Altizon, Novecom complete Smart Cities technology test

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Smart Cities are poised to take off according to a recent IDC FutureScape noting that 30% of major cities in 2018 will put a plan into place a smart cities platform strategy in order to utilize the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, intelligent software, sensors, and wireless technology. The end result will be widespread use of systems that interoperate to provide new levels of data and automation throughout municipalities and city agencies, from education, healthcare, transportation and buildings. As a real-world application of this trend, Altizon, a global industrial IIoT…

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Cisco invests in Smart-City solutions for integration of autonomous vehicles

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Cisco has announced that it is investing $1M in world-first Smart City technology for Adelaide to help reduce traffic congestion and create the foundations for the deployment of autonomous vehicles on busy roads. The pilot in partnership with the Government of South Australia and the City of Adelaide measures the dwell time and queue length of vehicles as they wait at an intersection; a key element for congestion monitoring. It also calculates rolling averages across the day via a customised dashboard and a suite of metrics that show how well…

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AT&T expands smart cities offerings with structure-monitoring solution for U.S. railways, roadways

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For many, a new year ushers in a new set of resolutions. AT&T is resolved to continue developing and delivering Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to help make cities and communities smarter, safer and more efficient. The company is currently testing a new structure monitoring solution that will help improve the safety of roadways and railways. This comes in addition to its smart cities work with several U.S. spotlight cities and its recently launched digital infrastructure solution. U.S. infrastructure is aging and in disrepair. Almost half of U.S. bridges are…

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Rongwen and Silver Spring Networks Connect Smart Lighting in China’s Third Largest City

Delivers One of China’s Major Smart City Projects Using Standards-Based RF Mesh and IPv6 Technology in Guangzhou to Help Reduce Energy Consumption. Today, Guangdong Rongwen Energy Technology Group (Rongwen) and Silver Spring Networks, Inc. announced their selection to connect smart LED street lights in Guangzhou, China. Through its go-to-market partnership with Rongwen, one of the largest smart LED street light providers and operators in China, Silver Spring is planning to network more than 30,000 LED street lights in Guangzhou. According to Rongwen, its efficient and patented LED street lights and…

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New app from Smart Parking eases search for spots in Cardiff

Cardiff is bidding farewell to the pain of finding a parking spot as a new smart parking system that helps drivers find an available parking space using the new ‘Park Cardiff’ smartphone app will go-live this week. Working with parking technology firm Smart Parking Limited, Cardiff Council has installed 3,300 sensors in ‘paid-for’ and disabled parking bays. Cardiff Council is the first Council in Europe to roll out this technology across its citywide road network. Councillor Caro Wild, Cabinet Member for Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Transport at Cardiff…

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Cisco and Siemens come out on top as leading smart city suppliers

Cisco and Siemens lead the list of smart city suppliers in a new report prepared by Navigant Research. The study, titled “Navigant Research Leaderboard: Smart City Suppliers”, examined the strategy and execution of 16 prominent smart city suppliers with the faculty to provide leadership on extensive smart city projects across various operational and service areas. The list was prepared by taking 10 criteria into consideration: vision; go-to-market strategy; partners; product strategy; geographic reach; market presence; sales & marketing; product performance and features; product integration; and staying power. Eric Woods, research…

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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority gets IoT network deployment from Silver Spring Networks

Silver Spring Networks has announced the initial successful deployment of its multi-application IPv6 network canopy at the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA). The Dubai-based public service infrastructure company’s network canopy extends throughout the Emirate of Dubai and is based on Silver Spring’s Gen5 technology, which is said to offer high performance, reliability, security as well as scalability. In addition, Silver Spring’s Gen5 technology has been integrated into Honeywell Elster’s smart meter devices to connect the first DEWA electric customers to its IoT canopy. The infrastructure modernisation efforts initiated by…

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Dubai launches IoT strategy and ‘data wealth’ initiative

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, was recently at the headquarters of Smart Dubai, at the Dubai Design District (d3), to launch the flagship Dubai IoT Strategy, as well as the Data Wealth initiative to safeguard and the emirate’s digital wealth, and award the Dubai Digital Certificates to outstanding government private entities. The Dubai IoT Strategy includes building the world’s most advanced IoT ecosystem in Dubai, aiming to protect the country’s digital wealth, encourage government departments to…

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Anticipating the Smart World of 2027: A Billion Cameras and AI, Oh My…

Nvidia went to China last week and made a series of interesting announcements having to do with smart cities and autonomous cars. (The video is worth watching.) IBM made an announcement on advancements in tying the Weather Channel to its Watson artificial intelligence engine and targeted marketing. We also found out about Oculus’ Fall in Love VR project which is kind of like The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, but the significant other is a hot computerized avatar. Intel announced Loihi, a new AI processor that emulates the human brain. All…

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Japan trials driverless cars in bid to keep rural elderly on the move

NISHIKATA, Japan (Reuters) – As the annual rice harvest begins this month in the Japanese town of Nishikata, the combines that usually putter along the sleepy roads lining its rice fields are giving way to a vehicle residents have never before seen, a driverless shuttle bus. Japan is starting to experiment with self-driving buses in rural communities such as Nishikata, 115 km (71 miles) north of the capital, Tokyo, where elderly residents struggle with fewer bus and taxi services as the population ages and shrinks. The swift advance of autonomous…

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Urban heat islands: cooling things down with trees, green roads and fewer cars

As city temperatures rise, with a negative impact on health, councils are coming up with some innovative solution. When it comes to coping with heatwaves, our own cities are conspiring against us. Road surfaces, pavements and buildings all contribute to keeping urbanised environments three to four degrees hotter than surrounding non-urbanised areas. With heatwaves like the ones that have just baked half of Australia to a crisp forecast to increase in frequency and intensity, city councils are taking the urban heat island effect very seriously. “Some of the modelling studies…

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After Smartphones, CES to Focus on IoT Induced Smart Cities in 2018

After championing smartphones, smartwatches and smart appliances, the Consumer Technology Association’s (CTA) annual flagship show is shifting its attention to how the internet of things will shape the cities we live in. According to research co-compiled by the CTA and UPS, within the next 10 years, there will be at least 88 smart cities around the world with intelligent electricity grids, connected infrastructure and utilities and integrated public transit networks. Smart city projects are already underway in a host of locations around the world from the UK and France to…

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A revolution of the cleaning industry

Automation and equipment connectivity are changing the efficiency and effectiveness of cleaning and hygiene regimes all around the world, and governments and businesses are beginning to support the development of cleaning robotics, remote monitoring and cloud-based information intelligence. The cleaning industry is experiencing a shift through disruptive technologies that reduce the amount of physical labor required, and increase productivity and efficiency of workers. Sealed Air’s vision with the Internet of Clean, a platform that connects machines, dispensers, sensors and other smart devices, is a world in which workers use smart technologies in highly connected facilities to reduce…

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Airbus and Italdesign unveil modular smart city transport

Airbus is heavily invested in the notion of flying cars. Its secretive Project Vahana – scheduled for test flights at the end of 2017 – has been in development for some time now. And leading figures at the aviation giant predict these revolutionary vehicles could be on the market within ten years. If that wasn’t enough to whet your appetite for futuristic transport, the company’s latest concept takes the idea of getting around smart cities one step further. This is Pop.Up, a unique mode of transport that sits on the…

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Smart cities need smart cars: In the future, your car will be able to “see” through buildings

Thanks to V2X technology, connected cars will soon be able to tell you what lies way ahead or around the corner. Automotive technology is evolving so fast these days that it’s difficult to predict the features vehicles will have by the end of the next decade. But we do know that wireless connectivity will play a much more important role than it does now, primarily offering passengers an internet connection and GPS navigation. Whether it’s the cars we drive or cars that drive us, these vehicles will be much more…

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On the lines of samrt cities, Rajasthan to develop smart villages

JAIPUR: Rajasthan will develop 3169 smart villages, which will have clean drinking water, roads, sewerage system, Wi-Fi facility, e-library, sports ground, street lights and health facilities. State Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Rajendra Rathore said that 3169 villages have been selected for the year 2017-18, which will be developed into “smart villages”. This comes along the lines of smart cities project. The villages will have all have all such facilities that any city has, Rathore said while giving a presentation during review meeting of smart village scheme here…

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Open Data may place governments at the centre of innovation

By 2019, smart cities projects and initiatives based on voluntary personal data sharing will benefit half of those living in large cities. Says the Gartner technology consultant, who points out an opportunity for governments to position themselves at the “society technological innovation centre.” The key to this is knowing how to take advantage of Open Data strategies. Thanks to the devices proliferation and Internet of Things growth, Gartner predicts that by the end of this decade, 20% of all local power organizations will be able to generate revenue with solutions…

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‘Electric’ bacteria can purify sewage water – fast

Harnessing bacteria that produce electricity and break down organic waste, a European research project is developing a new, environmentally friendly way to purify sewage water in small communities. It may look like a park, but an experimental plant in Carrión de los Céspedes, near Seville, is full of wastewater from the nearby town. Yet the air doesn’t smell like sewage. The water is purified the natural way, by underground microorganisms – a traditional method improved with the latest research. Researchers on the iMETland project use bacteria that produce electricity when…

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Who’s driving this bus? Nobody

Commentary: Autonomous cars are all well and good. But if you want to make everyone’s life better, look to your city’s buses. Commuting into a city can be a nightmare, am I right? Maybe you’re drumming your fingers through a traffic jam or squeezing onto an overcrowded train. Me, I live in London and I know how bad the underground system can get at rush hour. If the tube is delayed or being repaired, getting to and from the office can be the worst part of my working day. But…

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Tomorrow’s cities – nightmare vision of the future?

The connected city never sleeps. The thousands of sensors embedded in roads, sewers, water pipes, streetlights are busy collecting information day and night. Perhaps even your bin, which might also be tweeting. Sensor provider Enevo offers internet connection for bins in cities in Finland, the Netherlands, UK, Belgium, Canada and the US, and runs a Twitter feed – Trashcan Life. The tweets aren’t exactly sparkling wit, including insights such as: – “I am 26% full” – “My current internal temperature is 24C” – “I expect to be full on Wednesday”…

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In the smart city race, we’re betting on transit

After years of talk about smart cities, people are wondering when — and where — will we start to see them really begin to take shape. What will they look like? How will we interact with them? A smart city is more than the sum of its parts. With a street light here, a sensor there — when solutions are not clearly connected and without critical mass — you don’t get the combinatorial benefit of different systems working together. But that’s all about to change. Comprehensive and large-scale smart city…

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Smart cities must be people-centered, equitable cities

Technology has always been a critical force deeply intertwined with the evolution of cities. From the first human settlements millennia ago to the industrial revolution to today, technological breakthroughs have impacted the buildings we use, the way we get around and how we live, work and play in the urban space. The development of smart cities builds upon this strong historical foundation with a digital foundation that allows cities to function more efficiently, be more responsive to community members and ultimately create better, more equitable urban environments where people thrive.…

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Make Cities Safer and More Efficient with Smart City Technology

Building Smart Cities The world’s large cities will pose our greatest challenge—and greatest opportunity—in the next century. Today there are 21 “megacities” with more than 10 million people, and more than 1 million people move to cities every day. By 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population will call a major city home. But today, cities waste an estimated $39 billion in water, gas and energy resources. As demands on resources and infrastructure grow, how will cities provide energy, water, transportation and other critical services for so many people? The…

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How IoT & smart home automation will change the way we live

Business Insider Intelligence Exclusive: The data provided here is an excerpt from the Internet of Things Report, a comprehensive report that covers the market trends in the IoT industry. For complete analysis, learn more about BI Intelligence and the IoT Report. The Internet of Things is set to disrupt the way we live and work, but for now let’s focus on the “live” portion of that statement. Smart homes filled with connected products are loaded with possibilities to make our lives easier, more convenient, and more comfortable. Imagine that you’re…

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Eaton and Enlighted Team Up to Deliver Connected Lighting for Buildings

Power management company Eaton has announced a collaboration with Internet of Things (IoT) company Enlighted to accelerate the deployment of advanced sensory networks in commercial and industrial buildings. By integrating Enlighted’s hardware, software, services and broader capabilities with Eaton’s LED lighting and controls portfolio, the two companies aim to dramatically increase the adoption of connected lighting solutions by providing simplified solutions that are readily deployable, according to the statement. “This is a transformational moment for the lighting industry as the worlds of IoT and lighting are coming together to lay…

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Here’s what smart cities do to stay ahead

Smart cities create a symbiosis between information, the Internet of Things and technologies to make better decisions and provide desired services. These cities map community preferences to improve services and infrastructure including public transport, libraries and waste services. They use sensors, Bluetooth and iPhones to track conditions and activities and send awareness messages ahead of emerging problems and disasters. Smart cities integrate businesses in an expanding global innovation network. They do much more than creating a single great product or industry to stay ahead of the innovation curve. They develop…

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Smart City Mantra: Invest in infrastructure and update the laws

Bengaluru, which failed twice to make it to the list of the Centre’s smart cities mission, is making a final bid this time with lots of competition and less funds left. The city is pitching for the development of its CBD, rather than its entirety, to be eligible for the Rs 500-cr fund ‘Fix Roads, Break Garbage Mafia’ According to Misra, ‘smart’ means liveable and Bengaluru has to tackle three key issues to become a smart city -traffic, garbage, water and sanitation. “This is an opportunity to make significant investment…

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