Public safety may be a primary reason for street lighting initiatives, but a number of cities are finding that advanced lighting technologies can lead to very significant energy savings.
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A new report from the U.S. Department of Energy's Berkeley Lab says super-efficient air conditioners can provide a significant boost for regions dealing with increasingly high energy demand. The study found that air conditioning efficiency can be improved as much as 20 to 40%.
Microsoft knew the buildings on its 500-acre campus were incredibly energy-inefficient, but its engineers didn't care for the $60 million-plus estimate for a traditional fix or the disruption it would cause. So with dedication, the help of a few vendors and off-the-shelf Microsoft software, a company engineering team came up with a solution that is now saving millions in energy costs.
Hitachi has developed a robot car equipped with sensors and GIS, initially for elderly and disabled drivers. But the self-driving car may be delivering your pizza one of these days.
Cities from Amsterdam and Stockholm to San Diego and Nanjing are reaching for the brass ring of sustainable, efficient and pleasant smart cities. But Santander, an old port city on Spain's Atlantic coast with the same financial problems nagging at many European cities, has already made it happen.
Smart cities are the "biggest market for IT in the world," according to Joe Dignan, chief European public sector analyst for tech research and analysis firm Ovum. And he has a lot more to say about smart city initiatives and why the smart cities market is so strong at a time when so many others are not.
Frustrated drivers circling in search of an elusive parking spot not only contribute to traffic congestion, they also add to air pollution levels. The fix? No worries, there's an app for it.
To be the best big city is London Mayor Boris Johnson's ambition and he's tapped experts to develop a Smart London vision that puts technological innovation at the heart of making the capital a better place to live, work and invest.
A Dallas innovation organization, AT&T and other tech partners are working together on several smart city projects for the city. And they're doing it in a way that keeps citizens very much involved.
Surprises aren’t usually a good thing when they come from a utility. See how three Council partners are helping utilities surprise ratepayers with modern service rather than unexpectedly large bills.