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3GPP: Smart Cities Should Engage With Mobile Standards Developers

A challenge for smart cities is to identify the impact of new standards and technologies and determine how 5G standards development creates (or constrains) opportunities for urban innovation.

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Book reviews, Smart Cities

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William Mitchell “E-topia…”: smart, green and lean cities

The book by William Mitchell “E-topia. Urban life, Jim – but not as we know it” was one of the first works containing the concept of Smart Cities. Mitchell, who was the Dean of the M.I.T. School of Architecture and Planning from 1992 until his death in 2010, analyzes the changes that sensors, software, mobile devices, computing and telecommunications bring to our daily life, social behavior and economics.

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Smart Cities and Universities, or “Univercities”

Collaboration between smart cities and universities can have very positive impacts. There is a growing interest in urban matters for research and academia.

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Projects, Smart Cities

Citykeys: guidelines to measure our progress to a smarter future

The project Citykeys has developed a framework to measure the entire panoply of subjects around smart cities and smart city projects, including collaboration and co-creation, so that it can also be used in this the new era of “collaborative smart city projects”.

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Zaragoza Smart City: Sourcing the Code to Citizen Co-Creation

Zaragoza is a city with a long tradition of citizen activism, governed by the left over 29 of the 37 years of Spanish democracy. This has left a deep footprint in the form of an intricate network of civic associations and community centers and has sculpted a “let’s just do it” culture when, mixed with a university population of 35,000 students, many of them pursuing technical degrees, forms a perfect broth for an open source model of a smart city.

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Smart Cities, Talks and interviews

Smart innovation through active citizen participation

Daniel Sarasa’s interview for Nordic Smart Cities about smart innovation, whose original content can be found here. If people are given the power to decide and be part of the decision-making process, their mark is felt all around. The city of Zaragoza manages not only to aim for active citizen participation, but to actually...

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Smart Cities, Talks and interviews

At CCW. Turning critical infrastructures into citizen-centric platforms

We were pleased to participate in the last Critical Communications World event, held in Amsterdam on June 2nd, 2016 and to answer CCW Event Director Emma Banymandhub’s questions. Here is the full interview For the third instalment of our Critical Communications World “A Day in the Life of” series, CCW Event Director Emma...

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Smart lighting, public space and urban innovation

The Italian magazine “Luce et Design” interviewed us for its April 2016 number. We talked about topics such as urban innovation strategies, smart lighting, digital art, public space and… refugees. 

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Smart City KPIs and Open Data

CityKeys not only represents one of the most serious attempts to collect Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) about smart cities so far, but also intends to provide a baseline for international recommendations on the subject and an additional tool for project decision making within cities. Open data is a key component of the project

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Presenting Citykeys in Copenhagen: towards a unified city performance metrics

We can make significant progress in KPIs definition, while avoiding endless (and pointless) discussions about the controversial and wasted smart city concept. City performance indicators should not provide a fixed picture of a city, but rather reflect and acknowledge its progress and direction

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