MasterCard joins Smart Cities Council: MasterCard is the latest global technology leader to join the Council as a Lead Partner, signifying a turning point in the development of innovative digital transaction processing platforms for city government, businesses and citizens. MasterCard will work with the Council’s advisors and members to provide cities with better, safer and more secure payment methods. “We are passionate about innovation and constantly seeking to develop and test new payment channels and digital solutions that are safe, simple and smart,” said Emmanuel Petit, General Manager Government & Public Sector at MasterCard Europe. “What better way to do this than by joining the Smart Cities Council, which works with the most progressive businesses, thought leaders and cities around the globe.”
CAFFEET '13 promotes energy efficiency (and discount for SCC members): CaFFEET – for California France Forum on Energy Efficiency Technologies is an annual event established in 2011 by Smart Cites Council Lead Partner EDF and the Consulate General of France in San Francisco to promote technical and scientific collaboration on energy efficiency between France and California, two leaders in achieving a low-CO2 economy. The third edition will be held at Stanford University Nov. 22-22. It will be the first conference covering the conjunction of two hot topics: Big Data and Resilience. And here's a special deal for Smart Cities Council members: Receive a 20% special discount by entering the following discount code CAFFEET_SCC when registering.
Cisco brings telemedicine home: The Silicon Valley Business Journal reports that Council Lead Partner Cisco, which has deployed its HealthPresence technology around the world, is working to connect doctors at Stanford Hospital & Clinics with its employees via telemedicine. HealthPresence uses high-definition cameras to transmit videos between doctors and patients. The advantage for Stanford doctors is they can expand their patient base to most anywhere with a good Internet connection. And Cisco employees and dependents can be seen by a doctor without the time and expense of traveling to a clinic.
Will the federal fleet be run by Zipcar? That's a recent headline on a Washington Post blog talking about the General Services Administration (GSA) announcing plans to pursue car-sharing as part of a cost-reduction effort. According to the Post, the GSA manages 200,000 cars and trucks and other federal agencies that manage their own fleets account for another 400,000 vehicles. The GSA will launch car-sharing pilots in Washington D.C., Boston, New York City and Chicago with Council Associate Partner Zipcar as well as Hertz and Enterprise.