Applied Smarts

Highlighting interesting projects, concepts and initiatives from around the globe.

August 23, 2013

Biometric Data Creates Sustainable Cities of a Smart Nature

Biometric information is generated via sensors in electronic devices, such as GPS, accelerometers, light sensors and so forth. Fit these high tech gadgets with a low energy communication medium such as Bluetooth and the data created can then be read and potentially shared by smartphones and other internet-enabled devices.

July 18, 2013

Town of Olds, Alberta Leaps into Gigabit Internet Speeds

Ultrafast internet speeds that most Canadian city dwellers can only dream of will soon be available to all 8,500 residents in a rural Alberta community for as little as $57 a month, thanks to a project by the town's non-profit economic development foundation.

December 03, 2012

Boston Unveils Virtual Score Card for City Services

Boston’s record-keepers collect vast amounts of data that city bosses use to gauge the successes and failures across all departments, and to determine the city’s overall health. Boston is making available a big chunk of that information on a mobile app and website to give the public tools for judging how the city is faring.

October 30, 2012

The Data Scientist - Sexiest Job of the 21st Century?

The chief economist at Google has said, “The sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians. People think I’m joking, but who would’ve guessed that computer engineers would’ve been the sexy job of the 1990s?”

September 19, 2012

What Exactly is a Smart City?

Smart cities are not one size fits all. Yet, the smart-cities movement could benefit from frameworks like the Smart Cities Wheel that allow a common language to develop amongst citizens, city staff, mayors, and the private sector.

November 30, 2011

5 Ways the Smart City Will Change How We Live in 2012

Smarter buildings will use resources more intelligently, leading to reduced costs and emissions and ultimately to smarter, more efficient cities. It’s time to embrace smarter buildings if we hope to build a more sustainable future.