Smart Cities

  • A lighting makeover for China city

    A lighting makeover for China city

    Shanghai has received an upgrade in energy efficient lighting. The connected architectural system will illuminate over forty of Shanghai’s iconic buildings throughout the city’s financial and tourist districts and three of its bridges.

  • Abu Dhabi fund finances Pakistan sustainable development projects worth $408m

    The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), the leading UAE entity for development aid, has supported Pakistan with grants and concessionary loans valued at AED 1.5 billion (around US$ 408 million) to date, across nine sustainable development projects. The projects spanned diverse sectors, most notable transport, water and agriculture, healthcare, and education.

  • 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.

  • Africa unveils its first ever ‘smart parking’ system in Ethiopia

    Africa has unveiled it's first-ever 'smart parking' system' in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa in an effort to reduce urban congestion and parking problems in the city. The innovative project cost around $2.2 million to construct - and it is hoped the 'smart parking' system can finally resolve the issues around mobility in a city notorious for its traffic jams. However, Addis Ababa's motorists are plagued even more by the fact the city has insufficient parking facilities.

  • AI implementation credited with reduction in bus crashes in Dubai

    The implementation of AI has been credited with the sharp decline in the number of accidents caused by fatigued bus drivers on Dubai’s congested roads.

  • Alibaba and Macau join forces to implement smart city vision

    Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group will contribute its cloud computing capabilities to transform Macau, an autonomous region on the south coast of China, into one of Asia Pacific's leading smart cities, South China Morning Post reported. Alibaba and Macau signed an agreement on Friday August 4.

  • Are smart cities safe from cyberattacks

    A comprehensive report compiled by expert researchers from IBM Security has once again highlighted just how vulnerable smart cities are to being hacked.

  • Austin continues to reinvent itself as it accelerates effort to become a leading ‘smart city’

    Cities all over the world are currently implementing strategies and initiatives aimed at making their city 'smarter'. The topic of smart cities is a constant theme at ICT events on a global basis, and the implementation of 'smart city' policies continues to accelerate and gain momentum. A perfect illustration of a city reinventing itself to become 'smarter' is the US city of Austin.

  • Australian business delegation expresses interest in India’s ‘smart cities’ program

    An Australian business delegation has announced its interest in investing and exploring potential opportunities that may arise from India's nationwide 'smart cities' program. The business consortium is made up of 35 members - and they flew in India this week to meet with those tasked with the responsibility of leading the smart cities initiative.

  • Australian city set to deploy Internet of Things sensors in bid to get ‘smart’

    An Australian city has announced it will commence the deployment of sensor gateways as part of its efforts to build infrastructure that will place the region at the forefront of Australian smart cities.

  • Austria introduces new intelligence lab for resident-centric smart city development

    The Center for Energy at the Austrian Institute of Technology has launched a City Intelligence Lab (CIL) in an effort to produce smart city solutions that are based more around the needs of residents rather than urban planning.

  • 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.

  • BlackBerry launches free SCMS service

    BlackBerry has launched a security credential management system(SCMS) that will provide a mechanism for vehicles, infrastructure and traffic management centres to exchange information using digital certificates.It is based on BlackBerry’s own Certicom technology and offers a secure and reliable hosted public key infrastructure (PKI), managing certificates on behalf of an organisation or an entire ecosystem.

  • Brazil issues public invitation to pilot IoT projects

    The Brazilian government is continuing to aggressively pursue its ambitions to digitize the country after announcing a new initiative aimed at discovering and subsequently integrating new Internet of Things solutions into its cities.

  • Brazilian government to accelerate IoT services for ‘smart cities’ initiative

    The Brazilian government has announced that it has defined its priority areas for the application of Internet of Things, as the public policies and legislation around the technologies begin to shape. Authorities have targeted smart cities, health and agriculture as the main target areas for digital transformation.

  • Brazilian operator set to launch ‘Smart Cities’ platform for private sector

    A Brazilian telecom operator has disclosed its intentions to launch a 'Smart Cities' platform that will be targeted at both public and private sector. Brazilian company Oi, formerly known as Telemar, is the largest telecommunications company in Brazil and South America and is headquartered in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Brazilian security firm says its AI technology can make Dubai the safest city in the world

    A security organisation will present futuristic artificial intelligence camera and sensor technology that sees, smells and listens for potential problems, at the Future Cities Show in Dubai in a push to make Dubai the world's safest smart city.

  • Building the SMART Future 2017: A successful first edition

    The first edition of “Building the SMART Future” conference was organized on December 7th, 2017 at the Meydan Hotel, Dubai, UAE. The conference highlighted the latest smart cities trends and technologies and tackled the challenges that governments and telcos are facing in their journey to make their cities smarter.

    Panels discussed artificial intelligence and its impact on transportation, employment and health sectors in addition to IoT being a driver of smart cities around the world. 

    In addition, the conference hosted the ITU CXO meeting. ITU hosted the first CXO meeting in October 2016 in Tunisia. The conclusion of the first CXO meeting went on to feed discussions in ITU on the promotion of OTT (over-the-top) innovation, possible regulatory approaches to OTT, and the value of partnerships between OTT players and network operators 

     

     

  • Canadian telco introduces managed IoT security service

    Bell Mobility announced a managed Internet of Things (IoT) security service that offers businesses, smart cities and other organizations employing IoT solutions with an advanced layer of comprehensive security services to detect and respond to evolving cyber threats.

  • China launches blockchain identification system for smart cities

    China has launched a blockchain-based smart cities identification solution, which will assign a unique global ID to smart cities infrastructure. It is expected that the new solution will enable better information sharing and connectivity between smart cities.