Instrumentation and control

Daimler unveils first self-driving truck approved for U.S. highway testing

Wed, 2015-05-13 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

It will be years before Daimler's Inspiration Trucks hit the highways as commercial vehicles, but the company’s autonomous truck has been approved and licensed for testing on Nevada highways. That's a huge step. Find out why -- and what benefits they bring to roadways.

Partner spotlight: Cubic Transportation Systems, Itron, IBM, CH2M, Elster

Wed, 2015-05-13 06:00 -- SCC Staff

Cubic tapped to roll out intelligent transport in Manchester, UK… Itron begins massive smart water meter upgrade in Jordanian capital… IBM, Peugeot team on connected car services for smart cities… CH2M water projects receive big international honors… Elster in line to provide even more Memphis smart meters.

The future of buildings is now: Is automation technology on your city's radar?

Fri, 2015-05-01 06:00 -- SCC Staff

Once the stuff of science fiction, today four major trends are driving the furious development of building automation technology for smarter buildings. In an excerpt from ABB Review, Thomas Rodenbusch-Mohr and Anthony Byatt explain how these technologies help cities meet energy efficiency goals.

Information is power

Wed, 2015-04-29 06:00 -- SCC Staff

For electric utility providers to truly achieve a smart grid, they need precise information. Without it, power is less reliable, less cost-effective and fewer renewables will be blended in. Alan Snook says sensors are the key – and with them smart cities reap the benefits. Find out why.

Do San Francisco’s smart meters help curb water use?

Fri, 2015-04-24 06:00 -- Doug Cooley

San Francisco has embraced smart water meters like few other places in the world. More than 96% of the city’s 178,000 water accounts are monitored by the digital devices -- most of them provided by Elster. But can they help the Golden State cope with its interminable drought? Some early evidence suggests yes.