Market Research and Insight

MIT course looks ‘Beyond Smart Cities’
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) plans to offer a short continuing education course titled “Beyond Smart Cities” this June. The course, according to MIT, will focus on “understanding the complexities of cities through the use of Big Data Urban Analytics and the design of New Urban Systems for... Read more
Smart design gains momentum in Middle East
The quest for smart urban design is rapidly gaining momentum in the Middle East, according to one designer who spoke at this past week’s Arab Future Cities Summit. “We’re now seeing a strong appetite for world class urban development in both Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and it is approaching... Read more
IEEE ‘brain trust’ to help cities smarten up
The IEEE professional organization aims to make its “brain trust” of technology experts available to city leaders who want to develop smarter, more sustainable communities. The IEEE’s Smart Cities Initiative aims to work with 10 cities in both developed and developing countries between now and 2016. “Designing successful and... Read more
IT giants target barriers to internet of things
Some of the world’s biggest technology companies have come together to “break down the barriers” standing in the way of the internet of things. The founding members of the new Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) include AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel. The open membership organization will focus on eliminating... Read more
Dubai begins building $300m ‘Silicon Park’
Dubai has launched “Silicon Park,” a smart-city project to be built in the Dubai Silicon Oasis technology park at a cost of 1.1 billion United Arab Emirates dirham (around $300 million US). The project is part of a vision to “transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world... Read more
‘City Deal’ envisions Brighton as a global tech leader
A program aimed at promoting high-tech innovation and investment in the British city of Brighton includes plans for a “Digital Exchange” in which companies can combine their buying power to get faster broadband at lower prices. The Greater Brighton City Deal is designed to give the city “the chance... Read more
CDP’s Larissa Bulla to give Urban London keynote
The Carbon Disclosure Project’s Larissa Bulla is scheduled to give the keynote address on “How to create a resource-smart city” at Urban London 2014. Scheduled for June 5 at Digital Enterprise Greenwich, Urban London is an event for innovators, entrepreneurs, tech professionals, and public-sector officials. It looks at emerging... Read more
Birmingham launches ‘smart city roadmap’
The city of Birmingham has just launched a Smart City Roadmap that outlines actions that can tackle urban challenges from unemployment to carbon reduction. Developed by the Birmingham Smart City Commission, the roadmap represents what the commission calls “a collective ambition by city stakeholders to deliver real change by... Read more
Survey shows support for driverless cars, drone services
Nearly half of the US citizens surveyed about smart-city technology say they’d like to live in a driverless city, and over one-third expect to see that become a reality within the decade. Those are among the findings in a recent study conducted by Intel across eight countries. When it... Read more
Urban London adds Peterborough’s Steve Bowyer as speaker
Steve Bowyer, who is head of economic development at Opportunity Peterborough and director of the city’s Future Cities Demonstrator program, will join Urban London as a speaker on June 5. An event that looks at innovation, technologies and strategies for improving life in cities, Urban London will be held... Read more