Ideas

Smart ideas for smarter cities

Is it any wonder that there are a lot of smart ideas for smart cities? That may be because a smart city is – by definition – an ideas city: a city built upon past or current ideas, as well as upon openness to future ideas: to future city ideas. Smart city ideas are often participatory: urban connectivity schemes like a better biking infrastructure or multi-directional elevators. And ideas for making the smart city smarter immediately become part of the public domain, texted to friends, discussed on social media, flash-mobbed by supporters, and analyzed at the neighborhood rooftop garden.

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One of the hottest topics in technology today is autonomous vehicles and mobility. But it’s not just the automotive sector that is excited. That’s because this disruptive technology now has applications in manufacturing, supply-chain logistics, services, and even maintenance.

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When city temperatures rise, people look for ways to stay cool. A new breed of technologies seeks to augment, optimize, and even replace traditional air conditioning – simply by modernizing sustainable methods used for centuries. URBAN HUB looks at some clever ways to beat the heat.

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Whether for work, school, or pleasure, people are always looking for better ways to get somewhere. So it’s no wonder that cities and countries around the world are investing heavily in mass-mobility solutions. URBAN HUB presents some of the highlights in Urban Mega Projects, Part II: Transportation.

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Digitalization is changing the world we live in – and people living in fast-paced urban environments feel those changes first and most intimately. But it’s at specialist conferences, like Microsoft Inspire, where the next big innovations are truly seen in action for the first time ever.

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