Here at SC Actual Smart City, we would like to bid farewell this year by offering our readers a list of some of the most notable items of 2014. In order to do so we have selected one entry from each of the different thematic areas of our website, to display an overview of the main events, subjects and individuals of the worldwide Smart City sector.
1. City Mayors
The mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, was one of the guest authors of the seventh issue of our magazine. Paes exposed the two founding pillars that paved the way for Rio de Janeiro to become a Smart City, and also discussed a current project that he´s working on at the moment, which may become the third pillar to help the city achieve its future goals.
Michal Jansen, the CEO of Cityzenith, was also a guest writer of SC Actual Smart City who gave us “Come together”, a very interesting article about the strategic alliance between Amsterdam, Barcelona and San Francisco with Cityzenith. Essentially, the article explains how these leading Smart Cities have joined forces to establish a common platform to use and share city data within and between cities and their citizens
Marco Peres, specialized lawyer in Economic Law at the Externado University of Colombia, studies the evolution and the perspectives of several cities in Latin America, analyzing one city per issue. To display his work, we offer the case of Colombia, a region that is working on the efficient management of urban infrastructures, and in promoting and innovating through the use of communication technologies (ICT).
Data has changed the way companies work: digital processes have now replaced analog processes. Data and analytics are now the main sources of information, giving digital information the potential to become the most important driving force in the development of smart city models. In this article, the SC Actual Smart City journalist Manu Arenas, talks about Teradata, one of the most important companies in the Big Data sector.
Among the interviews we have conducted over the year, we would like to highlight the interesting interview with José Manuel Leceta, the Director of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). From his experience in fostering innovation, Leceta talks about different subjects such as the development of the smart cities in Europe, the power of ICT or the current projects that the EIT is working on at the moment.