Seoul to use QR codes for smarter management of trash bins

South Korea

Seoul Metropolitan Government decided to introduce the QR code management system so that everyone in the city can request maintenance work for each bin. Seoul has announced plans to manage garbage cans with QR codes for more systematic control following a pilot programme in the South Korean capital’s Mapo district. Since July, 243 bins in the district were under management using QR codes. Request maintenance Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) reports there are approximately 5,000 garbage bins within the city. Although each district designated officials to check damages to and capacities…

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Stockholm launches one of largest public e-bike shares in Europe

Stockholm Vaimoo e-bikes

The e-bikes are linked to an integrated management system that claims to help reduce urban clutter by enabling virtual stations where vehicles can be parked after rental. Swedish municipality of Stockholm has signed an agreement to implement a new city e-bike sharing service. The new service will be operated by Spanish micro-mobility company CityBike Global, part of the Moventia Group, operating in Europe and Latin America with more than 30,000 vehicles. Smart electric bikes For Stockholm, which is expected to be one of the largest public e-bike sharing service in…

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Melbourne undertakes AI-powered trial for smarter waste

Melbourne panorama

Trial uses Nokia Scene Analytics to optimise laneway servicing and understand waste disposal behavioural trends in one of the Australian city’s busy areas. The City of Melbourne has conducted a trial using artificial intelligence (AI) technology to develop a deeper understanding of waste disposal behaviour. The aim is to allow the city to tackle the issue of waste dumping more efficiently and keep laneways – the busy and narrow city streets and pedestrian areas – safe and clean. Laneway servicing The trial uses Nokia Scene Analytics to optimise laneway servicing…

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Partnership aims to deliver enhanced applications of connected vehicle data

connected vehicle data

Iteris and Wejo have announced a partnership with a view to delivering enhanced applications of connected vehicle data for safer and more efficient roadways in the US. Under the terms of the agreement, smart mobility infrastructure management company Iteris will join Wejo’s partner programme to provide new- and existing customers with real-time movement data from more than 11 million connected vehicles. Mobility intelligence In addition, Wejo will join Iteris’ ecosystem of mobility intelligence providers, empowering public-sector and commercial enterprise customers in the transportation space nationwide with Wejo’s connected vehicle data.…

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Autonomous street sweeper pilot moves to Helsinki Airport

Trombia Free street sweeper Helsinki Airport

Finnish street maintenance technology developer Trombia Technologies is continuing its commercial pilot programme with the autonomous and electric Trombia Free street sweeper in Helsinki Airport. It is running the trial with facility services company ISS Finland and is exploring how the robot street sweepers can support facilities maintenance work in busy closed areas such parking lots and industrial areas. Waterless cleaning Parking lots require special expertise from maintenance, as there are both parked and moving cars, pedestrians, building pillars and narrow parking spaces. As Trombia Free operates without using any…

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Smart windows aim to optimise health and wellbeing of occupants

100 Pearl Street

Smart windows are being used to help transform an office block in New York’s Manhattan to make it more ‘experiential’ as well as more sustainable and healthier. View windows will be installed at the overbuild at 100 Pearl Street, in Lower Manhattan, currently undergoing a top-to-bottom transformation by GFP Real Estate and Northwind Group. 100 Pearl Street, which encompasses a full city block on Hanover Square, is being renovated into a premier downtown New York City office asset with rare all-glass penthouses offering 360-degree views across the East River toward…

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Tokyo named most innovative city in annual ranking

Tokio Japonsko

Tokyo has topped a list of the world’s most innovative cities after performing strongly in the areas of technology application, digital capability and pandemic performance. The Japanese capital had leapfrogged previous winner Boston and a ‘recovering’ New York City due to strong med-tech and research capabilities to win. According to 2thinknow’s analysis this was followed by ‘surprise’ economic winner Australia’s Sydney (4), and ‘perennial’ top-10 technology city, Singapore (5). US cities performance For the first time in 14 years of results, more than half (54 per cent) of the top…

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Installed base of smart streetlights nears 20 million

smart lights research

The installed base of smart streetlights is forecast to reach 48.8 million by the end of 2025, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24.8 per cent, according to a new research report. At the end of 2020 smart streetlights globally amounted to 16.2 million. The report from IoT analyst firm Berg Insight found that Europe leads the adoption of smart street lighting technology and accounted for as much as 35 per cent of the global installed base in 2020. Rest of world region North America continues to…

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Leicester introduces ecological bus shelters to help tackle climate change

Bus Stops Leicester

The UK city of Leicester has begun work to install and plant 30 living roof bus shelters as part of a major programme to replace and revamp the city’s bus shelters. Dubbed “Bee Bus Stops”, Leicester City Council claims the citywide network of living roof and solar-powered shelters will be a first for any UK city and are planted with a mix of wildflowers and Sedum plants, a favourite among pollinating insects. Climate resilience According to the city council, the shelters from Clear Channel will positively contribute towards biodiversity and…

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Seoul uses blockchain and IoT to monitor risky buildings

Soul Korea

The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) is using blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT) to monitor buildings that could be at risk of decaying. The project kicks off with 46 buildings for test operation in December and the system will be applied to 824 buildings in the South Korean capital from 2022 that are more than 30 years old or designated as facilities prone to disasters. Warning signals The blockchain-based Safety Check-up Platform for Risky Structures will use IoT sensors attached to buildings to monitor and send warning signals when…

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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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