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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Sidewalk Labs shuts down Toronto smart city project

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Google affiliate Sidewalk Labs has shelved its controversial Toronto smart city plans, citing the impact of coronavirus and “unprecedented economic uncertainty”. The abrupt announcement marks the end of a project that had been delayed several times and received strong criticism in some quarters from citizens and privacy campaigners to its own advisors. The project, dubbed Quayside, had aimed to transform Toronto’s Waterfront area into a smart city delivering the likes of autonomous cars, intelligent rubbish collection, smart air quality measurement and heated streets. Waterfront Toronto, which was created by the…

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Downtown Miami used for eco-friendly cargo bike pilot

DHL Express a Reef Technology

DHL Express and Reef Technology are partnering to trial the use of low-power, electric-assist e-cargo cycles for deliveries across the city to help reduce congestion. The City of Miami has teamed up with DHL Express and Reef Technology to launch a pilot programme using low-power electric-assist e-cargo cycles for freight deliveries across Miami. The three-wheeled cycles, equipped with an accompanying cargo container, can transport up to 400 pounds or 60 cubic feet in volume. Environmentally friendly The two companies are bringing four environmentally friendly e-cargo cycles to the city as…

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Pittsburgh airport deploys autonomous UV cleaning robots

Pittsburgh International Airport - Beth Hollerich

The robots use ultra-violet light and form part of the airport’s new disinfecting strategy to increase cleanliness and help to restore confidence in travelling. Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) claims to have become the first US airport to use autonomous robots with ultraviolet light technology for cleaning. The disinfecting robots mark the first project in the airport’s drive to use innovation from the region’s tech community to tackle the challenges brought by Covid-19. The roll-out of the robots follows a partnership the airport has formed with Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Robotics. Pittsburgh describes…

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Interest in smart street lighting triples in US cities

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The largest 314 cities in the US (those with over 100,000 residents) are converting to LED streetlights and interest in connected or smart street lights has nearly tripled, according to a report. The Northeast Group also reports that the US is projected to invest $8.2bn in street light modernisation over the next decade. Smart city building block Smart street lighting is generally regarded as one of the fundamental building blocks of smart cities. And such initiatives are becoming more important than ever to help build resilience and achieve cost-savings for…

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EHang to build world’s first e-port in China

Ehang e-port terminal building

The autonomous aerial technology platform company will build the e-port in the city of Hezhou in China’s Guangxi Province to accelerate the commercialisation of AAVs in the tourism industry. Autonomous aerial technology platform company, EHang, is to build what claims to be the world’s first e-port for autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) services in the city of Hezhou in China’s Guangxi Province. EHang will cooperate with a local partner to build the e-port, which will accelerate the commercialisation of EHang AAVs in the tourism industry. Tourism innovation The city of Hezhou…

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Tainan to launch commercial autonomous bus service

LILEE Systems bus

The City of Tainan is launching its first revenue-generating self-driving bus programme with LILEE Systems, a technology and system integration provider. The service will cover two business districts in the fifth-largest city in Taiwan, starting later this year, and is part of a two-year smart transportation development plan. Based on rail-control principles, the bus will run on fixed routes, remotely managed by a cloud-based, centralised operations control centre (OCC). The Tainan City Government and LILEE Systems expect to start revenue-generating services in the second half of 2020, according to a…

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Germany deploys its largest LoRaWAN network for energy and water utility

Kerlink Wirnet LoRaWAN gateways

Kerlink, a specialist in solutions dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT), and ZENNER IoT Solutions GmbH, a LoRaWAN system integrator and solution provider in Germany, have collaborated on the largest LoRaWAN deployment in the country. The deployment includes up to 3,000 Kerlink Wirnet LoRaWAN gateways. The network is operated by Netze BW, the distribution network company for electricity, gas, and water in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany’s third-largest state. Kerlink, a provider of solutions for designing, launching, and operating public and private LoRaWAN IoT networks, offers a portfolio of industrial-grade network equipment,…

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Ping An offers smart audio screening for coronavirus

Ping An Smart Healthcare

China-based Ping An Smart Healthcare, an affiliate of Ping An Smart City, has launched a smart audio screening system for COVID-19, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP) to strengthen epidemic control and prevention. It claims to have already used the technology to complete over 580,000 screenings in 47,000 households in 17 communities in Wuhan, and successfully identified more than 1,600 suspected cases for tracking. Smart healthcare Ping An Smart Healthcare is available to nearly 800 million people in more than 70 cities in China and Southeast…

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Securing the IoT edge means cyber security experts must work together

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The Internet of Things (IoT) presents a unique cybersecurity challenge. A combination of low computational power, a wide variety of communication protocols, and a lack of security standards leaves a myriad of channels open for hackers. As Itsik Harpaz of Essence Group says, the difficulty in securing the IoT network has created a situation where many IoT devices simply do not provide the requisite levels of security. With hackers operating with access to far better resources than the edge devices being attacked, the IoT sector has ended up on the…

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Netherlands doubles renewable energy subsidies

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The Dutch Government plans to double green energy subsidies to €4 billion in 2020, from a previously planned €2 billion to meet its promise to cut CO2 emissions. Eric Wiebes, minister for economic affairs and climate policy, and member of the cabinet of the Netherlands, wrote to parliament explaining the measure was aimed at reducing CO2 emissions by 25 per cent by the end of 2020. Energy transition “There are a large number of projects that can offer a cost-effective contribution to further development, making the energy transition more sustainable,”…

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Hitachi Capital, Yokogawa and amnimo partner to view IIoT equipment status

Industrial IoT

Hitachi Capital Corporation, Yokogawa Electric Corporation, and amnimo Inc., a subsidiary of Yokogawa, have struck a new partnership agreement. The aim is to provide new services by adding Industrial IoT (IIoT) to each company’s technologies, know-how, and lease equipment. The three companies will launch a proof of concept (PoC) to realise services that solve customers’ issues and meet their needs. Overview of the partnership In recent years, the advancement of network technology and reduction in cost of large-volume data transmission have improved the IIoT environment in manufacturing, accelerating efforts to…

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New York state to select five smart city testbeds

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Five cities in New York State will be chosen as smart city testbeds with funding support of up to $2 million. The smart cities programme has been launched by New York State’s economic development organisation, Empire State Development, in collaboration with the Israel Innovation Authority. Designated smart cities Five cities will be designated smart cities and work with technology companies and academic experts throughout the state. They will use emerging technologies to improve government services and citizens’ quality of life. Local governments can apply to be a designated testbed site…

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