Singapore has outdone London and New York by achieving top position in a global smart city performance ranking in 2017. In addition, the nation also achieved top performance in all of the key areas measured.
As we start to find more success with smart city technology, researchers are now studying how those same technologies can address systemic challenges in health systems and environments around the world.
Arizona State's Center for Smart Cities and Regions will join the growing number of similar other establishments at well-known higher education institutions such as the Smart Cities Research Center at University of California, Berkeley; the Center for Urban Innovation at Georgia Tech and the Smart Cities Center at Columbia University.
Alphabet Inc’s urban innovation company Sidewalk Labs hopes to break ground on its first ever smart-city project in Toronto in 2020, and begin testing some of the proposed technologies this summer, its chief executive told Reuters.
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Colleges and universities with significant campuses operate much like miniature cities. They have their own rules, their own buildings, their own mobility services and, most times, dedicated security officials and devices.
The record for the world’s worst traffic jam belongs to Beijing’s gridlock. For 12 days in August 2010, cars could not escape 62 miles of freeway. This example, alongside the U.N.’s prediction that by 2030 two-thirds of the world’s population will reside in densely packed megacities, reinforces a real urgency to alleviate the pressures and impact of overcrowding.