Are "Smart" Cities the Way Ahead for the Global South?


May 2016 — Cities from Dhaka to Nairobi to Medellin have had to deal with explosive growth and, as a result, chaotic development over the last few decades. “Smart” thinking – introducing technologies to improve urban life – is increasingly being touted as a way to tackle existing issues and make cities more livable for all residents. These technologies have focused on improving transport, creating more environmentally friendly initiatives, streamlining governance and improving healthcare. Some cities have linked various technology-driven urban innovations across sectors to bring about wider change while other cities are still experimenting with select projects. This month, we’ll explore how “smart” thinking in Global South cities has the potential to tackle pressing issues in an integrated manner, and question how it will reach even the poorest citizens.

 

 

Peran Sektor Non-Pemerintah Membangun Surabaya Smart City

Surabaya, 4 May 2016 — Komitmen pemerintah menjadi salah satu kunci dalam implementasi Smart City. Pemkot Surabaya merupakan salah satu Pemkot di Indonesia dengan komitmen tegas mendukung penuh terwujudnya kota pintar berbasis teknologi. Namun demikian proses ini juga penting untuk melibatkan sektor non-pemerintah untuk akselerasi proses. Baca lebih lanjut.

IT-enabled systems help Bangalore Traffic Police

Bangalore, 3 May 2016 — The traffic situation is Bengaluru is worsening and reports of heavy congestion and road blocks are rampant throughout the day in many parts of the city. While multiple agencies like city governments, activists, planners, designers are working towards improving this situation, other areas like catching the violators, providing update about traffic, and implementing a complaint registration systems, etc. need equal attention. This article is about these multiple initiatives introduced by Bengaluru Traffic Police (BTP). See more.

Utilizando la tecnología para mejorar la movilidad en Bogotá

Bogotá, 2 mayo 2016 — La creación de un centro de control ha permitido mejorar las actuaciones de la Alcaldía relacionadas con el tráfico y la movilidad. El éxito de este sistema inteligente ha animado a la Alcaldía a desarrollar un centro similar enfocado en la reducción de la delincuencia. Leer más.

 

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Sustainable Transport: Is the Global South Moving Away from the Car?

April 2016 — From Madrid to Helsinki to Paris, cities across the world have been banning cars in favor of cleaner and greener ways of getting around, including walking, biking and public transportation. And the shift isn’t just happening in Europe. Cities across the Global South are increasingly seeing the repercussions of car-focused development and are beginning to experiment with integrating sustainable options into city plans, from bike lanes to better sidewalks to cycle-sharing programs. Even small-scale initiatives start to shift mindsets, and the benefits not only help to unclog congestion but make a dent in addressing climate change, as well.

 

 

El "Humano Aumentado" toma sus primeros pasos en Caracas

Caracas, 29 abril 2016 — En Caracas la movilidad sigue siendo una de las grandes deudas en materia de servicios urbanos. La falta de disponibilidad presupuestaria en gobiernos locales, la existencia de paradigmas de planificación urbana asociados a la construcción de grandes obras de infraestructura y la existencia de problemas sociales complejos son obstáculos importantes a la hora de identificar avances fundamentales en la plataforma de movilidad en la ciudad. Leer más.

Um Rio mais fluído sobre trilhos?

Rio de Janeiro, 27 abril 2016 — Às vésperas dos Jogos Olímpicos no Rio, uma inovação em mobilidade está sendo mais comentada do que as provas esportivas: a primeira rede de VLT do estado, com um sistema inovador de abastecimento de energia. Neste artigo, saiba mais sobre o projeto, que promete tirar 60% dos ônibus e 15% dos carros que circulam atualmente no centro - e descubra a que preço.Leia mais.

O que dizem passageiros, empresas e gestores públicos sobre novas regras para aplicativos de transporte individual em São Paulo

São Paulo, 25 abril 2016 — Depois de receber quase seis mil contribuições, proposta de regulação para aplicativos de transporte foi aprovada por 84% em consulta pública on-line. Saiba como a proposta pretende melhorar o trânsito da cidade.Leia mais.

Bajaj sebagai alternative Transportasi Publik Perkotaan

Jakarta, 22 April 2016 — Semua orang di Jakarta pasti mengenal Bajaj yang berwarna oranye dan banyak berkeliaran di semua wilayah DKI Jakarta. Asap yang pekat dan suara yang berisik menjadi trademark Bajaj. Untuk itu pemerintah kini melakukan peremajaan Bajaj dan berusaha menggunakan teknologi informasi dengan membuat aplikasi online untuk mendekatkan konsumen. Baca lebih lanjut.

Advocating for the rights of pedestrians and a better environment

Dhaka, 21 April 2016 — Sustainable transportation has been in the books for many policy-makers in developing countries but a further advanced step is reducing the pressure of vehicles on the roads by improving conditions for pedestrians. Work for Better Bangladesh Trust (WBB) has initiated much research on this topic that has helped convince relevant stakeholders and policymakers to not only pay heed to this idea, but to make it happen. See more.

Xăng sinh học E5: Cách nào để tránh cái chết yểu?

Ho Chi Minh City, 14 tháng tư 2016 — Đã hơn một năm kể từ khi xăng sinh học E5 - hỗn hợp phối trộn giữa nhiên liệu truyền thống với phụ gia sinh học nhằm tăng chỉ số octan, cải thiện vấn nạn khí thải xe cộ, và giảm bớt sự phụ thuộc vào nhiên liệu hóa thạch - lần đầu tiên được bán đại trà ở Việt Nam. Sau những háo hức ban đầu và một số thành công tối thiểu, E5 dần đi vào quên lãng. Việt Nam cần làm gì để sản phẩm xanh đầy tiềm năng này thoát khỏi cái chết yểu hiển hiện? Xem thêm.

 

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