Built environment

Hesse's highway gets a tech boost

09/22/2017

The German state of Hesse is working with global tech powerhouse Siemens to build the first eHighway on a public highway in the country, with an overhead contact line for electric freight transport on the A5 autobahn. Expected to be completed at the end of 2018, this new highway will help solve the issue of climate-neutral freight transport by road in Frankfurt, cutting energy consumption in half and reducing local air pollution.

Microsoft 'smart campus' makeover saving millions in energy costs

04/23/2013

Microsoft knew the buildings on its 500-acre campus were incredibly energy-inefficient, but its engineers didn't care for the $60 million-plus estimate for a traditional fix or the disruption it would cause. So with dedication, the help of a few vendors and off-the-shelf Microsoft software, a company engineering team came up with a solution that is now saving millions in energy costs.

IBM's building whisperer: If we want smarter cities, we start with smarter buildings

04/18/2013

David Bartlett, VP of Smarter Buildings for IBM, is very clear on several points. Among them: One of the best ways to build smarter cities is to start with smarter buildings. But he says that's something we're not doing very well – yet.

Solving Boston's urban challenges becomes a group effort

04/18/2013

The city of Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Boston University are working with IBM to find new, smarter solutions to persistent urban challenges, including traffic congestion and streetlight management, energy efficiency, major event coordination, and water/sewer and airport management and maintenance.

How Karlsruhe, Germany is tackling transportation challenges

12/10/2018

Karlsruhe, the second-largest city in the state of Baden-Württemberg, has had a three-prong plan in place since 2012. Working together with the administration, public and relevant companies, Karlsruhe developed the framework for a sustainable urban mobility system that not only highlights transportation development, it also ensures equal mobility opportunities for everyone in the city.

Namur, the “living lab” of Belgium

11/07/2018

Now Namur, once labeling itself as a “digital gateway,” is looking to earn another title: smart city. A new project in the historic centre is operating as a “living lab,” where citizens can gather and collaborate on creative projects. Here are a few of the ways Namur is working toward a sustainable revolution in the region, one solution at a time.

Czech city Brno is bringing new life to its tired brownfields

10/12/2018

The Czech Republic’s second-largest city, Brno, sits in the center of the South Moravian Region and is home to nearly 400,000 inhabitants. With a prime position in Central Europe between the forested Bohemian-Moravian highlands and South Moravia lowlands, Brno offers both a beautiful natural environment, as well as an excellent infrastructure for business.

In Dijon, street lighting is key to becoming a smart city

09/19/2018

The French city is joining forces with surrounding towns to embark on a €105 million information technology project that will improve city operations while helping save money on street lighting, traffic management and public safety. Working together with EDF's Citelum—as well as major French companies like Bouygues, Suez and Capgemini—the city plans to connect services like lighting through open data and smart city apps, thereby saving up to 65 percent in public lighting costs.

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