Built environment

Why cities should be paying attention to their 'green infrastructure'

Thu, 2018-03-22 15:11 -- Doug Peeples

A quickly growing Alabama city will be part of a study to determine how to best manage urban forests so they contribute to storm water and flooding management. But urban trees can provide several additional benefits city leaders and planners would do well to consider.

How two counties are building smarter cities (with platforms they already have)

Thu, 2018-03-08 14:28 -- Doug Peeples

Two UK counties, now partners on smart street light installations, are ready to take their partnership several steps further. Essex and Hertfordshire county councils will use their street lighting networks as a platform to launch several smart city technology pilot projects. Click to learn more.

Commentary: BIM's big promise and five considerations to get it right

Wed, 2018-02-28 17:56 -- SCC Partner

Building and Information Modelling holds tremendous promise for how we approach the smart cities built environment. But it hasn't yet fully 'arrived.' Guest author Matthew Mackay of Council Associate Partner Arcadis shares five elements to consider on how to make it deliver as it should.

On the fence about smart street lights? Here are 4 reasons why you shouldn't wait

Thu, 2018-02-22 13:42 -- Doug Peeples

Are smart street lights near the top of your smart cities transformation to-do list? If not, your city could be left behind. Enhanced public safety and energy efficiency are essential — but smart street lighting networks offer another key smart city ingredient: connectivity. Click to find out how, and why it matters.

Taking a second look at Denver's transit-focused smart city project

Thu, 2018-02-15 14:21 -- Doug Peeples

Denver, Colorado, already considered a progressive city, is building what you might call a 'smart district' complete with a partially solar-powered microgrid, LED street lighting, preparations for driverless vehicles and more. Click for details about the city's ambitious project. You may find ideas your city can use.

Smart cities 2018: building on strong foundations for Europe

Tue, 2018-01-09 06:43 -- SCC Europe Staff

Each year heralds in a new wave of predictions when it comes to the trends and technology that will be sweeping over smart cities—and developing new ones. In 2017, European cities saw the rise of smart city solutions like electric vehicles, smart parking and street lighting, and free (and fast) Internet. 5G, for example, was a hot topic at tech conferences as companies partnered up with cities to get the networks in place for this high-speed service.

How connected lighting can make the built environment more efficient – and livable

Thu, 2017-11-30 11:50 -- SCC Partner

Just as connected cities enable greater operating efficiencies and support a more convenient and livable urban environment, there are apps capable of achieving the same for buildings. Read on to find out how connected lighting can improve the way we live and work in the built environment.