Smart cities 2018: building on strong foundations for Europe

Tue, 2018-01-09 06:43 -- SCC Europe Staff

Each year heralds in a new wave of predictions when it comes to the trends and technology that will be sweeping over smart cities—and developing new ones. In 2017, European cities saw the rise of smart city solutions like electric vehicles, smart parking and street lighting, and free (and fast) Internet. 5G, for example, was a hot topic at tech conferences as companies partnered up with cities to get the networks in place for this high-speed service.

Update: All states on board for new public safety broadband network

Thu, 2018-01-04 14:55 -- Doug Peeples

It's unanimous. All 50 states have decided to opt-in in to what will be the country's first nationwide public safety broadband communications network. Click to learn about how the new network is expected to improve emergency response times, disaster recovery and first responder efficiency.

How internet over power lines could be a solution for underserved communities

Thu, 2017-12-14 16:59 -- SCC Staff

We tend to take internet access for granted, but it's not available in many rural areas or even in some urban and suburban locations. A new field trial of internet over power line technology could be a big step toward bringing high-speed broadband to more people. Read on for details.

Helmond loopt voorop in slimme verlichtingsprojekten

Wed, 2017-12-13 02:33 -- SCC Europe Staff

In 2013 was slimme verlichting nog niet zo’n trendy onderwerp als nu. De historische stad Helmond in Noord-Brabant, in het zuiden van Nederland, was echter een van de eerste steden die intelligente verlichtingstechnologie inzette om uitdagingen van een groeiend industrieel knooppunt aan te pakken en duurzamer te worden door energie te besparen.

3 ways Turkey is transforming its cities

Thu, 2017-12-07 00:00 -- SCC Europe Staff

A series of smart projects is slowly seeping its way across Turkey’s cities with one goal in mind: transforming the country into a digital hub. Part of Turkey’s 2023 Goals, these smart city concepts are stemming from years of investments in smart technology, which will save the country billions of euros annually, as well as provide the infrastructure necessary to fuel these future-focused technologies.

How connected lighting can make the built environment more efficient – and livable

Thu, 2017-11-30 11:50 -- SCC Partner

Just as connected cities enable greater operating efficiencies and support a more convenient and livable urban environment, there are apps capable of achieving the same for buildings. Read on to find out how connected lighting can improve the way we live and work in the built environment.

Are Smart Islands the next step to EU sustainability success?

Wed, 2017-11-29 05:56 -- SCC Europe Staff

As the EU looks to be a driver in terms of a low carbon economy, islands in Europe are becoming more aware of their role to serve as inspiration for sustainable, integrated solutions that “make the most out of islands’ competitive advantages,” according to the Smart Islands Initiative. Let’s take a look at this new effort inspired by Smart Cities and Communities and how Europe’s islands may play a vital role in helping Europe transition into a low carbon and sustainable economy.

In Campus Descartes, France, the smart city of tomorrow is underway

Wed, 2017-11-22 01:27 -- SCC Europe Staff

In an effort to help push cities in an ecological direction, the "Institut Français des Sciences et Technologies des Transports, de l'Aménagement et des Réseaux" (IFSTTAR) will test out solutions in a mini-city that’s equipped with sensors. Below, we’ll take a closer look at the project underway and what it could mean for cities in terms of moving forward in the energy transition.