Commercial buildings move to IoT adoption phase

smart building IoT

The number of internet of things (IoT) connected devices installed in commercial smart buildings reached more than 1.5 billion in 2022, according to smart building research specialist Memoori. This represents around 11.8 per cent of the total installed base of connected devices worldwide. It forecasts that the number used in commercial smart buildings will grow at a 13.7 per cent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2023 and 2028, reaching an estimated 3.25 billion devices by 2028. IoT adoption phase Memoori reports that growth in the total installed base is…

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Smart metering to generate $60bn in vendor revenue by 2027

smart metering research 2023 2027

Hardware, connectivity and service revenue from future and in-use smart meter deployments will exceed $60bn in 2027, up from $41bn in 2023, a news study predicts. According to the analyst Juniper Research, this 44 per cent growth reflects how smart meters are becoming critical to increasing the efficiency of energy grids via analytics and are central to lowering costs to customers during the energy price crisis. A smart meter records energy usage and leverages onboard connectivity to upload this data to energy suppliers. Smart grid opportunities By 2027, the report…

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Dubai launches citizen engagement platform

Dubai digital city

Dubai is launching a platform to encourage citizens to provide feedback and contribute to enhancing its government services. The platform will allow officials and stakeholders to directly receive and respond to customers’ opinions, suggestions, and ideas and any challenges they may face through a three-step process. Digital Dubai The launch of 04 platform aligns with Dubai’s 360 Services policy, which places customers at the heart of developing government services and provides them with a unified platform to voice their opinions, offer suggestions and raise any challenges or complaints. It was…

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Neom progresses circular water economy strategy


The Saudi Arabian greenfield development of Neom has chosen Worley to provide engineering and advisory services to its energy and water company, Enowa. It will provide the water supply infrastructure that will deliver up to two million cubic meters of desalinated water per day to the site, which will include The Line smart city development. Water infrastructure projects The project scopes relate to water production, brine beneficiation, management, and storage. The water infrastructure projects will be powered by renewable electricity, and the desalination process will not discharge any brine into…

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EHang conducts first autonomous passenger flight over Japan

The electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL), the EH216

The electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft flew along the coastline of Tanoura Beach in Oita city, carrying two passengers and without a pilot. Urban air mobility (UAM) technology platform provider EHang has completed its first passenger-carrying autonomous flight demonstration in Japan. The electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL), the EH216, flew along the coastline of Tanoura Beach in Oita city. Autonomous air mobility In July 2022, EH216 completed Japan’s first eVTOL point-to-point demonstration flight for air mobility in Oita City, Oita Prefecture. EHang and its partner, Okayama Kurashiki…

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Edge AI smart traffic monitoring system launched

Traffic Insight Monitoring Sensor (Timos)

South Korean imaging radar company Bitsensing has introduced the Traffic Insight Monitoring Sensor (Timos) with edge AI computing to help bring improved insights for traffic management. The company claims the 24GHz Timos, powered by the Nvidia Jetson platform, delivers accurate and reliable real-time detection of “endless possibilities” occurring on the road including traffic statistics, incidents, violations, and estimated time of arrival. Smart city infrastructure With sensor fusion tracking, the single device solution provides precise object classification without the use of any external systems keeping resources efficient and cost-effective. Dr Jae-Eun…

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Apcoa and BP Pulse to create European network of EV hubs

EV fast charging hubs

BP Pulse and Apcoa Parking Group have signed an agreement to open more than 100 EV fast charging hubs across Europe to help accelerate urban e-mobility infrastructure. Under the strategic pan-European agreement, BP Pulse plans to install ultra-fast charging at Apcoa car parks – so-called “Urban Hubs” – in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and the UK over the next three years. Digital integration The two companies aim to work together to provide a convenient customer journey through digital integration of the BP Pulse and Apcoa Connect app…

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Rubicon rolls out smart waste services to more US cities

smart waste US

Smart waste company Rubicon reports it has added 11 more US cities to a list of municipalities using its technology to help run core city operations, with a focus on solid waste collection. This adoption is led by new city customers including Rochester, New York; Surprise, Arizona; High Point, North Caroline; Newton, Massachusetts; Rockville, Maryland; Galveston, Texas; Cleveland Heights, Ohio; Dubuque, Iowa; North Platte, Nebraska; and Winchester, Virginia. Waste collection operations According to Rubicon, these cities run essential waste collection operations servicing nearly one million people combined across the core…

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Zimbabwe breaks ground on $500m smart city near Harare

Zim Cyber City

Mount Hampden, New Harare, has broken ground on a new $500m (Dh1.83bn) hi-tech park near the Zimbabwean capital Harare. Zim Cyber City, being developed by UAE-based diversified industrial conglomerate Mulk International is currently under construction. Mixed-use development The master plan for the 2.5 million square feet mixed-use development includes a newly completed parliament building, ministry buildings as well as high-end residential and commercial buildings. Zim Cyber City will facilitate the use of blockchain and digital assets licences, bank accounts, office space and high-end residential living for all entities and individuals…

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AI traffic counter enables citizen science data projects

Telraam S2 multimodal traffic counting device

Telraam has released its upgraded S2 multimodal traffic counting device, which can be used in citizen science data projects to improve urban mobility and planning. The latest iteration is easier to install and uses artificial intelligence (AI) and internet of things (IoT) technology to count cars, vans, bikes, pedestrians and more. Monitor street mobility The Telraam S2 camera device was designed in Belgium and built in the EU to help address the need for affordable devices that monitor street mobility in more locations than would be possible with traditional counting…

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Seoul deploys smart robot service in city’s Botanic Park

Seoul Botanic Park autonomous robot

The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) is rolling out a smart robot service at Seoul Botanic Park to provide guidance and information to visitors via artificial intelligence (AI) and the internet of things (IoT) technology. Branded as Robotanic, the autonomous bot service also aims to increase visitor security and create a safe park environment. Robotic units The city will operate a total of three Robotanic units around popular areas for exploring and resting at Seoul Botanic Park, one indoors in the greenhouse and two outdoors in the garden. In the greenhouse,…

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Singapore launches first LoRaWan sensor network

LoRaWan sensor network

SPTel, a joint venture company of ST Engineering and SP Group, has launched what it claims is Singapore’s first sensor network powered by LoRaWan for business applications and government projects. Leveraging SPTel’s pervasive hubs in Singapore, SPTel reports its Sensor Network is a network built for national scale starting with the heartlands to increase the accessibility of IoT technologies and sensors for business applications, government projects and Smart Nation initiatives. Backhaul connectivity The SPTel Sensor Network allows authenticated sensor devices to wirelessly connect to its secure IoT-as-a-service platform and backhaul…

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Seoul launches first phase of its metaverse

RoadMap Metaverse Seoul

The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) is officially launching the first service phase of its virtual municipal world, Metaverse Seoul. It purports to be the first-ever platform of its kind globally, after having undergone a beta test of various administrative services such as economy, education, and tax affairs. Metaverse Seoul SMG said Metaverse Seoul is designed to provide various public services while focusing on “freedom, inclusion, and connection” as the three core values of the platform. It aims to establish a hyper-realistic community space of creativity and communication that is accessible…

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Iteris and Otonomo partner to unlock granular mobility data

Mobility platform Otonomo

Mobility platform Otonomo has been chosen by Iteris to support its traffic intelligence solutions for the public and private sectors. Iteris announced a multi-year agreement to integrate connected vehicle data available through the Otonomo Smart Mobility Data Platform into its ClearMobility solution. Mobility data insights The additional data source will help Iteris unlock new mobility insights from its multiple sources of traffic intelligence, advance its digital mobility infrastructure solutions for the public sector and enterprise customers, and deliver on its mission of creating a future of smarter and connected transportation.…

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Is this the smartest, most sustainable cycleway in the world?

The Loop Dubai

Dubai has unveiled The Loop, a 93 km sustainable urban highway that aims to become the smartest cycling and running infrastructure in the world and which aligns with the emirate’s 20-minute city initiative. Designed by sustainable cities developer Urb, it seeks to connect more than three million residents with a healthy mode of transport and key services and locations within minutes. Climate controlled environment The Loop will provide a climate controlled all-year environment, to make walking and cycling the primary mode of transport for Dubai’s residents for daily commutes for…

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