Autonomous street sweeper pilot moves to Helsinki Airport

Trombia Free street sweeper Helsinki Airport

Finnish street maintenance technology developer Trombia Technologies is continuing its commercial pilot programme with the autonomous and electric Trombia Free street sweeper in Helsinki Airport. It is running the trial with facility services company ISS Finland and is exploring how the robot street sweepers can support facilities maintenance work in busy closed areas such parking lots and industrial areas. Waterless cleaning Parking lots require special expertise from maintenance, as there are both parked and moving cars, pedestrians, building pillars and narrow parking spaces. As Trombia Free operates without using any…

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Smart windows aim to optimise health and wellbeing of occupants

100 Pearl Street

Smart windows are being used to help transform an office block in New York’s Manhattan to make it more ‘experiential’ as well as more sustainable and healthier. View windows will be installed at the overbuild at 100 Pearl Street, in Lower Manhattan, currently undergoing a top-to-bottom transformation by GFP Real Estate and Northwind Group. 100 Pearl Street, which encompasses a full city block on Hanover Square, is being renovated into a premier downtown New York City office asset with rare all-glass penthouses offering 360-degree views across the East River toward…

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Smart city protocol available in public domain

Smart city protocol public domain

The Talq Consortium, which developed the Smart City Protocol, a global interface standard for smart city device networks, has announced it is available on GitHub. According to the consortium, it decided to share the specification to help cities better understand why they should include it as a request in public tenders across a range of smart city applications. In a statement, Talq said after nine years developing a modern, functional and flexible software protocol to enable interoperability of smart street lighting systems and other smart city applications from multiple vendors,…

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Stuttgart transit authority provides passengers with automated best price option

SSB screen web

Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen (SSB Stuttgart transit authority) is enabling passengers to automatically buy the best price ticket when they are travelling. The transit operator has partnered with Siemens Mobility subsidiary eos.uptrade to integrate the best price option into the SSB Move app. It means passengers no longer need to decide whether a single ticket, a day ticket or even a weekly/monthly ticket is the right choice for them. Mobility behaviour The new ticket can be booked via the trip planner. Once a user has decided on a connection, the price overview…

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Las Vegas deploys 5G-ready private network to help close digital divide

LA LTE, 5G-ready private municipal network

Las Vegas has rolled out an LTE, 5G-ready private municipal network as part of a four-part plan to democratise access to broadband connectivity and close the digital divide for its citizens. In partnership with Terranet Communications, a provider of customised, fully integrated LTE and 5G-ready private broadband networks, and Baicells, a manufacturer of 4G LTE and 5G near radio (NR) end-to-end solutions, the aim is to transform Las Vegas into a 5G-ready smart city. Advanced connectivity The companies report the new network, named Advanced Connectivity for Community and Economic Development…

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Tokyo named most innovative city in annual ranking

Tokio Japonsko

Tokyo has topped a list of the world’s most innovative cities after performing strongly in the areas of technology application, digital capability and pandemic performance. The Japanese capital had leapfrogged previous winner Boston and a ‘recovering’ New York City due to strong med-tech and research capabilities to win. According to 2thinknow’s analysis this was followed by ‘surprise’ economic winner Australia’s Sydney (4), and ‘perennial’ top-10 technology city, Singapore (5). US cities performance For the first time in 14 years of results, more than half (54 per cent) of the top…

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Californian city partners for drone delivery testing

Ontario Canada

The City of Ontario, California, has partnered with Airspace Link to enable testing for the safe integration of drones into its airspace. Airspace management solutions Airspace Link will team up with drone delivery services provider DroneUp and the City to showcase the digital infrastructure between the New Haven neighbourhood, located within the Ontario Ranch development, and its nearby New Haven Marketplace. Connected community The new-construction, and resort-style, residential development from Brookfield Residential is designed to be a connected community that will benefit from smart innovations, including drone delivery of food…

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Installed base of smart streetlights nears 20 million

smart lights research

The installed base of smart streetlights is forecast to reach 48.8 million by the end of 2025, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24.8 per cent, according to a new research report. At the end of 2020 smart streetlights globally amounted to 16.2 million. The report from IoT analyst firm Berg Insight found that Europe leads the adoption of smart street lighting technology and accounted for as much as 35 per cent of the global installed base in 2020. Rest of world region North America continues to…

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Leicester introduces ecological bus shelters to help tackle climate change

Bus Stops Leicester

The UK city of Leicester has begun work to install and plant 30 living roof bus shelters as part of a major programme to replace and revamp the city’s bus shelters. Dubbed “Bee Bus Stops”, Leicester City Council claims the citywide network of living roof and solar-powered shelters will be a first for any UK city and are planted with a mix of wildflowers and Sedum plants, a favourite among pollinating insects. Climate resilience According to the city council, the shelters from Clear Channel will positively contribute towards biodiversity and…

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Poland expands electric vehicle charging network

Ekoen Ekoenergetyka-Polska

A consortium of two Polish e-mobility companies have won the tender to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at 10 locations on highways and expressways throughout the country. Fast-charging station operator, Ekoen, and manufacturer of charging stations, Ekoenergetyka-Polska won the contract, which was announced by the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways (GDDKiA). It covers the lease of land for the charging stations for a period of 10 years. Charging standards Each of the stations will offer fast charging with three charging standards, CHAdeMO, Combo 2 and Type 2,…

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Port of Los Angeles demonstrates hydrogen-powered electric vehicles

Port of Los Angeles hydrogen-powered electric vehicles

The Port of Los Angeles and its partners are launching a new era of pollution-free goods movement with the debut of five hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) and are also opening two hydrogen fuelling stations. Part of a large-scale, multi-year demonstration, the project is designed to advance the Port’s Clean Air Action Plan goals and help California achieve statewide climate change, air quality improvement and sustainability targets. Shore-to-Shore programme Under the $82.5m Shore-to-Store (S2S) project, more than a dozen public and private sector partners have teamed up for a…

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Seoul uses blockchain and IoT to monitor risky buildings

Soul Korea

The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) is using blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT) to monitor buildings that could be at risk of decaying. The project kicks off with 46 buildings for test operation in December and the system will be applied to 824 buildings in the South Korean capital from 2022 that are more than 30 years old or designated as facilities prone to disasters. Warning signals The blockchain-based Safety Check-up Platform for Risky Structures will use IoT sensors attached to buildings to monitor and send warning signals when…

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Toronto approves plan for continued use of cargo e-bikes

Toronto smart city

Toronto City Council has approved a plan to allow for the continued use of cargo e-bikes. The update to the City of Toronto bylaws will also make way for a micromobility pilot for larger cargo e-bikes. The council said in a statement that throughout the pandemic cargo e-bikes have supported businesses in meeting enormous demand for local deliveries, as well as provided a new cycling option for residents and families to get around the city. Sustainable delivery option Cargo e-bikes are popular among businesses and delivery agents because they are…

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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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