Category Archives: Smart Cities

Could your next car be the last one you ever buy?

The most compelling reason for the mass adoption of driverless cars is economics, be it personal, business or Government. It’s that simple. Unlike many other technology must-haves, the benefits are tangible and don’t solely rely on the elusive “productivity benefits”, … Continue reading

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Driverless Vehicles on UK roads in 2017 as Govt releases Code of Practice for Autonomous Vehicles

Continuing its ambition to be a centre for driverless vehicles, the UK Govt. has released its Code of Practice for Autonomous Vehicles. Its simple, easy to understand and also addresses the key liability issue. Testing of  driverless cars will be … Continue reading

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“Smart Cities” is so “Information Super Highway”

In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, visionaries and techies were talking about the “Information Super Highway”. In 1989 Senator Al Gore was chairing a US Senate hearing on the Information Super Highway. At the time, the prevalent metaphor was of … Continue reading

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Fail more to discover the value in the connected future

The “bottom up” connected future requires mass experimentation and a lot of failure to find the services that are valuable and viable. A recent MIT Technology Review article  talks about the underappreciated ties between art and innovation and also the … Continue reading

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Smart Cities are built “Bottom up, Incremental and Inclusive”

Recently I’ve been Tweeting on “Bottom up, Incremental, Inclusive” (BII) approach to building Smart Cities. Whether its Smart City OS or a Walled Garden approach, history tells us that not only cities, but recent advances like the Internet, just aren’t … Continue reading

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Move the work to the people, not the people to the work – PART 2

In March 2011, I wrote about the UK Government plans for HS2 High Speed rail link. My message was clear and simple, don’t move the people to the work (moving atoms), move the work to the people (moving bits). The … Continue reading

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Uncovering the value in the Trillion Node Economy

Ok, this could be a whole book on its own, so let’s start at the high level in this post. The e-book will come later 😉 In summary, I believe there is a distracting and value destroying focus on technology … Continue reading

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A new view of data privacy is essential for smart city success

In the Trillion Node Network the network infrastructure is the enabler. On its own this infrastructure isn’t enough to “breath life” into a smart city. Vast amounts of available data add the “smartness” to the “dumb” infrastructure. It’s the combination of the … Continue reading

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Security is the key challenge to the Trillion Node Network

In the connected world everything, not just everyone, will be connected. This offers great opportunities for new services.  With hyper-connectedness it will be possible to connect with almost anything from anywhere. This hyper-connectivity is what will enable and drive value … Continue reading

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Move the work to the people, not the people to the work

I am a firm advocate of connected cities, the technology that underpins them and the belief that it generates economic benefit for the city and the citizens. Finding good data support this belief is an on-going search. A recent FT … Continue reading

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