Article: Stanford’s New Open-Source Software for Designing Sustainable Cities

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Stanford’s New Open-Source Software for Designing Sustainable Cities

New technology could help cities around the world improve people’s lives while saving billions of dollars. The free, open-source software developed by the Stanford Natural Capital Project creates maps to visualize the links between nature and human wellbeing. City planners and developers can use the software to visualize where investments in nature, such as parks and marshlands, can maximize benefits to people, like protection from flooding and improved health.

“This software helps design cities that are better for both people and nature,” said Anne Guerry, Chief Strategy Officer and Lead Scientist at the Natural Capital Project. “Urban nature is a multitasking benefactor — the trees on your street can lower temperatures so your apartment is cooler on hot summer days. At the same time, they’re soaking up the carbon emissions that cause climate change, creating a free, accessible place to stay healthy through physical activity and just making your city a more pleasant place to be.”

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Article: Cities are imperceptibly becoming Smart Cities. But what does that actually mean?

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Cities are imperceptibly becoming Smart Cities. But what does that actually mean?

A brand new metropolis built from the ground up with tech powered urban design. A white elephant nobody wants to live in. An eco-friendly suburb. The term “smart city” has evoked various descriptions, but it’s the world’s existing cities which will need to smarten up as Internet of Things (IoT) technology evolves and the world reopens for business and travel.

All cities can improve the provision and development of urban services through IoT technology – not just new ones built to be smart from the start, like Kenya’s Konza Technopolis. For example, a smart city might be simply one with improved capacity planning and management. By analysing data on public transport, “flow” models can be made which predict usage at certain times and help transport companies prepare in advance for peak periods.

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Article: Columbus’ Smart City Challenge Ends With Successes And Shortfalls

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Columbus’ Smart City Challenge Ends With Successes And Shortfalls

Columbus city leaders and local researchers are touting the benefits of the Smart City Challenge, an effort to make technological advances in transportation. While there were some gains made in the now-expired five-year effort, there were also some failures.

“Every technology demonstration that Smart Columbus pursued, whether it was autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles, electric vehicles, charging infrastructure or share mobility navigation tools, it was deployed with the prosperity of our city in mind, and equity in particular in mind,” said Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther.

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Article: Exclusive Interview with Daniele Russolillo, COO and Deputy CEO, Planet Smart City

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Exclusive Interview with Daniele Russolillo, COO and Deputy CEO, Planet Smart City

Planet Smart City was founded by the Italian real estate experts, Giovanni Savio and Susanna Marchionni in 2015 with an aim to create multiple smart, sustainable and socially inclusive communities by embracing digital transformation. The company integrates architectural, digital, environmental as well as social innovation solutions to build the best quality home at a budget-friendly price. It is located in multiple countries to enhance the living standards of residents with advanced Digital Solutions.

It is expanding globally with more than 200 solutions that can engage residents with each other through a community manager. Since India is taking a step forward with cutting-edge technologies and advanced internet connectivity such as 5G network, the country is set to build smart cities in different states at an affordable price. It helps to drive economic growth as well as revolutionize the urban landscape. The integration of Digital Solutions into the smart city enables business owners to deliver projects faster with minimal cost.

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Article: Smart cities perception software bridges gap between 3D sensing and real-world applications

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Smart cities perception software bridges gap between 3D sensing and real-world applications

Adaptive 3D edge perception platform company Cron AI and lidar sensor manufacturer Innoviz Technologies are collaborating on a deep learning enabled perception solution targeted at the intelligent transport systems, vehicle-to-everything (V2X) and smart city markets. The new partnership seeks to deliver a lidar-based adaptive perception solution for 3D point cloud data on the sensing edge.

According to the partners, SenseEdge, a platform designed to bridge the gap between complex 3D sensing dynamics and real-world applications, will leverage InnovizOne features to make better use of its sensor and scanning resources. InnovizOne’s dense and high-resolution point cloud enables SenseEdge to provide real-time, low latency, highly accurate and reliable object metadata information that is stronger than traditional object detection and tracking.

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Article: Smart Cities Mission Brings Together Diverse Government Schemes on Affordable Housing Under One Roof

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Smart Cities Mission Brings Together Diverse Government Schemes on Affordable Housing Under One Roof

People migrate to cities in search of employment. Due to their low paying jobs, they find it difficult to spend money on housing. As a result, slums, squalor, and informal settlements result with poor conditions that lack basic services. Hence, affordable housing with a respectable standard of living becomes imperative to improve the livability, workability and sustainability in a city,

India has witnessed an unprecedented increase in the scale and pace of urbanization. As per the last census, the country has 31 per cent urban population residing in more than 4,000 cities and towns. The High Power Expert Committee Report (2011)1 has estimated that by the year 2031 the country will have more than 87 metropolitan areas and 600 million people will be living in urban areas, and that migration to urban areas accounts for 20-25 per cent increase in urban population

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Article: Urban life and civic action in ‘smart’ cities

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Urban life and civic action in ‘smart’ cities

Undoing Optimization explores how city life has been reconfigured by our use and our expectations of communication, data and technologies which use sensors to acquire information, often offering real-time monitoring. The book looks at all three of these kinds of systems, highlighting how their introduction into cities has produced new dynamics around rights, access and civic action. It reminds us that data is not costless, not free from power imbalances and not ahistorical.

The process of technological optimization configures citizenship as an action that, in its ideal form, contributes data to processes that streamline effective delivery of services. This narrows what citizenship becomes, and also intensifies the tendency towards operation decision-making being based on what data is available, and which kinds of outcomes are easiest and most logical to produce.

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Article: World Environment Day: Mission restoration

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World Environment Day: Mission restoration

In the last one year, the world has been through a lot — a pandemic and a string of disasters. Hence, the theme for this World Environment Day has been right rightly selected as ‘Restoration of Ecosystem’.

When it comes to the little bits is nature that we are left with in our concrete jungles, we often neglect what’s happening and the changes taking place, all because of sheer lack of awareness. While on one hand our country struggles to ensure that its Covid patients breathe, have we ever thought of saving those tiny leaves growing in our backyards and gardens?

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Article: What will post-pandemic smart cities look like?

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What will post-pandemic smart cities look like?

The pandemic is likely to accelerate new IoT initiatives and opportunities for smart innovation. Phil Beecher, President and CEO of Wi-SUN Alliance, looks at the smart city technologies that we can expect to see in the future.

Over half (56.2%) of the global population now lives in cities, according to the UN Population Division. By 2050, it’s estimated that around three-quarters of the world’s population will live in cities. Africa and Asia – which already have urban populations bigger in total than those in Europe, Latin America or North America – have been increasing their share of urban dwellers the most in the last 70 years.

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Article: How Can We Make Future Megacities Become Smart as Well?

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How Can We Make Future Megacities Become Smart as Well?

Cities are so deeply rooted in the history of mankind that we hardly ask ourselves why we live in them or what the reason is for us to group together in urban settlements. Ciro Pirondi, Brazilian architect, points out that we live in cities because we like to have someone to talk to, while Paulo Mendes da Rocha classifies the city as “the supreme work of architecture.” The city is the world that man builds for himself. These are immense collective constructions, palimpsests, and collages of stories, achievements, and losses.

Earth has been mostly urban since 2007. By 2050, the percentage of people living in cities should reach 70%. In the coming years, megacities with more than 10 million inhabitants are expected to multiply, mainly in Asia and Africa, and often in still-developing countries.

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