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Saving water with Smart Irrigation System in Barcelona

Councils and governments are conscious about the significance of improving public areas. Not only to reduce costs, but also to show their commitment with inhabitants and tourists that visit their cities. This is one of the main reasons why Smart Cities are more than a phenomena, actually they are a reality and the trend that every public institution wants to follow.

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is a great example in the Smart Cities field. With different projects to ease citizens lives, it has became one of the worldwide references of innovative and technological developments. With Barcelona Council and Starlab, Libelium has worked in a smart water project to control the irrigation system in Poblenou Park Centre.

Irrigation system management with only a click

Starlab, together with other companies, has deployed a remote control irrigation system for Barcelona that will help to reinforce its Smart City status. Starlab’s contribution to the service is by soil moisture monitoring with in situ probes that use Libelium technology . The deployment is based on sensors technology and consists in allowing remote control of the irrigation system to facilitate the management of the water network.

Before starting the project, each zone of the park was studied and analyzed in order to know their specific needs. TheSmartIrrigation system is controlled and monitored thanks to different soil moisture sensors which measure humidity and water flow in strategic points of the area.

Waspmote Sensor Platform  installed in the park

The deployed probes datalogger is based on Waspmote Sensor Platform with sensors probes from a third party. This fact gives an impression of the versatility of this device. It enables connection with a wide range of sensor probes that does not have to be from the same manufacturer.

In SmartIrrigation project soil moisture probes are located underground together with Waspmote Sensor Platform, which are put inside waterproof boxes that ensure highly durability. Besides, these devices are powered by a long-life battery with one year autonomy.

Smart Irrigation System

Smart Irrigation System

Data gathered by Waspmote Sensor Platform can be sent to a gateway or directly to the cloud. It can be done through several communication protocols, such us GPRS, 3G, 4G, LoRaWAN, LoRa, Sigfox, 868 MHz, 900MHz, ZigBee, 802.15.4, WiFi, RFID, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0. In this project, data is sent through ZigBee to Meshlium Gateway, also provided by Libelium, and from there to the cloud using 3G. All the Meshlium installed are located in the garderner huts to facilitate the communications.

The information collected in the Meshlium Gateway can be visualized in a platformwhich concentrates and allows knowing the state in each zone. Two departments of Barcelona Council, Urban Services and Computing, have worked with Wonderware to carry out the application which can be controlled with computers, smartphones and also tablets.

Visualizer developed by Barcelona Council and Wonderware

Visualizer developed by Barcelona Council and Wonderware

If your are enjoying nature, sitting on a bench or walking through Poblenou Park Centre, you will probably see some members of Barcelona Parks staff and Gardeners using tablets. This is not the way how they spend their break times, the tablets are their new work tools. The new irrigation management system allows an automatic control of the electronic valves that close or open the water flow.

Cutting down water and money

The Council of Barcelona led this project which is part of Barcelona Smart City project. Cristina Vila, Former General Manager of Water Cycle in the council, considered the deployment as a great success because “the system optimizes water consumption because it irrigates with the proper amount according to weather conditions and the plants’ needs“.

Thanks to this new management system the municipal water bill has been cut down near a 25% in the city. Moreover, this reduction is not just about money, the water usage has been reduced too. Barcelona is saving resources such us water with Internet of Things technology and contributing to enhance the environment too. For gardeners, their daily work tasks has been eased too. Controlling the irrigation system and detecting any incidents that may have occurred can nowadays be checked in real-time.

Source: Libelium

Deutsche Telekom eyes Artificial Intelligence to grasp Smart Cities

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shutterstock_124757719Smart city deployments collect data that is analysed vertically, a practice that needs to change if their potential is to be realised, argued Deutsche Telekom board member Claudia Neimat in a blog.

Data gathered from sensors around a city are currently held in a separate pool, characterised as a “landlocked lake” by Neimat, the company’s board member in charge of Technology & Innovation and Europe.

In the future, every city will have multiple digital applications, running concurrently, churning out data. Cities need to develop the capability to view this data horizontally, as well as vertically, she argued.

Neimat suggests operators will need to get to grips with artificial intelligence (AI) if they are to progress with such initiatives.

“The content of such data ‘oceans’ will be so massive, and the relevant analysis so complex, that only artificial intelligence will be able to carry out the relevant data processing and forwarding with the necessary accuracy and speed,” she said.

The Deutsche Telekom executive also updated about a couple of the operator’s own smart city initiatives. In Dubrovnik, the Croatian city, and in Romanian capital Bucharest, the company is testing so-called digitised city centres. The areas concerned include street lighting, safety and parking.

In smart parking, available spaces are being fitted with sensors that tell drivers if they are available. The company described the results as being “impressive”, with less traffic, as well as lower CO2 and particulate emissions. In addition, drivers save time that they would otherwise spend in looking for parking.

Deutsche Telekom is also testing intelligent parking systems in the Italian city of Pisa, which has a resident population of 90,000 and an added population of 30,000 daily commuters – the majority of whom drive into the city every day.

Source: Mobile World Live

Experience the Connected City of the future at Mobile World Congress in Shanghai

GSMA Innovation City

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Experience the future of Mobile technology with GSMA’s Innovation City, Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2016. Enter a real life city setting, and see first-hand how mobile-connected products and services are improving the lives of people at home, in leisure and work.

Do you want to make a real difference to your business, and to society as a whole? If so, visit the GSMA Pavilion to find out how our members are working together on exciting new products, innovation and industry defining initiatives that are changing the mobile landscape.

The GSMA and partners such as Huawei, AkyumenIntel and DTS will immerse you in the possibilities for businesses and consumers with the power of mobile connectivity. Innovation City brings to life everyday experiences, showcasing the forefront of mobile innovation. 

Join Korea Telecom to explore the connected home of the future, experiencing how mobile technology enhances your everyday life. Walk into a store of the future with NAES and MyFc, and see for yourself how car and automotive are changing with Mobile technology. A visit to Innovation City also includes the chance to get hands on with the latest in IoT in the Innovation Park, including a GSMA led virtual reality experience.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of Innovation City at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 29th-1 July, Hall N3.

Source: GSMA

London and Bristol crowned UK’s leading smart cities

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UK Smart Cities Index identifies leaders, contenders and challengers at London launch event

London and Bristol are Britain’s leading “smart cities”, according to new research commissioned by Huawei UK and conducted by Navigant Consulting.

The first-ever Huawei UK Smart Cities Index measured how well the nation’s urban centres are doing at using digital technology to improve everything from their transport infrastructure to their refuse collection.


Ed Vaizey MP, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, shares his views at the Huawei smart city event in London.

London and Bristol were ranked as “Leaders” at the top of the table; next came the “Contenders”, with Birmingham in third place, followed by Glasgow, Manchester, and Milton Keynes.

The Huawei UK Smart Cities Index rankings were calculated by an in-depth analysis of ten criteria within their strategy and execution, covering areas such as their vision, objectives, implementation record, environmental impact and community reach.

London and Bristol came top as a result of pioneering a range of urban innovations. London’s successes include its congestion charge scheme and other transport innovations and the London Datastore. Bristol’s achievements include the unique “Bristol Is Open” project, which has brought together the University of Bristol, Bristol City Council and industry partners to create a city-scale network for innovation. Other notable programmes include Birmingham’s plans to make East Birmingham a testbed for smart technology; Manchester’s new Internet of Things City Demonstrator; Glasgow’s range of projects developed as part of Future Cities Demonstrator programme; and Milton Keynes’ MK:Smart collaboration on IoT projects with the Open University and other partners.


Lord Browne of Madingley, Chairman Huawei UK, gives welcome speech at Huawei Smart Cities event in London

The Index highlighted five themes that are common across the most successful smart city programmes which are, the importance of leadership and vision; a need to focus on local priorities and strengths; the importance of engagement with local communities; building local partnerships and understanding the way in which the data revolution can improve services and boost innovation.

The report also highlights the role the UK Government has played in building momentum behind smart cities through the Future Cities and IoT demonstration programmes which has provided important seed funding for winning cities. While the establishment of the Future Cities Catapult has ensured continuity of interest, important questions are raised regarding the need to bridge the gap between funding for demonstration projects and full-scale commercial deployments.

The report cites the need for future demonstration projects to have a strong emphasis on both measurable outcomes and sound business cases, as well as encouraging wider collaboration and knowledge sharing between UK cities.

Ed Vaizey MP, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, speaking at the launch event said: “The Huawei UK Smart Cities Index highlights cities developing innovative digital projects and measures how well they are performing against each other. I hope it will encourage city leaders to share best practice and promote competition, because smarter use of data and technology drives growth and delivers a better quality of life. The Government strongly supports the Smart Cities sector, through the Future Cities Catapult and the Internet of Things City Demonstrator programme, and we welcome this report.”

Gordon Luo, Huawei UK CEO, said: “From Bristol’s open data strategy to Milton Keynes’s pilots of autonomous vehicles, there are excellent smart cities projects all over the UK. We wanted to understand how well advanced these schemes were and where lessons could be learnt between them. The Huawei UK Smart Cities Index shows that, right now, Britain is one of the most advanced countries in Europe in this field. But it’s still early days and there is more work to do to build more effective partnerships between city authorities and technology providers, and in making the benefits of smart city technology apparent to a greater number of citizens.”

Eric Woods, research director at Navigant Consulting, who led the study, said: “London and Bristol stand out from the crowd for combining technical innovation with a broader strategy for city development. But there are a number of cities close behind them with strong smart city programmes. The message from our research is that more city leaders need to embed the idea of smart capabilities into their urban projects. Cities and central government also need to work together to ensure successful pilot projects are turned into scalable projects that benefit all citizens.”

UK SMART CITIES INDEX

Rank City Category
1 London Leader
2 Bristol Leader
3 Birmingham Contender
4 Glasgow Contender
5 Manchester Contender
6 Milton Keynes Contender
7 Leeds Contender
8 Peterborough Contender
9 Nottingham Challenger
10 Sheffield Challenger

Launch Event

The launch event was held at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in central London and guest speakers included, Ed Vaizey MP, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy and Lord Browne, Chairman, Huawei UK. Speakers from the UK’s leading smart cities included: Andrew Collinge, Assistant Director, Greater London Authority; Geoff Snelson, Director of Strategy, Milton Keynes Council and Stephen Turner, Head of Future Cities, Manchester City Council.

Huawei is one of the largest Chinese inward investors in the UK. To date Huawei has provided Smart City solutions in over 60 cities in more than 20 countries across the world. Huawei’s Smart City solutions include smart government, smart healthcare, smart education and smart transportation in countries as diverse as the Netherlands, South Africa, Brazil and China.

Two links are provided to access the UK Smart Cities Index report and an Infographic:

UK Smart Cities Index report

UK Smart Cities Infographic

Source: Huawei

Moovel Helps Hamburg’s Transport System To Become Fully Integrated

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One-stop-shop for urban mobility in Hamburg: book and pay for journeys with car2go, Flinkster, mytaxi, Deutsche Bahn and from now on also public transport (HVV) directly in the moovel app
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  • In Hamburg, moovel now makes it possible to book and pay for online tickets for Hamburg Transport Association (Hamburger Verkehrsverbund – HVV) directly in the app, in addition to car2go, Flinkster, mytaxi and Deutsche Bahn journeys
  • Hamburg is the first German city of over a million inhabitants with a one-stop-shop for urban mobility
  • HVV CEO and moovel Group CEO present the latest version of the mobility app in the Hanseatic city  
Hamburg – With the full integration of online tickets for local public transport in Hamburg, moovel is offering a one-stop-shop for urban mobility: from now on, it is possible to book and pay for journeys by the transport modes within Hamburg Transport Associationdirectly and conveniently via the moovel app.
At the presentation of the latest generation of the moovel app, the CEO of Hamburg Transport Association, Lutz Aigner, said: “We believe that further sales channels in the form of external mobility platforms are a useful addition to our wide variety of services. The sale of HVV tickets via the new moovel app is therefore an interesting option, not least for passengers from out of town.”
Jörg Lamparter, moovel Group GmbH CEO: “Hamburg Transport Association is a key partner and the backbone of mobility in Hamburg, along with the buses, subway, suburban railway, ferries and regional trains. We are delighted that, in partnership with HVV, we can demonstrate just how much easier smartphones can make our mobility in cities. Our one-stop-shop for urban mobility is the only one of its kind in the world.”
Search for, book and pay for mobility with a single app
The mobility app from the wholly owned Daimler subsidiary shows users the best route to their destination: the free iOS and Android mobility app combines local public transport, the car-sharing providers car2go and Flinkster, mytaxi, Taxi-Ruf, rental bicycles and Deutsche Bahn. Using the moovel app, car2go, Flinkster, mytaxi and Deutsche Bahn can be booked and paid for simply and directly throughout Germany. In Hamburg, single, day and group HVV tickets are now also available – the booking and payment of the HVV tickets in the moovel app is so easy: if a connection search is carried out in the moovel search function, the app proposes the purchase of the appropriate HVV single ticket for the desired journey and shows day and group tickets as further options. Consequently, the user is already mobile after just two clicks. The tickets are then provided in the app and can be called up as necessary. The billing between moovel and HVV takes place in the background without any further login procedure for the customer.
Based in Hamburg: moovel development team and lead agency JvM/Elbe
On October 1, 2015, the business operations of the moovel mobility platform were transferred to a new, independent company – moovel Group GmbH. The company’s headquarters are in Stuttgart. The company opened a development center in Hamburg in 2015: the team of fifteen in the Hanseatic city is responsible within the moovel development network for all user account and payment functions – from the database to the app. Hamburg is also home to moovel’s new lead agency: Jung von Matt/Elbe. The creative agency has developed an integrated communication concept for the moovel app. The new campaign is set to launch at the end of April. Altogether, 110 people work for moovel Group GmbH in Germany. The same number of people work for moovel North America, which arose on April 14, 2016, from the merger of the two US subsidiaries RideScout (Austin) and GlobeSherpa (Portland).
Source: Daimler

Nokia and Zain KSA to transform Jeddah into a smart city by 2018

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  • Nokia leverages Internet of Things and Cloud technologies expertise to implement smart city applications and improve services for Jeddah residents

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – Zain KSA and Nokia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on a major initiative that will transform Jeddah, one of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s (KSA) largest cities, into a model for smart cities in the country and worldwide by 2018.

Under the MoU, Nokia and Zain KSA will apply advanced networking technologies in the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Cloud to connect and manage a wide array of devices, vehicles, homes and applications. Use of these technologies will improve municipal services, enhance the business climate in Jeddah and create a better quality of life for the city’s nearly three million residents.

Zain and Nokia will also employ advanced network and customer experience management tools to ensure smooth and seamless operation across the objects and locations. To ensure privacy and fulfill public safety requirements, the companies will place a strong focus on the reliability and security of the network.

Over the course of this two-year plan, the companies will enhance the network capacity, accessibility and efficiency of Zain KSA’s mobile broadband network in Jeddah, eventually leading to 5G access, while also expanding the utilization of small cells and Wi-Fi to ensure continuous connectivity throughout the city.

Sultan AlDeghaither, Chief Technology Officer, said: “Jeddah is the second biggest city in Saudi Arabia – and thanks to our collaboration with Nokia, it will also be a smart city. Introducing IoT to all walks of life is a top priority for Zain KSA, and Nokia’s Smart City solutions will provide us with a framework for enriching the lives of the people in Jeddah.”

Ali Aljitawi, Head of Zain KSA Customer Team at Nokia, said: “The world is becoming more urbanized, with exponentially more connected devices. For every device connected to the Internet today, 10 more will join it in the near future. Through IoT and smart city concepts, we can automate our lives by connecting mobile devices to appliances, lights, roadways and just about everything – a shift that will improve efficiency and enable economic, social and environmental sustainability. We believe that the Jeddah Smart City concept can be a model for smart cities not just in the Kingdom, but across the region and the world.”

Source: Nokia

Wireless Networking Expands Possibilities for Smart Cities & Smart Communities

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Sensors & the IoT Spark Cost-Efficiency Opportunities for Public Sector Organizations

Local government is a 24/7 enterprise. Constantly changing dynamics and daily emergencies have always put pressure on city governments to be both nimble and cost-efficient. In the digital age, citizens expect cities to respond to their needs and mandates even quicker than before, and they want to be able to access city services conveniently — whenever and wherever. Of course, citizens also still expect cities to make the most of their tax dollars.

Cradlepoint Smart Cities expert, Ken Hosac, VP of Business Development, to:

  • Highlight some of the most impactful Smart City applications,
  • Discuss where the Smart City movement is headed,
  • And offer insight into how wireless and software-defined networking (SDN) help cities address their communities’ changing needs.

What exactly is a Smart City?

“It’s the idea that technology and innovation and collaboration can improve the quality of life of citizens and the well-being of its businesses; cities that are smart take advantage of that,” says Hosac. Smart Cities are utilizing the cloud and the Internet of Things. In fact, Gartner reports that more than a billion Internet of Things devices are installed in Smart Cities worldwide, and that number is projected to more than double by 2017.

“Most cities are becoming incrementally smarter all the time. You might not notice it on a day-to-day basis, but over time you see a big difference,” notes Hosac.

Popular Smart City Technologies

Public Transit: Currently, the most widely enjoyed Smart City technologies often revolve around in-vehicle connectivity. For example, many cities are using 4G LTE connectivity to provide WiFi on public transit, in order to attract greater ridership, says Hosac.

Public Safety: Many law enforcement agencies also have come to rely on wireless in-vehicle connectivity. Increased police scrutiny and a growing demand for transparency is motivating law enforcement agencies to implement body-worn and dash cameras to give the public greater oversight of their activities. “We’re seeing that not just here in the United States, but in Europe and Africa as well,” notes Hosac.

With wireless in-vehicle Internet, officers can upload footage to the cloud, stream in real time, and file reports — all without having to make an extra trip to headquarters. Less time performing administrative tasks back at the station means more time for community policing.

Emerging Applications

Pop-Up Networks: A few cities are utilizing wireless Internet to provide temporary connectivity during elections. The Board of Elections can quickly set up a wireless “pop-up” network just for Election Day, and voters use computers (which can also produce a paper ballot to guard against potential tampering) to cast their votes.

Voters enjoy the convenience and faster reporting of results, while the city benefits from a more efficient elections process.

Data Analytics: Emerging Smart City applications will allow cities to better gather and leverage real-time data. “It’s not mainstream yet,” says Hosac, but in the near future, many cities will, for example, “have sensors in trash Dumpsters that can tell how full the Dumpster is, and combine that information with temperature measurements to help cities determine which Dumpsters to empty each day.” Applications like this will allow cities to save money by limiting energy/fuel expenditures and personnel hours needed to deliver vital city services.

Smart Parking: Smart parking is another application with a promising future. Cities seeking to limit the traffic and pollution impact of drivers endlessly searching for parking use Internet-connected sensors and meters to update parking maps in real time. Drivers access data through a cloud application that allows them to quickly locate open parking spaces.

In either of the previous two scenarios, Internet of Things devices are organized on a wireless mesh network, with an Internet-connected gateway device stationed on approximately every block.

The Growing Role of Wireless & Software-Defined Networks (SDN)

Today, leading cities are using wireless and SDN to provide connectivity for their Smart City applications.

“Wireless connectivity opens up a whole new range of applications that couldn’t be addressed with wired networks,” says Hosac. “Mobile applications are especially dependent on it, but it’s also making a big impact on temporary locations and pop-up networking. The instant scalability and ease-of-management make it possible for cities to tailor the network to their exact and ever-evolving needs. These technologies provide the flexibility needed to make adjustments quickly as the city’s needs change.”

The ever-increasing prevalence of the Internet of Things in community operations is taking many Smart City ideas from dream to reality. According to projects, $39.5 billion will be spent on Smart City technologies in 2016 (SOURCE: Onvia).

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Source: Cradlepoint

 

Coruña Smart City: creating an open innovation ecosystem

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Smart Coruña is the innovation programme which began in 2011 and whose objective is to transform the beautiful city of La Coruña into a technology hub where new services, which improve the city´s efficiency and the sustainability, are implemented. Smart Coruña has positioned the city as a benchmark for new investments and new R&D developments and has contributed to the creation of new jobs stimulating the growth of the IT sector.

A Coruña, Galicia, Spain

A Coruña, Galicia, Spain

The project, 80% financed by European FEDER funds, provides a holistic view of the city and its services. It consists of 14 technological pilots including Libelium technology and the deployment of the Sofia2 Platform.

The urban services variety ranges from resource and environmental management to citizen and tourist services and its ultimate goal is to improve quality of life in La Coruña:

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  • Air and acoustic quality: This system controls the air quality and noise level conditions throughout the city. Different Libelium Waspmote Plug & Sense! devices are used to measure air conditions and noise levels at strategic points in the city. The system enables the identification of the pollutant sources and allows the decision making process regarding the implementation of corrective plans when the environmental quality or noise levels recommend so.
  • Water quality Management: This area aims to remotely monitor the water supply and sewerage networks of the city, ensuring its effective distribution. It includes smart irrigation and different management systems to control water-flow, speed, rate and tubes conditions, any pressure changes due to leaks can be rapidly detected rapidly, minimising water losses. The system also has devices capable of measuring the physical and chemical characteristics of water in reservoirs, water treatment plants and city beaches. It ensures the quality of the drinking water supplied to the public is excellent and also warns about any possible anomalies.
  • Energy efficiency: Implementation of an energy efficiency tool to monitor and reduce energy consumption in 55 public buildings and a system which automates the processes of the Potable Water Treatment Plant reducing its energy consumption as well. The aim is to reduce the consumption of electricity and gas to the minimum. Both initiatives generate economic savings, enhance environmental care and have positioned La Coruña as a benchmark in the field of energy management.
  • Traffic control: the real-time traffic optimisation system collects information in order that citizens and managers can make better mobility decisions in real time. A series of cameras and devices have been installed in the monitored priority roads to determine and control the traffic situation. Likewise, a number of control cameras are installed at the access points of pedestrian areas. The smart parking system collects information about the free parking spaces, improving mobility as it helps citizens avoid wasting time looking for parking spaces. All the information is available to citizens and visitors through a web portal, a mobile app and dynamic information panels.
  • Citizen interaction and tourism: this vertical brings together electronic administration possibilities, bidirectional citizen communication and tourism services. The electronic administration system allows citizens not only to start any official procedure through the electronic channel, but also to keep track of the status of the inquiry and attach any necessary documentation. The interaction system allows citizens to receive information about the events of the city and also participate, propose and report openly about its functioning. The guided visits system with augmented reality offer an interactive experience of the city’s main attractions.

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Libelium Sensor Platform with Sofia2 Platform visualizer for Smart Coruña project

In the scope of this project, a specific Portal was published in the City Council’s website aggregating all public information to be presented to the citizens. Lots of different visualizers are accessible across the website, from traffic information to rental bike availability.

Smart City Coruña Brain

Smart City Coruña Brain

Sofia2 is deployed in La Coruña, centralizing information from various different city services and giving solution to specific needs across the whole area of the city. The combination of the information from all these verticals in one unique platform has allowed to build complex and smart solutions where each vertical, instead of working independently, can take advantage of information from the rest of the solutions to provide a better use of resources.

Sofia2 is Indra’s IoT Interoperability Platform. It acts as the middleware and repository that allows real time interoperability of multiple systems and devices, offering a semantic platform to make real world information available to smart applications (Internet of Things).

Source: Libelium

zipcar introduces hyundai i30 models to car club fleet in london

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World’s leading car sharing network announces first ever supply of Hyundai models to its car fleet

  • 100 Hyundai i30 models are now available to Zipcar members from key locations throughout central London
  • Zipcar has chosen the i30 hatchback for efficient engine range, 5 Year unlimited mileage warranty and generous standard equipment including Bluetooth
  • Priced from £15,295 OTR, the stylish i30 is packed full of technology and was Hyundai’s second best-selling model in 2015

Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network, has introduced a significant volume of Hyundai i30 models to Zipcar’s central London fleet. The deal is the first between Zipcar and Hyundai in the UK.

Designed and built in Europe, the Hyundai i30 is one of the best selling models in the Hyundai range. Updated in 2015, the new i30 is a dynamic and
refined hatchback boasting a bold and athletic style on the outside.  Spacious on the inside, high levels of technology make it not only enjoyable to drive, but both economical and safe too.

Zipcar members can now reserve a Hyundai i30, to use by the hour or by the day, via the Zipcar website or smartphone app, and be driving in a matter of minutes. Simply unlock the car with either a Zipcard or the mobile app, then drive away. 100 i30 models will be available for Zipcar members at high profile locations across the capital.

Zipcar operates in eight countries and has over 950,000 members globally. As well as a presence in London, Zipcar offers cars for hire in other UK cities such as Bristol, Oxford and Cambridge.

The multi-talented i30 will join other more established *C-segment models on Zipcar’s fleet across London. With its efficient engine range, it will support Zipcar in its efforts to improve air quality and reduce pollution in the cities where it operates.

Mark Walker, Zipcar UK General Manager, said, “Hyundai’s offering was a natural choice for us. The i30 is well suited to Zipcar, because of its quality, easy handling and intuitive controls.  Its quality is essential to both our members who are driving the cars and to us who manage them. Factor in Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity, and I have no doubt the i30 will be a big hit with our members.”

Martin Wilson, Hyundai UK Fleet Director, said, “We are extremely proud to be working with Zipcar and we look forward to the i30 impressing Zipcar’s members over the coming months. With the cars located in so many key areas across London, this will give us an exceptional opportunity to engage with drivers who may not have considered a Hyundai before – and get their feedback too.”

Source: Zipcar

Billion Electric turns Taipei into a Smart City with 412 Smartly Connected Street Lights

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Billion Electric, a leading networking and energy management solutions provider, today announces that it is in a strategic partnership with numerous LED streetlight vendors to deploy its Smart Streetlight Control Solution (LCMS) for a city-wide street light infrastructure project, providing automatic dimming and energy saving controls based on environmental illumination, motion, and regional sunrise and sunset schedules. Billion is in collaboration with the Bureau of Energy, Taiwanese Ministry of Economic Affairs to expand its system capacity controlling up to 6,000 street lights for a freeway project.

Billion LCMS successfully manages over 412 streetlights at four different street sites that are approximately 20km long. The smart streetlight project done by Billion is the largest urban installation in Taiwan that connects streetlights with IoT (Internet of Things), highlighting centralized asset management, street light failure notification, and enhanced public security

Unlike other ZigBee and GSM solutions, Billion LCMS utilizes the BPL (Broadband Power-Line) technology to overcome signal instability, elongated installation, and system inflexibility. Billion LCMS provides a strong integration flexibility that can be adopted by international LED streetlight partners who wish to invest their lighting fixtures in bidding for national smart street light tenders. For 412 street lights projects in Taipei, Billion has achieved an average of 78% decrease in utility consumption and CO2 emission while delivering a faster payback period.

“LED lighting market is extremely competitive and saturated with a few dominate LED lighting companies. We are excited to see that international LED lighting vendors can leverage our technology to impose system values onto their LED commodities. We can also help the cities around the world to modernize their street light infrastructure to lower operational maintenance costs, maximize energy efficiency and to enhance citizen safety through the open networking platform. Taipei is now given an upgrade on its public infrastructure and taking a step forward in building an intelligent, well-connect city,” remarkedMartin Chang, Product Manager of Billion Electric.


About Billion Electric
Billion Electric Co. Ltd. (www.billion.com; taiex: 3027) is the largest LED power and energy management solutions provider in the Asia-Pacific. We sustain life and the environment through combing the strength of power and ICT technologies to enable innovative, sustainable technologies. Billion’s over 1,000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximize values for our current and future customers.