MIT course looks ‘Beyond Smart Cities’
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) plans to offer a short continuing education course titled “Beyond Smart Cities” this June. The course, according to MIT, will focus on “understanding the complexities of cities through the use of Big Data Urban Analytics and the design of New Urban Systems for... Read more
Prodea releases platform for the ‘connected home’
A company called Prodea Systems has released what it calls a “one-of-a-kind” platform for the connected home. Prodea says its Residential Operating System (ROS) delivers numerous services on a single managed platform: entertainment, education, health and wellness, a private cloud, home security, automation, energy management and enhanced communication. The... Read more
Xerox acquires Smart Data Consulting
Xerox is aiming to expand its e-discovery capabilities with its recent acquisition of Smart Data Consulting. Smart Data provides a software platform for corporate legal departments and law firms. The software is designed to reduce costs and save time by managing e-discovery tasks and analytics more quickly and efficiently.... Read more
Smart design gains momentum in Middle East
The quest for smart urban design is rapidly gaining momentum in the Middle East, according to one designer who spoke at this past week’s Arab Future Cities Summit. “We’re now seeing a strong appetite for world class urban development in both Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and it is approaching... Read more
US used more energy, put out more CO2, in 2013
The US in 2013 used more of every kind of energy, from fossil fuels to the clean, renewable kind, according to the latest annual energy flow analysis from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. In all, the nation consumed 2.3 quadrillion BTUs (British thermal units) more energy in 2013 than... Read more
Smart-building tech market set to triple
The market for smart-building technologies is expected to triple between now and 2018, according to a new report from IDC Energy Insights. The “Global Smart Buildings Forecast 2013-2018” predicts that spending in the sector will grow from $7.3 billion in 2014 to $21.9 billion in 2018. The predicted rapid... Read more
London taxi drivers back clean-air campaign
London taxi drivers are joining a campaign to raise public awareness about the dangers of city air pollution. The Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA) is backing the campaign, led by Clean Air in London. “Our members spend long periods of every day exposed to some of the most polluted... Read more
Big changes to Urban London 2014 networking event
Hi readers, We’ve made a few changes to Urban London 2014. We asked our target audience (London’s 100 most connected smart-city influencers) what they wanted to get from the event, and they all said “networking.” We think it will be a better event for everyone if they do more... Read more
IEEE ‘brain trust’ to help cities smarten up
The IEEE professional organization aims to make its “brain trust” of technology experts available to city leaders who want to develop smarter, more sustainable communities. The IEEE’s Smart Cities Initiative aims to work with 10 cities in both developed and developing countries between now and 2016. “Designing successful and... Read more
Young UK entrepreneurs get global perspective
Promising new British entrepreneurs will have a chance to hone their business skills through a new volunteer program that links them with startups and companies in developing markets like Bangladesh, Nigeria and Tanzania. The ICS Entrepreneur program expects to see 400 young people participate over the next 18 months.... Read more