Instrumentation and control

How Bluetooth and sensors help Michigan drivers avoid road construction snarls

Fri, 2015-04-17 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

Construction season often adds angst to already messy commutes. Learn how a combination of sensors and Bluetooth technology helps drivers negotiate a major road construction project on a stretch of U.S. 31 in Michigan. Would it make sense for your city?

City of Lights becomes City of LEDs (and paves the way to a smarter future)

Wed, 2015-04-15 06:00 -- Jesse Berst

Smart street lights are emerging as a favorite on-ramp to a smart city. So it may be time to start shopping around like Paris did. Some of the city's most iconic neighborhoods will soon sport a citywide canopy network for street and traffic lights that Silver Spring Networks will deploy.

Alabama school district gets 'A' for energy efficiency (and saving money)

Fri, 2015-04-03 06:00 -- SCC Staff

Schneider Electric is taking its experience in energy management and automation to an Alabama school district to provide an extensive renovation that will ultimately result in a better environment for students and save the district a lot of money in energy costs -- $11.7 million over 20 years.

Enel says out with coal, in with renewables (and lots of them)

Fri, 2015-04-03 06:00 -- SCC Staff

Enel already has the credentials to prove its status as an energy industry pioneer and innovator. Now the Italian utility plans to take it a big step further by investing billions in renewables and smart-grid-related initiatives. In doing so it has what may seem an unlikely new partner: Greenpeace.

Partner spotlight: Qualcomm, Ooredoo, CH2M HILL, Black & Veatch, ABB

Fri, 2015-03-27 06:00 -- SCC Staff

Qualcomm, AMC Health team to improve care for at-risk patients… Ooredoo has visit from PM to talk smart cities… CH2M HILL tapped for biggest infrastructure project in Latin America… Black & Veatch joins Value of Water Coalition… ABB teams with Samsung SDI to accelerate growth of microgrid market.

Think there are a lot of connected things now? Just wait, Gartner says

Wed, 2015-03-25 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

If it isn't now, it probably will be soon. Research firm Gartner predicts the number of connected things (like smart LED lighting, smart locks and a plethora of sensors) in use in smart cities will reach 1.1 billion this year -- and climb to 9.7 billion in five years. Click to see the expected growth hot spots.

Is there a microgrid in your city's future? New initiatives may point the way

Fri, 2015-03-20 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

The largest solar installation company in the U.S. is zeroing in on likely customers for a new microgrids-as-a-service offering – municipalities among them. Utility heavyweight Duke Energy is eyeing microgrids too – and has assembled a who's who of industry players. Click for details.