Disaster risk governance is the theme of this year’s International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction held on 13 October. According to the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, “Bad situations only get worse without good disaster risk governance”.
Cities are vibrant centres of business, culture and learning. They are a gathering placed for innovation and creativity. Recent developments in technology and data collection have opened new opportunities and accelerated the possibility to improve quality of life.
Cities can benefit from the widespread use of technology and data. New technologies are available that can help cities better understand and respond to the needs of their residents. However, to fully leverage the benefits of these technologies, standards are needed.
Over 320 participants joined the recent IEC Academy workshop on smart cities. Organized by IEC SyC Smart cities, the workshop brought together eight speakers who shared their expertise about the new technologies that are shaping smart cities.
Electricity is the backbone operating much of a modern city. It ensures safety through lighting and traffic signalling systems and enables communications with broadcasting, Internet and phone services. Medical equipment relies on electricity as do the electronic payments used in store
The concept of smart cities is widely touted, yet little consensus exists on its definition or implementation. Many technologies are available, yet no single solution has emerged that can be applied to all cities around the world.
Our world is constantly shaped by so-called mega-trends: trends that are broad, global, and dramatically impactful. No matter what lenses are applied, urbanisation is one of those predominant mega-trends, which is changing our cities and the way most of us live.
The COVID-19 pandemic has showcased the disadvantages of city life. Dense populations, polluted air and a heavy reliance on public transportation are among the conditions allowing the current pandemic to spread.