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COVER FEATURE Thinking Cities

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o what actually is a Thinking City? A simple definition I’ve been given is that all the different agencies in the city will talk to each other to make a more sustainable

future, so building projects will take transport into account, transport will take energy supply and demand into account and energy supply will consider the needs of the population. But hang on, surely the town planners do that already? I

can’t imagine they’d build a hospital or school without con- sidering the road conditions first, would they? Well, the fact is yes they might, as anyone who’s tried to

drop their child off at school in an area with no parking, or someone who’s had a trip to hospital in an ambulance having to negotiate speed bumps, will confirm. But an amount of planning and consideration does take place. The difference this time is data. “Data, once it’s collected, becomes information. And

information, once it’s processed, becomes intelligence. And intelligence, once distributed, becomes actionable”. So says Tip Franklin, from Schneider Electric, formerly

Telvent. He actually wasn’t talking about smart cities in that quote, he was talking about the reconnaissance he was car- rying out as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam war (Tip is probably the most militarily-decorated person working in ITS today), but the point was the same. The smart, thinking city, can be built because of the availability of data, both to city planners and managers and in turn back to the city-dwellers. Tip explains how the thinking city is a

system of systems, recognising the econo- mies and efficiencies when all systems are managed as an entity. And how the responsiveness to the citizens is improved when that happens. Cubic’s Phil Silver outlines how his

company’s Next City initiative ticks all of those significant boxes. “Next City is our vision for the future of intelligent trans- portation and mobility. We are known the world over for our leadership in fare


We’ve all heard about the Smart City, the Thinking City. It’s a term that is bandied about a lot these days. But what exactly does it mean, and more importantly, what does it mean for ITS? Ahead of the December launch of Thinking Highways’ sister publication Thinking Cities, Paul Hutton and Kevin Borras talked to seven leading experts in the field of Smart Cities to get their views on the subject, and ITS’s place within it

revenue management. If you have travelled in London then Oyster Card uses our technology. “Opal in Sydney, Clipper in San Francisco

and New York’s Metro Card are all Cubic prod- ucts and worldwide we process over 15m trans- actions a day. We have a legacy at Cubic of other markets such as parking and tolling and our mission now is to bring all those things together to redefine mobility as every step in the chain from when you begin your journey until you return home.” Simon Giles at Accenture believes the way we use the data has long been lagging

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