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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.

Report: Smart City Suppliers

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. 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. 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.

Channel outlook for smart cities technologies

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. According to the United Nations' World Urbanization Prospects report, 67% of the world's population is expected to be urban by 2050.

"The market seems to be at an inflection point between talking about what 'smart city' means and understanding how to implement it," he said. Growth factors Opportunities Obstacles. European firms boost Indian operations as government pushes for smart cities. 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.

European firms boost Indian operations as government pushes for 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. India's push for 100 smart cities has tech firms scrambling for contracts. 100 Smart Cities – Summit – 2015. The Abraaj Group. Designing Smart Buildings with Internet of Things Technologies.

Sustainable Cities - Sustainable Cities. 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).

Companies in Smart Cities

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. 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.

Is There a Medellín Hype Machine?

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. They learned that many workers making $15 a day were spending hours getting down from the steep hillside barrios to work. 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. Welcome to Forbes. IBM, Cisco and the business of smart cities. Share article 1377 19 2 5googleplus1 Short of time?

IBM, Cisco and the business of smart cities

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. 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.

Big Ideas Change the World - Cities

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. When it comes to sustainability ambitions, Singapore might take the prize.

Why Bosch, EDF and others are investing in Singapore

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. Guardian Sustainable Business. CISCO The smart-city solution. Our rapidly urbanizing world faces an enormous demographic imbalance.

CISCO The smart-city solution

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.