What will Smarter Buildings bring us over the next twelve months?

Simon Parsons, IBM Global Business Services, addresses some of the key questions facing the AEC industry. What’s the challenge with buildings today? Buildings – from houses and flats, offices, manufacturing sites to sports facilities and retail outlets – are massive energy users. Experts estimate that commercial and residential buildings consume one third of the world’s […]

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Part 4 – Social Media and the City – New value for local government

With public-sector budgets under greater pressure and scrutiny than ever, having the ability to fine-tune services and to deliver them where they’re needed most is becoming increasingly important. Social media gives city authorities this opportunity, tapping into public sentiment in real time – albeit only that portion of the public using social media and in […]

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Part 3 – Social Media and the City – Key characteristics

What makes a smarter social media city? At its best, it is:   Engaging It promotes citizen involvement and builds a new sense of ownership with scope for collaboration in every aspect of city life. Transparent It lifts the bonnet on how the city works – processes are visible, dialogue is open, feedback is swift. […]

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Social Media Enabled Cities Webinar 25th January 2012

Social media represents an exciting new opportunity for local councils to engage with their citizens. This webinar will bring together experts from local governments, digital agencies, and technology providers, to address the key challenges and possibilities created through social media. The rise of social media is undeniable, with over 800 million Facebook users worldwide and […]

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