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More than half of Brits willing to fund smart city traffic solutions

More than half of Brits willing to fund smart city traffic solutions New research has found an increasing appetite for smart city measures that aim to tackle urbanisation problems, such as congestion and security issues, with almost a quarter (24%) of Brits even saying they would be happy to fund these solutions using part of …

Samsung SDS and Telensa Partner to deploy Smart City Infrastructure Solutions

Samsung SDS and Telensa Partner to deploy Smart City Infrastructure Solutions Samsung SDS, the digital arm of Samsung, and Telensa, a leader in smart street lighting and smart city data, today announced that they are working together on smart city projects. The two companies are collaborating on smart streetlighting, in which Telensa is the global …

Harrisburg trials Telensa connected Streetlight Smart City technologies

Harrisburg, USA trials Telensa connected Streetlight Smart City technologies Telensa, a world leader in Smart Street Lighting and Smart City data applications, today announced that it is working with the City of Harrisburg to trial smart city technologies featuring smart sensors for traffic, air quality and waste monitoring. The City deployed a Telensa smart street …

Telensa Smart City Sensors for Urban Data Project to be powered by Qualcomm chips

Telensa Smart City Sensors for Urban Data Project to be powered by Qualcomm chips Telensa, a leader in smart street lighting and smart city applications, today announced that its streetlight-based Multi-Sensor Pods, a key element of the Urban Data Project, will be powered by the Qualcomm® SDM845 processor from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. The Qualcomm SDM845 …

EBRD looks at working together for greener cities to help save the planet

EBRD looks at working together for greener cities to help save the planet Urban rivers choked with plastic, exhaust fumes hazing up the sunset over traffic jams, industrial chimney stacks belching smoke, or decrepit old housing leaking heat into the sky. Cities are the source of 70% of energy use and 80% of greenhouse gas …

Cities are undergoing transport revolutions

Cities are undergoing transport revolutions The privately owned car has long been the leading means of transportation in big cities. But car pools, electric bikes and self-driving vehicles can challenge the car’s dominant position. Over the past 70 years, the car has had a major impact on urban planning and the way our cities are …

City dwellers are demanding smart traffic measures to cut commute times

City dwellers are demanding smart traffic measures to cut commute times The UK is among the most congested countries in the world, with a reported 37.5 million vehicles registered for use on UK roads last year – and now a new report, by ATG Access reveals that almost two-thirds (65%) of city-dwellers are frustrated with …

Dura Vermeer and HAL24K partnership to drive smart infrastructure

Dura Vermeer and HAL24K partnership to drive smart infrastructure As part of its strengthened commitment to digitization and sustainability, construction company Dura Vermeer will make a strategic investment in data intelligence scale-up HAL24K. The companies enter into a partnership to solve complex, infrastructural asset and mobility issues. Thanks to this collaboration, Dura Vermeer will gain …

Over two thirds of people don’t know what a Smart City is

Over two thirds of people don’t know what a Smart City is Almost 70% of the UK public (68%) do not know what a smart city is or the benefits it can bring, according to new research. Despite widespread global investment in the digital transformation of public spaces and the smart city concept, a study …

Building a new City from the ground up

Building a new City from the ground up With Santa Cruz emerging as Latin America’s fastest growing powerhouse, Bolivia’s biggest city is struggling to control its exponential spread. Now a brand-new city is being built from scratch to ease the boom town’s accelerated urbanization. In the fifth episode of The Megaproject Listing, Volvo Construction Equipment …

The visionaries shaping healthy cities of the future

The visionaries shaping healthy cities of the future Did you know that cities account for three quarters of all global carbon emissions? Here we highlight the experts who are striving to create a cleaner and more socially responsible urban environment. According to the United Nations, by 2050, more than two thirds of the world’s entire …

Cleverciti Systems and FoxNet announce distribution partnership in Canada

Cleverciti Systems and FoxNet announce distribution partnership in Canada Cleverciti Systems Corp., a leader in comprehensive, high-tech solutions for outdoor and on-street parking detection, monitoring and guidance, and FoxNet, a Waterloo-based IT service provider, announced today a partnership to bring Cleverciti’s innovative parking solutions to FoxNet’s distribution network in the Canadian market. FoxNet will offer …

A connected world is in sight

A connected world is in sight A simple Google search for ‘connected autonomous vehicles UK’ brings up over nine million hits, with most notably the UK Governments website providing a useful central point for their efforts (spoiler alert: there is a lot about funding opportunities and pictures of pods) in bringing together what is undoubtedly …

Siemens deploys 1,000th Traffic Enforcement Camera

Siemens deploys 1,000th Traffic Enforcement Camera Siemens, a global leader in traffic management technology, has supplied and installed its 1,000th traffic enforcement camera in the UK this year to monitor traffic on the newly-constructed A612 Daleside Road bus lane, the first in the UK to allow exemptions to Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs). The milestone …

Telensa Partners with FarSite for Wireless Bin Sensing for Smart Cities

Telensa Partners with FarSite for Wireless Bin Sensing for Smart Cities Telensa, the world leader in smart street lighting and smart city applications, today announced that it is working with FarSite Communications to integrate its wireless bin monitoring into the Telensa smart city dashboard. By deploying FarSite wireless netBin sensors, local authorities and their contractor …

Aviva, BP, Hastings Direct and Honda RD Europe unite for the evolution of transport

Aviva, BP, Hastings Direct and Honda R&D Europe unite for the evolution of transport The founder members of a Shared Research Programme (SRP) have been announced today: Aviva, BP, Hastings Direct and Honda R&D Europe. These major companies have confirmed their investment into a 3 year foundation research programme, led by TRL in a strategic …

BAM awarded €60 million citydev.brussels multifunctional projects

BAM awarded €60 million citydev.brussels multifunctional projects citydev.brussels, the public body responsible for the urban development of the Brussels-Capital Region, has awarded BAM the contracts for two new projects in the Brussels borough of Anderlecht. Both projects (with a combined value of €60 million) were jointly developed by the property development companies of BAM Belgium …

Urban Observatory monitors Newcastle with new generation of sensors

Urban Observatory monitors Newcastle with new generation of sensors Air Monitors is playing a key role in the UK’s first Urban Observatory which has been designed to provide a digital view of how our cities work. The company has supplied air quality monitoring equipment which has been deployed across Newcastle and Gateshead in conjunction with …

Will online shopping reshape our cities and transport infrastructure

Will online shopping reshape our cities and transport infrastructure E-commerce has changed our shopping habits, and is also influences logistics, city infrastructure planning and properties. The impact will become more and more apparent as online shopping continue to increase driving deliveries and changing the way people interact with current retail centres. With e-commerce turnover increasing …

Essex and Hertfordshire County Councils pilot UK innovation in smart city services

Essex and Hertfordshire County Councils pilot UK innovation in smart city services Essex County Council and Hertfordshire County Council have announced that they are working together to pilot new smart city services. The project, a partnership with Cambridge-based technology firm Telensa, will assess the potential quality-of-life and economic benefits of a range of smart city technologies. …

Smart Parking is a vital component of a modern workspace

Smart Parking is a vital component of a modern workspace Smart buildings use network-enabled building management systems to operate more autonomously. This means sensors from across the building all feed into a single system to control the entire workspace from heating to security. This smart approach is most powerful when applied to both the building …

Cities of the future may be built with volcanic ash

Cities of the future may be built with volcanic ash Study finds adding volcanic ash reduces the overall energy required to manufacture concrete. MIT engineers working with scientists in Kuwait have found that volcanic rocks, when pulverized into a fine ash, can be used as a sustainable additive in concrete structures. In a paper published …

MIT Intelligence Quest looks to drive positive influences on virtually every aspect of society

MIT Intelligence Quest looks to drive positive influences on virtually every aspect of society MIT has announced the launch of the MIT Intelligence Quest, an initiative to discover the foundations of human intelligence and drive the development of technological tools that can positively influence virtually every aspect of society. The announcement was first made in …

MIT Professor releases a manifesto for designing cities

MIT Professor releases a manifesto for designing cities “The city is a people’s art, a shared experience,” a Philadelphia architect and planner named Edmund Bacon once wrote, adding that any urban designer’s job was to “conceive an idea, implant it, and nurture its growth in the collective minds of the community.” It sounds like a …

Amsterdam aims for smart city status with help from Schmidt sweeping technology

Amsterdam aims for smart city status with help from Schmidt sweeping technology Amsterdam is considered to be a smart city and with “Climate Street”, for example, it initiated a flagship project for the Netherlands as a whole. By 2040, Amsterdam wants to be one of the top cities in the world when it comes to …

AGD Systems brings next-generation ITS solutions to Traffex Road Expo Scotland

AGD Systems brings next-generation ITS solutions to Traffex Road Expo Scotland AGD Systems, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of ITS product solutions, will be exhibiting at this year’s Traffex Road Expo Scotland – 1-2 November 2017, at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh. AGD’s new 350 Traffic Control Radar will headline its Traffic & Pedestrian Control …

Smart and responsive Pedestrian Crossing unveiled in London 

Smart and responsive Pedestrian Crossing unveiled in London The world’s first responsive road crossing is being showcased in London as a prototype solution, aimed at tackling the 7,000+ incidents recorded each year at UK crossings between vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. Urban design technologists Umbrellium created the crossing for insurer Direct Line, in response to research …

Driving efficiency into road planning

Driving efficiency into road planning In the highways industry, there is, quite rightly, a well-worn path of using Consultants to advise on best practice. There is nothing wrong with this approach as long as you are sure the Consultants are knowledgeable on the latest thinking and open minded to trying new ideas, but all too …

Atkins and Moovit partner to help shape future transit systems and smart cities

Atkins and Moovit partner to help shape future transit systems and smart cities Design, engineering and project management consultancy, Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, and Moovit, the world’s largest transit data and analytics company, have signed a global agreement that will help cities improve their transit systems and become more efficient smart cities. …

Signalling the way forward for traffic controls

Signalling the way forward for traffic controls The JCT Symposium always signals the start of the next round of events for Clearview Intelligence. JCT takes place at the University of Warwick every September and offers a unique opportunity for traffic signal engineers to exchange knowledge, experience and good practice. This year, the multi-award winning intelligent …

Major new ITS contract awarded to Siemens in Northern Ireland

Major new ITS contract awarded to Siemens in Northern Ireland A new long-term contract to maintain traffic management equipment throughout Northern Ireland (NI) for a minimum period of four years has been awarded to Siemens by the Department for Infrastructure (DfI), NI. With traffic signal equipment at more than 1,200 sites, 950 Safer Routes to …

AGD launches next-gen Traffic Control Radar at JCT Symposium

AGD launches next-gen Traffic Control Radar at JCT Symposium AGD Systems, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of ITS product solutions, will launch its next-generation AGD 350 Traffic Control Radar at JCT Symposium & Exhibition – 20-21 September 2017, at the University of Warwick. The 350 is a sophisticated multi-lane loop replacement radar with stationary …

How to get a good return from your road safety investment

How to get a good return from your road safety investment The latest reported road casualties in Great Britain figures are due out later this month. Based on the last 5 years of results, a sudden decline in road deaths in not anticipated. Improvements in the number of deaths on our roads have stagnated since …

Connected cities need connected car parks

Connected cities need connected car parks A ‘connected city’, also known as a ‘smart city’, relies on an intelligent infrastructure which utilises the wealth of innovation and technologies created by Internet of Things (IoT) and applies them to urban needs. There is a plethora of new and emerging devices and equipment that can sense the …

Clearview Intelligence celebrates Brake Award nomination for safety innovation

Clearview Intelligence celebrates Brake Award nomination for safety innovation Clearview Intelligence has long been an active supporter of Brake, the road safety charity, so was were delighted to learn that they are finalists in the Brake Fleet Safety Awards 2017 for the Innovation category. Clearview believe that innovative and infrastructure-based technology solutions will make the …

Targeting night-time road safety will reduce fatal accidents

Targeting night-time road safety will reduce fatal accidents The 11th road safety performance index report was released last month. This report monitors progress on the European Union’s commitment to reduce road deaths by 50% between 2010 and 2020, and ranks all EU countries according to the percentage change in road deaths as they work towards …

Providing local parking can be a juggling act

Providing local parking can be a juggling act There is a juggling act that Local Authorities face when providing parking facilities. They are having to face up to a no-win situation. If they please their residents by reserving parking spaces they will risk upsetting visitors. If they provide visitors with plenty of parking to their …

Parsons joins MIT Industrial Liaison Program

Parsons joins MIT Industrial Liaison Program Parsons announces that it has joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT’s) Industrial Liaison Program (ILP), a program dedicated to creating and strengthening mutually beneficial relationships between MIT and corporations worldwide. Parsons and MIT held an ILP kickoff meeting in Cambridge, MA, on June 26, 2017. By participating in …

Asian Development Bank calls for integrated transport solutions and urban planning for liveable cities in Asia

Asian Development Bank calls for integrated transport solutions and urban planning for liveable cities in Asia Providing sustainable transport solutions for Asia’s rapidly growing cities is the region’s most urgent transport challenge. Developing Asia now has 33 cities with a population of more than 5 million people. This rapid urban growth has created an enormous strain …

Parsons and MIT host infrastructure, smart cities, and transportation workshop

Parsons and MIT host infrastructure, smart cities, and transportation workshop In early March, Parsons and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT’s) Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering hosted the Infrastructure, Smart Cities, and Transportation workshop. The day-long event brought together leadership representatives from Parsons and faculty, postdocs, and alumni from cross-cutting MIT programs to explore …