Predictions for the Future of the City

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Predictions for the Future of the City

By the year 2050, it’s estimated that two-thirds of the population will be living in urban areas. As a result, city infrastructures will have to change dramatically in order to cope with demand.
Thankfully, developments like artificial intelligence, the internet of things (IoT) and big data will lead to smart cities. Cities that think and react like a human brain. Here are Innovate UK’s predictions for the future of the city.

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EiE17 - we are back with a bang

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EiE17 - we are back with a bang

We have been part of the EiE family that includes mentors, supporters, professional advisors, investors - and very importantly a wide range of current and past participants since 2015.  This year, however, EiE will be an extra special event for us. We have been selected, among 12 top tech companies in Scotland, to present UrbanTide and USMART in a 6-minute pitch during the 2 day event

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#DataFest17 - 12 key lessons we learned about smart cities, communities and the future of data

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#DataFest17 - 12 key lessons we learned about smart cities, communities and the future of data

A great crowd of a 100 data enthusiasts gathered for our ‘How data transforms cities and communities’ event at the end of March, as part of #DataFest17. We were seeking answers, with the help of our speakers and the participants, to how data and digital technologies can help solve the challenges caused by the rapid urbanisation transforming our cities and communities.

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Emerging ideas for a renewed (Y)Our Glasgow City Centre

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Emerging ideas for a renewed (Y)Our Glasgow City Centre

At the end of last year, we told you about our smart city vision for Glasgow. We are now back with more updates as some of the master plans and designs are starting to take shape. To sum it up, the aim is to create a more walkable, greener, more liveable city centre and a truly 24-hour city.

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Data sharing just got a whole lot easier

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Data sharing just got a whole lot easier

USMART has a pioneering pricing plan. We know that opening up data can be a resource intensive process. With our unique freemium pricing scheme, we want to change this by enabling organisations to begin opening up their data for free.

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Open data warriors needed

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Open data warriors needed

The goal of open data training targeting the public sector is to equip front-line public sector warriors with the necessary skills and knowledge to tackle current and future challenges, where appropriate, with a data forward approach. The vision is to enable public sector organisations to take advantage and to fully utilise and unlock the value of their data, both open and closed.

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Welcome to the maze of open data licensing

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Welcome to the maze of open data licensing

The notion of releasing data into the wild, to be shared, modified and freely used without any consequences or obligations is a scary one.

Open data licences can support data publishers in overcoming the initial fear of opening up data - by making sure that the original database, material and work that is published under the various open data licences is released to the public in a licenced, regulated manner.

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What does 2017 hold for smart cities and communities? 2/2

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What does 2017 hold for smart cities and communities? 2/2

Every year the International Data Corporation (IDC) issues a prediction around upcoming smart cities trends worldwide. In this post we gathered up the second 5 predictions and complemented them with insights and further resources. Link to the first 5 is in the body of the post. Enjoy!

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Car parks ‘extinct’ in smart cities of the future?

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Car parks ‘extinct’ in smart cities of the future?

A combination of shared data, battery power and self-driving technology would render conventional car park systems and structures pointless. In preparation for the Scottish Renewables' first ever low-carbon cities conference (22nd February 2017, Edinburgh), Simon Tricker (CDO of UrbanTide) discussed the future of our vehicles and car parks in cities.

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USMART and the future of health

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USMART and the future of health

Does a room full of entrepreneurially minded data scientists and analysts, clinicians, designers, and software engineers spending 3 days and 3 nights side-by-side developing new product ideas for patients, front line staff and the wider NHS - sound good?

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Super secure smart cities

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Super secure smart cities

We are committed to delivering services and building products that contribute to cyber-safe smart cities. To go beyond a commitment, we joined Securing Smart Cities (SSC), a not-for-profit global initiative that aims to solve the existing and future cybersecurity problems of smart cities. Read more about the threats and how we thrive on delivering super secure products.

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Is open data the death of FOI?

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Is open data the death of FOI?

The simple answer is yes, but, we know it is not as simple as that. There is growing evidence emerging of the inefficiencies of a closed data culture in central and local government. With this blog post we are making the case for how open data can answer some of the challenges caused by FOI Acts in central and local government bodies, and how potentially going above and beyond publishing statutory information about their activities can result in short, medium and long-term benefits. Enjoy!

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