The German state of Hesse is working with global tech powerhouse Siemens to build the first eHighway on a public highway in the country, with an overhead contact line for electric freight transport on the A5 autobahn. Expected to be completed at the end of 2018, this new highway will help solve the issue of climate-neutral freight transport by road in Frankfurt, cutting energy consumption in half and reducing local air pollution.
The French city is joining forces with surrounding towns to embark on a €105 million information technology project that will improve city operations while helping save money on street lighting, traffic management and public safety. Working together with EDF's Citelum—as well as major French companies like Bouygues, Suez and Capgemini—the city plans to connect services like lighting through open data and smart city apps, thereby saving up to 65 percent in public lighting costs.
More than a tenth of Americans still don’t go online, a troubling figure that has the potential to widen the digital divide as cities invest more in digital services. From free tablets and small cells to tech education, here are some approaches cities are using to close the gap.
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In an effort to solve public problems and promote sustainable development, Cluj-Napoca is boosting “economic engines” in the creative industries and university sector. Let’s take a look at how Romania’s second city is stepping up as a technology hub that’s been nicknamed the “Silicon Valley of Eastern Europe.”
The number of applications for Internet of Things technology has been growing at a bewildering pace. For example, Georgia is deploying IoT to make school zone traffic safer. Read our story to learn how.
Slovenia’s capital city, Ljubljana, is considered one of the most liveable cities on the globe, with a series of ground-breaking projects that have helped earn it the title of European Green Capital back in 2016. After taking on this role, Ljubljana continues to thrive as an example of sustainability, spearheading movements like the digitalization of bus stops in the city center.
Now Namur, once labeling itself as a “digital gateway,” is looking to earn another title: smart city. A new project in the historic centre is operating as a “living lab,” where citizens can gather and collaborate on creative projects. Here are a few of the ways Namur is working toward a sustainable revolution in the region, one solution at a time.
Islands and remote communities are similar in that both often need to rely on imported fossil fuels for energy, a typically high cost solution that reduces air quality. A smart energy pilot project off the UK coast seeks to change that — and build a transition roadmap that could be used by other locations in the same situation.
Even with GPS and wayfinding apps it's still easy to get lost in an unfamiliar neighborhood while trying to find a building when you're not sure of its exact location. However, University of Hong Kong researchers have come up with a smart address system they say can eliminate the problem — indoors and out.