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Bettina Tratz-Ryan
Research VP
14 years with Gartner
17 years in IT industry

Bettina Tratz-Ryan is a research vice president in Gartner Research, leading the research agenda for environmental sustainabity that is developing recommendations for technology and service vendors and software providers worldwide. Read Full Bio

Cities and counties are turning towards the smart city task and asking the right questions

by Bettina Tratz-Ryan  |  October 10, 2017

For many local governments and cities, the initiatives around smart and connected communities are becoming more strategically defined, with many CIOs and IT leaders starting to orchestrate urban visions. During the Smart City Local Government Best Practice Breakfast at the Gartner’s Symposium and IT Expo in Orlando, Bill Finnerty (@digbfinn), Gartner Research Director, and I […]

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Smart cities will be centers of excellence for sustainability and climate change achievements -Feeding data insights from urban IoT deployments

by Bettina Tratz-Ryan  |  November 6, 2016

Almost one year after the climate commitment of COP21 Paris Agreement was signed by 175  countries to curb green house gas (GHG) emissions, 55 of those nations that are responsible for more than half of the global emissions have ratified the agreement and, as of this Nov, 5 2016,  will execute on their pledge. COP […]

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Dear Cities in 2015

by Bettina Tratz-Ryan  |  October 6, 2015

Dear Cities in 2015, A city in 2050 is built on the principles of a knowledge society that drives citizen and government entrepreneurship and interactive community engagements. At the center of knowledge society is a “Digital Me”, describing citizen preferences and daily routines for various personas that a person or a business can represent. Those […]

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Why China’s Smart Cities need to be Green Cities

by Bettina Tratz-Ryan  |  May 21, 2014

In my recent business travel to China I have come to meet the country’s growing ecological drive and awareness. China is known globally for its bad air and water pollution in cities. According to the recent report of China’s environmental development by the Environmental Protection Agency and Social Science Academic Press, Beijing registered in 2013 […]

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Innovative and Cool Technology and Service Providers Drive Sustainability Business Opportunity

by Bettina Tratz-Ryan  |  April 18, 2014

What do eComau, reBuy, GQuotient and Vigyanlabs have in common with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois)? They have been selected by Gartner as the 2014 Cool Vendor for Sustainability and Green IT for their ability to develop and innovate a product, concept or solution which is based on a creative […]

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Smart Citizen Need to trust the Internet of Things in Smart Cities

by Bettina Tratz-Ryan  |  November 28, 2013

Don’t you sometimes wish you had services that would be tailored to your specific needs for a very specific situation? Just think about how people live in communities and cities, with all their unique characteristics as parents, elderly, businesses, workers, children, people with disabilities, and so on. This diversity makes a city a unique place […]

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US announces Climate Action Plan

by Bettina Tratz-Ryan  |  June 25, 2013

US announces Climate Action Plan The US has announced a comprehensive Climate Action Plan that includes the reduction of green house gas emissions by 17 percent below 2005 levels by the end of 2020. It also introduces limits on emissions generated by newly build and existing power plants, which contribute to 40 percent to the […]

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Urban mobility and electric vehicle strategies lack holistic vision

by Bettina Tratz-Ryan  |  May 28, 2013

There are different approaches in changing traffic patterns and transportation in cities and urban regions. Some cities have been best practice leaders in electronic tolling systems and congestion charging such as Wuhan/China and Singapore. Some have taken the wasted time for the search of parking spaces into consideration and created dynamic parking guidance systems such […]

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Sustainability Strategy in Datacenters will Become a key component of Corporate Excellence

by Bettina Tratz-Ryan  |  May 7, 2013

Environmental sustainability, identified in the resource-conscious execution of the business environment as well as its operations of an organization, is one of the key benchmarks for corporate excellence. That benchmark is increasingly applied for corporate risk assessment, and incorporates the analysis of exposure to environmental compliance, the impact of carbon regulations, knowledge exchange and environmental […]

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Moving Intelligence into Watermanagement

by Bettina Tratz-Ryan  |  April 23, 2013

Lots of discussion on smart grid is focusing on energy today, government subsidies and R&D ecosystems come from different industry associations and tech provider ecosystems. Water has received less attention despite  the world economic forum had published its 2013 risk report that clearly states challenges in water supply overall as one of the large economic […]

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