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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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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