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
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
‘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
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
Alibaba Group has $815m digital city vision
The Chinese internet giant Alibaba Group has a nearly one-billion-dollar vision to transform part of the island of Hainan into an “intelligent city.” The company subsidiary Alibaba Cloud Computing last week signed a deal with the Hainan International Tourism Island Pilot Zone that will see some 5 billion renminbi... 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
India politician promises ‘100 smart cities’
The concept of smart cities is being used to appeal to voters in India. Shri Narendra Modi, leader of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, proposes an eight-point development plan that includes 24/7 electricity on demand, a bullet train, railway reforms and the construction of 100 smart cities. Other elements... Read more
If city leaders adopt the right strategies, Rio de Janeiro by 2030 could become not only the Latin American capital of business and high tech but a real-life example of sustainable development in the southern hemisphere, according to a study under way by Siemens. Siemens’ future scenario for the... Read more
Smart grids and smart cities are supposed to make our lives easier and more efficient in the future, but what exactly do they promise for small and midsize businesses? Many entrepreneurs are already getting a taste of what smarter business could look like thanks to the cloud. Cloud-based applications... Read more
A growing number of cities around the world have visions of using technology to bring their economies, schools, transportation systems and environment into the 21st century. Among those, 33 are the latest recipients of grants offered through IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge. Launched in 2011, the IBM Challenge aims to... Read more