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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Collaboration aims to create an urban air infrastructure

Urban-Air Port's UAM infrastructure

UK-based Urban-Air Port and Hyundai Air Mobility have announced a partnership to explore the creation of a purpose-built, multi-functional and scalable infrastructure to enable urban transportation systems to move people and cargo by air. Hyundai forecasts the air mobility market will be worth nearly $1.5 trillion over the next 20 years but countries lack the appropriate ground infrastructure. UAM investment The company, part of the Hyundai Motor Group division, plans to invest $1.5bn in urban air mobility (UAM) over the next five years to create an air vehicle and the…

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Google, T-Mobile, Silicon Labs among those to partner with ioXt Alliance to secure IoT devices

ioXt Alliance

The ioXt Alliance, which describes itself as the global standard for IoT Security, announced today that major technology companies and manufacturers including Google, T-Mobile, Silicon Labs, have certified a wide range of devices through the ioXt Alliance Certification Program. The devices certified secure by the ioXt Alliance include cell phones, smart home, lighting controls, IoT Bluetooth, smart retail, portable medical, pet trackers, routers and automotive technology. The ioXt Alliance is backed by the names in tech and is the only organisation positioned to handle the rapidly increasing demand for IoT…

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Puerto Rico deploys secure IoT network to digitalise critical infrastructure

San Juan

Puerto Rico has completed the roll-out of a new secure data network designed to underpin the commonwealth island’s infrastructure modernisation initiatives. Low power wide area (LPWA) specialist, Everynet, launched the secure IoT network to digitalise Puerto Rico’s critical infrastructure, targeting smart cities, water, energy, communications and healthcare initiatives. National networks “There is a great opportunity to enable efficiencies with the Internet of Things (IoT) in Puerto Rico,” said Tom Nelson, chief commercial officer, Everynet. “Everynet brings this experience from its successful implementation of national networks and leading ecosystem of solutions…

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Nokia IMPACT software helps Telefónica’s Movistar Chile deploy advanced smartwatch services

Nokia IMPACT IoT platform

Nokia today announced that Movistar Chile, Telefónica’s affiliate in Chile, has deployed Nokia IMPACT CDP Entitlement Server software in order to offer more advanced services for selected smartwatch models and to more efficiently manage those services. The deployment makes Movistar Chile the first operator in the country to offer services for advanced smartwatches with cellular capabilities, without being connected to a smartphone companion device. Utilizing embedded-SIM (eSIM) technology, the solution allows Movistar to increase its capabilities to support new smartwatches and wearables with advanced features, including monitoring cardiac activity, as…

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Smart cities accelerator to be launched in Osaka

Osaka smart city

The global innovation platform firm Plug and Play is launching a smart cities accelerator programme in Osaka at the end of 2020. It aims to make the Keihanshin metropolitan area of the Japanese city one of the world’s leading start-up ecosystems as well as contribute to Osaka’s smart city progress. Accelerating innovation Plug and Play Japan KK recently opened its third office in the country in Osaka City at Knowledge Capital and will carry out the accelerator programme. Plug and Play is a global venture capital/accelerator firm that partners with…

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Enel launches crowdsourcing campaigns for open data smart city solutions

Enel is tapping into the global innovation community

The multinational energy firm has set two challenges and will use the InnoCentive Open Innovation Marketplace to drive innovation and help reshape the global energy market. Multinational energy provider Enel has launched two crowdsourcing campaigns to find ideas for new smart city solutions based on open data. It will use the InnoCentive Open Innovation Marketplace network of almost 500,000 expert problem-solvers, comprised of engineers, PhD students, CEOs, start-ups, scale-ups, scientists and business leaders around the world for contributions to help reshape the global energy market and drive innovation in areas…

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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

smart grid IOTNN

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

smart city research

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

smart metering

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

Honolulu

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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