IT giants target barriers to internet of things
Some of the world’s biggest technology companies have come together to “break down the barriers” standing in the way of the internet of things. The founding members of the new Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) include AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel. The open membership organization will focus on eliminating... Read more
London lab aims for next-gen city innovation
A new lab in London is aimed at helping university and industry researchers work together to develop “the next generation of smart-city infrastructure.” The London Node, based at Imperial College London’s Imperial West campus, will “support innovation throughout Europe for economic growth and to improve quality of life,” said... Read more
Dubai begins building $300m ‘Silicon Park’
Dubai has launched “Silicon Park,” a smart-city project to be built in the Dubai Silicon Oasis technology park at a cost of 1.1 billion United Arab Emirates dirham (around $300 million US). The project is part of a vision to “transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world... Read more
‘City Deal’ envisions Brighton as a global tech leader
A program aimed at promoting high-tech innovation and investment in the British city of Brighton includes plans for a “Digital Exchange” in which companies can combine their buying power to get faster broadband at lower prices. The Greater Brighton City Deal is designed to give the city “the chance... Read more
UK, Germany target 5G, ‘internet of things’
As two countries that have made new technology development a priority, the UK and Germany are teaming up in hopes of doing even more to promote economy-building digital innovations. Both UK Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke about those goals Sunday at the opening of... Read more
CDP’s Larissa Bulla to give Urban London keynote
The Carbon Disclosure Project’s Larissa Bulla is scheduled to give the keynote address on “How to create a resource-smart city” at Urban London 2014. Scheduled for June 5 at Digital Enterprise Greenwich, Urban London is an event for innovators, entrepreneurs, tech professionals, and public-sector officials. It looks at emerging... Read more
London Assembly urges renewed energy goals
London officials are urging the mayor to lobby the UK government for a renewed commitment to energy efficiency. Under a motion passed this week, the London Assembly is asking Mayor Boris Johnson to push for a reversal in UK reductions to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). The government’s stance... Read more
Dubai envisions ‘new-era’ city in 3 years
Dubai’s newly launched smart-city ambitions include the goal of converting 1,000 government services into smart services over the next three years. Plans for the city’s transformation were kicked off this week by Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and... Read more
Birmingham launches ‘smart city roadmap’
The city of Birmingham has just launched a Smart City Roadmap that outlines actions that can tackle urban challenges from unemployment to carbon reduction. Developed by the Birmingham Smart City Commission, the roadmap represents what the commission calls “a collective ambition by city stakeholders to deliver real change by... Read more
Alibaba Group has $815m digital city vision
The Chinese internet giant Alibaba Group has a nearly one-billion-dollar vision to transform part of the island of Hainan into an “intelligent city.” The company subsidiary Alibaba Cloud Computing last week signed a deal with the Hainan International Tourism Island Pilot Zone that will see some 5 billion renminbi... Read more