How smart cities can help build a sustainable world

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By Haider Iqbal, director of IoT, Public Services & Transport, at Gemalto. An occasional series of vendor perspectives on the world of connected business – because it’s all about making new connections and starting new conversations. Sustainability is a powerful force for positive change in our world; one that is driving transformation, innovation, and improvement across all aspects of society. No longer limited to conserving natural resources, sustainability now encompasses a broad range of challenges, including urban growth, transportation, our carbon footprints, and even people’s work-life balance. As the world’s…

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Uber closing self-driving truck division

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Uber is pulling down the shutters on its self-driving trucks unit, a programme rooted in the $680 million acquisition of San Francisco-based Otto in 2016. The company has announced that it is now refocusing its efforts on self-driving cars as it gears up for IPO in 2019. Last week, Uber’s head of advanced technologies, Eric Meyhofer, confirmed that the company’s fleet of self-driving cars is being redeployed to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to resume public testing. Uber’s autonomous vehicles were pulled from public roads in March, following a fatal collision with a…

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Semtech’s LoRa technology creates smarter streets in India

Ahoy Systems smart street light solutions offer ultra-low power capabilities to save cities on utility costs. Semtech Corporation, announced that Ahoy Systems, an electronic design house and OEM for several smart city devices, incorporated Semtech’s LoRa® devices and technology into its smart street-lighting products. Neel Maharaj, CEO at Ahoy Systems, said: “Our smart street lights are built to ensure city efficiency and sustainability, without compromising the safety of streets for pedestrians and drivers. Smart cities leverage our smart lights to reduce their energy footprint and cut down on maintenance costs.”…

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LG CNS announces CityHub platform for smart city management

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LG subsidiary CNS has announced its CityHub platform designed to provide centralised management and data analysis of citywide IoT devices. CityHub, the platform’s tentative name, is able to collect data from IoT sensors across the deployed smart city. This could be sensors installed on things such as vehicles and buildings, or infrastructure like street lights and traffic cameras. The platform supports the international oneM2M standard in addition to 98 other IoT standards used by specific industries like manufacturing and logistics. “With widespread connectivity, Cityhub can single-handedly collect and manage IoT-based…

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Bluetooth Mesh is a wise choice for smart buildings

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IoT Tech Expo in Amsterdam is just kicking off and there’s already fighting words from low-power networks on why their technology is the best. In a keynote titled ‘Putting the Smart in Smart Buildings with Bluetooth Mesh’, we heard from Bluetooth SIG Technical Program Manager Martin Woolley on what makes the technology a wise choice for smart building deployments. “Last year, we introduced something called Bluetooth Mesh,” says Woolley. “That gave us the ability to have many-to-many communication paths between devices.” “Many thousands of devices can form a network ……

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U.S. Cities plan to fund smart city initiatives

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To succeed, smart city initiatives need adequate financial support. Here is how two cities in Nevada, one in Oregon and another in Missouri are approaching smart city deployment and funding. The smart cities sector is a prominent poster child for IoT. But there are arguably few truly smart cities. A recent McKinsey report notes even the most “cutting-edge and ambitious smart cities on the planet still have a long way to go.” The management consulting firm also notes the most advanced smart city projects tend to be in cities with…

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Toronto pilots new smart city technologies with Intel, Microsoft

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The City of Toronto in Canada has chosen a number of technologies to pilot in its smart city initiative. In partnership with Microsoft, Intel, QuadReal Property Group, the IESO, Fasken Law, and the Build in Canada Innovation Program, the city will trial a range of Internet of Things (IoT) proposals in its Urban Pilot Program, also known as UPPlift: Toronto. The solutions will use a mix of the IoT, advanced sensors, and artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance facility efficiency, and improve citizens’ experience of the built environment. Smart environments Among…

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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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