Smart Cities

News, trends and technology insights for smart cities

E-Waste: How old technology devices have become an environmental issue

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It is not hard to see the evidence of the waste that the IT revolution has had on our lives. Look around any home and chances are you will find old PCs, mobile phones, printers, monitors and a whole host of other devices that a either broken, unused or simply past their shelf-life.  As wonderful […]

Airport of the future: No more lines at airport security

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By using artificial intelligence and biometrics we can envision a world where time-consuming and frustrating airport security lines are replaced by automated identification systems that make it possible for passengers to breeze through with much less hassle. Remember back in the 1980s when people used to wait in hour-long lines to have their checks cashed […]

The unintended effects of mobile apps

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We wonder every day what we would do without certain mobile apps. Two that come up often are Google Maps and Waze (now owned by Google). Every day, drivers put their faith in these apps to provide the most direct, traffic-minimized route to their final destination. In many cases the routing is counterintuitive, but for […]

Why your geolocation skills can help in an artificial intelligence environment

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Geographic Information Systems experts have leveraged their existing knowledge of analysis, design, coding, cleansing, merging, management, and leadership — developed from their exposure to a divergent technology landscape over many years — to evolve and survive in a modern era beyond Google mapping. But while these geo experts may have already leveraged their existing knowledge […]

Can you top “anything and everything as a service”?

Healthcare IT

It’s hard to believe it’s been over 16 years since our first exposure to Software as a Service – or SaaS.  Since then the initial letter has been substituted with virtually every descriptor one can imagine. Many of the most popular are listed here with an incredible duplication of acronyms: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) […]

Airport of the future: The importance of analytics

How can operations that function primarily as brick-and-mortar enterprises excel in an era when digital companies win big? This is the big question facing airports today. To find an answer, it’s worth looking at Amazon as a case study. Sure, Amazon started by selling books, but over time it has evolved into a complete digital […]

Raising and lowering the smart cities bar

As many readers of these blogs know, I’ve spent years griping about the term “digital transformation.” Despite my love for urban transformation, the term “smart cities” has bugged me at times as well. Don’t get me wrong — this has nothing to do with a sincere belief that cities are getting smarter…they clearly are. I […]

Blockchain’s identity problem

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As an old dog in technology marketing and research, I’ve had the opportunity to watch the emergence of many new products and categories and observe the traction (or lack thereof) that the products get in the marketplace. I remember exactly where I was the first time I heard about blockchain. I was speaking with a […]

Airport of the future: From vision to reality

Airplane Future

Imagine never missing a flight again. Imagine a connected world where location services can determine that you may have lost track of time and are eating lunch a short three-minute walk from the departure gate. The airline is now able to track you and alert you personally that there’s still time to make the flight. […]

Can artificial intelligence out-smart cities?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a natural fit for the smart cities movement. Just consider the billions of data points bouncing through a maze of intertwined city departments, magnified exponentially by all aspects of the Internet of Things (IoT). It could be argued that AI will eventually be the reason cities are truly smart. However, until then, […]