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Let citizens become smarter leveraging technology!

Citizens should be the focus of any plan of cities “smartification”. But they should not be seen solely as end users. They have to be coached into becoming crucial players in the city “smartification”. And this happens through a process of increased awareness, awareness on what their city is, what …

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Let citizens measure the smartness of their city

As I have pointed out there are several metrics that are being applied to smart cities, mostly measuring the city “without” its citizens. Citizens might be measured indirectly in terms of the pro-capita wealth, of the adoption of certain technologies (like smartphones and computers), of the adoption of digital services …

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Allometry and Smart Cities

I have posted few months ago some considerations on the relationship existing between the pro-capita wealth of a city and its dimension. On the average we can see a strong resemblance to the relation existing between the metabolic rate of an animal and its size (the Kleiber law). Whereas in …

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Creating a smart city in a green field

An interesting question is if with the technology we have available today we would be able to create the “perfect” city. Often we hear administrators saying that their problem is in the integration of new technology, that would potentially provide more effective infrastructures, with existing infrastructures. If we only were …

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Cities are complex systems in dynamic equilibrium

There were perfect cities where infrastructures nicely supported the life of their citizens. Shangri-La was one of them, an ideal place. People lived in harmony a long life in what was a a perfect Smart City (and valley). Unfortunately, Shangri-La is a figment of the imagination (of James Hilton), as …

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The role of technology in Smart Cities

Don’t think that technology is something recent. Technology and its application go back in time and was a fundamental component of sophisticated infrastructures.  Think about orchestrating a complex administrative machine. You needed a way for synchronizing activities and that required a way for measuring the time. Water clocks go back …

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Cities have always been “smart”

Cities have always attracted people to move from the countryside into their boundaries because they have been perceived, through the centuries and millennia (the first historically recorded urban settlements with thousands of people go back to 5,000 years ago, in Mesopotamia, Indus valley and Egypt) as the place to be. …

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Smart Cities: just a fad?

Did you have a look on Google Trends and did you see the frequency of searches about “smart cities”? If not give it a try. You will see that in the last 3 years the frequency has grown significantly increasing even more in 2014.  This has happened in synch with …

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Smarter Citizens for Smarter Cities

I am in India, Mumbai, to report on the IEEE Smart City Initiatives. The Indian Government has launched the 100 Smart Cities Initiatives and is interested in getting external views. Two lectures planned, on Keynote at Intelect 2015 and a Round Table plus several meetings with Indian authorities, some of them specifically …

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Ever wish you were a fly?

Sometimes I heard people saying (may be that goes for the Italian language only): "I wish I were a fly" meaning that you could fly undetected and see/hear …whatever. Now I drop onto a news that would bring another reason for wishing to be like a fly: the possibility of …

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