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How To Build A New Smart City And Put It On A Global Map

A general view of Astana from the Presidential Palace in Astana, Kazakhstan. Photo by Leon Neal / AFP / Getty Images.

How To Build A New Smart City And Put It On A Global Map


Three words. Global. Smart. City. When I first came here twenty years ago, the idea seemed impossible. There was little but wide-open sky in every direction. President Nazarbayev envisioned more than a government hub, but a vital center like Dubai in the Gulf region or Singapore in South East Asia. Today Astana is the new home base for Eurasia. We are definitely the fastest growing city in Central Asia in terms of population with average annual growth rate of 10%. Just for comparison many Chinese cities leading the global ranking are growing at 5-6% a year. Investors and tourists need anchor places with good travel infrastructure, favorable legal climate, and stable security. It’s about more than good shopping and fun.

Today's Smart Cities Weekly is sponsored by Assemble Systems

Microsoft, others spearheading a ‘smart cities’ initiative for everyone


Microsoft has teamed up with two organizations to make smart cities more accessible for everyone, including the disabled and elderly. The collaboration, announced in May, includes Microsoft, the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict) and World Enabled, a nonprofit organization that advocates for the disabled. Its mission is simple: define the state of accessible technology in smart cities worldwide and focus on closing the gap for the elderly and disabled.

Five ways smart cities will change driving forever


As the number of smart cities around the UK increases, could we end up seeing less rush-hour honking, an end to speed bumps, and more green space? The advent of connected vehicles in smart cities has the potential to dramatically change the way we drive.

It takes a smart city to make cars truly autonomous

Helping to navigate Nevada’s foray into vehicle-to-infrastructure communications is the Nevada Center for Advanced Mobility

It takes a smart city to make cars truly autonomous


Artificial intelligence is driving the autonomous car. Coupled with robust computers, automobiles of the future will be more powerful than any other device we own. But they’ll only be as powerful as their surrounding allows. If your vehicle doesn’t know about a traffic jam along its route, like its human counterparts, it’ll get stuck in gridlock. That’s where connectivity comes in. When self-driving cars hit the road, they’ll not only be computing juggernauts but also sharing data with everything all the time.

Bosch launches air quality monitoring system for smart cities, based on Intel IoT architecture


With the data compiled, MCMS can analyze conditions and then adjust traffic flow and change emissions at factories and industrial settings. Construction sites can also provide early warning signals based on conditions.

How Smart Cities Can Minimize the Threat of Cyberattacks


Bringing cities online invites a new type of threat that most government agencies are unprepared for. From traffic lights to power grids, smart cities are full of entry points that could fall victim to hackers’ exploits. As cities design their digital future, government agencies need to prioritize cybersecurity protocols to mitigate attacks that have the potential to cripple entire communities.

Smart Cities Promise a New Way of Living

The iconic white peaks of Denver International Airport’s roof will form a backdrop for Peña Station Next. (©L.C. Fulenwider Inc.)

Smart Cities Promise a New Way of Living


The Denver development is at the forefront of the smart-cities movement—the wave of innovation that already is starting to transform urban areas across the globe—and in the process is creating new challenges and opportunities for the commercial real estate sector. Advances such as the internet of things (IoT), in which devices communicate with each other via internet connections; sophisticated sensing technology; wireless broadband; “big data” analysis; and automation are converging to improve how cities use energy, water, and other resources; how they manage traffic and monitor environmental quality; and how they provide basic services such as policing and snow removal. That promise is so alluring that Colorado-based Navigant Research predicts that the market for smart cities technology will grow to $27.5 billion worldwide by 2023.

15 projects from the machineQ Smart City Hackathon


Here’s one of the biggest questions facing civic-minded technologists: How can we use tech to make cities smarter, safer and more efficient? This past weekend, partnered with Comcast to host the machineQ Smart City Hackathon, a one-day event that leveraged IoT hardware and software to build solutions using various sensors and LoRaWAN network technology.

Smart Cities Need Open Data and a Willingness to Test and Learn


Open data platforms and the desire of a new generation of leaders are helping to transform many “dumb,” or developing, cities across the world into smart ones. Transportation was one of the first areas companies focussed on, resulting in the launch of apps such as Citymapper, which have made navigating cities much easier. With all this data, you’d think it would be easy for companies to help solve city-wide problems? Not always.

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