by  Smartscaping CitiesCIVIQ Smartscapes

November News Roundup


Smartscaping News is a regular publication of CIVIQ Smartscapes where they share some of the more compelling news stories and relevant recent happenings in the Smart City marketplace.

LinkNYC wins NYC Public Design Commission Excellence in Design Award

LinkNYC wins NYC Public Design Commission Excellence in Design Award


LinkNYC has won a NYC Public Design Commission Excellence in Design award, a recognition that honors projects across the five boroughs on city-owned land that exemplify innovative and thoughtful design that can engender a sense of civic pride.

New York named 2016 Best Smart City

New York named 2016 Best Smart City


Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York was awarded the “2016 Best Smart City” by the Smart City Expo World Congress in Spain. The award recognizes cutting-edge initiatives that help resolve urban challenges and benefit cities and their residents.

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CIVIQ adds solar panels to linksCIVIQ adds solar panels to Links


In order to test the impact of solar cells on reducing the power consumption, CIVIQ has installed solar panels on 10 Link devices in the Bronx. Ultimately, these panels will work to extend the availability of 911 services through the device during power outages. The impact on power consumption will be monitored over the next 12 months.

LinkNYC's free Wifi and phone Kiosks Hit London and LinkUK

LinkNYC hits London as LinkUK


The successful template of LinkNYC is being rolled out in the UK in 2017. “We’re evolving the phone box to make it relevant in the 21st century by offering people ultrafast Wi-Fi and a range of digital and information services entirely for free. London is one of the greatest cities in the world and it’s entirely fitting that it becomes the first UK city to benefit from the Links,” said Gerry McQuade, CEO, BT Wholesale and Ventures.



Using technology to deliver value and connectivity to citizensUsing technology to deliver value and connectivity to citizens in Cape Town.


Learn more about how the City of Cape Town is bringing connectivity to citizens and greater efficiency to the city through smart city initiatives.



Smart Cities May Turn Competition into Collaboration

Smart cities may turn competition into collaboration


As more smart cities emerge, embracing technology and learning from the insights that big data offers, we will likely see a new business strategy emerge–geo-collaboration. Read more in Forbes from Daniel Newman.



Q&A: N.Y.C.’s new chief tech officer on his plans for the startup community


San Francisco’s former chief information officer Miguel Gamino has been named New York City’s chief technology officer. Learn more about his new post, what his plans are for the burgeoning startup community, and how his ability to introduce complex tech ideas will serve New Yorkers well.


Upcoming Events

Webinar: Reinventing Smart Cities with Public Kiosks.


Along long city streets, bus stops, and train stations, cities are replacing outdated infrastructure with engaging public kiosks that provide valuable services—like wayfinding, transit routes, emergency alerts, and free Wi-Fi—to citizens and tourists. These “self-funded” kiosks pay for themselves through advertising, giving brands an attention-grabbing way to reach consumers in high-traffic locations. Join us for a brief webinar where we discuss this quickly emerging platform, the exciting technologies it enables, and best practices for implementation.


CIVIQ in the News

Whose better than New York? No one, says smart city group
The Students, Families Who Can’t Afford Internet in the Bronx
A smart city power platform blooms
LinkNYC Brings New York’s Fastest Free Wi-Fi to Bed-Stuy and Brooklyn


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