Built environment

Planning for your smart city's future? How two tools you may already have can help

Wed, 2016-10-05 18:52 -- Doug Peeples

Planning a smart city isn't easy, in large part because a successful smart city roadmap needs to extend well into the future, not just the next few years. Read the story to learn about the tools two Virginia local governments are using to ensure that future is a sustainable, livable one.

Partner Spotlight: News for Oracle, Qualcomm, Current, Siemens, Cubic Transportation and more

Thu, 2016-09-22 14:46 -- SCC Staff

Oracle's Center of Excellence... Qualcomm and GE's Current partner on smart buildings... a Dubai parks project for Siemens... Cubic picked for Singapore fare collection system... Black & Veatch wins honors... Click the links for details.

How combining technologies can take a huge bite out of your cooling costs

Thu, 2016-08-25 12:30 -- SCC Staff

During peak summer months, the heat in Persian Gulf states is extreme — so extreme that about 70% of the region's electricity demand is for cooling. Click to find out about a building management solution that can dramatically reduce energy costs and make your city more sustainable.

Steal these ideas from top Asia-Pacific smart city projects

Tue, 2016-08-23 15:15 -- Doug Peeples

A total of 14 projects were recognized as the top smart city initiatives in Council Associate Partner IDC's annual Smart City Asia-Pacific Awards for 2016. Click to the site to learn about two of the award-winning projects and find strategies and approaches you can use for your own smart city transformations.

One way to fit smart building management into a tight budget

Thu, 2016-08-11 10:20 -- Doug Peeples

IoT-based smarter building management systems can do a lot to increase energy efficiency (and reduce the power bill), enhance security and take advantage of data analytics to improve overall performance. But they can be expensive. Fortunately advances in the field are providing more options, like the one described in our story. Click for details.

Another sustainable smart city option? Build it from the ground up (and include solar)

Thu, 2016-08-11 10:00 -- Doug Peeples

Cities like Barcelona and Copenhagen are typically at the top of "world's best" smart cities lists. But they are existing cities with centuries of history, and their ongoing smart city transformations have had their share of challenges. Public-private partnerships in Florida and Colorado are taking a different tack: they're starting from scratch, and on a much smaller scale.

Why city colleges should consider partnering with tech companies

Tue, 2016-07-26 09:35 -- Doug Peeples

A former student's gratitude for the training that helped him land a job with Siemens has led to paid internships with the company for promising students in an Oregon community college energy management program. It's a classic win-win: good jobs for the students and a talent pool of much-needed building control technicians for the company.

Ideas you can use: Chicago's "Array of Things" project

Tue, 2016-07-19 12:25 -- SCC Staff

A network of sensors will be installed at several locations in Chicago to monitor and track several of the things that affect livability—like air quality, climate and noise. While the project is designed to help the city become healthier and more efficient, the data collected will be open to anyone who wants to use it, from citizens and scientists to researchers and other cities.

Why your city should be thinking about smaller underground metro stations (It worked for London)

Tue, 2016-07-12 10:30 -- Doug Peeples

Need a new metro train station but can’t stomach a major construction project in the middle of downtown? Read our story to learn why a smaller station might be the best option. Your CFO—and your citizens—will thank you for it.