The journey to smarter cities and communities has gained momentum in recent years, as a recent BBC article highlights. I’d like to offer a few points from my experiences over the last five years exploring this territory:
- First, the critical issue is how to move beyond visions and prototypes, to scaling and adoption.
- Second, the whole notion of smart cities should also be reappraised.
- And third, the Internet of Everything Economy will fuel a transformation across communities, industries, and social interactions.
We are looking at a dynamic concept to which bounded definitions — whether physical, digital, organizational, or technological — seem increasingly inadequate.
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Tags: economic development, IBSG, Internet of Everything, IoE, IoE Economy, Smart Cities, value at stake
In late 2010, when Cisco began thinking about how best to respond to the Prime Minister’s call for corporate involvement in East London Tech City initiative, we quickly saw a great opportunity for us to contribute to a wider UK economic and social development agenda.
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Tags: BIG Awards, British Innovation Gateway, innovation, National Virtual Incubator
By Howard Baldwin, Contributing Columnist
John Horrigan spends a lot of time worrying about the digital divide – the chasm that divides certain demographic sectors when it comes to accessing information, transacting business, and interacting with government.
I wrote about this last year in Broadband: Exploring The Demographic Patterns, but Horrigan has dug a little deeper, both in his former position with Pew Internet Research and his current position as vice-president and director of the Media and Technology Institute at Washington, D.C.’s Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.
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Tags: applications, broadband, internet, minorities, mobile, smartphone, social networking
By Jason Kohn, Contributing Columnist
We often think of technology in terms of flashy gadgets and slick new applications. But the technology with the biggest impact is often more prosaic. It’s about using straightforward tools to solve basic problems that make people’s lives better.
One of the best examples I’ve seen of this recently is NextDrop, out of Hubli in the state of Karnataka, India. NextDrop is attacking a problem that affects millions of people in India and in much of the developing world: unpredictable and unreliable water supply.
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Tags: Energy/Utilities, india, NextDrop, SmartGrid, sms, vni, VNI-SA, water supply
By Neelley Hicks, Guest Columnist
Near the epicenter of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti, less than three months after it occurred, Clif Guy of Church of the Resurrection (COR) encountered a unique challenge: how to build a communications infrastructure so what was happening on the ground could be conveyed to incoming relief teams and others who had invested themselves in the Petit Goave community.
As director of IT at COR, Guy was used to technical challenges – but not of this scale. Spotty electricity and lack of Internet access in an area that had just suffered its worst natural disaster presented issues like never before. (Read how Clif used Google Earth to engineer a network to connect Haiti’s most needed areas.) Read More »
Tags: disaster response, education, Haiti, inveneo, ITC4D, UMC, vni, VNI-SA