How can cities become healthier, greener, and more equitable in the future?

How can cities become healthier, greener, and more equitable in the future?
In a year marked by COVID-19, renewed calls for racial justice, a contentious presidential election, and an active wildfire and hurricane season, Penn experts share what’s needed to make urban areas more resilient to future crises. Credit: Eric Sucar

When COVID-19 brought cities across the world to a halt this spring, there was speculation that the pandemic would spell the end of urban areas. While massive suburban flight has yet to happen, renewed lockdowns across Europe and rising cases in the U.S. make it clear that the ongoing public health crisis is far from over and its many impacts are not yet fully realized.


In addition to COVID-19, the year 2020 has also been marked by renewed calls for racial justice after the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and William Wallace Jr. This year has also witnessed a contentious election that’s seen American cities labeled as anarchy zones,

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How smart cities can serve citizens

How smart cities can serve citizens
At the Dentons Rodyk Dialogue 2020, Minister for National Development Desmond Lee joined a panel of experts to discuss how digitalisation can help to transform cities. Credit: Singapore Management University

Although cities and urban areas only make up a small proportion of the world’s land mass, they are home to more than half the global population and that number is going to keep rising. As cities swell to capacity with more and more inhabitants, city planners have turned to technology to cope with the challenges that accompany urban density.


The role of digital technologies in overcoming urban development challenges have become even more apparent in the COVID-19 pandemic, said Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for National Development and Minister-in-charge of Social Services Integration.

“This pandemic has starkly shown us that we need to transform the way we design, build and maintain our city so that we move away from a heavy

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These 6 cities and this state will pay you to move to them

The coronavirus pandemic has seen many Americans relocating out of crowded cities into more open places.

Even as a vaccine grows nearer, it’s possible that many businesses will opt to allow some employees to continue working remotely in order to save money on expensive office space, so more Americans may find they have new freedom in where they choose to live after the pandemic is finally over.

But how to choose where to live? Some cities that are looking to grow are now willing to incentivize outsiders to move.

Some of these programs have proven so popular that they’ve had to stop taking applications. Vermont’s New Worker Relocation Grant Program said in October that it was “fully subscribed” and waiting to see if state lawmakers would add more funding

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Accelerating New Infrastructure Construction and Empowering Smart Cities for High-quality Development

SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The 22nd China Hi-Tech Fair (CHTF), which lasted for 5 days, came to a successful conclusion on November 15. As China’s first science and technology expo, this year’s CHTF attracted over 3,300 exhibitors from all over the world, gathered a host of new technologies and new products, and received global attention, becoming a “wind vane” for the development in technology and industry.

As one of the most popular exhibition halls of the CHTF, the CHTF China Smart City Expo co-organized by the State Information Center and IDG Asia also ended on the same day. With the theme of “Smart Future Linkages”, this year’s China Smart City Expo is held around the events such as “exhibition, forum, selection, and matching”, presenting a professional, forward-looking and leading smart city event.

In the smart city exhibition hall, excellent smart city exhibitors from all over

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The Future of Smart Cities

How have the changes to urban living and working, caused by the covid pandemic, affected plans for smart cities? City center office blocks are standing empty, and residents are flocking to suburbs or rural areas. So does this mean plans to deploy technology to improve urban quality of life and deliver municipal services are on hold? Or is a rethought strategy necessary to ensure smart city projects are up to the task of tackling new challenges that have emerged?

This is the subject of a conversation I recently held for The Element podcast. My guests were Lorenzo Gonzales, a strategist for HPE global sales, and Yanick Pouffary, chief technologist for HPE Pointnext. We tackled questions ranging from how thinking on smart cities has evolved since the start of the Coronavirus outbreak to whether we will be living in cities at all – let alone smart cities – in the near

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How cities of the future are shaping up to be smarter and more sustainable

Today’s cities are grappling with problems ranging from gridlocked traffic and overflowing landfills, to unaffordable housing and growing inequality. Without action, those problems will only get worse.





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The United Nations predicts that by 2050, the world’s population will reach 9.7 billion. Nearly 70% of people are projected to live in urban areas, placing a greater strain on cities and the environment.

As urbanization is expected to be fastest in lower-income countries, the UN warns many cities will face challenges to meet the needs of their growing number of residents, including providing adequate housing, transportation, and energy systems.

At the same time, cities are a key contributor to climate change, responsible for an estimated three quarters of global CO2 emissions.

To address this, architects and designers have come up with innovative solutions — from vertical farms and biome greenhouses, to self-driving cars and underground recycling systems —

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Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerate Event – Mayors Panel Announced

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Register today for Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerate 2020 where we’ll explore the most recent technology advances, business models, and lessons that can make the Smart Connected Cities and Connected Spaces a reality.

Learn and hear from city leaders, the ecosystem, and solution providers on the latest technological advancements and deployments in a variety of smart connected spaces.

Join us for this virtual event on Wednesday, December 9, from 9am – 12pm PT or 7pm – 10pm PT, kicking off with a fireside chat with President Cristiano Amon.

New panel announced: U.S. Mayoral Roundtable: How will Future Technology Support the Transformation of our Cities, moderated by George Burciaga, IGNITE CITIES.

(Host) Mayor Steve K. Benjamin
City of Columbia, SC

Mayor Kirk Caldwell
City & County

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Here’s how 5G availability stacks up in major US cities

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  • OpenSignal has published a study of 5G availability in five major US cities.
  • T-Mobile’s coverage was the most consistently available, but Verizon’s was the fastest.
  • Things are improving for multiple networks, however.

It’s easy to find 5G service in the US, but what service can you count on? OpenSignal might help. The wireless analyst group has shared a study outlining 5G availability in five major US urban areas, and it’s clear that real-world coverage is better for some carriers than others.

Of the top three networks, T-Mobile offered the most consistent 5G availability in the Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City and Washington, DC areas between mid-July and mid-October 2020. You could expect to see that “5G” logo light up between 23.6% and 33.7% of the time. AT&T’s service was available between 18.9% and 28.6% of the time. Verizon (disclaimer: this author also writes for Verizon-owned Engadget) fared

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The science of windy cities — ScienceDaily

Global population and urbanization have boomed over the last few decades. With them came scores of new tall buildings, drones, more energy-efficient ventilation systems, and planned air taxis by Uber and other companies. But these technological advancements must contend with a natural physical phenomenon: wind.

Scientists presented the latest findings on modeling and predicting urban airflow — in the hope of building better buildings, cities, and transportation — at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society’s Division of Fluid Dynamics.

The urban skies of the future could teem with autonomous aircraft: air taxis, drones, and other self-flying systems. A team from Oklahoma State University has developed techniques to model environmental hazards these vehicles might encounter so they can safely navigate cities.

“Urban environments present enormous challenges for drone and urban air mobility platforms,” said researcher Jamey Jacob, who led the team. “In addition to the challenges of traffic

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Orange adds three new Spanish cities to its 5G footprint

Spanish operator Orange has expanded its 5G coverage to three new cities after launching the new network technology in September.

The new cities covered by Orange’s 5G network are Zaragoza, Logroño and Pamplona, which adds to Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville and Malaga.

Orange also said it expects to launch 5G in 93 towns and cities across Spain before the end of 2020.

Orange launched commercial 5G services in Spain in September using equipment provided by Ericsson.

The European carrier is currently offering this technology through spectrum in the 3.6-3.8MHz band using NSA architecture.

The carrier initially launched 5G technology in Madrid and Barcelona with the deployment of Ericsson’s 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) and core products and solutions.

Operating on 3.6GHz spectrum, the 5G network in Madrid and Barcelona is powered by the Ericsson Radio System (Baseband 6648 and AIR 6488 antenna), delivering massive multiple-input multiple-output, which increases network capacity

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