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U.N. Project Looks to Organize Urban Planning in Lebanon

May 31, 2012 - in Planning, Projects

A new data-gathering project is attempting to organize sprawling amounts of information about Lebanese cities in a more complex but easily visualized way. The program, backed by the United Nations Development Program, is aiming at centralizing data so that…

Sensors and Controls for Building Energy Management Systems to Top $4 Billion in 2020

May 31, 2012 - in Energy, Facility Management, Projects

The U.S. market for sensors and controls for building energy management systems (BEMs) will rise at a 17% compound annual growth rate to $2.14 billion…

IBM Intelligent Transportation Provides Citywide Traffic Visibility

Transportation is the vital means of connecting people, goods and services. The smooth operation of a transportation system can not only determine the…

McKinsey Reports on Emerging Trends in Urban Informatics

May 31, 2012 - in Analysis, Projects, Smart Cities

    In their efforts to manage cities more effectively and efficiently, many local administrations are turning to “urban informatics”—the use of information and communications technology to better understand metropolitan needs, challenges,…

South Miami Senior High Wins Institute of Navigation 2012 Mini-Urban Challenge

May 31, 2012 - in Projects, Sensors

The Institute of Navigation (ION) announces that South Miami Senior High School won the 2012 ION Mini-Urban Challenge held Saturday, May 26, 2012 at the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American…

China Deploys an Online Platform for Public Feedback on Transportation

May 30, 2012 - in Projects, Transportation

On Sunday, Yin Jialun, a sophomore at Tsinghua University in Beijing, cycled in and around the campus, collecting information on cycling facilities in the community he is most familiar with. He found out that part of a bike lane was blocked by road construction.…

A Design to Save American Cities

May 30, 2012 - in Projects, Renewal/Retrofit

When Brent Ryan started doing academic research on Detroit, in the 1990s, he was immediately taken aback by the city’s plight: derelict commercial buildings, burnt-out homes and whole neighborhoods being abandoned. “I was really struck by the amount of…

Hong Kong Housing Authority Launches Enhanced Drawing Management System Based on Bentley’s ProjectWise

Bentley Systems, Incorporated today announced that the Hong Kong Housing Authority (HKHA) has launched a new drawing management system based on Bentley’s ProjectWise system of collaboration servers and services. The new system was developed by HKHA for use…

Navigate 3D City Data via an App

May 29, 2012 - in Projects, Smart Cities

A new 3D-GIS in the Cloud application of iPad and smartphones provides a means to navigate 3D city data. The application provides the means to visualize and collaborate in both the field and in office environments, extending GIS capabilities to the field and…

Local Planning Across Metropolitan Chicago Gets a Boost from Ideas Exchange

May 29, 2012 - in Planning, Projects, Smart Cities

To help implement the region's innovative GO TO 2040 comprehensive plan, communities across the seven counties of metropolitan Chicago are getting staff assistance and funding from the region's official planning agency and the leading community foundation.…