Thursday, March 21, 2013

China targets first batch of Smart Cities

Feb 2013 – Smart Cities in China –  The Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) released a list containing the first batch of pilot smart cities [90, included on list] …

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Ouch! AP claims grid spending is making power LESS reliable

A new utility spending analysis offers up a startling conclusion. It suggests customers are paying more for power and getting less reliability. How did we get to this point?

Invensys Joins Smart Cities Council

Invensys recently joined the Smart Cities Council as part of an effort to work with other similar minded technology vendors who are passionate about making the cities we live in, more sustainable. Wonderware Smart Cities Solutions help clients utilize critical data to make better, faster decisions and improve efficiency – and these are precisely the kinds of benefits smart cities are looking for.

The Smart Cities Council shares our vision.

We envision a world where digital technology and intelligent design have been harnessed to create smart, sustainable cities with high-quality living and high-quality jobs. We promote cities that embody our three core values:
  • Livability: Cities that provide clean, healthy living conditions without pollution and congestion. With a digital infrastructure that makes city services instantly and conveniently available anytime, anywhere.
  • Workability: Cities that provide the enabling infrastructure -- energy, connectivity, computing, essential services -- to compete globally for high-quality jobs.
  • Sustainability: Cities that provide services without stealing from future generations.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Carson City, Nevada, is a “Smart City” with the Help of Invensys

Carson City Public Works is responsible for taking care of the city’s water, wastewater, transportation, landfill, fleet, environmental, and renewable power systems. To achieve its goals, Carson City Public Works created an infrastructure that revolves around the capabilities of its people and the best available smart city technology from Invensys. The result is improved operator and managerial efficiency, increased situational awareness, and a high level of operational readiness. This short video shows how the city’s various systems are integrated together to create a smart city at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Watch video


Monday, March 4, 2013

World Urbanization Animation Using UN Data for 1960, 1980, 2011 and 2025

Click on the image for a clear, full-size animation. This was prepared using static UN Urbanization data for 1960, 1980, 2011 and 2025.
The increasing % of urban population is shown by increasingly dark country colors. Growth in the number and size of large cities is represented with dots: 
  • Small Yellow = 1-5 Million
  • Medium Orange = 5-10 Million
  • Large Red = Over 10 Million

Friday, March 1, 2013

Some figures on IT in smart cities market size: $20Billion USD in 2020 from 6 today

I was recently alerted to this posting from our team in Europe, who continue to find new opportunities in Smart Cities. So just how large is this market?