Smart City news
Starting with this month, we present a selection of the aspects we see important in the evolution of the Smart City market around the world.
Smart City Projects
- Bucharest City Hall issued a Tender on the 22nd of December, 2017, for a Feasability Study about How Bucharest should be a Smart City.
- London’s Mayor Sadiq Kahn is seeking input on measures city hall can take to make London a smarter city. The input will be used in developing the Smart London Plan, led by the city’s first chief digital officer, Theo Blackwell.
- The city of Columbus issued on the 22nd of January, 2018, a Request for Proposals (RFP) for IT firms to build the Smart Columbus Operating System (SCOS), which will power the city’s mobility initiatives and capture data on traffic, parking, road closures and other transportation-related information, according to Columbus Business First and others. The Due time is the 13th of February.
- San Francisco issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for private sector firms to submit proposals to “design, build, finance, operate and maintain a citywide fiber to the premises network, lit fiber and Wi-Fi services project.” The City will select, by April 30, five proposals from those who submit. The RFP is expected to be issued by the end of this year.
- Dallas will debut six smart projects during the second phase of the build-out of the West End “Living Lab,” an innovation and testing corridor. The Living Lab project is led by the nonprofit Dallas Innovation Alliance, a public-private partnership that includes the city itself and dozens of businesses.
Smart Cities News:
- A report by the influential London-based Future Cities Catapult forecasts the smart cities market will grow by 20% per year, from over US$ 300bn in 2015, to over US$ 750bn in 2020.
- Bloomberg Philanthropies announced on the 25th of January, 2018, the inaugural group of cities to achieve the What Works Cities certification, a designation which recognizes how cities incorporate data and evidence into governance. “Numbers tell compelling stories, and they help us find answers that make a real difference in people’s lives,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
- The Smart Cities Council has announced, on the 31st of January, the nine finalists for its 2018 Readiness Challenge Grants: Albuquerque, NM; Aurora, IL; Birmingham, AL; Cary, NC; Fairfax County, VA; Los Angeles; Las Vegas; Louisville-Jefferson County, KY and the state of Virginia. The grants are awarded to cities (or states) the council views as ready to take action on their smart cities visions.
- How Cities can Fund the Future? The conventional wisdom is that cities are broke. However, the cities have three tangible options in the hunt for capital, according to an article published by CityLab on 28th of January, 2018.
- Smart City Concept for New Orleans. New Orleans City Council President Jason Williams announced the city’s Utility, Cable, Telecommunications and Technology Committee will explore various initiatives to improve New Orleans’ energy technology as part of a “smart cities concept.” The committee unanimously passed a resolution to open a utility docket and require Entergy New Orleans (ENO) to develop a grid modernization plan. The committee will also explore options for micro-grid deployment across the city, and will work to increase energy-efficiency in buildings, increase the use of electric vehicles (EV) and deploy more EV charging stations. Williams touted the smart cities concept as “a once in a generation opportunity for our city to be proactive in integrating all of these amazing technologies into a comprehensive program to improve our city with one overriding priority that our entire community, including lower-income residents, will benefit. Access to state-of-the-art technology cannot be a luxury enjoyed by a few; it must be a necessity shared by all.”
- Alibaba will roll out its smart city platform in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. This is first installation of the company’s artificial intelligence platform, City Brain, outside of China. It was adopted in the company’s home city of Hangzhou in 2016.
- The Future of Infrastructure. National prosperity depends on civil infrastructure, according to AECOM Report.
- Seoul’s answer to a Pollution Crises: Free Public Transport. Paris began offering free transit in response to smog in 2014, Milan slashed fares on its worst days, and Madrid has put out a proposal to do much the same. As a megacity with one of the most highly praised transit systems, eyes were certainly on Seoul to make the strategy work.
- The road to Autonomous Age will be paved by Smart Cities, according to an article published by Forbes on 24th of January.
- The State of Smart City developments in 7 charts. The 7th is: Utilities are a top driver of Smart City collaboration.
- Is Data Mining the future of cities funding? Genova is leading the way with digital developments that impact city governance, both EU cities could benefit from Google Urbanism and its plan to “think about a city from the Internet up.”
- The numbers alone speak for themselves. The smart parking solutions sector is estimated to be worth $1461.52 million by 2025, and by 2026, Navigant Research estimates there will be 1.1 million smart parking spaces. If you consider the fact that 30 percent of city congestion is due to parking, it’s no wonder cities are looking for solutions that will help traffic, air pollution and the overall quality of life for citizens. Montpellier (France) launched a “Connected Parking” solution.
Key actors in Smart City market:
World Smart City is a partnership between IEC, ISO, and ITU launched in January, 2016: https://www.worldsmartcity.org/
The World Smart City partnership is driven by four basic principles:
1. Understand the needs and pain points of the smart cities communities
2. Demonstrate how international standards add value and can support cities to achieve their strategic and societal goals
3. Forge a stronger relationship between IEC, ISO, ITU, and cities
4. Support the long-term development of smart cities through an aligned approach between IEC, ISO, and ITU
Smart Cities Training
Smart grids for smart cities: towards zero emissions – Free online course to be held within 23 April – 27 May, 2018.
Drawing on interviews and concrete examples, the course illustrates the transition from the fossil fuels era to the information era, in which smart grids are the conceptual vehicle and the practical tool towards a more sustainable production and consumption model.
Smart grids for smart cities: towards zero emissions is a massive open online course (MOOC). It follows a case-based methodology that combines theoretical content and case studies based upon interviews with smart grid and smart city experts. The final week will be devoted to a project that students must present to receive a certificate for the course. Students will analyse and design a plan to improve a fictional city from a city council perspective. The task will be peer-reviewed
Duration: 4 weeks, 2-3 hours/week
Target audience: Employees of large companies tasked with energy efficiency CSR goals as well as public sector employees of medium and large city councils.
Prerequisites: This course has no prerequisites.
Smart City events March – June, 2018:
- March, 8 – 11: Smart City Urban Projects, Bucharest, 2nd Edition, http://scup2018.romaniansmartcity.ro/
- March, 13 – 14: Smart City Forum, 7th edition, Warsaw, http://en.smartcityforum.pl/
- March, 20 – 22: Cities 4.0 Summit, Melbourne
- May, 7 -9: Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley, Santa Clara, USA – Accelerating the Innovation Economy http://smartcitiesweek.com/2018-Silicon-Valley/
- May, 8 – 10: Smart Cities New York, https://www.smartcitiesny.com