Smart Cities, Smart Future: Showcasing Tomorrow

Smart Cities, Smart Future: Showcasing Tomorrow


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Are you curious about smart cities? You should be! By mid-century, two-thirds of us will live in cities. The world of tomorrow will be a world of cities. But will they be smart cities? Smart cities are complex blends of technologies, systems and services designed and orchestrated to help people lead productive, fulfilling, safe and happy lives.

This remarkable book is a window into our shared future. In crisp language and sharp detail, Mike Barlow and Cornelia Lévy-Bencheton explain how smart cities are powerful forces for positive change. With keen eyes and warm hearts, they invite readers to imagine the world of tomorrow, a fascinating world of connected cities and communities. They capture and convey the depth and richness of the worldwide smart city movement.

Smart Cities, Smart Future describes the impact of smart city projects on people in towns, cities and nations around the world. The book includes descriptions of ongoing smart city projects in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Looking Ahead to an Urban World

No two smart cities are alike. No one can say with certainty or precision what the term “smart city” means. There is no standard definition or common template. Today, smart cities are works in progress. They emerge from our hopes and our dreams.

This book provides you with the knowledge and insight you need to participate in the smart city movement. It explains how smart cities are “systems of systems” and introduces key concepts such as interoperability, open standards, resiliency, agility, adaptability and continuous improvement.

Includes Detailed Glossary of Terms and Essential Vocabulary

The book includes a detailed comprehensive glossary of essential smart city terms. The glossary will become your indispensable resource as you engage more deeply with the smart city movement and become more involved in planning our common future in an urban world.

Carefully Researched and Crisply Written

Smart Cities, Smart Future is carefully researched and fully documented. It includes interviews with leaders and experts in multiple disciplines essential to the development of smart cities, towns, regions, states and nations.

Written in the clean style of modern journalism, the book offers a strong and compelling narrative of a changing world. It reminds us that we are responsible for choosing our destiny and determining the shape of things to come.

The smart city movement is gaining speed and momentum. Read this book, and enjoy the ride!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119516187
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/23/2018
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

MIKE BARLOW is an award-winning journalist, prolific author, and business strategy consultant. He is the author of Learning to Love Data Science (O'Reilly, 2015), and coauthor of The Executive's Guide to Enterprise Social Media Strategy (Wiley, 2011), and Partnering with the CIO (Wiley, 2007). He is also the author of numerous articles, reports, and white papers on AI, machine learning, smart cities and digital transformation.A graduate of Hamilton College, he is a licensed private pilot, avid reader, and enthusiastic ice hockey fan.

CORNELIA LÉVY-BENCHETON is a communications strategy consultant and writer whose data-driven marketing and decision support work helps companies optimize their performance in the face of change. As Principal of CLB Strategic Consulting, LLC, her focus is on the impact of disruptive technologies and associated cultural challenges that open up new opportunities and necessitate refreshed strategies. She is a published author and career financial services executive who has worked in the United States, France, and Switzerland. Ms. Lévy-Bencheton earned an MA from Stanford University, an MBA from Pace University and advanced certificates from New York University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Di-Ann Eisnor

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction xxi
Thomas Müller

Chapter 1 Cities of Our Dreams 1

Chapter 2 Data Cities 29

Chapter 3 Cities in Motion 51

Chapter 4 Forces of Attraction 77

Chapter 5 Human-Centered Design 97

Chapter 6 Citizens in the Loop 115

Chapter 7 We Decide 125

Chapter 8 Smart Nation 145

Chapter 9 Paint a Bull’s-Eye on Them 161

Chapter 10 Finding a Balance 181

Chapter 11 Deceptive Complexity 199

Appendix A Organizations and Councils 217

Appendix B Conferences and Events 231

Glossary 235

Recommended Reading 243

Meet Our Expert Sources 247

About the Authors 289

Index 291

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Mike and Cornelia have managed to distill hundreds of ideas, sources, milestones, technologies, and dreams into a thoughtful ‘showcase of tomorrow’. . . their analysis, synthesis and narrative make this a foundational guide for all of us.”

—Di-Ann Eisnor, Director, Area 120, Google

“If you’re interested in the future of humanity, this is the book for you. Soon, most of us will live in cities. If we design our cities to ‘learn’ by using data and engaging people, our cities will evolve into wondrous places where we can enjoy happy and fulfilling lives. This book is a readable guide for people everywhere who want to engage and participate in the smart city movement.”

—Hon. Jerry MacArthur Hultin, Chairman and Co-Founder, Global Futures Group; President, Smart World Productions Company; former President of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University; and former Undersecretary of the U.S. Navy

“Mike and Cornelia provide a comprehensive guide to smart city programs from around the world. They convince us that smart city initiatives will create new dimensions of efficiency, flexibility, innovation and freedom. By assembling and sharing this knowledge in a very ‘smart’ book, they help accelerate the adoption of these transformative solutions.”

—Alan Leidner, Director of the Center for Geospatial Innovation of the Fund for the City of New York and President of the NYC Geospatial Information Systems and Mapping Organization

“Mike and Cornelia have done a wonderful job of weaving together fascinating stories and experiences gathered from their interviews with smart city leaders and citizens. If you want to learn more about the global smart city movement, this book is a great place to start.”

—Jennifer Sanders, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Dallas Innovation Alliance

“The authors go beyond the usual paradigms of smart cities, offering a persuasive discussion on the need to focus on people before technology. Even if you don’t live in a city, you’ll find this book compelling, informative, and entertaining. A must for the libraries of people who care about our cities and citizens of tomorrow."

— Dr. Dale Meyerrose, DPS, Maj Gen US Air Force retired, first US Intelligence CIO and first US Northern Command CIO

“A thought-provoking journey into the evolution of smart cities from the early technology-driven applications to human-centric, collaborative solutions. You too will become a ‘smartivist’ with Mike and Cornelia's exploration of cities that are building platforms for continuous innovation and sustainable success.”

— Dave Shuman, Industry Leader: IoT, Manufacturing, & Mobility, Cloudera

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