Article: Abu Dhabi and Singapore join forces to accelerate smart city development

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Abu Dhabi and Singapore join forces to accelerate smart city development

Abu Dhabi Investment Office joined forces with Enterprise Singapore (ESG), a government agency championing enterprise development, and its subsidiary IPI Singapore to accelerate smart city development in the emirate. Under the agreement, Singaporean companies will submit solutions to address challenges outlined by the Abu Dhabi-based entities.

Eligible companies will also receive funding from ESG to develop smart city solutions. This will increase “collaboration, connect innovation ecosystems and promote the exchange of knowledge and expertise between both sides”, Adio and ESG said in a joint statement on Thursday.

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Article: Open source city twin offers ‘endless possibilities’

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Open source city twin offers ‘endless possibilities’

A digital twin of Bradford in West Yorkshire, England will be used to support the city’s pandemic recovery and future planning. As well as helping the city visualise plans and better manage issues such as air quality, noise, flooding and traffic, the tool could feature virtual shops, exhibitions and heritage walking trails, and games companies could use it to create interactive content. It also aims to enable greater citizen participation in city planning.

“[Digital twins] offer potential for reinventing retail and urban centres using what-if scenarios and data-driven decision making,” Adrian Walker, Transformational Services Manager at Bradford City Council, told Cities Today: “The model can help to visualise and develop an understanding of how the city functions in a potentially different way post-pandemic.”

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Article: Improving Economic Opportunities in Cities can Build Sustainable Futures: ADB

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Improving Economic Opportunities in Cities can Build Sustainable Futures: ADB

A new book released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has stated that improving the quality of life, and social and economic opportunities in Asia’s fast-growing cities are instrumental in fulfilling their potential as engines of economic prosperity and hubs for sustainability.

Creating Livable Asian Cities’ examines the region’s urbanization challenges and presents solutions across five priority areas: smart and inclusive urban planning; sustainable transport that provides equitable access to services and opportunities; sustainable energy sources that are less polluting; innovative finance to bridge resource gaps; and greater climate and disaster resilience.

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Article: When ICTs meet agriculture: Connected melon farmers bear fruit

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When ICTs meet agriculture: Connected melon farmers bear fruit

The sun is rising on a Japanese rooftop fragrant with muskmelons. Amid the greenery, a network of monitors and sensors pulsates reassuringly. The idyllic, glass-enclosed roofscape provides a real-life platform for digital agriculture – one of many applications with the potential to feed smart cities of the future. But before this verdant vision can become reality, certain enabling conditions must be in place.

Current methods of smart city governance are challenged with huge volumes of accumulated data and fragmented “islands” of information and services increasingly straining the limits of operational management

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Article: Ushering Smart Cities to the Next Level

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Ushering Smart Cities to the Next Level

Globally cities are accelerating their efforts to harness technology convergence for smart solutions to automate decision-making and scale urban experience to the next level. As a part of their transformational journeys, cities are strengthening their geospatial infrastructure to unleash the power of spatial analytics, the Internet of Things (IoT), big data, and artificial intelligence (AI) to improve the quality of life for their citizens and strengthen resilience.

Launched in 2015, the first phase of Smart Cities Mission (SCM) set the ball rolling for a new chapter in the Indian urban scenario. With an objective of providing core infrastructure, good quality of life and a clean, sustainable environment through ‘Smart’ solutions and services, 100 cities across the country launched citizen-centric programs to address their local challenges.

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Article: How sustainable urban development can lead to smart city environments

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How sustainable urban development can lead to smart city environments

By 2025, the population of the GCC is predicted to reach 57 million, with an additional 14 million people expected to call the region home by 2050. Traditional urban environments are typically not designed to accommodate a growing population, particularly in terms of infrastructure and sustainability.

That is why the region’s move towards smart city environments is more important than ever before, and why the service industry must step up to play its role in the transition. Even though things have slowed down as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the world has never seen such a rapid evolution as it has experienced in the last few decades, and the GCC is no exception to this.

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Article: Pandemic revs up tech transition, sheds light on smart cities

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Pandemic revs up tech transition, sheds light on smart cities

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing a lifestyle change also triggering a greater use of technology. Everyone, from architects to tech startups, seems to be working to adapt to the new lifestyle and technology needs for smart cities. Private spaces in homes are increasing while the use of smart energy consumption and electric vehicles also seems to be a rising trend.

All aspects of smart homes and cities, from smart energy consumption to smart electric vehicles, were discussed in this week’s Venture60 event. Permanent changes in designs, 5G infrastructure, smart energy solutions of talented startups were also among the main topics of discussion during the event. Among other concepts discussed were the developing concepts in new homes, offices and cities and increasing use of metal collar robots.

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Article: Vivacity Labs wins Queen’s Enterprise Award for Innovation

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Vivacity Labs wins Queen’s Enterprise Award for Innovation

London-based AI scale-up Vivacity Labs has today been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. The Vivacity Labs team was presented with the Innovation Award for its technology that supports government, regional bodies and local councils to re-think and optimise the way traffic and transport infrastructure is built and used.

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise, now in its 55th year, is widely recognised as the highest official UK award for British businesses. The accolade is given to businesses and organisations who excel at innovation, international trade, sustainable development or promoting opportunity. Vivacity Labs was recognised with this year’s Innovation Award for its Artificial Intelligence technology which anonymously captures and classifies live transport usage, helping make cities smarter, safer and more sustainable.

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Article: Advancing adoption of digital twin technology

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Advancing adoption of digital twin technology

It seems digital twin is the new buzzword, even though the concept has existed for several years. Looking back, we saw the first digital twin concepts being deployed in manufacturing to fulfil the needs of service engineers to possess adequate information on an entire product or parts of a product for maintenance.

As practical examples, French navy ships developed in the last decade would only set sail once the digital twin was completed. Airplanes are documented according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) specifications to support maintenance and repairs by engineers with basic training.

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Article: How green are electric vehicles really, for a smart city future?

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How green are electric vehicles really, for a smart city future?

Electric vehicles have been steadily ticking up in consumers’ consciousness over the past few years, and interest in the game-changing automotive technology has been peaking with record EV sales expected this year. In some countries, lawmakers have incentivized EV makers to set up shop there, and of course everyone has heard of Elon Musk’s Tesla.

A big driving factor of the discussion is the reduced environmental impact of electric vehicles. EVs have been positioned as one of the major pillars as urban centers transform into smart cities – primarily in terms of revolutionizing transportation needs in the city. Along with studies into self-driving vehicles and autonomous public trains and buses, electric-powered vehicles are pegged to make traveling around the smart city of tomorrow much more sustainable.

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