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San Francisco Bay Area’s Pioneers—Linking Technology and Public Policy

One of the best things about my job at CISCO is the opportunity to work with innovators in government, business, the independent sector, and nonprofits and examine the problems of urban communities in new ways. Over the past year, I’ve had the pleasure of supporting the launch of a new civic presence in our hometown of San Jose that does this very well: the San Jose office of the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association, SPUR San Jo…

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Can SMART Solutions Create Better Places?

…d information into a single pervasive solution. These tech-centric initiatives are helping to transform physical communities into connected communities. Planners are hungry to move from idea to execution. That means taking advantage of solutions that are built on the network as an open, integrated platform and that use a broad ecosystem of partners and employ innovative business models. The best solutions now being deployed are the ones that enab…

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Is Network Technology a Key Enabler for Smart Eco-City Development?

…. We adapt, innovate and change in full view of the unique and charming qualities of each city and ecosystem. In smart eco-city development, we connect its diverse natural environments, diverse communities and creative people with flexible, connected built environments. We interactively encourage, preserve and balance the special qualities and contributions of each city, species, community, individual and ecosystem. We cannot measure and manage e…

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Show me the Money: the Debate Continues about Financing Urban Innovation

…upgrades of urban connectivity? When will the financial engineers develop the tools which, when used, result in smarter and more prosperous communities where efficiencies are realized; where multiple urban systems are integrated; and where the return on investment shows up in improved local economies? On Feb 1st this blogger took a first look at that conundrum, as part of a panel at The Cities Summit,  —convened by The City of Vancouver. A few w…

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Smart City ICT Master Planning in Action

There have been numerous advancements in city planning methodologies over the last couple of decades — perhaps few were debated as enthusiastically and vigorously as the Smart City model. I’m a city boy, born and raised in the heart of London, England. While I can enjoy a peaceful walk in the countryside or the charm of a rural community, I’ve always appreciated the advantages of a big city lifestyle. But there’s always room for improveme…

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