Cisco announces launch of $1 billion smart cities fund

Cisco is putting its money where its mouth is in terms of making cities smarter – by contributing $1 billion to a new program.

The City Infrastructure Financing Acceleration Program was announced at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, with Cisco working alongside Digital Alpha Advisors, a private equity firm, and pension fund investors APG Asset Management and Whitehelm Capital.

Alongside this, the company has added new functionality to its Cisco Kinetic for Cities digital platform. New...

By James Bourne, 20 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Huawei gives update on smart cities ‘nervous system’ initiative

Huawei says its ‘nervous system’ implementation for smart cities has helped more than 100 areas.

The company compares the concept of a smart city to a living organism that works continuously to enhance the services of the city. Using new ICT, such as cloud computing, big data, IoT, and AI, drive unified coordination, cross-sector collaboration, and intelligent analysis for effective management of services in a smart city, Huawei says.

Participating at the Smart City Expo World Congress 2017 (SCEWC) in...

By IoT News, 17 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Healthcare, IoT, Smart Cities.

Cisco and Siemens come out on top as leading smart city suppliers

Cisco and Siemens lead the list of smart city suppliers in a new report prepared by Navigant Research.

The study, titled “Navigant Research Leaderboard: Smart City Suppliers”, examined the strategy and execution of 16 prominent smart city suppliers with the faculty to provide leadership on extensive smart city projects across various operational and service areas.

The list was prepared by taking 10 criteria into consideration: vision; go-to-market strategy; partners; product strategy; geographic...

By IoT News, 06 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Number of connected IoT devices to hit 125 billion by 2030, says IHS Markit

The number of connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices will jump on average 12% each year from 27 billion this year to 125bn in 2030, according to new research from IHS Markit.

The eBook, titled ‘The Internet of Things: A Movement, not a Market’, explains how the IoT is creating competition by transforming day-to-day business practices and bringing in new opportunities. It is expected that over the next 15 years, worldwide data transmissions will increase yearly from 20 to 25% to an average of...

By IoT News, 26 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Smart Cities.

Dubai launches IoT strategy and ‘data wealth’ initiative

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, was recently at the headquarters of Smart Dubai, at the Dubai Design District (d3), to launch the flagship Dubai IoT Strategy, as well as the Data Wealth initiative to safeguard and the emirate’s digital wealth, and award the Dubai Digital Certificates to outstanding government private entities. 

The Dubai IoT Strategy includes building the world’s most advanced IoT ecosystem in Dubai,...

By IoT News, 24 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Smart Cities.

Bristol overtakes London to become UK’s leading smart city

Bristol has overtaken London to become the UK’s leading smart city, according to Huawei’s latest UK Smart Cities Index.

The study, commissioned by Huawei and undertaken by Navigant Consulting, saw the top two switch places from 2016’s report, with both remaining the only designated ‘leaders’ in the analysis.

The 2017 report has doubled its scope to 20 cities analysed, with 12 cities in the ‘contender’ bracket, four in the third ‘challenger’ bracket and two...

By James Bourne, 23 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Panasonic defends connected cars from cyber attacks

Panasonic has launched an automotive intrusion detection and prevention system designed to defend connected cars.

Cyber attacks on vehicles could result in death or injury. Most of these vehicles will be connected over mobile networks and, as our sister publication Telecoms wrote earlier today, these are inherently vulnerable. With this in mind, a system which is able to detect attacks is...

By Ryan Daws, 10 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Security, Smart Cities.

2,000 IoT sensors will monitor the Netherlands’ rail network — UK is the next stop

ProRail, a government-owned maintenance company, will be installing 2,000 IoT sensors to monitor rail network assets.

The sensors are from Strukton Rail company Dual Inventive and will be rolled out in the coming months in the Netherlands. 1,500 sensors will be installed on points with point heating; while 500 sensors will be used for other rail systems — including barriers and catenaries.

Each of the sensors will monitor the infrastructure for issues such as temperature changes in the rails. A low...

By Ryan Daws, 04 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

NVIDIA to power smart cities and self-driving cars with latest updates

NVIDIA’s platform for building artificial intelligence-based smart cities ‘Metropolis’ has been adopted by Alibaba and Huawei, which now includes the NVIDIA DeepStream software development kit (SDK) in general availability.

Both the Chinese tech giants have joined more than 50 of the world’s leading organisations that are already using the platform.

Metropolis is an edge-to-cloud video platform that includes tools, technologies and support to build smarter, faster AI-powered...

By IoT News, 26 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Development, IoT, Smart Cities.

Why data integration and collaboration are essential to the success of the smart city

In today’s always on world, we live with an ever-growing number of connected devices. We no longer just use and connect up our smartphones, tablets and laptops. Our homes, workplaces and cities are full of connected devices and systems. This can range from AI audio systems to smart fridges to intelligent air-conditioning units and smart streetlamps. Gartner predicts there will be 8.4 billion connected ‘things’ in use in 2017, up 31 per cent from...

By Gaurav Dhillon, 25 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.