the city of Amsterdam has effortlessly strung the fourth strand in its helix: the say-so of community. The DNA of Amsterdam is in trade and its mayor […]

Change Management

29 June 2014 | by Vineeta Shetty Last week, India’s putative Smart City mission threw more figures on the mountain of numbers being crunched by journalists, analysts and numerologists. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcements, while signifiying a political declaration of will to a massive audience of stakeholders, left questions unanswered. Many operational details of investment […]

Change Management

23 June 2014 | by Brigid McAleer What’s in a name? Intelligent city, digital city, smart city: as always, it’s what lies beneath where the real meaning and purpose are found. Brigid McAleer interviews Júlia López, Project Manager of European and Regional Digital Strategy, A.K.A Smart Cities, for the Municipality of Barcelona. An engineer by […]

Change Management

27 April 2015 | New Delhi, India The condition and quality of Indian building stock is poor when it comes to seismic performance India has many instances of buildings collapsing even without an earthquake – laxity in enforcing regulations is to blame In Delhi, 70-80 per cent of buildings violate regulations; civic agencies cite lack […]

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 […]

Technology Enablement

12 March 2014 | by Vineeta Shetty In a country where plentiful, pure and free water is considered a birthright, never has loss and demand management of precious H20 been more in demand. Of India’s 7315 cities, only 15% have water metering, and that too, in pockets. Despite mounting costs of delivering it, the price […]

Change Management

22 January 2015 | by The Smart Citizen contributors “The city fosters competition among developers to combine architectural, ecological and social qualities while remaining affordable for everybody and guaranteeing a functioning and social mix in all housing areas.” Dr. Michael LudwigExecutive City Councillor for Housing, Housing Construction and Urban Renewal of the City of Vienna […]

Technology Enablement

18 December 2014 | by Vineeta Shetty In the second half of a 2-part article on vertical farming in the 2 city states, The Smart Citizen highlights the ecological vision for the Semi-Autonomous Region of Hong Kong. Before urban expansion ignited, Hong Kong generated over two-thirds of its own produce from local farms. In the […]

Technology Enablement

5 December 2014 | by Vineeta Shetty Food resiliency is a growing worry in the island nations of Hong Kong and Singapore. Lacking a rural hinterland, they depend heavily on imports for sustenance. Where once Hong Kong grew 70% of its own produce, its fabled rice terraces have been dug up for luxury flats and […]

Change Management

6 November 2014 | by Vineeta Shetty As modern municipal governments go, Muscat’s is young: barely 30 years old. The capital of the Sultanate of Oman, exquisitely set between the al Hajar mountains and the Oman Sea, carries the flag for His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said’s personal drive for the modernization of his country, […]