Smart city protocol reaches members’ milestone

Talq Smart City Protocol

Developer of the Smart City Protocol, the Talq Consortium reports it has passed a new milestone with more than 50 member companies having signed up in support of its specification. The main reason for companies to join the consortium is to integrate the protocol, a global interface standard for smart city device networks, into their smart city solutions and apply for certification. Regular members of the consortium include major smart city players including Cimcon, Itron, Lacroix, Schréder and Telensa with Paradox Engineering and Signify among the associate members. Talq specification…

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Seoul’s smart poles to charge EVs and drones

Seoul Metropolitan Government smart poles

Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) has announced plans to construct 190 additional smart poles (S-poles) in four districts of the south Korean capital by the end of this year. The move follows installation of 26 S-poles by SMG in February at six locations including Seoul Plaza, Sungnyemun Gate, and Cheonggyecheon stream. City infrastructure S-poles are a city infrastructure where traffic lights, streetlights, closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs), and security lights are combined. They are also equipped with information and telecommunications technologies (ICT), such as public wi-fi, smart CCTVs, IoT sensors, and drones. The…

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Cambridge launches autonomous passenger shuttle trial

The Cambridge Autonomous Shuttle Trial

The UK city of Cambridge is running an autonomous passenger shuttle trial alongside other traffic. The custom-made passenger shuttles from engineering firm Aurrigo will operate a 20-minute journey around the West Cambridge site and will run autonomously for the majority of the route. The trial is part of a project led by the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP), Smart Cambridge and Aurrigo to look at how autonomous technology can be used on the public transport network. On-demand transport Backed by Innovate UK and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV),…

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Rome conducts smart city trial of intelligent vision sensors

IMX500 Rome

Rome is using intelligent vision sensors as part of a smart city trial to reduce traffic, optimise public transportation and support pedestrian safety. Sony Europe IMX500 image sensors with artificial intelligence (AI) processing functionality are at the core of three trials being run by Greentech specialist Envision in the municipality. Set to commence in June 2021, they are intended to cut the city’s transport-related pollution and accidents at pedestrian crossings. Smart parking The trial’s primary objective is to evaluate and deliver a smart parking system using IMX500 to reduce pollution…

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Bratislava launches large-scale smart waste programme

Bratislava smart city

The Slovakian capital is working with Sensoneo on the project, with savings expected on waste collection related to refuse truck mileage and emissions. Slovakian capital Bratislava has launched a waste digitalisation and collection improvement initiative. City leaders, in cooperation with technology company Sensoneo, expect to realise savings on waste collection related to refuse truck mileage and emissions as well as the scope for early intervention to limit risk of overfilled containers. Environmental benefits Sensoneo was awarded an EIC Accelerator grant in the summer of 2020 to support the large-scale deployment…

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Dubai to launch self-driving electric taxi and ride-hailing services

Dubai self-driving electric taxi

Cruise will be the exclusive provider of the services until 2029, which aim to help Dubai convert 25 per cent of total trips into self-driving ones across different modes of transport by 2030. Dubai Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has chosen autonomous vehicle company Cruise to operate a fleet of self-driving electric taxis and ride-hailing services in the emirate. This agreement supports Dubai’s 2030 vision for autonomous driving technology, which aims to convert 25 per cent of total trips into self-driving ones across different modes of transport by 2030. Earlier…

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Moscow releases catalogue of smart city projects

smart city Moscow

Moscow has launched an English-language catalogue of its smart city solutions. It follows the launch of the English-language version of its blockchain knowledge base earlier this month. Smart city projects A joint project by ICT.Moscow and Moscow’s government, the catalogue features up-to-date information on 68 smart city projects, including datasets and analytics. In addition to the description and key results, the relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are also indicated in each project card. “The new catalogue allows the city to share its experience and innovative practices with international partners…

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Ehang partners to build eco vertiport in Italy

Heliport Giancarlo Zema Design Group

The autonomous aerial vehicle technology platform company is partnering with architecture firm Giancarlo Zema Design Group to help extend its air mobility solutions in Europe. Autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company Ehang is partnering with Rome-based architecture firm Giancarlo Zema Design Group (GZDG) to build an eco-sustainable vertiport in Italy. The vertiport will use green design and construction materials and can generate energy to recharge the EH216 passenger-grade AAVs. New era of flight Vertiports will play a significant role in the urban air mobility (UAM) market and the new…

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Nokia to deliver smart city management platform for Nicosia

Nokia Integrated Operations Center

Cyta, the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority, has selected Nokia to deliver its city management platform to help advance the municipality of Nicosia’s smart city transformation. The Nokia integrated operations centre (IOC) will help city authorities deliver a range of new digital services that include urban mobility, smart parking, intelligent street lighting, environmental sensors, sustainable waste management, digital signage, and information services. Smart city systems Part of the municipality’s long-term smart city strategy, the Nicosia city project is expected to be completed in three years with initial infrastructure and smart city systems…

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UK train station harvests kinetic energy from commuters’ footsteps

Leighton Buzzard energy-generating walkways

Leighton Buzzard train station in the UK county of Bedfordshire has installed two walkways made up of kinetic floor tiles that will use energy created from the weight of commuters’ footsteps to power two USB charging benches and a digital data screen. Kinetic walkway developer Pavegen is working with Central Bedfordshire Council on the project, which aims to engage visitors, showcase the council’s green credentials and encourage other transport hubs to follow suit. The data screen will show commuters the contribution they are making as well as host other messages.…

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Driverless passenger shuttle launched in Paris Ile-de-France

Navya autonomous shuttles

A new bus line using autonomous electric shuttles has been inaugurated in the Paris Ile-de-France region. The shuttles will serve the suburban train station of Saint-Quentin-enYvelines-Montigny-le-Bretonneux on the Paris-Brest railway and several local business parks in the Île-de-France Mobilités network. Last-mile solution Île-de-France Mobilités, the public transport authority for the region, selected multi-modal transportation company Keolis to run the new line, which is designed to complement the existing bus service by providing a last-mile solution for the local employment area. Introduction of the service follows previous trials in La Défense…

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Smart waste monitoring solution supports pay-as-you-throw models

Sensoneo Route Planning solution

Sensoneo’s WatchDog enables haulers to automatically track and record all actions made during the waste collection process and supports programmes to incentivise waste reduction. Provider of smart waste management solutions, Sensoneo, has introduced a digital service monitoring device combining fleet, management, truck tracking and service verification for waste collection vehicles. The WatchDog solution enables haulers to automatically track and record all actions made during the waste collection process without the need for any manual handling, according to Sensoneo. Increasing waste The increasing volumes of waste, growing urbanism, and concern over…

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Intelligent infrastructure pilot launched in Texas

public infrastructure network node (Pinn)

The Autonomy Institute and its partners are deploying a public infrastructure network node at Texas Military Department in Austin with plans to expand across major US cities and globally. The Autonomy Institute, a cooperative research consortium focused on advancing and accelerating autonomy and artificial intelligence (AI) at the edge, has announced plans to launch a public infrastructure network node (Pinn) pilot at Texas Military Department in Austin, Texas. The Pinn pilot will serve as the programme for developing autonomous solutions at the edge with plans to expand from Austin to…

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Espoo launches autonomous street sweeper pilot programme

Trombia Free Autonomous Street Sweepers

The Trombia Free units are equipped with an all-weather autonomous, lidar-based, machine vision technology that filtrates the noise coming from the environment in rainy, snowy or alternative conditions. The Finnish city of Espoo is launching a commercial trial of an autonomous street sweeper. Finnish street maintenance technology developer, Trombia Technologies, launched the full-power autonomous street sweeper in September 2020 and piloted it in Helsinki. Sustainable city cleaning City authorities plan to roll out a commercial pilot from March 2021 onwards, ushering in the start of greener and more sustainable city…

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Paris to launch universal charging pilot for micro-mobility

Duckt lock charge points

Duckt will install 150 dock, lock and charge points across the Paris Rive Gauche area to demonstrate how the infrastructure can accelerate micro-mobility to reduce climate impact in the city. The Paris Rive Gauche (13th arrondissement) area of Paris is to undertake a pilot project for the installation of 150 dock, lock, and charge points. The project, awarded to micro-mobility infrastructure provider Duckt, aims to demonstrate how universal charging infrastructure can accelerate micro-mobility use to reduce climate impact in the city. Universal charge solution After responding to a Paris municipality…

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