How to build a smart city out of ruins


Dubrovnik is seemingly the polar opposite of Sarajevo, the capital and largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dubrovnik struggles to modernise and become a smart city, while protecting its pristine 7th century spirit, while Sarajevo tries to build a smart city from rubble.

They may make for strange bedfellows, but these two cities with seemingly different problems are working together to build connected cities that solve their citizens’ problems.

Dubrovnik is a geographic...

By Telefónica, 22 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Lensless sensors and smart cities: Here’s looking at you, looking at me, looking at you


Smart cities. The term is everywhere. Across technology media to every vertical from transport to engineering, everyone wants to talk about smart cities. And it’s not hard to see why. When you say the words, you can’t help but find the imagination go into overdrive, building and piecing together exciting scenes from every sci-fi film you have seen, leaving you with an idea a thousand light years from the comparatively dull surroundings you find yourself in. The only problem is...

By Patrick Gill, 16 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Networks, Smart Cities.

Smart Cities: Reviewing what makes a city smart

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Smart Cities are no longer a promise of the future but an increasing priority for local, regional and countrywide governments and a flourishing business area for technological firms and CSPs with interests in the IoT market.

The European Union is so far the part of the world where more efforts have been made to develop smart cities. At...

By Telefónica, 17 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Infrastructure, Innovation, IoT, M2M, Smart Cities.

UK government offers £10m for a smart city project

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The UK government is helping to advance the uptake of the IoT (Internet of Things) in cities through a £10 million prize being offered to a single collaborative research and development project which helps to demonstrate "the capability of IoT in a city region." 

This prize is being offered by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and...

By Ryan Daws, 14 July 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Government, Innovation, IoT, Smart Cities.

Editorial: Building an open, programmable city

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Bristol, a city in the South West of England, has gained international exposure in recent months thanks to becoming the European Green Capital. During yesterday's 'Bristol is Open' launch, we got to see how the city is prepared to lead the way for connected cities thanks to a range of partnerships and a world-leading infrastructure...

To understand how the city is positioned to lead the way on...

Big data and the road to smart cities

By Julian Garcia Barbosa, Big Data Senior Account Executive at Telefónica. 

Improving citizen security, optimising waste management, anticipating traffic jams and analysing citizen sentiment: these are just a few examples of what Big Data could do to bring our cities into the future.

According to a UN report, 70% of the global population will live in urban areas by 2050. In spite of occupying only 2%...

By Telefónica, 28 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, M2M, Smart Cities.

The real Sim City: How over 15,000 sensors made Santander smart

By Francisco Jariego, Director of Industrial IoT, Telefónica

More than half of the world’s population lives in cities and this proportion is increasing day by day.

As urban environments are becoming more densely populated and more complex, cities face challenges in a number of different areas: congested transport infrastructure, air quality and pollution, energy efficiency and climate change.

Governments around the world are now racing to transform their towns into...

By Telefónica, 26 March 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, M2M, Smart Cities.