23 06, 2016

How to become a data-driven city

June 23rd, 2016|BLOG|

Before becoming mayor of New York City in 2002, Bloomberg made his fortune providing data analytics to financial institutions. When he took residence at Gracie Mansion, he brought his data-driven approach to managing the Big Apple. His creation, the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA), helped to develop predictive algorithms to identify areas that may [...]

6 06, 2016

The unstoppable rise of IoT applications

June 6th, 2016|BLOG|

Mobile phones today represent the biggest slice of the connected-devices cake. At the end of 2015, more than 7.1 billion mobile phones interacted with each other.  By 2021, this number will peak at almost 9 billion. By 2018, the Ericsson Mobility Report forecasts that the cake will look slightly different. Mobile phones will be surpassed [...]

18 05, 2016

Bristol named as a UK Smart-City leader

May 18th, 2016|BLOG|

London and Bristol are Britain’s leading smart cities. This is the verdict of the first UK Smart Cities Index, which assesses the current state of smart city development across the country by comparing the ten city-projects. The evaluation takes into account their strategies, key projects and overall readiness to develop their smart city visions. London [...]

10 05, 2016

What is the state of open data in the world? UK leads the datafication

May 10th, 2016|BLOG|

We are heading towards a datafied society.  More data have been produced in the last two years than in the entirety of human history. By 2020, more than 1.7 megabytes of new data will be created every second of everyday.  Yet, we are not fully benefitting from this huge amount of actionable knowledge. Indeed, not [...]

22 04, 2016

5G is not just about smartphones

April 22nd, 2016|BLOG|

In a not so far future, almost every object you can think of will be connected to the internet. In November 2015, the technology consulting firm Gartner forecasted that more than 6 billion connecting devices will be of daily use in 2016, a 30% increase from last year. The number will grow exponentially by 2020, [...]

12 04, 2016

How digital is the UK? and why it needs projects like Bristol Is Open

April 12th, 2016|BLOG|

What is UK’s digital profile? New data from the European Commission sheds light on the state of British’ digital economy. The 2016 edition of the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), a composite indicator that summarises relevant indicators on EU member states digital competitiveness, highlighted the strengths and weakness of the UK’ s digital scene. [...]

23 03, 2016

Bristol & music: a love story worth £123 million

March 23rd, 2016|BLOG|

Home to some of the most influential and culturally relevant British musicians from Massive Attack to Robert Wyatt and Tricky - to name just a few -, Bristol is renowned for its vibrant and alternative music scene. The Bristol Live Music Census Report, a recent joint research from Buckinghamshire New University and UK Music, highlighted a few ways in [...]

15 03, 2016

The U.S. and the fourth industrial revolution: How data are transforming American cities

March 15th, 2016|BLOG|

It is unquestionable: modern cities stand on the brink of transformational change, a change shaped by technological innovation.  As the steam engine in the eighteenth century, the electricity in the nineteenth and the personal cars in the twentieth, Smart-City technologies are revolutionising the way we see, perceive and think the cities we live in. The [...]

29 02, 2016

How Smart City Technologies can improve Bristol’s social inclusiveness

February 29th, 2016|BLOG|

Home to 442,500 usual residents, Bristol has witnessed a progressive growth in terms of population with nearly 47,000 new citizens since 2004. This 12% acceleration in growth over the last decade is faster than the national average (8%), and, if this trend continues, the city is expected to break the barrier of half a million [...]

11 02, 2016

A NEW LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR TRANSATLANTIC DATA FLOWS

February 11th, 2016|BLOG|

The European Union and the United Stated have found a new way to bridge their different legal approaches to data protection and have agreed a new framework for transatlantic data flows called the EU-US Privacy Shield. The political agreement announced in early February by the European Commission aims to reassure Europeans that their digital fundamental [...]