Hannah Kaner, smart cities strategist at Orange Bus, argues in Information Age that when it comes to optimising citizen interaction with smart city development, we must target areas of the city where services are failing and address inclusivity.
Inclusive ‘smart city’ development doesn’t necessarily mean we should ‘build for everyone’.
Many desire to design products and services ‘for everyone’ — the wider we cast our net, the more fish we’ll catch.
This is not necessarily true. It’s far too easy to make assumptions about how ‘everyone’ fits into our ideal ‘smart’ environment. It is easier still to assume that the people we are designing for are able-bodied, digitally literate, and financially stable.
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Foxconn Technology Group, a Taiwan based company and often termed as a futuristic employer, has announced a Smart Cities-Smart Futures Challenge in Wisconsin. The announcement was made in the University of Wisconsin-Parkside campus and the company hopes that the faculty and students will help Foxconn make another major splash as a futuristic company through its 3 years long initiative worth $1 million. Foxconn also hopes that it can help staff, faculty, and students come up with creative ideas on various projects aimed at developing infrastructure, systems, and housing.
This competition is open for any person who is affiliated with the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, University of Wisconsin System, as well as, the Wisconsin Technical College System. The director of U.S. strategic initiatives for Foxconn, Alan Yeung, made the announcement along with the details of the 3-phase challenge. This competition is scheduled to start in the month of October. The subsequent phases will be held in February and April of the following year. Each phase will feature participants presenting specific projects, which will be judged by a panel of experienced judges. Each phase will, obviously, have cash prizes.
Local business owners like Josh Parker of Badger SEO, a Milwaukee WI SEO Company, are commending Foxconn for their efforts in moving Wisconsin forward through innovation.
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gmtoday: Foxconn Training Center is open Contractors and union share cost to teach potential workers
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — In order to train the many skilled workers needed for the Foxconn project, the Foxconn Training Center has been created on its development site in Mount Pleasant.
Lead contractors, Gilbane Building Company and Hoffman Construction, Wisconsin Operating Engineers Local 139, the Wisconsin Building Trades Council, Racine Mayor Cory Mason, Case IH, and Miller-Bradford & Risberg implement dealers comprise the Skill Improvement and Apprenticeship Fund (SIAF) group, which is funded by the members of Wisconsin Operating Engineers Local 139 to provide local residents and under-employed individuals the opportunity to enter the construction trades and participate in the Foxconn project.
“We have been working like hell to create the real opportunities for Wisconsin residents,” said Terrance McGowan, president of Wisconsin Operating Engineers Local 139, in a statement. “The Foxconn promise can only be kept if we deliver the training, funding and opportunities that taxpayers expect, especially to a region that has seen devastating economic impacts over the years.” Read the full story here.
Smart cities would not only be about interconnected technological systems, futuristic constructions, automation and advanced mobility but also equally about a smart living experience and wellbeing of the residents. At the heart of the smart city ecosystem would be citizen safety, security and providing a holistic citizen satisfaction. Technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT) would be deployed so as to make smart cities citizen-centric and primarily develop them to provide more comfort to citizens. ‘Citizen First’ has almost become a cornerstone of smart city development. Read the full story here.
It was a nerdy idea. The term smart city originally meant little beyond using much more information technology IT. However, new IDTechEx Research report, Smart City Opportunities: Infrastructure, Systems, Materials 2019-2029 reveals that much more dramatic changes are both required and possible and humans will be in the driving seat, even demanding and gaining “feel good” and unquantifiable benefits. The new approach reflects the strong trends to people living mainly in cities and localism, where caring, empowered communities harness new infrastructure, systems and materials and radically change the way they operate. Examples include “silent city” banning private cars and providing free public transport. The report reveals how cities will even achieve independence in water, food and energy: they may still import but they can export too and be secure against increasingly violent weather and increasingly risky supply in the meantime. Retailing, transport and buildings are reinvented to achieve no emissions or traffic congestion and far less infrastructure.
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Smart cities are providing various sectors with new opportunities, and not just those associated with tech.
With enhanced street infrastructure, 5G and IoT implemented into office spaces, smart cities are set to transform the entire business world as we know it, with changes being different depending on the sector, and businesses of all sizes must be ready for it.
Smart cities involve smart buildings. These will feature 5G implementation and smart devices that can bring the best out of businesses, allowing for as efficient a workflow as possible. Read the full story here.
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Futurists, visionaries and tech companies for years have painted a captivating picture of smart cities — communities that leverage technology to make citizen’s lives easier and totally connected.
Take Baltimore for example. The city has partnered with Ecube Labs to deploy trash bins that notify garbage trucks when full, making collection routes more efficient and cost-effective.
In Boston, the city installed solar-powered park benches that function as outdoor cell phone charging stations and at the same time, collect data on air quality and noise pollution. Read the full story here.
Sustainability is now the cornerstone of any forward-thinking city. It is estimated that by 2050, the world’s population will have increased by 33%, with nearly 70% of those living in urban environments. Cities are under pressure to find sustainable solutions to modern living which means overcoming a range of challenges surrounding urban growth, transportation, carbon footprint and even work-life balance.
The Internet of Things (IoT) and smart city technology will hold an important key to a successful sustainable city. In fact, Gartner predicts that by 2020, half of all smart city objectives will be centred around climate change, resilience and sustainability. With an expected growth rate of more than 19% every year, the global smart cities market is predicted to reach $3651 billion USD by 2025, up from $773 billion in 2016. Innovative businesses and municipalities are already starting to see the potential and are working together on programs that illuminate just what smart cities can do to meet global sustainability goals. Read the full article here.
Medium Corp: From electric vehicles to autonomous taxis, cities are facing a fast and furious transformation of urban mobility
New forms of shared mobility, including car sharing, e-hailing, and pooled e-hailing, have already taken off in cities around the world. We have therefore included them among the smart city applications in our projections in our most recent research, Smart cities: Digital solutions for a more livable future.
But they are merely a sign of even bigger things to come. Autonomous vehicles, once the stuff of science fiction, are now beginning to hit the road in reality. Self-driving taxis are already cruising the streets of Singapore, and they are being piloted in many other places. Flying cars and taxis are even on the horizon. Read the full story here.