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Maharashtra eyes smarter cities with help from Oracle, HP

Maharashtra, the largest state economy in India, has ambitious plans to quickly develop smart cities across the region and improve urban livability. Under a memorandum of understanding signed with Oracle, the government aims to create a Center of Excellence in Mumbai with the goal of finding ways to improve government-to-citizen (G2C) and government-to-business (G2B) services. The…

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Amsterdam, Barcelona, SF collaborate on smart-city apps

Three cities -- Amsterdam, Barcelona and San Francisco -- are collaborating with a Silicon Valley-based software company to launch a smart-city software platform for collecting, analyzing and visualizing data. Cityzenith's 5D SMART City software, developed by one of the creators of Google Earth, brings together diverse sources of city data into a single point-of-view dashboard. Under their…

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What is a smart city?

What is a smart city? Lots of different people and organizations offer answers to that question, but no one definition has fully “stuck” yet. Typically, the term conjures up futuristic images of cities that don’t yet exist: cities with no traffic jams, crime or waste. Cities where everything from coffeepots to streetlights can be managed efficiently…

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