Driven by private and public organisations at a local, national and international level, a number of initiatives are emerging to adapt transport and energy distribution networks to address the new challenges of urban development. Reported in the online media this week…

London Underground Develops Its Own Internet of Things To Increase Efficiency

By Ross Brooks
Microsoft’s Barb Edson explained in a blog post that the data would be used to “closely monitor temperature, vibration, humidity, fault warnings and system alerts,” all of which are “available in one central location to provide access to needed information on mobile apps, via a Web browser or through text alerts.” It’s expected that the new system will make it 30% cheaper for the TFL to run the

Waze partners with San José to improve city traffic

By Zach Dyer
The new program has been up and running since 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, where the Centro de Operações (COR) uses crowdsourced information from Waze users to manage city traffic and respond to accidents or emergencies. COR’s NASA-like control center might be a bit much to hope for in Costa Rica, but based on Rio’s experience with the API, developers think the information will improve public response time and keep drivers alerted to road conditions. Read more on Tico Times.

Global Smart Infrastructure - Smart Cities and Artificial Intelligence the Way Forward

Artificial Intelligence developments are accelerating and as more companies enter this sector and start investments to develop it - we will see further astonishing innovations emerging over the next few years. AI applications are already being used in healthcare and gaming, just to name two sectors adopting this cutting edge technology.
Smart Transport, also known as Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) increase the safety and efficiency of transport networks - from public bus, tram and train transport, to rail and road freight transport, and private and commercial road transport. ITS systems include the software and hardware for electronic vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication and information systems. In 2014 there are already hundreds of thousands Electric Vehicles (EV) on the road around the world and by 2015 there may be more than 2.5 million Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs) in operation. It is thought that the business sector may become a key driver to the uptake of PEVs once the market is further developed and becomes a viable solution for enterprise fleets. Read more on ReportLinker.

5 Ways Using Analytics Can Help Improve the Smart Grid

By Kevin Smead

  • They can help manage the load balance.
  • They can help forecast severe weather events and other emergencies that could disrupt the grid.
  • Better understanding how the grid works allows for better efficiency.
  • They will help drive innovation and ultimately job growth.
  • Analytics can help make the grid safer. Read more on Energy Digital

Lyon's smart city tech gives vision of Montreal's future

By René Bruemmer
Electricity use: Lyon implanted 170,000 smart meters to record the energy usage of homes and businesses. (“Data is the fuel of smart cities,” Lyon’s Mayor Collomb noted.) The city can determine when usage is at its peak for each residence or business, and relate this information back to the consumer. Soon, appliances will be equipped with timers programmed to switch them on at non-peak times, reducing demand during electricity “rush hours” and thus costs and electricity bills. Read more on The Gazette.

North America as the largest share holder in the smart cities market

It held 34.5% in 2012 and is expected to grow further over the next few years. The main attributions for this majority go to a growing investment in smart grids and upgrades in the water and transport infrastructure. It also says that a majority of the manufacturers in the North American market are now investing in smart meters and smart grids, establishing a firm foundation for future smart city projects. Read more on Nasdaq Globenewswire.

Smart cities market

+ 14%: growth of global smart cities market from 2013 to 2019. It should reach an overall value of US$1,265.85 billion in 2019.
North America is the largest share holder. The main attributions for this majority go to a growing investment in smart grids and upgrades in the water and transport infrastructure (Transparency Market Research).