Infrastructure

  • Abu Dhabi strengthens cybersecurity infrastructure with new initiative

    The Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA), in partnership with cybersceuirty company Trend Micro, launched the Cyber Defense Challenge.

  • Accenture’s Xavier Anglada on harnessing digital disruption

    The digital revolution has exposed abundant value opportunities for companies to raise efficiency and develop new kinds of products, services, and business models. Accenture is the engine to help transform businesses and leverage the new technologies that are disrupting the industry as we know it. Only by building strong innovation capabilities, can companies successfully make the wise pivot and manage disruption. Xavier Anglada is the Strategy & Consulting lead for Accenture in the MENA region, and is leading his team in harnessing the power of innovation and disruption in the digital era. Smart Cities World Forums sat down with Anglada to explore how disruption is playing out in the Middle East, and how companies can leverage new digital technologies to power through their digital transformation journey.

  • African nations announce ambitious plans to build ‘smart eco-cities’

    An African nation has released details of a hugely ambitious project in which it intends to build a 'smart eco-city' from scratch that will cater for 137,000 residents and 500,000 commuters. The innovative project is being developed in Nigeria - and the new 'smart eco-city' will be located just outside the Nigerian capital of Abuja which is just a short drive from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.

  • Aurecon secures strategic expansion in Asia with new appointments

    International engineering, design and advisory company Aurecon reaffirmed its commitment to building a multi-faceted engineering consultancy business in Greater China with the appointment of two industry veterans, Fredrick Leong and Kam Tim (KT) Lee as Executive Director, Environmental - Greater China and Technical Director – Electrical respectively in February 2020.

  • BAI Communications welcomes new Group CEO

    BAI Communications has announced that global wireless communications executive Igor Leprince has been appointed to the role of Group Chief Executive Officer commencing 1st May 2020.

  • Bee’ah launches new project to support Sharjah recycling initiative

    Bee’ah, the Middle East’s sustainability pioneer, has launched a new project to enhance waste segregation and recycling practices, to supplement the efforts of the company’s ongoing residential recycling programme.

  • Brazilian operator expands edge cloud capability with Nokia AirFrame

    TIM Brazil has selected Nokia AirFrame servers featuring new, 2nd generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors to virtualize its datacenters by the end of 2021.

  • Californian cities take first steps towards implementing its ‘smart city’ infrastructures

    The Californian cities of Berkeley and Palm Springs have announced that it will take its first steps towards implementing its 'smart city' infrastructures after reaching an agreement with 5 Bars Communities, which is a dba of XG Communities.

  • Cities should start riding the autonomous driving wave, report says

    Connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) are coming and there's no turning back. In a report published by Siemens, the company urges cities to preplan for the arrival of CAV, and to tackle issues in the wider context of mobility transformation.

  • Cybersecurity can make or break smart cities- here’s why

    It could be argued that without robust cybersecurity infrastructure in place, smart cities would do more harm than good and would be absolutely flawed.

  • Deployment of ‘smart lampposts’ could save Europe €2.1bn every year

    The deployment of 'smart lampposts' could potentially save Europe €2.1bn every year according to analysis which was conducted by Sharing Cities, a Europe-wide Smart Cities organization. The comprehensive report highlights that currently Europe spends around $3bn on street lighting on an annual basis.

  • Deutsche Telekom develops ‘co-creation toolbox’ for smart cities

    Deutsche Telekom has announced its ‘smart city co-creation toolbox’ which enables administrations to find out what citizens and companies want when developing a smart city strategy.

  • Dubai amongst top five world leaders in smart city tech

    Dubai has been rated as one of the top five cities in using smart technology to better the lives of its residents, according to the latest Smart Cities Index.

  • Dubai and Abu Dhabi emerge as the Top Cities in the Middle East

    In a new survey by Bayt.com titled ‘Top Cities in the Middle East and North Africa', both Dubai and Abu Dhabi ranked the highest for cities to live in. The ranking was based on several factors including economic, environmental, standard of living, socio-cultural, and entrepreneurship factors.The survey determined that the top 10 cities in the MENA are: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Eastern Province, Doha, Riyadh, Marrakech, Rabat, Jeddah, and Kuwait City.

  • German 5G auction to cause increase in spectrum costs

    At Germany’s 5G spectrum auction, 4 bidders offered EUR 1.03 billion in the 75th round, says the German Federal Network Agency.

  • Global smart cities market projected to grow by 23% between 2020 and 2024

    With the decreasing price of connected devices, the market for smart cities is expected to grow exponentially namely in the fields of smart governance and education, report finds.

  • Google’s efforts to build ‘smart city’ on Toronto waterfront sparks row

    A plan by US technology colossus Google to construct a 'smart city' on Toronto's waterfront has sparked row, with many locals expressing their frustration at the lack of transparency in relation to the project. A few months ago, Google's Sidewalk Labs announced intentions to construct a 'smart city' on the Canadian city's famous waterfront.

  • How the GCC has led the way in smart city developments

    The GCC region has been renowned as one of the most prominent tech adopters. The region is comprised of the Middle East’s most fruitful economies with unique yet unified visions to better the lives of their residents by developing smarter cities.

  • Iceland deploys ‘fast chargers’ to cope with country’s adoption of electric vehicles

    Iceland has been forced to deploy new 'fast charging' infrastructure across its capital Reykjavik, following the rapid increase and adoption of electric vehicles in the country. Iceland's government has been aggressively pursuing the electrification in its transport sector, and Icelandic motorists are acutely aware of the benefits of moving away from fossil-fuel powered cars towards clean electric vehicles.

  • Ireland’s Internet of Things position is the envy of the world

    Head of Technology at IDA, (Industrial Development Authority) Leo Clancy, has boldly claimed that Ireland's IoT position is the envy of the world. He feels Ireland is perfectly placed as global industries continue to invest significantly in IoT.

    Three words that prominently feature as a recurring theme during his interview with Silicon Republic are 'Collect, Connect and Transform'.