Smart cities don't have to reinvent the wheel
SmartGridNews - December 2015

"Two cities recently joined the IEEE Smart City Initiative to tackle the challenge of improving the quality of life for their residents in the face of pressing 21st Century urban challenges. I caught up with Gilles Betis, chair of the Smart City Initiative, to hone in on how Kansas City, Missouri and Casablanca in Morocco -- the Initiative's fourth and fifth "core" cities -- are tackling the challenge. These cities join the existing core cities of Trento, Italy, Guadalajara, Mexico, and Wuxi, China."

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San Diego Vows to Move Entirely to Renewable Energy in 20 Years
The New York Times - December 2015

"With a unanimous City Council vote, San Diego, the country’s eighth-largest city, became the largest American municipality to transition to using 100 percent renewable energy, including wind and solar power. In the wake of the Paris accord, environmental groups hailed the move as both substantive and symbolic."

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U.S. Department of Transportation Launches Smart City Challenge to Create a City of the Future
U.S. Department of Transportation - December 2015

Partnership with Vulcan Inc. to transform mobility in a forward-looking U.S. city committed to reimagining its transportation system; DOT seeking other interested parties.

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The SPHERE House Can Monitor Its Residents’ Health
The Institute - December 2015

The SPHERE (Sensor Platform for Healthcare in a Residential Environment) House is an old, two-story Victorian home in Bristol, UK that has been retrofitted with some 60 sensors, cameras, and wearables to determine if data it collects on the occupants can track their health.

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First IEEE Smart Cities Conference Covered Intelligent Homes, Transport, and Health Care
The Institute - December 2015

Nearly 500 participants from more than 100 cities in 45 countries attended the inaugural IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2) held 25-28 October 2015 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The conference theme, Smart Cities of Sustainability, was reflected in the plethora of knowledge-sharing on research, case studies, best practices, tutorials, workshops, a hackathon, and technology development and implementation.

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Gilles Betis, Q&A on IEEE Smart Cities Initiative
IEEE Smart Cities - December 2015

Gilles Betis chairs the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative and serves as action line leader of Urban Life and Mobility program at EIT Digital in Paris, which brings together researchers and business leaders to apply technology to solve urban challenges. Betis and his Smart Cities steering committee are selecting cities around the world for “smartification.”

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Inspired by Hurricane Sandy, SURE House is Built for Extreme Weather
The Institute - December 2015

Students at Stevens Institute of Technology win first place in the U.S. Solar Decathlon for a smart home that can withstand flooding and powerful storms.

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Standards and the Smart City
Sustainable Cities Collective - December 2015

In this article, Bill Ash and Srikanth Chandrasekaran, IEEE Standards Association, discuss the characteristics of sustainable smart cities and how related standards are being created and refined through globally open collaboration across traditional geographic, industrial and technological boundaries.

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IEEE Provides the Keys to a Smarter Home
The Institute - December 2015

IEEE and industry are working to develop a secure architecture where smart devices and appliances will be able to communicate with each other, turning that once-futuristic vision of a home full of smart gadgets into reality. This article from The Institute describes the many efforts and initiatives that are currently under way.

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Blind People Provide inputs for Smart City project
The Times of India - November 2015

Several ideas have been proposed to the Smart City team of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) in India to make the city disabled-friendly, such as the installation of auditory signals at traffic points and printing city route maps in Braille.

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Casablanca and Kansas City are IEEE’s Newest Smart Cities
The Institute - November 2015

"Casablanca, Morocco, and Kansas City, Mo., have been selected as IEEE Core Smart Cities from the 15 cities that applied. The core category means the cities are able to build on existing plans to develop a smart city, have the funding to carry out those plans, are willing to share their knowledge and experience, and can form multidisciplinary working groups. The two join Guadalajara, Mexico; Trento, Italy; and Wuxi, China. The five cities are part of IEEE’s Smart Cities Initiative, a global, multidisciplinary effort to help municipalities apply information technology to improve the quality of life of their citizens."

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IEEE plugs into Smart Cities movement
Network World - November 2015

The First Annual IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2-2015) was held 25-28 October 2015 in Guadalajara, Mexico. This premier conference provided a forum to explore smart city efforts worldwide, with a special focus on sustainability.

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The Tip of the Iceberg
EIT Digital Blog - September 2015

"More recently, we have started to interact with the city using artificial sensors, encoded in "apps". Through apps we access data and the way these are represented helps us to make sense of the city. We have actually come to the point that a good part of appreciating the smartness of a city is tied to the quality of the apps."

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Urban Planning: Defining the Smart Grid
Future of Business and Tech - September 2015

As the world’s cities continue to grow denser, they are becoming paramount to clean living and efficient use of precious resources. But to have a smart city, we must begin with a smart blueprint.

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IEEE's First Smart City Conference to Meet in Mexico's First Smart City
The Institute - August 2015

Guadalajara gathering to cover data collection, analytics, and privacy

"Some 4 billion people live in cities now, and more than 6 billion--at least two thirds of the world’s population--will live in urban areas by 2050, according to the United Nations. To deal with the challenges that brings, cities will need sophisticated technologies to monitor, analyze, and quickly respond to traffic tie-ups, citizen complaints, and lots more. And they must do so in the face of budgetary constraints and other obstacles."

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Why the Smart City Concept is Catching On
The Institute - July 2015

Tight budgets, enthusiastic supporters, and business opportunities are fueling the movement

"More than 20 cities are now participating in the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative, and that number will only go up, predicts Gilles Betis, the initiative's chair. The program is a global, multidisciplinary effort through which IEEE seeks to help municipalities address the huge demands on land, resources, and services associated with population growth."

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Smart Cities Initiative Wants to Make Towns More Efficient
The Institute - July 2015

White papers, MOOCs, and a conference are among the new offerings

"Like a major metropolis, the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative has been bustling with activity since The Institute featured the initiative in its special report on smart cities in June of 2014."

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Building a Smarter London
The Institute - July 2015

The capital city seeks to advance with the help of technology

"London is packed with history, but it is also moving toward the future. Although it’s no stranger to technology, boasting the world’s first rapid transit system and of course its iconic clock tower, it has only begun planning for how it can become a smart city."

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ComEd SVP talks smart grids, smart cities and smart women
Intelligent Utility - July 2015

"Michelle Blaise is senior vice president of technical services at ComEd in Chicago, IL. She’s also a member of IEEE and an advisory board member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society's Women in Power, which she talks to us about today as part of our women-in-energy series — along with insights on the future of smart grid and how she sees those smart grids fitting into the smart city concept."

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The New Smart Cities
Communications of the ACM - July 2015

"More than half of the world's population currently lives in or around a city. By the year 2050, the United Nations projects another 2.5 billion people could be moving to metropolises. As urban populations increase, the number of data-generating sensors and Internet-connected devices will grow even faster. Experts say cities that capitalize on all the new urban data could become more efficient and more enjoyable places to live. The big question now is how to make that happen."

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Smart City, Smart World: Five Trends From the IEEE International Communications Conference
The Institute - June 2015

The latest technologies will help make communities more energy efficient and interconnected

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Recap: Smart City Summit and Expo
IEEE Standards Insight - June 2015

"Around the globe, enthusiasm continues to grow for the many benefits of Smart City initiatives. Multiple domains--lighting, power, information sharing, among others--are converging and the same is taking place around many of connected applications and services. This exciting dynamic was clearly demonstrated at the recent Smart City Summit and Expo held Jan. 21-23 at the Taipei World Trade Center."

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Why smart cities need to get wise to security – and fast
The Guardian - May 2015

As cities become more connected, their systems – from traffic lights to utilities meters – are increasingly open to hackers, say experts

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Smart Cities: An Indian Perspective
IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter - May 2015

Cities today are challenged with a competitive landscape as they are tasked with managing population growth, increasing energy demand and decreasing budgets, all while complying with aggressive local and international environmental regulations. Greenhouse gas emission reductions, improved energy and fuel usage and the impact of climate change demand cities design resilient energy networks for greater awareness of consumption.

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Developing exemplary smart cities for a smarter world
Embedded Computing Design - March 2015

"As cities grow and the world barrels toward urbanization, it's important to stay smart about city planning. It's estimated that $10 trillion in investments will be needed for urban infrastructure by 2025. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is working to help municipalities address urbanization and integrate technology to create smart cities in its Smart Cities Initiative (SCI)."

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IEEE Talks IoT: Victor Larios
IEEE Internet of Things - March 2015

In the latest IEEE Talks IoT Q&A with Victor Larios, volunteer leader of the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative Guadalajara Pilot in Guadalajara, Mexico, he discusses the role of the Internet of Things (IoT) in Smart Cities, why Guadalajara is an ideal choice for the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative and to its IoT potential, and the importance of education that ensures the development of IoT-related skills critical to creating Smart Cities.

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Free Online Architecture and Design Courses
ArchDaily - March 2015

Thanks to the increasing popularity of massive open online courses - or MOOCs as they're commonly referred to - learning has never been easier (or more convenient). Sites like Coursera and edX offer free classes online from accredited and well-known universities across the globe, including Harvard, MIT and the University of Hong Kong. While some classes are more structured and include a set lesson plan, homework assignments, quizzes and the option to receive a certificate at the end, others can be set at your own pace and approached more independently.

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Special Report: Global Development
The Institute - February 2015

Because technology has become more accessible, it has become an important tool in helping people in impoverished and underserved areas. IEEE is hard at work to help such communities progress thanks to its education, funding, and mentorship programs, as described in this special report.

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Powering Africa: It Takes a Smart Village
The Institute - February 2015

Less than one-third of the people in sub-Saharan Africa have electricity. To light their homes, many use candles and kerosene lamps, which are harmful to their health. IEEE Smart Village, an IEEE Foundation program, has some bold ideas on how to bring electricity to millions while also providing jobs in the local community.

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