IOT & SMART CITY

Managed smart metering to thrive as utilities max the value of smart grid investments

Berg Insight has found that the installed base of smart electricity and gas meters in Europe was 168.3 million in 2019. The installed base is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.9% to reach 280.4 million units in 2025.

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Leipzig to roll out 21 electric buses as part of its Mobility 2030 strategy

The German city will implement charging systems from Siemens Smart Infrastructure along the routes as well as at the Lindenau bus depot with the e-buses scheduled to go into operation in 2021.

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Electrify America completes first cross-country charging route

The first of two cross-country routes to be completed this year, it spans 11 states and over 2,700 miles to take drivers from Los Angeles to Washington DC.

Electrify America has announced it has completed its first coast-to-coast route of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the US.

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Toolkit identifies locations for cycleways in England

It has been developed to help inform bids for Tranche 2 of the Government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund, particularly for authorities which have not yet developed local walking and cycling investment plans.

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50 major US cities double their solar capacity

US cities are increasingly turning to solar to meet their energy needs with 50 major urban areas having each more than doubled their total installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity since 2013, a new study reveals.

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Otonomo expands connected car data ecosystem

The automotive data services platform developer is collaborating with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to increase the use of car data in the European Union.

Automotive data services platform Otonomo has inked a deal with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to receive aggregated data from connected FCA vehicles for smart cities applications, mapping, traffic planning, and other solutions.

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Curiosity Lab teams with Kennesaw State University for open source V2V project

KSU researchers selected Curiosity Lab as one of its primary test locations due to the lab’s autonomous vehicle test track and commitment to supporting and facilitating innovation.

Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners has announced a strategic partnership with Kennesaw State University (KSU) to further research in smart mobility technologies.

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Multi-purpose IoT edge node and gateway

Arrow Electronics, Inc. and Shiratech have together launched IoT Box, a multi-purpose IoT edge node and gateway solution that enables sensors and actuators to be connected directly to the cloud.

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Hyperloop company completes €7m financing round

Zeleros, the Spanish company leading the development of hyperloop in Europe, has completed a financing round worth more than €7m.

The company will move into a new phase of development of what is called the “fifth mode of transport” which could dramatically reduce journey times between cities.

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Smart waste report sets out how to realise the circular economy

Rubicon’s report, Toward a Future Without Waste, presents a roadmap for cities and governments on how to implement technology-based solutions to build a more sustainable future.

Rubicon has released its inaugural environmental, social and governance report that sets out technology-based sustainability solutions to reduce emissions, eliminate waste, promote recycling, and bring a circular economy to reality.

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AI thermal imager detects elevated body temperature

As individuals pass in front of a high-resolution, thermal imaging camera, their skin temperature is automatically detected and this can alert a person with an elevated temperature to seek additional screening.

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Singapore pilots robot dog to assist safe distancing in parks

The four-legged robot called Spot, which is fitted with safety sensors to detect objects and people in its path, is being deployed over a 3km stretch in a section of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.

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Sidewalk Labs shuts down Toronto smart city project

Google affiliate Sidewalk Labs has shelved its controversial Toronto smart city plans, citing the impact of coronavirus and “unprecedented economic uncertainty”.

The abrupt announcement marks the end of a project that had been delayed several times and received strong criticism in some quarters from citizens and privacy campaigners to its own advisors.

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Downtown Miami used for eco-friendly cargo bike pilot

DHL Express and Reef Technology are partnering to trial the use of low-power, electric-assist e-cargo cycles for deliveries across the city to help reduce congestion.

The City of Miami has teamed up with DHL Express and Reef Technology to launch a pilot programme using low-power electric-assist e-cargo cycles for freight deliveries across Miami.

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Pittsburgh airport deploys autonomous UV cleaning robots

The robots use ultra-violet light and form part of the airport’s new disinfecting strategy to increase cleanliness and help to restore confidence in travelling.

Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) claims to have become the first US airport to use autonomous robots with ultraviolet light technology for cleaning.

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Interest in smart street lighting triples in US cities

The largest 314 cities in the US (those with over 100,000 residents) are converting to LED streetlights and interest in connected or smart street lights has nearly tripled, according to a report.

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EHang to build world’s first e-port in China

The autonomous aerial technology platform company will build the e-port in the city of Hezhou in China’s Guangxi Province to accelerate the commercialisation of AAVs in the tourism industry.

Autonomous aerial technology platform company, EHang, is to build what claims to be the world’s first e-port for autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) services in the city of Hezhou in China’s Guangxi Province.

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Tainan to launch commercial autonomous bus service

The City of Tainan is launching its first revenue-generating self-driving bus programme with LILEE Systems, a technology and system integration provider.

The service will cover two business districts in the fifth-largest city in Taiwan, starting later this year, and is part of a two-year smart transportation development plan.

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Germany deploys its largest LoRaWAN network for energy and water utility

Kerlink, a specialist in solutions dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT), and ZENNER IoT Solutions GmbH, a LoRaWAN system integrator and solution provider in Germany, have collaborated on the largest LoRaWAN deployment in the country.

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Ping An offers smart audio screening for coronavirus

China-based Ping An Smart Healthcare, an affiliate of Ping An Smart City, has launched a smart audio screening system for COVID-19, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP) to strengthen epidemic control and prevention.

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Securing the IoT edge means cyber security experts must work together

The Internet of Things (IoT) presents a unique cybersecurity challenge. A combination of low computational power, a wide variety of communication protocols, and a lack of security standards leaves a myriad of channels open for hackers.

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Netherlands doubles renewable energy subsidies

The Dutch Government plans to double green energy subsidies to €4 billion in 2020, from a previously planned €2 billion to meet its promise to cut CO2 emissions.

Eric Wiebes, minister for economic affairs and climate policy, and member of the cabinet of the Netherlands, wrote to parliament explaining the measure was aimed at reducing CO2 emissions by 25 per cent by the end of 2020.

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Hitachi Capital, Yokogawa and amnimo partner to view IIoT equipment status

Hitachi Capital Corporation, Yokogawa Electric Corporation, and amnimo Inc., a subsidiary of Yokogawa, have struck a new partnership agreement. The aim is to provide new services by adding Industrial IoT (IIoT) to each company’s technologies, know-how, and lease equipment.

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New York state to select five smart city testbeds

Five cities in New York State will be chosen as smart city testbeds with funding support of up to $2 million.

The smart cities programme has been launched by New York State’s economic development organisation, Empire State Development, in collaboration with the Israel Innovation Authority.

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Liveable Cities selects Sierra Wireless LPWA solution for smart city applications

IoT solutions provider , Sierra Wireless, reports that Liveable Cities, a division of Canada-based LED Roadway Lighting, has selected its low power, wide area (LPWA) network solution to enable smart city applications.

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Dubai launches 100% Paperless Stamp

Government entities in Dubai that have fully implemented the Dubai Paperless Strategy will be awarded with a 100% Paperless Stamp.

The Smart Dubai Department has launched the initiative as part of its contribution to the Government Development Track, one of six tracks announced by the Dubai Council.

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UK’s first converted ‘electric avenue’ announced

Siemens has unveiled the UK’s first street that has been fully converted for charging electric vehicles (EV).

The project, in collaboration with ubitricity and Westminster City Council, has converted 24 lampposts along Sutherland Avenue in London into EV charge points using existing city infrastructure.

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How IIoT is helping manufacturing businesses with global growth

Despite growing challenges including spiralling costs and increased global competition, manufacturers continue to play a major role in the global economy, contributing US$6.7 trillion (€5.8 trillion) according to recent figures by Make UK, says Ben Sturgess, co-founder and chief technology officer, Pathfindr.

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Ontario transport agency shares user data with public health body

Metrolinx stressed the privacy measures in place and the “extraordinary times”. The case is one of a growing number which highlight how officials are faced with finding the balance between individual privacy and the common good amid an urgent public health crisis.

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Ready-to-Use industrial IoT solution bundles to be delivered by Senet and T-Systems

Senet, Inc, a provider of cloud-based software and services platforms that enable global connectivity and on-demand network build-outs for the Internet of Things (IoT), has announced an integrated solution and go-to-market partnership with T-Systems, North America (TSNA).

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