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Making a small corner of Vienna just a little smarter

Siemens AG is leading a consortium undertaking a new smart city research initiative in the new Aspern district of the Austrian capital. The German engineering goliath is the lead partner in a public private partnership called Aspern Smart City Research. The project, which has a five-year budget of $41 million, includes two energy providers to […]


UK’s Bristol wins laurels for its programmable city initiative

The future-friendly city of Bristol received a notable Internet of Things (IoT) award for its programmable city initiative. Globe Newswire said that the southwest U.K. city recently won the Smart City Award at the World Communications Awards & Internet of Things Awards in London. The city was recognized for its Bristol is Open project, which is […]

Alaska Air CIO flies off to build Dubai smart cities

Dubai is getting some high-flying help in developing smart cities by landing technology guru Veresh Sita As reported by IDG’s CIO magazine, Emaar Properties recently wooed Sita away from his Chief Information Officer role with Alaska Airlines. He will now take on the role of Chief Digital Officer (CDO) with Emaar, one of the United […]

Europe to see an $18 trillion connected cars boost by 2050

A new research report found that autonomous vehicles will contribute over $18 trillion to the European economy by 2050. And vulnerable populations are seen as gaining the most from the emerging car technology. Smart Cities World reported on the release of a Nissan-sponsored study Freeing the Road by the Policy Network think tank. The report, which […]

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China teams up with HSBC, Arup to launch smart cities hub

A partnership including global bank HSBC launched a UK-China development and investment hub focused on fostering smart cities. The banking giant teamed up with the China Centre for Urban Development and engineering firm Arup Group in the initiative. The UK-China Smart City initiative will allow private companies to work with the Chinese government on challenges stemming […]

Study shows cities getting smarter in 2017, but data use gets dumber

In its 2017 predictions, International Data Corp. (IDC) sees smart city activity and open data projects accelerating, though urban leaders will remain poorly equipped to harness the new data potential. The market research firm recently released its report IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Smart Cities 2017 Predictions. Smart cities are expected to begin churning out staggering amounts […]


Smart city transformation begins with tangible entry points

Often lost amongst the smart cities media hype are clearly defined entry points that local leaders can target when beginning to transform their metropolis into a smart city. Thankfully, Tech Republic recently interviewed several industry experts for their views on how urban leaders can begin the journey toward smart city-dom. One key focus is to […]

Ford will test driverless cars in Europe next year

Ford announced it will plans to start testing its autonomous vehicles on European roads by next year as it ramps up its robot car strategy. According to Digital Trends  the U.S. car manufacturing goliath is moving ahead with European testing as it pursues its ambitious strategy to introduce fully autonomous vehicles for ride-hailing by 2021. […]


Fitbit buys Pebble as wearables consolidation continues

Fitbit is reportedly buying the troubled Pebble smartwatch in further consolidation in the flagging wearables market. Full details and dollar value of the deal hasn’t yet been made public but the two firms, which were said to be in the final stages of a tie-up prior to Thanksgiving, have now reportedly inked a deal. And […]

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Smart cities need banks’ data muscle more than governments

Though governments are vocal smart city champions, some industry pundits say connected cities need the data power of private sectors like banking to evolve. The future of smart cities was explored in a commentary on Payments Source by Hossein Rahnama, CEO of context-aware computing startup Flybits. As Internet of Things (IoT) technology proliferates throughout global […]

Totem’s poles to power electric car charging in smart cities

A new bundled energy system was unveiled by Totem Power that aims to give smart cities a suite of location-based energy services through cyborg palm trees. Greentech Media reported on the recent emergence of the Bedford, N.Y.-based startup from stealth mode. Key to Totem’s vision is its 18-foot solar-powered poles festooned with technology to boost […]

Connected cars driving consolidation in chip sector

The world’s largest car chipmaker, NXP Semiconductor, expects self-driving cars and connected devices will drive a wave of consolidation in the microprocessor sector. Euronews recently discussed an accelerating consolidation trend currently underway in the chip manufacturing market. A pivotal tie-up in the sector was Qualcomm’s $38 billion acquisition of NXP last week. Much of the business […]

For this new smart city venture, small is beautiful

While corporate giants and big cities are adopting Internet of Things (IoT) technology at a fervent pace, a new venture seeks to help smaller businesses and towns take advantage of IoT’s vast potential too. Telecommunications consultancy B2 Group announced that it was launching Directed IoT. The focus of the new division is to aid the […]

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Cisco aims to hook up 100 smart cities in India

U.S. networking hardware giant Cisco Systems is looking to transform 100 Indian metropolises into smart cities with connected technology. Economic Times says Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins confirmed his company’s commitment to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India initiative. He said that Cisco is currently working with state governments to digitally transform 14 cities, and that’s just the […]