Smart City Evolutionary Path
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Smart City Evolutionary Path
How ICT and participation initiatives can enable a scenario of smart citizens in smart cities
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GM, Honda Join Hands to Develop Fuel-Cell Technology

GM, Honda Join Hands to Develop Fuel-Cell Technology | Smart City Evolutionary Path | Scoop.it
GM and Honda agreed to work together over the next seven years to develop the technology and refueling infrastructure needed to make fuel-cell powered vehicles for the masses a reality.
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[Innovative City] Involving Citizens as Researchers, Co-creators and Testers of the Smart City | L'Atelier: Disruptive innovation

[Innovative City] Involving Citizens as Researchers, Co-creators and Testers of the Smart City | L'Atelier: Disruptive innovation | Smart City Evolutionary Path | Scoop.it
Citizens are central to the ELLIOT project, not simply being asked to reveal their needs and suggest ideas but this time encouraged to get involved in data collection, analysis and experiments designed to drive forward conception of the smart,...
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The ELLIOT project focuses on the importance of a citizen-centric approach for the development of innovative services.

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Internet of things: M2M is changing the mobile environment | KPMG | GLOBAL

Internet of things: M2M is changing the mobile environment | KPMG | GLOBAL | Smart City Evolutionary Path | Scoop.it
As the mobile ecosystem moves from connecting people to connecting machines, where is this market going and how can businesses take advantage of it?
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M2M is changing how Mobile Network Operators and service providers operate...

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3D Printing Helps Ford Cut Production Time on Some Parts by 25%

3D Printing Helps Ford Cut Production Time on Some Parts by 25% | Smart City Evolutionary Path | Scoop.it
Companies are continuing to reap the benefits of 3D printing, a decades-only technology that has increased in popularity over the past few years.
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3D printing represents a valuable tool to cut costs and production times during prototyping and production phases.

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Energy Efficiency in Italy | The Energy Collective

Energy Efficiency in Italy | The Energy Collective | Smart City Evolutionary Path | Scoop.it
To achieve EU energy and climate change objectives energy efficiency and renewable energy in the built environment needs to be further developed. A substantial part of this potential lies at local level in cities and towns.
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In a scenario where municipalities are often constrained by lack of finance
the EPC represents a very interesting alternative financing solution.

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Google Pushes Into Emerging Markets

Google Pushes Into Emerging Markets | Smart City Evolutionary Path | Scoop.it
Google is deep into a multipronged effort to fund, build and help run wireless networks in emerging markets such as sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, a move that could connect a billion or more new people to the Internet.
SPI Unit's insight:

This initiative is very interesting because Google plans to team up with local telecommunications firms and equipment providers in the emerging markets to develop the networks, as well as create business models to support them.
As part of the plan, Google has also been working on building an ecosystem of new microprocessors and low-cost smartphones powered by its Android mobile operating system to connect to the wireless network.

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BOULDER, Colo.: Worldwide Capacity of Lithium Ion Batteries for Electric Vehicles Will Multiply More than 10-Fold by 2020, Forecasts Navigant Research | Business Wire | Rock Hill Herald Online

BOULDER, Colo.: Worldwide Capacity of Lithium Ion Batteries for Electric Vehicles Will Multiply More than 10-Fold by 2020, Forecasts Navigant Research | Business Wire | Rock Hill Herald Online | Smart City Evolutionary Path | Scoop.it
Improvements in lithium ion (Li-ion) battery technology are helping to accelerate the worldwide market for electric vehicles (EVs). In the last few years, automakers have shifted from nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries to Li-ion batteries.
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AES Brings Patented Storage Operating System (sOS™) to Market | AES Energy Storage News | AES Energy Storage

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In May 2013 AES Energy Storage announced its patented operating system, called sOS™, i.e. a fast-response architecture that applies patented performance algorithms aimed at optimising performance and efficiency for customers, and extending the life of the battery. 

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Acrobotics Wants To Kickstart Smarter Cities With Its Smart Citizen Environment Sensors | TechCrunch

Acrobotics Wants To Kickstart Smarter Cities With Its Smart Citizen Environment Sensors | TechCrunch | Smart City Evolutionary Path | Scoop.it
There's plenty of buzz about the concept of making our cities "smarter" -- that is, loading them up with sensors and data-driven services to improve efficiency and quality of life.
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Acrobotics launched the Smart Citizen project based on an Arduino-powered kit able to track local environmental variables like temperature, humidity, air composition, ambient brightness, and sound levels.

This inititiative has great potential to promote the development of a Smart Environment.

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Building Cities Using The Power Of The Crowd [PSFK 2013] - PSFK

Building Cities Using The Power Of The Crowd [PSFK 2013] - PSFK | Smart City Evolutionary Path | Scoop.it
Rodrigo Nino, CEO of Prodigy Network, is moving urban funding into the hands of the public in Bogota, Colombia.
SPI Unit's insight:

The achievement of an appropriate trade-off between horizontal and vertical growth is a key factor in the development of a Smart City.

At PSFK CONFERENCE 2013 in Bogota the CEO of Prodigy Network discussed about the possibility of building a crowdfunded skyscraper with the aim of creating greater density and centralization to address negative externalities such as traffic and pollution.

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NYC Adds 6 Nissan Leaf Electric Cars to Taxi Fleet

NYC Adds 6 Nissan Leaf Electric Cars to Taxi Fleet | Smart City Evolutionary Path | Scoop.it
New York City on Monday added six Nissan Leaf electric cars to its official taxi fleet for a year-long pilot program that will determine whether an all-electric cab makes sense in the Big Apple.
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Mayor Bloomberg wants one out of every three taxicabs in New York City to be fully electric by the end of the decade. The most important purpose of the pilot is to understand how the charging process of an electrical vehicles fleet can be integrated into a real scenario (stop-and-go traffic, traffic jam, ...).

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China Is Still Winning The Clean Energy Race

China Is Still Winning The Clean Energy Race | Smart City Evolutionary Path | Scoop.it
The clean energy sector--especially the solar industry--has looked a little depressing in the past few years, especially in the bankruptcy-ridden U.S. and China. And yet, the annual Pew clean energy report implores us to stay optimistic.
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Google: Renewable Energy Options

Expanding Renewable Energy Options
for Companies Through Utility-Offered
“Renewable Energy Tariffs”
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In this white paper Google outlines a new and more scalable approach aimed at allowing a broad range of companies to buy large amounts of renewable power directly from electric utilities.

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Varese SmartCity

Varese SmartCity | Smart City Evolutionary Path | Scoop.it
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A very interesting citywide testing of NFC technology applied to the payment processing and local marketing, aimed at transforming the city of Varese in one of the first NFC-enabled European cities...

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Will cities soon be smarter than we are?

Will cities soon be smarter than we are? | Smart City Evolutionary Path | Scoop.it
Reena Jana Speaking one-on-one with Wim Elfrink, the first Chief Globalisation Officer to be appointed at software giant Cisco Systems, is always a delight.
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LeadingGREEN | How the Power Grid Is Adapting to Alternate Energy | LeadingGREEN.ca

LeadingGREEN | How the Power Grid Is Adapting to Alternate Energy | LeadingGREEN.ca | Smart City Evolutionary Path | Scoop.it
LeadingGreen discusses How the Power Grid Is Adapting to Alternate Energy and why it is happening now. This article looks at the use of 'smart grid' technology.
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"Tangenziale della bici", a Bologna partono i lavori

"Tangenziale della bici", a Bologna partono i lavori | Smart City Evolutionary Path | Scoop.it
Da giugno la realizzazione di una circonvallazione ciclabile con il contributo di oltre 500.000 euro del Ministero dell'Ambiente
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India launches pilot e-gov mobile app store | ZDNet

India launches pilot e-gov mobile app store | ZDNet | Smart City Evolutionary Path | Scoop.it
A common repository has been set up for customizable and configurable applications that can be re-used by various government agencies to speed up development and avoid duplication of efforts and costs.
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Car sharing: l’auto condivisa cambia pelle

Car sharing: l’auto condivisa cambia pelle | Smart City Evolutionary Path | Scoop.it

Il piccolo mondo del car sharing sta vivendo un momento di estrema vivacità e notevoli sconvolgimenti.

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The Rise of the Cellular Smart Grid | The Energy Collective

The Rise of the Cellular Smart Grid | The Energy Collective | Smart City Evolutionary Path | Scoop.it
Whether it’s known as “smart grid as a service” or another name, the idea is to open smart grid investments and benefits to the mass of utilities that can’t afford doing all the heavy IT lifting on their own.
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Supported by the advance from 3G to 4G LTE technology, AT&T is working on the evolution of its cellular network into a smart grid platform able to enable innovative smart grid functions with the aim of redefining the Smart Grid as a Service concept.

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Vote on Hel<3Dev logo! | dev.hel.fi

Vote on Hel<3Dev logo! | dev.hel.fi | Smart City Evolutionary Path | Scoop.it
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This website hosts information for developers wanting to leverage APIs and open data sets provided by City of Helsinki.

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Timesharing For EV Charging Stations [My Ideal City] - PSFK

Timesharing For EV Charging Stations [My Ideal City] - PSFK | Smart City Evolutionary Path | Scoop.it
The ChargePoint Network app improves electric car mobility by helping drivers connect to the resources they require.
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Google reveals Gladstone, Missouri is the latest city to join the line for its Fiber Internet service

Google reveals Gladstone, Missouri is the latest city to join the line for its Fiber Internet service | Smart City Evolutionary Path | Scoop.it
Google on Monday announced that Gladstone, Missouri will receive the company's Fiber Internet service. Just like for the last few expansions, Google says it doesn't have an estimate ...
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Google has recently provided a map of the Kansas City areas eligible for the development of its Google Fiber initiative.

Gladstone is located just north Kansas City and it will soon receive the company’s Fiber Internet service thanks to its close proximity to Kansas City, the first Fiber city.

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16 Rules for 'Smarter' Smart Growth

16 Rules for 'Smarter' Smart Growth | Smart City Evolutionary Path | Scoop.it
It’s time to update the so-called 1990's-era "ten principles" that emphasize compact development, transportation choices, and so on.
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How smart cities will play a role in sustaining Asia's growth

How smart cities will play a role in sustaining Asia's growth | Smart City Evolutionary Path | Scoop.it
MANILA, Philippines - Building smart and green cities will be an important part of an energy management agenda of Asian nations, including the Philippines, for the region to achieve its “Asian Century” vision of rapid growth towards becoming the...
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The ADB report identifies several crucial factors for an achievable energy future for Asia.

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