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How a school's major energy upgrade will save almost $1 million a year (and help pay for itself)


A major energy system upgrade for a Boston-area community college will not only transform the school into a green campus and provide more comfortable facilities, it also is expected to save nearly $860,000 in annual energy costs. Read the story for details.

Partner Spotlight: News for Ooredoo, IBM, Siemens, Panasonic and more


A major power plant contract for Black & Veatch... recognition for S&C Electric... Ooredoo's data center upgrades... IBM and Siemens partner on health... and Panasonic and Schneider Electric are making building and energy management simpler. Click the links for details.

Smart Cities Council Awards Innovative Start-Ups for Commitment to Connectivity and Climate during Smart Cities Week


Smart Cities Council, the world’s largest smart cities network, honored three start-up companies for their commitment to providing municipalities with effective solutions to manage urban growth during Smart Cities Week in Washington, D.C. last month. Placemeter won the Innovation Alley Connectivity Award, while StratIS and OperaSoft were both awarded the Environmental Impact Award.

UK study: Who are smart cities going to help the most?


Understanding citizen expectations and needs is essential for a successful smart city roadmap. But what's the best way to do it? UK researchers plan to identify the types of citizens likely to benefit from and engage the most with smart city technologies and policies. Read our story to learn how and why.

How Maharashtra plans to become India's first digitally connected state


India's state of Maharashtra has taken the country's digital and manufacturing initiatives to heart in a big way. And to help the realize its ambitious vision, Cisco will deliver a new manufacturing hub, a smart city, education and training programs and more.

Local governments reveal top priorities, biggest barriers in smart tech adoption


A survey of nearly 500 city and county administrators across the U.S. identified smart city technologies as a top priority in the public safety sector. What most described as the biggest barrier to implementation, however, may not surprise you.