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Smart City misunderstood?

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In my opinion, the term “smart city” is misunderstood when taking into account only the technical dimension. It’s correct to recognize the enormous potential of smart technology, in particular, digital technology to improve how cities work. But the smart city considers additional dimensions: smart economy, smart people, smart governance,  smart mobility, smart environment, smart living and …  

Roland Leithenmayr VfV



Sustainable Cities and their Liveability

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The Global Liveability Report 2017

For the first time in a decade, global liveability is finally showing an improvement. The latest findings of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Report (assessing which locations around the world provide the best or worst living conditions) reveal that after a decade recording a fall in global liveability, it has finally stabilized.  The current improvement does, however, come against a backdrop of some notable declines in livability, with recent terror attacks highlighting the continued threat of global terrorism.

What are the latest findings from this year’s report? And which cities feature in the rankings as this year’s most and least livable?  

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P.S.: For the seventh consecutive year, Melbourne in Australia is the most liveable urban centre of the 140 cities surveyed, closely followed by the Austrian capital, Vienna.

Kind regards,

Robert Ward

Editorial Director


Watson: Supercomputer application for the 17 SDGs (sustainable development goals)

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The Watson Supercomputer from IBM supports organizations, institutions as well as private individuals to gain essential data that is important for the execution of their projects. Ninety percent of the enormous amounts of data are scattered in servers, unstructured and unused worldwide: a data chaos. Customers of IBM must configure the software themselves to obtain their required data; however, there must be enough data to allow the supercomputer to learn from these data itself and become “smart” (artificial intelligence). For sustainable cities, IBM separates the data into clusters: environment, energy, education, healthcare, public transport, people safety and security, social problems, etc.  One could use this supercomputer for the achievement of the 17 SDGs, or for the SDG 11,  etc.

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Roland Leithenmayr, VFV