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Still a long road ahead for smart cities

In 2007, while working on a blueprint for the technical deployment of a smart city project in the middle east; the infrastructure was not so complex, we had thought of connected devices but the Internet of Things economy was in its absolute basic infancy so the development of applications was really just reduced to a control platform of data exhibits. In hindsight, we were limited in our vision for the city by the screens and devices we would have to deploy to get mobility incorporated and last mile connectivity ensured.

11 years hence, I am excited to be working on another huge project for a citywide deployment. Assessing the deployment in terms of readiness of the city technology base, its use in the creation of a suite of smart city applications and adoption by the residents; there seem to be a myriad possibility if only the right model for the right city be deployed.

The most significant barrier, however, seems to the sensorization of the city infrastructure. Something that was co…
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Crypto Money Laundering - Are we ready for this ?

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When crypto criminals stole $2000 in coins from me in a transaction a few months back; it was even difficult to trace or enable regulation to trace the transaction. They were gone and the services were never performed. The laws trail behind as always. Cybercriminals 1; You Zero.

Corporate and Economic Espionage

It's not what you are imagining. A well fitted Daniel Craig stealing your company data files on an NFC induced cellphone while drinking a martini with you. Not that. 

A former Apple engineer was arrested by U.S. authorities at San Jose International Airport while preparing to board a flight to China earlier this week and charged with stealing proprietary information related to Apple’s self-driving car project.

Your economic espionage agent may not be a fabled operative; it may just be your employee. Sometimes a trusted one. 

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, intellectual property (IP) accounted for $5.06 trillion in value added, or 34.8 percent of U.S. GDP in 2010. IP alone accounts for over 40 million U.S. jobs and over 60 percent of all U.S. exports. U.S. companies have a lot to lose.

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Mass Entrepreneurship in China

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For the China Government, investing in innovation is a huge priority. The startups in Nanjing are innovating for the use of the Chinese Government. Is this the reason for the onslaught of the US-China Trade war?

Three out of the Four most valuable companies in the world are Chinese. A discussion by the Trump administration to prohibit Chinese capital in the US has sent worry into the fundraising strategies of the Silicon Valley venture funds. 

While the US blames China for "Economic Aggression", China is executing the most ambitious economic policy based on tech innovation as we speak.

Innovation by millions of startups funded by the government to enable 2025 Made in China Economic program offering tax-free status and subsidies to most of the innovating startups.
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Mach 5 is enough- Boeing

I was introduced to Boom, a startup in building supersonic aircrafts a few months back and that spurred my own personal research in this space. 

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When church and state collude

As of Wednesday afternoon, the constitutional right to abortion access in America is living on borrowed time.
Anthony Kennedy’s resignation is a blow to women across America. Just listed amongst the top 10 countries unsafe for women , now we will find ourselves listed on the list of countries with repressive rights for women .
This may be the beginning of the end for Roe.
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Did you know that Smart Cities are all about Women ?

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Not only it is necessary to identify the different ways women live in a city, but also to underline the active role a woman can have.  

We live in an urban world. Our cities contain more than half of the world's  population, and in the next few decades, a huge part of the population will gather up in conurbation.
This urbanization process is brought to complex dynamics, in terms of economic and social environmental impact. 
The concept of “smart city”, in its resultant sense means an urban environment which is able to actively operate in order to improve the quality of life of all stakeholders in the process. 
The smart city is able to conciliate and satisfy citizens, business and institutions exig…