Big Data, Automation, and the Future of Transportation

In recent years, a variety of forces (economic, environmental, and social) have quickly given rise to “shared mobility,” a collective of entrepreneurs and consumers leveraging technology to share transportation resources, save money, and generate capital. Bikesharing services, such as BCycle, and business-to-consumer carsharing services, such as Zipcar, have become part of a sociodemographic trend that has pushed shared mobility from the fringe to the mainstream. The role of shared mobility in the broader landscape of urban mobility has become a frequent topic of discussion. Shared transportation modes—such as bikesharing, carsharing, ridesharing, ridesourcing/transportation network companies (TNCs), and microtransit—are changing how people travel and are having a transformative effect on smart cities.

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Smart Cities and the Weather

A study by the US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in 2008 found that the impact of routine weather events on the US economy equates annually to about 3.4% of the country’s GDP (about $485 billion). This excludes the impact of extreme weather events that cause damage and disruption – after all, even “ordinary” weather affects supply of and demand for many items, and the propensity of businesses and consumers to buy them. NCAR found that mining and agriculture are particularly sensitive to weather influences, with utilities and retail not far behind.

Many of these, disaster management included, are the focus of smart city innovations. Not surprisingly, therefore, as they seek to improve and optimize these systems, smart cities are beginning to understand the connection between weather and many of their goals.  A number of vendors (for example, IBM, Schneider Electric, and others) now offer weather data-driven services focused specifically on smart city interests.

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Decision Support Tools that Counter Uncertainty and Risk in Urban Settings

Urban Planning Today: Perception vs. Reality When the planning profession was still nascent in the 1950’s, well defined social needs and the desire to improve poor living conditions were the dominant basis for policy and regulation. By the time the 1970’s and 80’s...
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Invest in Resilience Before Disaster Strikes

Investing in at-risk communities before disaster strikes is one of the most cost-effective ways to protect residents and property while increasing their ability to weather the severe storms ahead. At Enterprise Community Partners, our Resilient Communities Initiative works nationwide to strengthen communities and equip residents so they are better prepared for, and able to respond to extreme weather events and other emergencies. We provide technical assistance, grant funding, research and analysis, and build innovative tools to support this goal.

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Urban Innovator of the Week: Isis Ferguson

Urban Innovator of the Week: Isis Ferguson

Isis Ferguson, Associate Director of City + Community Strategy for Place Lab, admits with a laugh it can be difficult to clearly define the work they do. A partnership between UChicago Arts and the Harris School of Public Policy, Place Lab serves as "a catalyst for...

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Cisco Thought Leadership Resources from Meeting 2012

Cisco Thought Leadership Resources from Meeting 2012

We're happy to post three resources that Cisco presented this week at Meeting of the Minds in San Francisco. Transforming the City of New York - New Platform for Public-Private Cooperation Ushers in Smart Cities of the Future Smart City Framework - A Systematic...

Jones Lang Lasalle Releases New Study at Meeting of the Minds

Jones Lang Lasalle Releases New Study at Meeting of the Minds

Jones Lang Lasalle has released a new study linking municipal investment in smart grid technologies and three key economic indicators. The release of the report comes at the beginning of Meeting of the Minds 2012 in San Francisco, where key stakeholders in the public,...

Urban Innovation and Change

Urban Innovation and Change

The world is urban. Currently over half of the world’s inhabitants live in cities and this is projected to grow to 70% of all people by 2050. Not only are people increasingly gravitating towards cities for economic opportunity, but they are moving to cities because of...

The Potential of Civic Leaders to Leverage Technology

The Potential of Civic Leaders to Leverage Technology

It seems that we are all entrenched in a world full of mobile devices and wireless connections, providing ready access to the digital world. This connection has been said to limit the connectivity we’ve fostered with other people and the community around us. In...

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