Smart cities need more industry partnerships, less gadget worship

While a dizzying array of connected gadgetry is vying for room on city leaders’ wish lists, industry experts advise less focus on the technology itself and more on industry partnerships that can build out smart cities. At the recent U.S. Conference of Mayors held in Washington, D.C., Joanne Hovis, president of Maryland-based IT consultancy CTC […]

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Philadelphia preps for its Smart City Challenge

Philadelphia has announced a goal to create a large multi-purpose wireless network — called the “Smart City Challenge” — that will depend on public-private partnerships to address the digital divide and enhance existing operations and services. Site of the upcoming Democratic convention, Philadelphia has frequently been recognized for placing among the top municipal governments for the utilization of technology […]

San Francisco smart city proposal garners extra $150 million

Like its fellow competitor cities, San Francisco putting the final touches on its proposal for the U.S. Department of Transportation decides the winner of the Smart City Challenge, which will provide $50 million in federal funding to build a smart city. Unlike its fellow cities, though, it also has $150 million in pledged private sector […]

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Denver steers to final verdict in Smart City Challenge

Like its six other co-finalists, the City of Denver now awaits the final verdict in the Smart City Challenge, a U.S. Department of Transport initiative to create the first “smart city” that combines autonomous vehicles, connected devices, and smart sensors. The winner will receive $40 million in federal funding to build the smart city, along with an […]

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US DOT Smart City Challenge drives closer to finish line

Seven potential smart cities enter, but there can be only one. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) picks its winner from among the seven finalists for its Smart City Challenge. The final seven cities include Austin, Texas, Columbus, Ohio, Denver, Colorado, Kansas City, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Portland, Oregon, and San Francisco, California. They were whittled down from 78 cities that […]

Smart city talk is cheap, but who will pay the bill?

While seemingly every major metropolis is keen to cozy up to the smart city moniker, many are leery of investing the big bucks until tangible benefits become clearer. An article by FCW raises the question of who will pay for the smart infrastructure of the future. And more pressingly, who will make the case to […]