Economic development

Why Thailand wants smart cities -- and which one will be the first

Wed, 2016-01-27 06:00 -- SCC Staff

Smart cities figure heavily in Thailand's national policy to embrace a digital economy and become a digital hub for the region. As part of its strategy the Thai government recently selected one of its most popular tourist destinations, the island of Phuket (pronounced Poo-ket), for the first of its smart city pilot projects.

Augmented reality has arrived in Palm Springs and Fort Lauderdale. Why you should be next

Thu, 2016-01-14 14:18 -- SCC Partner

Augmented reality, heralded as the next big paradigm shift in computing, has arrived and pioneering cities like Palm Springs and Fort Lauderdale are already using it as a key part of their tourism and economic development efforts. See why it’s worth your attention for 2016.

Smart cities evolution: Is your city keeping up?

Thu, 2016-01-14 11:51 -- Doug Peeples

The researchers with Council Associate Partner IDC are back with their smart cities predictions for 2016. The primary focus remains a combination of sustainable development, livability and economic growth. However, that focus will be more sharply defined in the next few years. Read the story for a quick glimpse into the near future -- and a mistake most cities are expected to make.

Want to attract investment? What you can learn from Asia's top 2 cities

Fri, 2015-12-18 06:50 -- Kevin Ebi

Every city would love to boost economic growth, but what’s the best way to do that? There are some strong lessons in the latest ranking of Asia-Pacific Cities of the Future. See how Singapore once again maintained its firm grip on the top spot — and how Tokyo jumped from ninth to second in a single year.

How Jaipur got ahead in the race to create innovation zones

Fri, 2015-12-18 06:50 -- Doug Peeples

While India’s central government works toward its goal of 100 smart cities, some cities and states are taking matters into their own hands and striking out on their own. Read our story to learn how the city of Jaipur is developing a smart city infrastructure and services – with considerable help from Smart Cities Council partners Cisco, GE and Qualcomm.

Attract more tourists with augmented reality (like Fort Lauderdale)

Tue, 2015-12-15 10:58 -- Kevin Ebi

If your city isn’t tourist friendly, you’re missing out on a big economic boost. And now Fort Lauderdale is giving you more competition. Learn about how a new initiative powered by Civic Resource Group is helping tourists there and in other cities have more fun and, more importantly, spend more money.

Why GE won a $2.6B locomotive deal with India’s railway company

Wed, 2015-11-18 06:00 -- SCC Staff

India’s railroad is the backbone of the country’s inland transportation system for both passengers and freight, and it’s growing steadily to meet the demands of larger cities and an increasing population. GE was selected to provide Indian Railways with 1,000 diesel locomotives and the manufacturing facilities needed to build them as part of the country’s rail modernization effort. Read the story for details.

Smart cities: one way to beat a sluggish economy?

Wed, 2015-11-11 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

Bouncing back after a prolonged global economic downturn is a very tall order, but at least one expert thinks smart city upgrades could be the spark urban areas need. Read the story to learn why adopting smart, intelligent solutions could help revive a city -- and attract smart, talented people to help it thrive.