Smart city scorecard urges cities to remain citizen-focused amidst technological change

If you want to work out where the greatest innovation is taking place in the smart city realm – then a new scorecard prepared by the Visionary Innovation Group (VIG) appears to be a good indicator.

The VIG, an arm of analyst firm Frost & Sullivan, has evaluated 50 global cities through qualitative and quantitative filters in its report. The first filter takes into consideration the indicators which gauge the effectiveness of smart city initiatives by comparing present and past indicator measurements. These indicators are grouped into four categories; the circulation of goods and residents, the quality of the lived environment, technology penetration level, and expansion of a knowledge economy.

Following the quantitative filtering, the top 30 cities are assessed against VIG's Smart City Maturity Model, which ranks cities on a scale of 1 (ad hoc) to 5 (synergized) for the following factors: governance; investment; data; IoT and platform; and business model maturity. Following this, the top 15 cities are profiled within each of these maturity model areas. Cities evaluated in the ranking include Berlin, London, New York City, Paris, and Singapore.

According to the report, there are three key takeaways for smart cities; continuing to innovate, connect back to their clear vision and goals, and take the lead in finding novel ways to address city challenges.

“The critical success factors of smart cities include staying citizen-focused,” the report notes. “It’s easy to get lost in the technology and initiatives, but everything must serve the larger purpose of addressing citizen needs. The second success factor is to map all initiatives to clear and aligned smart city objectives, which in turn, must be aligned with an overall smart city vision.

“In short, smart cities are most successful when they have a strategy and centralised leadership to ensure that strategy is enacted,” the report adds.

Elsewhere, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and Deloitte have made major investments at Consumer Electronics Show 2018 (CES) with the aim of highlighting smart cities technology. Bosch, Ford, Nissan, and Ericsson are among companies that are pioneering new solutions including smart transportation, smart grids, public safety, cybersecurity, health care, AI, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). 2018’s CES will dedicate 11,000 square feet to The Smart Cities Marketplace, featuring smart city-enabling technology and solutions.

You can find out more about the scorecard here.

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AT&T Announces 5G Wireless Rollout in 12 Cities By End of 2018

AT&T announced on Wednesday that it plans to rollout its first wave of next generation 5G wireless with the ultra fast network expected to go live in 12 U.S. markets by the of 2018.

“5G will change the way we live, work and enjoy entertainment,” AT&T’s President of Technology & Operations, Melissa Arnoldi, said in a statement. “We’re moving quickly to begin deploying mobile 5G this year and start unlocking the future of connectivity for consumers and businesses. With faster speeds and ultra-low latency, 5G will ultimately deliver and enhance experiences like virtual reality, future driverless cars, immersive 4K video and more.”

While the rules and regulations for America’s 5G wireless spectrum were officially announced just last month, AT&T asserts it was one of the key drivers in accelerating development and rollout of the standard. 3GPP, the official, international wireless standards commission, announced its plans for 5G rollout at that time.

With these new 5G regulations in place, AT&T says device makers like Apple, Samsung and Huawei can officially begin making phones and tablets that boast 5G-capable modems.

Where Is AT&T Bringing 5G?

Unfortunately, according to Engadget, it’s not clear which 12 markets will initially benefit from AT&T’s 5G rollout — and neither is it clear which devices, at launch, will be capable of the blazing-fast speeds.

So while we’ll have to wait on AT&T for further information on the availability front, the good news is that most device makers are already in the process of securing 5G modems.

Apple, for its part, began testing 5G wireless back in May of 2017, following its approved FCC application to test the wireless protocol in and around the Cupertino, California area. Apple was also reported to be working with Intel — its new ‘go-to’ modem supplier amid an ongoing dispute with Qualcomm — to provide it with 5G modems for this year’s iPhone models.

5G Evolution

Alongside its announcement of 5G rollout in those soon-to-be-determined markets, AT&T said on Wednesday it will continue building out its strategic “5G Evolution” infrastructure beyond the 23 key markets in which it’s currently available.

5G Evolution utilizes a mixture of existing 4G LTE technologies to create faster wireless speeds for AT&T customers in select markets. And while the speeds fall short of 3GPP’s criteria for full-fledged 5G, AT&T’s 5G Evolution network will nevertheless serve as a foundation for its 5G network.

Advanced 5G Evolution speeds, AT&T confirmed, will also begin rolling out to more markets this year, with “hundreds of metro areas” in the U.S. expected to receive coverage and speed boosts.

With today’s news, AT&T officially joins Sprint and T-Mobile in the race to rollout 5G wireless. Both carriers previously announced plans for a rollout by 2019 and 2020, respectively; while Verizon, who’s been testing 5G since 2016, has yet to formally announce its plans. Select DIRECTV Now subscribers are also expected to begin testing 5G speeds in 2018.

To learn more about next generation 5G wireless, what to expect, and more, be sure to check out our previous coverage outlining the future of 5G.

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AT&T announces plans to launch mobile 5G service in 12 cities by end of 2018

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After the cellular industry agreed on specifications for the next-generation mobile 5G standard in December, AT&T on Wednesday announced plans to begin rolling out its own flavor of the speedy wireless technology by the end of 2018.
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T-Mobile says 600MHz LTE now in 586 cities, confirms completion of Iowa Wireless deal

Along with its news about customer satisfaction in 2017, T-Mobile has some network news to share today. T-Mo says that its 600MHz coverage is now live in 586 cities. The full list can be found right here, complete with cities like Greenview, Calif.; Omaha, Neb.; Jacksonville, Penn.; and Y-O Ranch, Wyo. To help customers take advantage of that 600MHz coverage, T-Mobile says that it’ll launch more than 12 new 600MHz-capable smartphones in 2018. No specific … [read full article]

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