Built environment

Thank your universities (because they're filling the smart cities talent gap)

Thu, 2016-12-01 14:40 -- Doug Peeples

Because a smart city's success depend so heavily on complex systems and technologies, one question often asked is: where do we find the skilled tech professionals capable of operating and administering them? Fortunately, more and more universities and other institutions are stepping up to fill the talent gap.

How one city plans to get smarter (and share how they did it with others)

Tue, 2016-11-22 12:50 -- Doug Peeples

One of the big challenges on the path to becoming a smart city is figuring out how to do a better job of providing services for citizens when city resources are limited. Read the story to learn how Bellevue, Washington and partners will develop a tool to do just that—and share it with other cities.

Disaster planning: why natural defenses can help your city

Thu, 2016-11-17 13:35 -- Doug Peeples

For coastal communities subject to frequent destructive storms, there may be a line of defense that is helping to lessen their impact. New research indicates that coastal wetlands have been responsible for significant reductions in property damage. But we're not doing enough to protect them.

Want a truly resilient smart city? Then let's talk microgrids

Thu, 2016-11-17 13:28 -- Doug Peeples

Connecticut was hit hard by massive storms (including Hurricane Sandy) that caused major power outages and extensive property damage a few years ago. That had a lot to with why the state quickly launched a program to fund microgrid construction: to limit outages and lessen the aftermath. Read our story for an update.

How a Denver solar-plus-storage project will benefit the city -- and the grid

Thu, 2016-11-03 15:39 -- SCC Staff

Council Associate Partner Panasonic, energy storage company Younicos and electric utility Xcel are working together on a solar-plus-storage system for a Panasonic operations hub. Read the story to learn how it will benefit a community development and the electric grid, too.

Take a second look at how you're managing city resources (think materials)

Wed, 2016-10-26 17:06 -- SCC Partner

Many cities are focused on software and sensor technologies to help them manage resources like buildings and streets. But what about the materials used to build them? Read on to learn how integrating materials science can lead to smarter, more efficient resource management – and higher quality infrastructure.

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

Thu, 2016-10-20 13:38 -- Doug Peeples

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

Wed, 2016-10-19 12:37 -- SCC Staff

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.