Quanergy and iCent partner to improve pedestrian safety in Seoul

Soul smart city

Lidar solutions deployed to form basis of new effective traffic policies. Quanergy Systems and iCent have partnered to install a new Smart Light Detection and Ranging (Lidar) solution to improve pedestrian crossing safety in school zones in Seoul. The Smart Safety School Zone solution will gather data that will form the basis of new effective traffic policies and help decide on the best technology to keep pedestrians and drivers safe. In 2012 South Korea held the second highest pedestrian death rate among OECD countries at 10.8 road fatalities per 100,000…

Read More

Singapore tops smart city ranking for second year running

2020 Smart City Index

The 2020 Smart City Index measures citizens’ perceptions of the impact that technology has on their lives, surveying them on areas such as governance, health and safety, mobility and opportunities. Singapore has topped the Institute for Management Development (IMD) Smart City Index for the second consecutive year, followed by the Finnish capital Helsinki and Swiss city of Zurich. The ranking, launched last year, is based on citizens’ perception of the impact that technology has on their quality of lives as well as economic and technological data. Covid considerations This year,…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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.…

Read More

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 &…

Read More

Curiosity Lab teams with Kennesaw State University for open source V2V project

Curiosity Lab smart city

KSU researchers selected Curiosity Lab as one of its primary test locations due to the lab’s autonomous vehicle test track and commitment to supporting and facilitating innovation. Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners has announced a strategic partnership with Kennesaw State University (KSU) to further research in smart mobility technologies. Curiosity Lab is a 5G-enabled autonomous vehicle and smart city living laboratory located in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, a northern suburb of Atlanta. The initial collaboration will focus on open-source dedicated short-range communications units (DSRC) to help advance vehicle-2-everything (V2X) research. Emerging…

Read More

Hyperloop company completes €7m financing round

Hyperloop

Zeleros, the Spanish company leading the development of hyperloop in Europe, has completed a financing round worth more than €7m. The company will move into a new phase of development of what is called the “fifth mode of transport” which could dramatically reduce journey times between cities. Speeds of 1,000km/h Hyperloop is a new means of ground transportation that can carry passengers and cargo at speeds of over 1,000km/h inside low pressure tubes. It is a fully-electric, zero direct emissions system and so has the potential to decarbonise long-distance transport.…

Read More

Smart waste report sets out how to realise the circular economy

smart waste

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…

Read More