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Bogota: How Data Helps Tackle Mobility and Transportation Challenges

February 1, 2021 / 0 Comments

Urban mobility is a critical factor for the economic productivity of a city, and for the quality of life of its citizens and their access to basic services. In the wake of COVID-19, cities are reevaluating their urban mobility strategies and policies. According to ESI ThoughtLab’s survey of 167 cities globally, 55% of city leaders […]

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How Can Smart Cities Overcome Their Funding Challenge?

January 29, 2021 / 0 Comments

On all fronts, cities are adopting new technologies and gradually becoming more connected. Innovative digital projects are multiplying, with cities using data and technologies such as cloud, mobile, Internet of Things, AI, and biometrics to improve the quality of urban life. Cities are also relying more on smart solutions to achieve their social, economic, and […]

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Expert Views: Post-Pandemic Trends in Cities

November 13, 2020 / 1 Comment

As city leaders around the world continue to cope with the impacts of COVID-19, they are also assessing which will remain with us in a post-pandemic world. Repercussions of the health crisis, including recession, high unemployment, and the new urban exodus, have highlighted weaknesses and underscore why leaders need to improve public health and other […]

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Business, Government, and Academic Leaders Analyze the Post-pandemic Future of Cities and Create Roadmap for Change

November 5, 2020 / 0 Comments

ESI ThoughtLab Study will examine how innovative technologies will drive urban sustainability, resilience, and citizen well-being November 5, 2020 (Philadelphia, PA) –ESI ThoughtLab, a leading research firm, has joined forces with a coalition of business, government, and academic leaders to analyze how COVID-19 and associated disruptions will permanently change how people work, shop, travel, learn, […]

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Planning the Hyperconnected City

March 6, 2020 / 0 Comments

In my new capacity as an ESI Senior Advisor I had the opportunity to attend a presentation on ESI Thoughtlab’s global research initiative, Building a Hyperconnected City. This project surveyed 100 cities across the globe about their use of advanced technologies, data, and analytics, along with returns on smart city investments. ESI economists used the […]

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Join ESI, Penn IUR, and Perry World House for Building a Hyperconnected City

January 3, 2020 / 0 Comments

Please join ESI, Penn IUR, and Perry World House for an interactive discussion on findings from a year-long global assessment of smart city solutions. Presenters and panelists will explore how cities can go beyond current smart solutions to become ‘hyperconnected’ hubs generating large economic, social, and environmental benefits by linking key elements of their urban […]

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