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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 12:32
Transportation Electrification When we hear about Transportation Electrification many of us tend to think of trains and railways, but over the last few years the intersection of Smart Transportation and Smart Grid has produced another player in this arena – the Electric Vehicle (EV). The EV does not arrive alone on the scene but comes with associated charging infrastructure that needs to be... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 10:20
Urban planners, governments and developers are increasingly interested in making cities “liveable”. But what features contribute to liveability? Which areas in cities are the least and most liveable? The various liveability rankings – where Australia tends to do quite well – don’t provide much useful guidance. In a recently released report, Creating Liveable Cities in Australia, our team... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 15:03
Cities around the world are spending billions of dollars to address urban pollution. London alone has pledged to spend over $1.1 billion over the next five years. We continue to see cities using a selection of classically used policies, such as vehicle restrictions by license plate numbers, in an attempt to address their pollution. Unfortunately, these policies are always costly and often yield... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 14:59
Big cities aren't necessarily unsafe. In fact, some of the safest cities in the world are urban hubs that boast low crime rates and high levels of safety. The Economist's 2017 safe cities index, sponsored by NEC, ranked 60 cities based on the factors of personal security, digital security, health security, and infrastructure security. Personal security takes into account urban crime, ... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 16, 2017 - 12:36
As an urban technologist, I’m often asked to give an example of a compelling smart city application that real people are using. But to be honest, there really isn’t too much to point to - yet. Cities may be getting smarter, but they haven’t noticeably changed from a user perspective. It seems like most of the digital advances in cities have been invisible and focused on city operations, rather... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 16, 2017 - 12:00
Electric cars won’t eradicate gridlocks and air pollution, but carbon footprints could be cut by favouring pedestrians, cyclists and mass transit The spectre of our cities choking with unhealthy air has prompted numerous governments to mandate a transition to electric cars. Their concerns are well founded, even if their proposals fall short of what is needed. Over the past four decades, cars have... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 16, 2017 - 11:31
Kenya is currently ranked among the top 50 countries in the world that fail to provide their people with enough food, according to the Global Hunger Index. Although spirited efforts to address hunger have been taken in the recent past, most of these have been restricted to drought-stricken rural areas. The subtle forms of hunger in urban areas—such as the scores of casual labourers who routinely... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 16, 2017 - 10:06
'It’s not a human right to pollute the air for others' Paris, Copenhagen and Oxford announced bans on petrol and diesel cars this week.  Paris will ban all petrol- and diesel-fuelled cars by 2030, a decade ahead of France’s 2040 target. Copenhagen plans to ban diesel cars from 2019, while Oxford has proposed banning all non-electric vehicles from its centre from 2020. This would make central... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 11:35
As more cities and communities undertake digital transformation, Cisco continues to lead with powerful research, vision, technology, and business models all designed to guide our customers’ journey. We continue to evolve our offerings—drawing on internal and partner resources and customer feedback—to lay a path forward and keep it clear, safe, and well lit. In fact, Cisco was recognized as the #... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 11:18
THE FUTURE OF MOBILITY IN CITIES IS MULTIMODAL AND INTEGRATED. When vehicles are used, they should be right-sized, shared, and zero emission. These principles, produced by a working group of international NGOs, are designed to guide urban decision-makers and stakeholders toward the best outcomes for all in the transition to new mobility options. The pace of technology-driven innovation... Read more