smart cities

Do cities still want a sharing economy?

Cities make the sharing economy work, and the urban environment is the critical differentiator for experimentation, change and scale. In just a few years, the sharing economy has grown from a niche se

Teralytics wants to tap telcos’ big data to help cities get smarter about Uber and Lyft

Teralytics's big data analytics platform is targeting government agencies and transport companies wanting to understand complex problems relating to human mobility -- from how to relieve transport pre

In the smart city race, we’re betting on transit

After years of talk about smart cities, people are wondering when will we see them really begin to take shape. What will they look like? How will we interact with them? With a lightpost here, a sensor

Santa Fe enlists Rubicon Global to curb waste and ramp up recycling

Santa Fe has enlisted tech startup Rubicon Global to figure out what its residents toss in the trash, recycle or send to compost. Using data gathered by garbage collectors and trucks on their normal r

If Trump wants an easy policy win, he should focus on funding smart cities

As America’s cities continue to grow, they face mind-boggling challenges: worsening traffic, increasing pollution, expensive housing, aging infrastructure and strained services. These challenges can

Smart cities must be people-centered, equitable cities

Technology has always been a critical force deeply intertwined with the evolution of cities. The development of smart cities builds upon this strong historical foundation with a digital foundation tha

Are smart cities just a utopian fantasy?

When cities are designed and deployed as a single unit, they don't carry the cultural vibrancy of a city built organically in response to the needs and desires of its denizens. The piecemeal approach

The 5 technologies that are going to define the next decade in cities

Cities have always been hubs of technological experimentation, shaped by the people who inhabit them and the tools they use. We can still see the marks, both charming and garish, from technologies of

Ford backs massive bike-share expansion in the San Francisco Bay Area

At a press conference in San Francisco today, Ford Motor Co. president and CEO Mark Fields announced that the company had both acquired a rideshare startup called Chariot and made a significant inve

YCombinator makes every SimCity player’s dream reality with new research initiative

Ever wanted to design a city from scratch? All those years tinkering with SimCity and Legos are going to finally start paying dividends for a lucky few. YCombinator is looking for urban mavericks to

Making wearables more useful and smart homes less of a chore

Wearables might be set to get a whole lot more useful in future if research being conducted by Carnegie Mellon University’s Future Interfaces Group is indicative of the direction of travel.

In the singularity, we’ll still be using the same garbage trucks

Our cities face a choice: find creative ways to integrate today's technology into their DNA or have entire systems get left behind. Urban populations are growing, infrastructure is aging and needs are

Chinese tech giant Kuang-Chi harnesses Israeli tech to build smart cities in China

Kuang-Chi, a Shenzhen-based technology conglomerate, recently launched a $300 million Israel fund in Tel Aviv to tap the country's smart-city know-how, according to the company's founder Ruopeng Liu.

Passport raises $8 million to help cities offer pay-by-mobile parking, transit

Passport Inc. raised $8 million in a Series B round of funding to help cities make parking and transportation systems easier for people to use, and harder for them to abuse. MK Capital led the investm

Building Smart City Security

As urbanization intensifies and public sector technology initiatives advance quickly, the once-futuristic promise of “smart cities” is coming to fruition. Cities have always been “smart” to a

GE Spotlights New Smart Street Lamps

GE has a new smart street light in early production, and it hopes that over time, cities and third-party developers will begin to take advantage of the platform to build smart city apps. The light it

Social Parking Startup ParkTag Pulls In $680K To Drive Its Tech Into Urban Planning

We first came across Berlin-based startup ParkTag pitching their parking space swapping community at Disrupt New York's Startup Alley, back in 2013. Today they're announcing a seed investment of €50