Netherlands doubles renewable energy subsidies

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The Dutch Government plans to double green energy subsidies to €4 billion in 2020, from a previously planned €2 billion to meet its promise to cut CO2 emissions. Eric Wiebes, minister for economic affairs and climate policy, and member of the cabinet of the Netherlands, wrote to parliament explaining the measure was aimed at reducing CO2 emissions by 25 per cent by the end of 2020. Energy transition “There are a large number of projects that can offer a cost-effective contribution to further development, making the energy transition more sustainable,”…

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New York state to select five smart city testbeds

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Five cities in New York State will be chosen as smart city testbeds with funding support of up to $2 million. The smart cities programme has been launched by New York State’s economic development organisation, Empire State Development, in collaboration with the Israel Innovation Authority. Designated smart cities Five cities will be designated smart cities and work with technology companies and academic experts throughout the state. They will use emerging technologies to improve government services and citizens’ quality of life. Local governments can apply to be a designated testbed site…

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Liveable Cities selects Sierra Wireless LPWA solution for smart city applications

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IoT solutions provider , Sierra Wireless, reports that Liveable Cities, a division of Canada-based LED Roadway Lighting, has selected its low power, wide area (LPWA) network solution to enable smart city applications. Liveable Cities is using Sierra Wireless Ready-to-Connect HL78 modules for its SilQ Luminaire streetlight and the tool-less Sensor Platform (TSC) ANSI Controller, which can add radar, pollution and noise sensors to transform any streetlight into a network that provides data to cities to help them reduce pollution and keep citizens safe. The Sierra Wireless LPWA solution connects sensors…

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Dubai launches 100% Paperless Stamp

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Government entities in Dubai that have fully implemented the Dubai Paperless Strategy will be awarded with a 100% Paperless Stamp. The Smart Dubai Department has launched the initiative as part of its contribution to the Government Development Track, one of six tracks announced by the Dubai Council. Three categories of consumption The 100% Paperless Stamp initiative classifies government entities by order of their paper consumption into three categories: large, medium and small. Results will be announced every six months. The Stamp is awarded to entities that have transferred 100 per…

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Seville to run urban air mobility pilot

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EHang will work with the Seville government to develop the programme which will include passenger transportation, air logistics and command-and-control platforms in the city. Autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology company EHang Holdings has entered into a cooperation agreement with the city government of Seville, Spain, to run an urban air mobility (UAM) pilot programme. EHang will work with the Seville government to develop the programme which will include passenger transportation, air logistics and command-and-control platforms in the city. Coordinated test flights The city will also collaborate on applications for permission…

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Seat Pleasant rolls out telehealth system in COVID-19 effort

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Seat Pleasant calls itself “the world’s first authentic small smart city” and has a high proportion of low-income and vulnerable people, making it an ideal launch location for the technology, which could be expanded nationally. The small community of Seat Pleasant in Maryland is the launch city for a telehealth system, which integrates with its smart city data hub, to support the management of coronavirus (COVID-19) among the most vulnerable citizens. Seat Pleasant, located 10 miles from Washington and with a population of just 4,800 people, is working with health…

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Dubai strikes deal for ‘sky pod’ transit system

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Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed an agreement with the UK’s BeemCar Ltd for the development of futuristic ‘sky pods’ built on suspended transport technology for Dubai. The agreement is part of RTA’s efforts to meet the Dubai Self-Driving Transport Strategy, which is targeting 25 per cent of mobility journeys in Dubai to be via autonomous transit by 2030. BeemCar describes its solution as “a cross between a monorail and ski lift”. Each four-seater pod is suspended from a drive unit that sits inside a hollow, lightweight beam.…

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Vancouver introduces performance dashboard

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Citizens in Vancouver can now see how the city is performing via a new online dashboard. VanDashboard measures performance against 65 key metrics in six categories of core service delivery, affordability and housing, climate change, economy and finances, equity and social issues and vibrant culture. In a separate announcement, the City of Vancouver is calling on residents and businesses to provide input on 19 proposed actions in its Climate Emergency Action plan. Monitoring key issues The metrics used represent a wide variety of city services provided, as well as monitor…

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C-V2X testing ecosystem established in Metro Atlanta

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Testing will take place across a 78.5-square-mile area anchored by the Infrastructure Automotive Technology Laboratory in Alpharetta, north of Atlanta. Intelligent transportation infrastructure solutions provider Applied Information has begun deployment and testing of cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) connected vehicle technology in Metro Atlanta. The C-V2X testing ‘ecosystem’ will be established throughout an approximately 78.5-square-mile area anchored by the Infrastructure Automotive Technology Laboratory (iATL) in Alpharetta, Georgia, north of Atlanta. Experimental licence The deployment and testing began after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an experimental licence for infrastructure and mobile C-V2X…

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Abu Dhabi rolls out 3D visualisation tool to improve city services

The IoT Cockpit is a collaboration between the UAE capital and Orange Business Services and aims to monitor and enhance services across the Emirate. Abu Dhabi Municipality (ADM) and Orange Business Services are collaborating on a smart city application that will use 3D visualisation to monitor and enhance services across the capital of the UAE. Orange Business Services’ co-innovation approach supports ADM’s vision for Abu Dhabi and its five-year smart cities plan to achieve sustainability and enhance the quality of life for citizens and residents. Inside the Cockpit The bespoke…

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Moovit uses augmented reality for better public transit navigation

Based on user feedback, Moovit is using AR to display digital directions on top of real-world images to help point the way for users to get to their destination. Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) solutions company Moovit has released Way Finder, a feature that uses augmented reality (AR) to better locate stops and stations, with the aim of increasing users’ confidence while using public transit. Based on user feedback, Moovit is using AR to display digital directions on top of real-world images to help point the way for users to easily get to…

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2020 expected to see almost 20% increase in smart city spending


Singapore is expected to remain the top investor in smart city initiatives, followed by Tokyo, New York City and London. Global spending on smart city initiatives will total nearly $124 billion this year, an increase of 18.9 per cent over 2019, according to the International Data Corporation’s (IDC) latest Worldwide Smart Cities Spending Guide. The report finds that the top 100 cities investing in smart initiatives in 2019 represented around 29 per cent of global spending. It says that while growth will be sustained among the top spenders in the…

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Coast and DG Cities form autonomous collaboration

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The US self-driving technology company and UK urban innovation specialist will provide design and implementation services to help transform cities with connected and autonomous vehicles. California-based self-driving technology firm Coast Autonomous and DG Cities, a smart city specialist and subsidiary of the Royal Borough of Greenwich in London, have signed a memorandum of understanding to provide consultancy services for the design and implementation of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV). It marks the second US-UK collaboration in the smart city space this week with Los Angeles and London committing to join…

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Walla Walla plugs 2,000 water leaks with smart utility network

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The city upgraded its infrastructure in the face of 30 per cent annual water losses. The City of Walla Walla in Washington has detected 2,000 water leaks in the first year of deploying a smart utility network. “As our pipes failed and water meters aged, we began to see a 30 per cent annual water loss, which is significant given that we distribute about three billion gallons of water each year,” said City of Walla Walla water distribution supervisor, Adrian Sutor. The city implemented residential and commercial water meters from…

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Gothenburg boosts sustainable public transport push with e-bus roll-out


More than 150 electric buses will be introduced in the region covering Gothenburg, Mölndal and Partille, where 180 million trips are made by bus each year. A fleet of electric buses has begun operating in the Swedish city of Gothenburg, and its region covering Mölndal and Partille. The 157 electric buses from Volvo represent the largest single order of its kind in Europe. Bus operator Transdev Sweden was awarded the contract to operate the service from public transport company Västtrafik, which expects to have electrified all city traffic in Västra…

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