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Report: Smart City Suppliers. A new report from Navigant Research examines the strategy and execution of 16 leading smart city suppliers with the capacity to provide leadership on large-scale smart city projects spanning multiple operational and service areas. These smart city suppliers are rated on 10 criteria: vision, go-to-market strategy, partners, product strategy, geographic reach, market share, sales & marketing, product performance & features, product integration, and staying power.

Vendors are profiled, rated, and ranked with the goal of providing industry participants with an objective assessment of these companies’ relative strengths and weaknesses in the growing global smart city market. Top 10 Suppliers: 1. IBM 2. Cisco 3. The smart city technology market is characterized by a diverse range of suppliers spanning many sectors, which makes a comparison of their strengths and capabilities a challenging exercise. Learn more about the report. Intelligent cities / Smart cities: applications and solutions.

Intelligent cities / Smart cities: Strategies Initiatives taken by cities, companies and organisations for making intelligent / smart cities. Channel outlook for smart cities technologies. The smart city concept might be ready to turn the corner. Smart cities seek to become more efficient in the way they manage infrastructure and deliver services to residents. The scope includes everything from reducing the energy consumption of buildings to improving vehicular traffic flow around town. Information technology provides a foundational piece of the smart city and vendors have been talking up smart city technologies and their potential. Channel partners who have existing relationships with local governments could play a role in making smart cities happen. Some industry executives and analysts believe the discussions around smart cities will transform into action this year.

Nishant Shah, a senior analyst covering public sector technology at market research firm Ovum, said he believes it will start to become a mainstream approach. According to the United Nations' World Urbanization Prospects report, 67% of the world's population is expected to be urban by 2050. Growth factors. European firms boost Indian operations as government pushes for smart cities | Thinking Cities :: H3B Media. European companies such as Schneider Electric SE, Alstom SA, ABB Ltd and ThyssenKrupp AG are reinforcing their Indian operations and creating separate business units to tap opportunities thrown up by the Indian government’s plan to build 100 smart cities. At the India unit of Swiss engineering group ABB, the focus is on targeting segments such as power (network management, renewable integration), infrastructure (management of water and gas networks, waste management), building automation and mobility.

It is working on a high performance wireless broadband network to help integrate these multiple solutions on a real-time basis, according to a company spokesperson. French energy and transportation firm Alstom is betting on smart grids. According to Laurent Schmitt, vice-president, automation and smart grid solutions, Alstom, the smart grid and smart cities opportunity in India is quite significant.

“The draft concept note on smart cities is out. ThyssenKrupp India Pvt. Story: European firms boost Indian operations as government pushes for smart cities | Thinking Cities :: H3B Media. India's push for 100 smart cities has tech firms scrambling for contracts. As India looks to build smart cities to boost economic development, global tech firms, including IBM and Cisco, vie for a slice of the action.

As digital overlays begin to dictate the competitiveness and attractiveness of cities in rankings the world over, India's new Narendra Modi government has embarked on an audacious plan to build a 100 smart cities, urban fiber optic-connected digital clusters that will provide next-generation services to its residents. Modi's two-month old government presented a budget that initiates steps towards a "digital India," with allocations for components such as smart cities, virtual classrooms, and technology startups. A budget of $1.2 billion has been set aside for smart cities alone, resources that should serve to get initial pilots going in India's numerous poorly-managed cities.

Smart city projects are underway in many parts of the world, but in populous India where very little work has been done in the domain, the opportunities appear boundless. 100 Smart Cities – Summit – 2015 | 100 Smart Cities – Summit – 2015. The Abraaj Group. Designing Smart Buildings with Internet of Things Technologies. Sustainable Cities - Sustainable Cities. Energy efficiency, safety and security in buildings. The Building Technologies Division of Siemens (Zug, Switzerland) is the world leader in the market for safe and secure, energy-efficient and environment-friendly buildings and infrastructures. As trusted technology partner, service provider, system integrator and product vendor, Building Technologies has offerings for fire safety and security as well as building automation, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and energy management.

In organizational terms, Building Technologies is part of Siemens Switzerland Ltd. Building Automation Fire Safety Security With integrated mobility solutions, Siemens ensures safe, economical and sustainable passenger and freight transportation, combining all the necessary experience and expertise for the job. Urban mobility Interurban mobility Integrated Mobility Logistics Efficient, reliable, safe: These are the demands placed on electrification and electrical power distribution. Smart Grid. Companies in Smart Cities. Published with the feature on Smart Cities by Felicia Jackson in Cleantech magazine, 2011 issue 3 Companies active in the consumer utility usage monitoring space include Agilewaves and UK-based automated home management systems provider, Control4 (backed by Foundation Capital, Thomas Weisel Venture Partners, Frazier Technology Ventures, vSpring, Mercato Partners and Best Buy Capital).

Smart meter providers include NASDAQ-listed Itron. Onzo Ltd, in the UK, has developed display devices which work with smart meters, while Archrock (which was acquired by Cisco in 2010) has developed open standard wireless data collection technology. At the utility scale, smart meter and distribution management technology providers include companies such as GridNet, which has received investment from Braemar Energy Ventures, and Catamount Ventures – as well as GE, Cisco and Intel Capital. Demand response companies include NASDAQ-listed EnerNoc. Accenture Alstom Arup Cisco General Electric Hitachi Honeywell Intel. Is There a Medellín Hype Machine? MEDELLíN, Colombia – It was perhaps inevitable that as the thousands of participants in UN-HABITAT’s World Urban Forum file out of this city of 2.4 million this weekend, some skeptics might feel their hype antennae quivering.

The turnaround narrative of this former murder capital, the most dangerous city in the world, is compelling. After drug lord Pablo Escobar was killed in 1993, civic leaders dedicated themselves to conjuring a metropolis that was directly opposite to the years of fear and violence. The best architecture and finest public spaces went into the poorest neighborhoods. In a process of community design and participatory budgeting, planners listened to what the residents needed. A pristine park is under construction at the top of the eastern hillside, the summit of impossibly steep streets. It really has been an incredible transformation. Naturally, it’s time for a backlash.

OK, that might be a bit strong. But of course they weren’t actors. Welcome to Forbes. IBM, Cisco and the business of smart cities. Share article 1377 19 2 5googleplus1 Short of time? Print this pageEmail article There is a much-derided and apocryphal story that former US vice president Al Gore once claimed to have invented the Internet. In fact, he simply said that he had promoted the development of the technology in Congress – a claim that has been corroborated by the Internet’s actual inventors, Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn. Future historians may look back at Gore’s former running mate Bill Clinton and credit him with a similar role in developing so-called smart city technology – the use of networks, sensors and analytics to make cities more efficient, productive and habitable.

Back in 2005, through his philanthropic organisation the Clinton Foundation, the former US president challenged network equipment maker Cisco to use its technical know-how to make cities more sustainable. As a result, Cisco dedicated $25 million over five years to research the topic, spawning what it called the Connected Urban Development programme. Big Ideas Change the World - Cities. We’re now full steam ahead in Friends of the Earth’s mind-blowingly ambitious three year research project that aims to map a route from a planet in peril to a world of well-being.

As the leader of the project - alongside communications guru Joanna Watson - I’m fascinated, thrilled and petrified in equal measure. Just what are the 30 or so key changes needed to dig us out of the mighty hole we’ve dug ourselves into? By looking at the world afresh, and celebrating humans’ capacity to be ingenious, collaborative and empathetic, we hope to come up with smart ideas that could lead to a bright future.

That’s why we’ve called the project Big Ideas Change the World. First out of the blocks is a new look at cities. The focus of the cities research is how we can get cities not only to green themselves but to drive positive social, environmental and economic change globally? Here’s a flavour of some of the themes that have emerged from our investigations to date. Why Bosch, EDF and others are investing in Singapore | Guardian Sustainable Business. When it comes to sustainability ambitions, Singapore might take the prize. The island nation, which currently relies on neighboring Malaysia for its water, is aiming for water self-sufficiency by 2060, with 55% of its water needs met via recycled water and 25% from seawater desalination.

Moreover, its Sustainable Singapore Blueprint, which the government released in 2009, sets a target of certifying 80% of its buildings as green by 2030. And the sustainability push extends beyond buildings and civic services: Singapore's Nanyang Technological University is shooting for greenest eco-campus in the world, with a 35% reduction in energy, water and waste by 2020. Chee Kiong Goh, executive director for cleantech and infrastructure at the Singapore Economic Development Board, said Singapore's national targets demonstrate its push towards environmental sustainability. "Overcrowding is a big problem here and throughout Asia – Asian cities are growing at a rate of 37 million (residents) a year. Smart cities | Guardian Sustainable Business. CISCO The smart-city solution. Our rapidly urbanizing world faces an enormous demographic imbalance. Over the next few decades, Europe, and to some extent the United States and China, will be aging and shrinking, even as India, Africa, and the Middle East see their populations expanding.

At the same time, we still have three billion people in the world who have no access to water, electricity, health care, and education. And we are moving from a global population of seven billion to nine billion. Clearly cities are the key to whether we successfully meet this massive transition challenge and achieve growth that is both sustainable and inclusive. And the critical enabler is going to be technology. What was once a visionary notion is now the new normal: technology is really as essential as the three utilities—water, gas, and electricity. The goal, of course, is to view technology as part of a holistic, services-oriented approach to revitalizing cities.

How can we accelerate this transition? About the authors.