Japan progresses plans to upgrade electric vehicle charging infrastructure

Japan smart city

Contract with ABB is part of a broader push to accelerate the nation’s shift towards sustainable mobility with a target of increasing the share of EVs and plug-in hybrids to between 20-30 per cent by 2030. Japan’s e-Mobility Power Company (eMP) has selected ABB to help support the upgrading of the country’s electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. To modernise the EV charging infrastructure, eMP will replace obsolete chargers with more than ABB 250 Terra 184 units. Deliveries are scheduled to begin this autumn. Sustainable mobility The contract is part of…

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Social Energy to support development of smart grid in London and beyond

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Homeowners will have the opportunity to take part in the initiative which is intended to cope with increased demand brought about by electric vehicles, electric heating and increasing population. Social Energy has announced a project to support UK Power Networks’ development of a smart grid in London, the South East, and East of England. The green energy supplier is working with UK Power Networks, an electricity distribution network operator for those regions, to help deliver a future-focused smart grid that is more reliable and prepared for higher energy demand. Electric…

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Global citizens favour smart cities

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A survey reveals that city living is falling short for many people in the digital age and more than a third of citizens are willing to pay for more enriched digital services. Only one in 10 global city officials are in the advanced stages of implementing a smart city vision, and less than a quarter (22 per cent) have begun implementing smart city initiatives, new research finds. According to the Capgemini Research Institute report, many citizens are frustrated with the current set up of the city in which they live…

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Managed smart metering to thrive as utilities max the value of smart grid investments

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Berg Insight has found that the installed base of smart electricity and gas meters in Europe was 168.3 million in 2019. The installed base is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.9% to reach 280.4 million units in 2025. The majority of new installations will take place in France, Italy and the UK, with significant contributions also coming from countries such as Austria and the Netherlands in the next couple of years. The penetration rate of smart electricity meters in the EU27+3 amounted to 45%…

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Leipzig to roll out 21 electric buses as part of its Mobility 2030 strategy

Leipzig electric buses

The German city will implement charging systems from Siemens Smart Infrastructure along the routes as well as at the Lindenau bus depot with the e-buses scheduled to go into operation in 2021. Siemens Smart Infrastructure is providing the charging systems for 21 buses in the German city of Leipzig. It aligns with the city’s Mobility Strategy 2030, which focuses on developing environmentally transport systems. The charging systems from Siemens will supply electrical energy to VDL Bus and Coach buses along the routes on lines 74, 76 and 89 as well…

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Electrify America completes first cross-country charging route

Electrify America

The first of two cross-country routes to be completed this year, it spans 11 states and over 2,700 miles to take drivers from Los Angeles to Washington DC. Electrify America has announced it has completed its first coast-to-coast route of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the US. The company, which claims to operate the largest open DC fast charging network in the country, plans to have a second cross-country route across the south open by September where EV drivers can travel from Jacksonville to San Diego. The first route…

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Toolkit identifies locations for cycleways in England

Rapid Cycleway Prioritisation Tool

It has been developed to help inform bids for Tranche 2 of the Government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund, particularly for authorities which have not yet developed local walking and cycling investment plans. Sustrans, the UK walking and cycling charity, and the Department for Transport have commissioned Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds, to develop a tool to help identify locations for new cycleways in England. The Rapid Cycleway Prioritisation Tool identifies priority locations for new cycleways, ranking roads by their cycling potential estimated using the Propensity to Cycle Tool.…

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50 major US cities double their solar capacity

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US cities are increasingly turning to solar to meet their energy needs with 50 major urban areas having each more than doubled their total installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity since 2013, a new study reveals. The top five leaders per capita overall are: Honolulu; San Diego; Albuquerque; San Jose; and Burlington. For total solar PV installed, the top five are: Los Angeles; San Diego; Honolulu; Phoenix; and San Antonio. Shining Cities 2020 The report, Shining Cities 2020: The Top US Cities for Solar Energy, released by Environment America Research &…

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Otonomo expands connected car data ecosystem

Otonomo

The automotive data services platform developer is collaborating with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to increase the use of car data in the European Union. Automotive data services platform Otonomo has inked a deal with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to receive aggregated data from connected FCA vehicles for smart cities applications, mapping, traffic planning, and other solutions. The ultimate aim is to deliver new use cases to support the decrease of congestion and pollution in urban environments driven by Otonomo’s de- identified data. The collaboration has begun with data from selected models…

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Curiosity Lab teams with Kennesaw State University for open source V2V project

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KSU researchers selected Curiosity Lab as one of its primary test locations due to the lab’s autonomous vehicle test track and commitment to supporting and facilitating innovation. Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners has announced a strategic partnership with Kennesaw State University (KSU) to further research in smart mobility technologies. Curiosity Lab is a 5G-enabled autonomous vehicle and smart city living laboratory located in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, a northern suburb of Atlanta. The initial collaboration will focus on open-source dedicated short-range communications units (DSRC) to help advance vehicle-2-everything (V2X) research. Emerging…

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Multi-purpose IoT edge node and gateway

Stinger96

Arrow Electronics, Inc. and Shiratech have together launched IoT Box, a multi-purpose IoT edge node and gateway solution that enables sensors and actuators to be connected directly to the cloud. IoT Box was developed by Arrow and Shiratech in conjunction with STMicroelectronics (ST). Potential uses for the product include air quality monitoring, safe city/smart city, voice-sensing, home appliance, smart edge node, and industrial gateway applications. At the heart of IoT Box is Stinger96, a single board gateway based on the 96Boards IoT Edition specification, which is coupled with a proprietary…

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Hyperloop company completes €7m financing round

Hyperloop

Zeleros, the Spanish company leading the development of hyperloop in Europe, has completed a financing round worth more than €7m. The company will move into a new phase of development of what is called the “fifth mode of transport” which could dramatically reduce journey times between cities. Speeds of 1,000km/h Hyperloop is a new means of ground transportation that can carry passengers and cargo at speeds of over 1,000km/h inside low pressure tubes. It is a fully-electric, zero direct emissions system and so has the potential to decarbonise long-distance transport.…

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Smart waste report sets out how to realise the circular economy

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Rubicon’s report, Toward a Future Without Waste, presents a roadmap for cities and governments on how to implement technology-based solutions to build a more sustainable future. Rubicon has released its inaugural environmental, social and governance report that sets out technology-based sustainability solutions to reduce emissions, eliminate waste, promote recycling, and bring a circular economy to reality. Titled Toward a Future Without Waste, the report details sustainability solutions based on the technology company’s experiences of delivering environmental results for customers. More sustainable As cities, and communities recover from Covid-19, using technology…

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AI thermal imager detects elevated body temperature

ThermoRebellion thermal cameras with AI

As individuals pass in front of a high-resolution, thermal imaging camera, their skin temperature is automatically detected and this can alert a person with an elevated temperature to seek additional screening. Honeywell has announced it is trialling a temperature monitoring solution that uses infrared imaging technology and artificial intelligence (AI) to conduct non-invasive, preliminary screening of personnel entering a facility. The ThermoRebellion system uses thermal cameras and AI to detect elevated facial temperature and can also verify if an individual is wearing suitable personal protective equipment. It is one of…

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Singapore pilots robot dog to assist safe distancing in parks

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The four-legged robot called Spot, which is fitted with safety sensors to detect objects and people in its path, is being deployed over a 3km stretch in a section of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. Singapore is piloting a robot dog to help promote safe distancing in parks, gardens and nature reserves to lower the risk of exposure to coronavirus. Spot, which is controlled remotely and fitted with safety sensors that detect objects and people in its path, is being deployed over a 3km stretch in the River Plains section of…

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