Smart city protocol reaches members’ milestone

Talq Smart City Protocol

Developer of the Smart City Protocol, the Talq Consortium reports it has passed a new milestone with more than 50 member companies having signed up in support of its specification. The main reason for companies to join the consortium is to integrate the protocol, a global interface standard for smart city device networks, into their smart city solutions and apply for certification. Regular members of the consortium include major smart city players including Cimcon, Itron, Lacroix, Schréder and Telensa with Paradox Engineering and Signify among the associate members. Talq specification…

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Peachtree Corners deploys cellular vehicle-to-everything technology

Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners

The city of Peachtree Corners and its Curiosity Lab has announced joint efforts to deploy end-to-end smart solutions to enable advanced traffic efficiency and roadside safety. Jacobs, Peachtree Corners and Qualcomm Technologies are working together to deploy technology solutions, focusing initially on roadside infrastructure, traffic management and road safety, with the implementation of cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology. Ecosystem enabler As a part of the working relationship, Qualcomm Technologies serves as ecosystem enabler by providing technology solutions, while Jacobs manages the installation commission project delivery. According to Peachtree Corners, implementation of…

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Seoul’s smart poles to charge EVs and drones

Seoul Metropolitan Government smart poles

Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) has announced plans to construct 190 additional smart poles (S-poles) in four districts of the south Korean capital by the end of this year. The move follows installation of 26 S-poles by SMG in February at six locations including Seoul Plaza, Sungnyemun Gate, and Cheonggyecheon stream. City infrastructure S-poles are a city infrastructure where traffic lights, streetlights, closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs), and security lights are combined. They are also equipped with information and telecommunications technologies (ICT), such as public wi-fi, smart CCTVs, IoT sensors, and drones. The…

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Cambridge launches autonomous passenger shuttle trial

The Cambridge Autonomous Shuttle Trial

The UK city of Cambridge is running an autonomous passenger shuttle trial alongside other traffic. The custom-made passenger shuttles from engineering firm Aurrigo will operate a 20-minute journey around the West Cambridge site and will run autonomously for the majority of the route. The trial is part of a project led by the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP), Smart Cambridge and Aurrigo to look at how autonomous technology can be used on the public transport network. On-demand transport Backed by Innovate UK and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV),…

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Rome conducts smart city trial of intelligent vision sensors

IMX500 Rome

Rome is using intelligent vision sensors as part of a smart city trial to reduce traffic, optimise public transportation and support pedestrian safety. Sony Europe IMX500 image sensors with artificial intelligence (AI) processing functionality are at the core of three trials being run by Greentech specialist Envision in the municipality. Set to commence in June 2021, they are intended to cut the city’s transport-related pollution and accidents at pedestrian crossings. Smart parking The trial’s primary objective is to evaluate and deliver a smart parking system using IMX500 to reduce pollution…

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Intelligent infrastructure solution chosen for New Jersey smart city project

Velodyne’s lidar and AI-based system

Rutgers University has chosen Velodyne’s new solution that combines its lidar sensors and Bluecity’s AI software to monitor traffic networks and public spaces. Rutgers Centre for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) has selected an intelligent infrastructure solution from Velodyne Lidar as a ‘cornerstone’ technology for its Middlesex County – Smart Mobility Testing Ground (MC-SMTG) project. The project, in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), will see CAIT install the solution at multiple intersections in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Mobility data-gathering The project is intended to serve as…

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XPeng charging network exceeds 1,000 stations in China

XPeng charging network

The company reports it has built a charging network, including 19,019 free charging and supercharging piles in 1,140 charging stations, covering roads and highways across 164 Chinese cities. XPeng Motors has announced the roll-out of its own-brand charging network across China has reached 1,140 stations, spanning 164 Chinese cities. XPeng claims it is the first new electric vehicle (EV) maker in China to offer free lifetime charging services for its customers, demonstrating its commitment to popularising smart EVs by providing easy access to free charging facilities. Charging network The company…

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West Midlands tram system goes digital

West Midlands Metro

New radio system enables the operator to monitor tram movements and passengers via the network and provides the mechanism to react to incidents with accuracy and efficiency. West Midlands Metro network has installed a digital radio communications system to run its tram operations as part of a £1.3bn upgrade. Over the coming years the network will triple in size with further additional trams, upgrades to depot-maintenance facilities and operations control centre. Future network The new radio system is being designed and deployed by TES Communication Solutions and will add further…

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Iteris and Continental team to explore intelligent infrastructure

Iteris Continental intelligent infrastructure

The collaboration brings together vehicle and infrastructure sensor expertise to improve safety and efficiency throughout transportation networks nationwide across the US. Continental and Iteris have partnered to explore intelligent infrastructure solutions that advance connected and automated vehicle technology with real-world vehicle-to-everything (V2X) solutions and help ensure safer and more efficient mobility. The ambition of the collaborative agreement between the global mobility supplier and smart mobility infrastructure management company, respectively, is readying cities for advancements in CAV technologies. City transportation systems The “future-oriented” traffic infrastructure collaboration will leverage automotive sensors, and…

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Bratislava launches large-scale smart waste programme

Bratislava smart city

The Slovakian capital is working with Sensoneo on the project, with savings expected on waste collection related to refuse truck mileage and emissions. Slovakian capital Bratislava has launched a waste digitalisation and collection improvement initiative. City leaders, in cooperation with technology company Sensoneo, expect to realise savings on waste collection related to refuse truck mileage and emissions as well as the scope for early intervention to limit risk of overfilled containers. Environmental benefits Sensoneo was awarded an EIC Accelerator grant in the summer of 2020 to support the large-scale deployment…

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Schaeffler and Siemens to cooperate on intelligent diagnostics for drive systems

Schaeffler Siemens

Together with Siemens Large Drives Applications, Schaeffler is advancing the digitization of industry with a focus on customer benefits. Digital service for automated bearing diagnostics from Schaeffler is now integrated into Siemens’ IIoT platform Sidrive IQ. Bearing condition’s analysis results as part of overall motor health status support informed operation and maintenance decisions to reduce unplanned downtimes. Electric motors drive our core industrial processes, and the rolling bearing is their central mechanical component. The bearings experience all of the loads and stresses that occur in the electric motor. Therefore, bearing…

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Where will IoT fit into the future of transport?

V2X connected car

Technology has been behind many of humanity’s most significant developments. From transport to communication, the world would be a very different place without many of the innovations, especially the Internet of Things (IoT). While the concept of IoT has been around for years, says Saurabh Ohri, head of connected automotive solutions at Tata Communications, its full potential for the automotive sector is yet to be realised. While we understand the use of IoT in traditional use cases such as telematics, fleet management, asset tracking and so on, IoT can offer…

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Red Sea giga project connects its construction workforce and vehicles in real-time

The Red Sea Development Company

The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind the ambitious regenerative tourism project, is implementing an extensive IoT safety solution for its construction workforce and fleet of vehicles at its site on the west coast of Saudi Arabia. The solution is a consortium formed by MachinesTalk, a regional provider in IoT Solutions and Licensed IoT Virtual Network Operator (IoT-VNO) with and Actility, a global provider in IoT connectivity solutions, and smart wearable technology and wireless tagging solutions from Abeeway, an Actility subsidiary specialised in low-power geolocation. The new technology…

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Dubai to launch self-driving electric taxi and ride-hailing services

Dubai self-driving electric taxi

Cruise will be the exclusive provider of the services until 2029, which aim to help Dubai convert 25 per cent of total trips into self-driving ones across different modes of transport by 2030. Dubai Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has chosen autonomous vehicle company Cruise to operate a fleet of self-driving electric taxis and ride-hailing services in the emirate. This agreement supports Dubai’s 2030 vision for autonomous driving technology, which aims to convert 25 per cent of total trips into self-driving ones across different modes of transport by 2030. Earlier…

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Moscow releases catalogue of smart city projects

smart city Moscow

Moscow has launched an English-language catalogue of its smart city solutions. It follows the launch of the English-language version of its blockchain knowledge base earlier this month. Smart city projects A joint project by ICT.Moscow and Moscow’s government, the catalogue features up-to-date information on 68 smart city projects, including datasets and analytics. In addition to the description and key results, the relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are also indicated in each project card. “The new catalogue allows the city to share its experience and innovative practices with international partners…

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