Alès public transport operator renews contract and rebrands entire mobility service

Navette shuttle

The Syndicat Mixte des Transports du Bassin d’Alès (SMBTA), in France’s Gard region, is to rename its NTecC public transport network from April 2021. All mobility services will be refashioned under the identity of Ales’Y as the public transport operator seeks to increase network ridership and commercial revenues by 28 per cent. New mobility services The transition will result in the deployment of France’s first public carpooling network, development of new mobility services as well as the introduction of hydrogen-powered buses. Services will be named Ales’Y by Bus, Ales’Y Carpool,…

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Rail company invests in Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

HyperloopTT

Hitachi Rail will integrate hyperloop’s capsule travelling system with its signalling technology, the European Rail Traffic Management System, at HyperloopTT’s R&D centre in Toulouse. Hitachi Rail has announced a technology partnership with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) to develop cutting-edge technology for signalling traffic management and control systems. The intention is to integrate hyperloop’s capsule travelling system with Hitachi Rail’s ERTMS signalling technology to manage and automate the capsules which travel at speeds of up to 1,200kph (760mph). Future mobility technologies According to Hitachi Rail, the partnership underscores its commitment to…

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Smart cities sustainable financing framework launched in Asia

Smart cities sustainable financing framework

The United Overseas Bank (UOB) in Asia has launched the UOB Smart City Sustainable Finance Framework (UOBSCSFF) to make sustainable financing more accessible to companies that are helping to create smart cities. The framework is aligned with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is supported through the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s (MAS) green and sustainability-linked loan grant scheme. Sustainability criteria The framework sets out the criteria the bank’s corporate and institutional clients must meet when accessing a range of products, from green- or sustainability-linked loans and trade…

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EHang completes maiden flights of two-seater air taxi in South Korea

EHang Drone

According to Ehang, the flight tours across Seoul, Daegu, and Jeju Island signify the starting point to explore the urban air mobility (UAM) market in South Korea. EHang Holdings, an autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company, has announced its two-seater air taxi has completed its maiden flights in the Republic of Korea. According to Ehang, the flight tours across Seoul, Daegu, and Jeju Island signify the starting point to explore the urban air mobility (UAM) market in South Korea. Korean UAM roadmap In June 2020, the government announced the…

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Smart Dublin chooses IoT solution to curb ring buoy theft

ring buoy

Dublin-based proptech company ZiggyTec has been chosen as one of four bidders to complete the first phase of Smart Dublin’s ring buoy monitoring project. The initiative, run in conjunction with Dublin City Council, aims to help curb ring buoy theft across the capital, helping to save lives. ZiggyTech is an IoT solution that provides real-time data on health and safety equipment, utilities, and air quality. Inland water safety According smartdocklands.ie, approximately 15 ring buoys are stolen in Dublin each week, with 600 needing to be replaced each year. The group…

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Smart cities predicted to create $2.46 trillion worth of business opportunities by 2025

Smart cities business

According to analysis from Frost & Sullivan, post-pandemic, investment in smart projects like smart grids, autonomous vehicles, smart lighting and e-governance will gain traction. Smart cities are forecast to create ‘significant’ business opportunities with a market value of $2.46 trillion by 2025, new analysis finds. An uncertain post-pandemic situation, according to Frost & Sullivan, will compel smart cities to focus on developing collaborative, data-driven infrastructure to provide appropriate healthcare facilities as well as public security services. Smart initiatives Investments in smart initiatives are also expected to rise over the next…

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Singapore opens smart city co-innovation lab

Singapore Science Park

Southeast Asia’s first industry-led smart cities solutions development lab has opened in Singapore. The Smart Urban Co-Innovation Lab has been initiated by CapitaLand, one of Asia’s largest diversified real estate groups, and is supported by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and Enterprise Singapore (ESG). Smart cities co-creation The lab aims to bring together leaders in the smart cities space to co-create and test innovations with local built environment and technology companies in a live environment at CapitaLand’s 55-hectare, 5G-enabled Singapore Science Park. The lab, which hopes to benefit around…

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Scottish Water taps into citizens’ thirst for sustainability

Scottish Water

A network of public drinking water top-up taps installed by Scottish Water across Scotland has saved the equivalent of 250,000 plastic bottles and is being expanded to 70 more locations. A network of public drinking water top-up taps installed by Scottish Water across Scotland has saved the equivalent of 250,000 plastic bottles. The go-ahead has now been given for more refillable points to be installed across the country at 70 locations throughout Scotland – including in Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Highlands – by March 2021. High-tech stations Each of the…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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