The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the next phase of the “Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge,” a partnership to bring together Smart City initiatives and DHS’s security expertise and resources, at the Global City Teams Challenge Expo on Aug....
In a recent announcement, Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Laboratories have made public a new development in sensor data analysis technology. This new product is designed to aggregate vibration data with sensors attached to the surface of a bridge, and then estimate the degree of the bridge's internal damage through...
In the west of Beijing there’s a convenience store which isn’t run by staff, but by artificially intelligent digital technology. The ‘Eatbox’ shop is located in a busy shopping centre and is no bigger than a shipping crate. First-time customers use their phone to scan a barcode by the entrance, then...
By now, you've probably heard of so-called smart homes, but you may not have heard of the next logical step: smart cities. It's not as far-fetched as it sounds – in fact, it's happening now. American cities are already adopting new technologies intended to improve urban living. You have used...
Cities are becoming more intelligent every day with their growing ability to connect and control street lights, traffic signals, sensory devices and communications.  In many ways, the urban environment has never been more in sync with itself as government agencies align assets and resources to increase efficiency and quality...
The idea is to embed the advances in technology and data collection which are making the Internet of Things a reality into the infrastructures of the environments where we live. Already, large companies such as Cisco and IBM IBM -0.42% are working with universities and civic planning authorities to develop...
Of course, the majority of cities around the world are not smart cities. Updating existing technologies to more advanced and more efficient ones will take time. But, in the meantime, individuals and organizations can do their part, by getting engaged and forming civic groups to focus on topics ranging...
Security is also a component of Chicago's smart city initiative. The city partners closely with the police department in order to bring technology into the field via a mobile command unit to manage large groups of people at outdoor events and intervene if an area becomes too crowded and...
In Barcelona, the city has experienced a $58 million annual savings using smart water meter technology, according to Cisco.  The city of Songdo, in Incheon, South Korea, is a $35 billion, 1,500-acre private real estate development that has been built from the ground up by Gale International with Cisco as...
ne of the next big targets of the digital age is the city. The combination of technology paired with physical infrastructure and services can simplify the lives of residents. That's the promise of the "smart city." The concept is the result of the ever-expanding Internet of Things (IoT), with transportation,...