Success of smart cities depends on citizen engagement, says Gartner

The success of smart cities is very much reliant on the engagement of its citizens and discussions between the government and citizens are critical to ensure that the right issues are taken care of, according to Gartner.

At the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Dubai, UAE, Gartner analysts have underscored certain recommendations that CIOs in local government need to consider for the success of smart cities. Among the recommendations underscored are identifying and prioritising the issues that are negatively...

By IoT News, 14 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Las Vegas among US cities given grant by Smart Cities Council

The names of the 2018 Readiness Challenge Grants winners are finally declared by the Smart Cities Council - Birmingham, Alabama; Cary, North Carolina; Las Vegas, Nevada; Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky; and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The victorious cities will get 365-day expert, vendor-neutral mentoring as well as free customised products and services from organisations including Qualcomm, Battelle, SYNEXXUS, CompTIA and IES. In addition, on-site Readiness Workshop will be carried out as part of the...

By IoT News, 09 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Port of Rotterdam prepares for digital transformation with IBM IoT

The Port of Rotterdam is preparing for a digital transformation with IBM’s cloud-based IoT technologies – starting with the formulation of a centralised dashboard application that collects and processes real-time water, weather sensor data and communications data.

Previously, Europe’s largest port by cargo tonnage banked on conventional communication techniques such as radar and radio to establish communication between captains, pilots and terminal operators to make vital decisions on port...

By IoT News, 02 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Researchers use AI to fly drones at city-level autonomously

A team of researchers used AI to enable drones to fly safely and autonomously within urban environments.

Drones are often tested high up in the air to ensure a strong GPS signal and prevent collisions with people, vehicles, and other things which occupy a typical urban environment.

However, the airspace presents its own challenges. Many countries have already introduced laws to restrict how high drones can fly to prevent...

By Ryan Daws, 31 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Cities.

Why smart city technologies are set to drive ‘trillions’ in economic growth over the coming decade

Smart city technologies are set to drive the economic development of cities by more than 5% and drive more than $20 trillion in additional economic benefits by 2026, according to an ABI Research report.

The report, titled ‘Roles of Smart Cities for Economic Development’, was commissioned by InterDigital on behalf of its Smart Cities-focused business, Chordant. In order to capitalise on the economic benefits, cities must begin preparation and investment now, the report noted.

Jim Nolan, executive...

By IoT News, 29 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Smart Cities.

Pennsylvania gears up for fleet optimisation alongside CalAmp

The Bureau of Vehicle Management (BVM) of the US state of Pennsylvania will deploy CalAmp’s automotive IoT solution for commercial fleets in an effort to have better insights into vehicle utilisation, bring down costs and streamline fleet operations.

The bureau has also decided to deploy the FleetOutlook on roughly 50% of state-owned vehicle fleets to boost efficiency, address maintenance related concerns promptly and defend vehicle theft. The bureau will also leverage FleetOutlook’s driver...

By IoT News, 26 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Editorial: Alibaba CEO believes AI could trigger WWIII

While many technology leaders are bullish about the positive aspects of AI, Alibaba CEO Jack Ma has warned it could trigger World War 3.

Ma points towards previous technological revolutions triggering some of the darkest periods in history.

“The first technology revolution caused the First World War, and the second technology revolution caused the Second World War,” said Ma, according to

By Ryan Daws, 25 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Development, IoT, Security, Smart Cities.

Bosch, Huawei, and Vodafone conduct V2X trials for connected cars

Bosch, Huawei, and Vodafone have teamed up to conduct V2X (vehicle-to-everything) trials in Munich ahead of connected cars hitting the road.

We’ve heard plenty about V2V (vehicle-to-vehicle) and V2I (vehicle-to-infrastructure) trials, but real-world rollouts of connected cars will require both. V2I technology enables connected cars to communicate with each other, roadside infrastructure, and online services.

By Ryan Daws, 24 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Telefónica prepares for smart cities with 5G trials in two Spanish locations

Spanish telecommunications giant Telefónica has begun 5G trials in the cities of Segovia and Talavera de la Reina, in partnership with Nokia and Ericsson.

The cities will be converted into ’5G living laboratories’ over the next three years for testing services, business models, and technologies relating to the upcoming mobile standard.

In Segovia, Nokia was chosen as the partner of choice for its ‘unique’ end-to-end product portfolio. In Talvera de la Reina, Ericsson was...

By Ryan Daws, 23 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

Bosch opens its Berlin IoT campus

Bosch has opened a new hub in Berlin where it will advance its push into the Internet of Things.

The company will use its hub in Berlin to work alongside the many players working on related solutions in the area which includes software and hardware providers, technology partners, and startups.

Speaking alongside Berlin’s mayor, Bosch CEO Dr. Volkmar Denner said:

“With our new...

By Ryan Daws, 19 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Smart Cities.