Smart Cities

  • The 2nd edition of Building the SMART Future 2018 conference highlights every aspect of smart cities

    Smart Cities World Forums organized the 2nd edition of its annual conference under the theme “Building the SMART Future” on December 11th, 2018 at the Meydan Hotel, Dubai, UAE.

  • The intelligence revolution is upon us, says Lenovo CEO

    Today we are standing at the beginning of the Fourth 'Intelligence' Revolution, said Yuanqing Yang, Chairman and CEO of Lenovo at the company's TRANSFORM event held in New York on June 20. Yang said Lenovo will "redefine IT" and encouraged "intelligent transformation" driven by cloud computing and artificial intelligence.

  • The UAE: an abundance of smart cities

    We are in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution, the most advanced revolution of all time which has been driven by the creation and adoption of emerging technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), the Internet of Things (IoT), as well as Augmented/Virtual reality (AR/VR), among others.

  • The world’s largest 5G deal announced

    T-Mobile and Nokia announced a landmark $3.5 billion agreement to accelerate the deployment of a nationwide 5G network. Nokia will provide T-Mobile with its complete end-to-end 5G technology, software and services portfolio, assisting the Un-carrier in its efforts to bring its 5G network to market for customers in the critical first years of the 5G cycle.

  • UK operator says 5G can save cities £6bn per-year

    Telecommunications operator O2 has claimed that UK cities could potentially save £6bn per-year by upgrading to 5G. The findings are a result of a comprehensive report entitled 'The value of 5G for cities and communities' which was conducted by the UK operator.

  • UK supermarket to install largest EV charger network

    The largest retail network of electric vehicle (EV) chargers will be rolled out across 600 Tesco stores in the UK within the next three years, it has been announced. The British supermarket has partnered with Volkswagen to provide a charging network that will comprise of 2,400 EV charging bays, and will be installed by UK-based independent public operator, Pod Point. Customers will be able to charge their electric cars using a standard 7kW fast charger for free or benefit from the use of a rapid 50 kW charger for a small cost in line with the market rate.

  • UK University launches ‘Smart City’ Mobility Centre

    The University of Warwick is set to host Europe’s first multi-million-pound Smart City Mobility Centre; a new facility for driverless capable vehicles that will plan for “transport systems of the future”.

  • UK University partners with China to create smart cities research facility

    Cambridge University has announced it has agreed to partner with Nanjing Municipal Government to create a smart cities research center which will be located in China. The collaboration will see both bodies examining how emerging technologies can support a modern 21st century city that has an integrated ecosystem that consists of IT, healthcare and building management.

  • UN calls for investments in green infrastructure to combat natural disasters

    The UN has called for investors to look into green infrastructure such as ecosystem-based solutions in an effort to reduce disaster risk and the negative impacts of climate change.

  • US car manufacturer develops solution which predicts traffic accident hotspots

    American car maker Ford has developed a data-driven solution that could help to identify where traffic collisions are likely to happen – allowing local authorities to fix problems areas before an accident occurs, rather than after.

  • US city accelerates its plans to create world’s largest ‘smart city’ IoT sensor platform

    San Diego has accelerated its efforts to create the world's largest 'smart city' IoT sensor platform, by announcing that it has partnered with GE Current and Inseego Corp to deploy 3,200 new intelligent sensor nodes across the city.

  • US city implements KT’s 1Gbps wireless technology

    The first line of South Korean telecom provider KT's innovative 'GiGa Wire' technology has been installed in the United States. The technology can get internet speeds of up to 1Gbps, with plain copper wire and without any fiber-optic cable. KT signed an MoU with the city of Boston, Massachusetts, in June, for the implementation of the new technology.

  • US expert predicts AI technology will play a key role in securing ‘smart cities’

    An AI expert employed by a leading US based computing firm has claimed that AI (Artificial Intelligence) will play a key role in securing 'smart cities' - as nations continue to pursue smart city initiatives, projects and programs on a global basis in order to improve urban living. AI can enable law enforcement units to predict where crime could potentially be carried out after collecting and subsequently analyzing data retrieved from sensors and cameras.

  • US operator deploys AI in bid to resolve customer service issues

    US telecommunications colossus T-Mobile has taken the decision to implement AI into its customer care system in a bid to resolve a number of issues it is currently having with its customer service. The new customer care tool deployed by the US operator has been specifically designed to speed resolution of complex problems by applying Artificial Intelligence.

  • US to continue to assist India in development of ‘Smart Cities’ under Trump

    US officials have confirmed that they will continue to assist India in the development of ‘smart cities’ in the region under the administration of president elect Donald Trump. During the reign of Barack Obama, India and the US signed a series of memorandums of understanding which was aimed at specifically developing three ‘smart cities’ in Allahabad, Ajmer and Visakhapatnam.

  • VP of Japanese tech firm believes Africa is not ready for ‘smart cities’

    A leading technology expert based in the African region believes the topic of 'smart cities' is not 'relevant' in Africa. Chad Baker, who is the VP of Sales in Africa for Japanese company NEC made the admission during a recent interview at MWC. According to Baker he feels that Africa should revisit and explore the 'smart cities' objective in five years - citing that infrastructural, regulatory and attitudinal hurdles currently prohibit the region from being in a position to implement and develop smart city initiatives in the continent.

  • Washington DC earns global award for its leadership in energy and environmental design

    Washington DC has been awarded a global award for its outstanding leadership in energy, sustainability and environmental design. The US capital achieved its sustainability targets under the 'Smarter DC' program - and it now becomes the first ever recipient of the LEED Cities Platinum award.

  • WeGO shares expertise in smart sustainable development with cities around the world

    Dr. Young-sook Nam, secretary general of WeGO (World Smart Sustainable Organization) has said that WeGO can share and deliver their expertise and knowledge in smart sustainable city development by providing consulting services to member cities through feasibility study programs. Smart Cities World Forums magazine managed to secure an exclusive interview with Dr. Young-sook Nam who provided us with an in-depth and fascinating insight into the work conducted by WeGO.

  • What will Smart Cities mean for Telecom Operators?

    With the prevalence of smart cities and digital transformation seeping their way into the industry and our lives, the role of telecom operators is becoming more crucial than ever before.

  • Zain Kuwait signs MoU to implement traffic safety, smart city solutions

    As part of its joint collaboration with PASS and Shamiya and Shuwaikh Co-op, Zain will offer a wide range of smart city solutions that meet the Ministry of Interior’s (MOI) specifications. The partnership aims to enhance the efficiency of traffic safety in the country.