A new post on the S&C Electric blog is a useful reminder that cities need to ensure smart energy is front and center in any smart city planning efforts – even in cities that don't own their own utility. Find out why.
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The World Health Organization studied pollution in 1,600 cities around the world and determined it's getting worse, not better. See which country has 13 of the top 20 dirtiest cities – and how smart technologies can contribute to cleaner air.
Researchers at the University of Sheffield are trying to figure that one out. They've created a calculation model and are using a set of 31 indicators to measure economics, infrastructure and social benefits of mobile connected smart cities. See how 11 cities have measured up so far.
Greater mobility, efficiency, safety and sustainability are on Hamburg's to-do list and the city announced this week it's partnering with Cisco to make it all happen. Some ambitious initiatives are on tap, including making the heart of the city's economy -- its port -- smart too. Click for details.
Driven in part by smart city initiatives, a new report from Navigant Research suggests LEDs will be the leading lamp type for outdoor lighting systems in just 10 years – and those systems are going to get smarter too. Is your city ready?
Robots have found work doing a few odd and important jobs in New York City. But intelligent devices may have the capacity to assume an even larger role in city life – such as driving our cars, buses and delivery vehicles. And many are OK with living in a driverless city, according to one study.
Council members are on an international roll in this week's spotlight. Click to read about Enel's new pact in China, Itron's water technology roll out in Saudia Arabia, Alstom's transformer swap in India and ABB's work on a smart grid pilot in Rome.
With storms battering population centers around the world and costing billions of dollars annually due to outages and damage, many city leaders are searching for ways to finance a more resilient electric grid. Alan Snook, President of Council Associate Partner GRID20/20, offers an interesting solution in today's guest column.
This week's short takes from Council members: National Grid promotes smarter energy in Worcester, MA...Qualcomm helps San Diego tout its smarts...Bechtel project pushes sustainable growth in Manitoba...Norway's smarter tolling system gets boost from IBM...CH2M HILL's work on NYC ultraviolet disinfection facility wins award...ABB's urban substations make good neighbors...Schneider Electric and Opower target energy management for SMBs. Click for details.
Improved air quality sensor equipment is enabling researchers and concerned communities to gather air quality data and share it new ways. A Portland, Oregon neighborhood that was alerted to high levels of air pollution near their elementary school shows how it’s being done.