Smart City Concepts

What Jerusalem can teach cities about partnering with startup companies

Fri, 2015-12-11 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

Taking on a startup as a vendor and partner may seem like risky business but Jerusalem’s municipal water utility, Hagihon Company, seems to make a habit of it. The utility is working with several water technology startups as it looks for innovative solutions to aging infrastructure, leaking pipes and other headaches.

China's big plans to be the global leader in smart city technology

Fri, 2015-11-20 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

The U.S. and the European Union may be the trailblazers for the smart cities initiative, but Chinese officials say their country will dominate the smart city technology sector within five years. And they’re confident enough to say the Chinese smart city model will be one of the first to be adopted by other countries.

Why GE won a $2.6B locomotive deal with India’s railway company

Wed, 2015-11-18 06:00 -- SCC Staff

India’s railroad is the backbone of the country’s inland transportation system for both passengers and freight, and it’s growing steadily to meet the demands of larger cities and an increasing population. GE was selected to provide Indian Railways with 1,000 diesel locomotives and the manufacturing facilities needed to build them as part of the country’s rail modernization effort. Read the story for details.

Cities that need energy storage (batteries) can soon turn to Daimler

Fri, 2015-11-13 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

As the demand for renewable energy grows, the need for efficient energy storage systems to balance its variable output grows along with it. Mercedes-Benz car maker Daimler plans to deploy what it says is the world's largest second life EV battery-based energy storage unit early next year -- and to market it in the German power sector.

Smart cities: one way to beat a sluggish economy?

Wed, 2015-11-11 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

Bouncing back after a prolonged global economic downturn is a very tall order, but at least one expert thinks smart city upgrades could be the spark urban areas need. Read the story to learn why adopting smart, intelligent solutions could help revive a city -- and attract smart, talented people to help it thrive.

Ambitious city projects spur smart energy market growth

Fri, 2015-11-06 06:00 -- SCC Staff

Navigant Research expects the global smart energy for smart cities market to almost triple in a little less than 10 years. Since smart city initiatives often start with energy efficiency and energy modernization projects to enable them to provide the benefits of a smart city, Navigant's numbers seem to indicate more cities are taking that path to becoming smart -- with more on the way.

MasterCard’s growing role in smart cities (and why data matters)

Fri, 2015-10-23 06:00 -- SCC Staff

Some may wonder about a global payments and technology company becoming heavily involved in the smart cities initiative, but MasterCard most certainly has. Read the story for a MasterCard official’s view of the company’s role in smart cities. Hint: It has a lot to do with data.

Encouraging innovation: approaches for generating winning solutions

Wed, 2015-10-21 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

Innovative smart cities solutions come from many sources. Learn about competition-winning concepts for drastically reducing landfill waste, a model for zero-energy buildings, outstanding smart city initiatives -- and a new UK competition seeking smart solutions to some of London's problems.

Santa Rosa wastewater plant to run greener, cheaper with microgrid

Wed, 2015-10-14 06:00 -- SCC Staff

The addition of a microgrid to a Santa Rosa, California wastewater treatment plant is expected to allow the facility to use more renewable energy and reduce its carbon footprint, decrease its dependence on the main electric grid -- and quite possibly make money for the city if all goes well. Learn more about the project Alstom Grid is working on.