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Finnish Minister Advocates Effective Land Use Planning

June 4, 2012 - in Planning, Projects

Finnish Minister for International Development Heidi Hautala has advocated comprehensive and nationwide land use planning in a drive to enhance effective utilisation of land resources to improve people’s livelihoods in rural areas. This comes in the wake…

Software for the Smart Building to Smart Grid Interface to be Worth $1 Billion by 2016, Says Memoori Research

In many developed countries, industrial and commercial buildings consume 40% of all generated electrical power. Interfacing the Smart Grid with this building…

TomTom Searches for Drivers to Explore and Map Five Paradise Islands

June 1, 2012 - in Projects

TomTom today kicks off its Map Paradise Project, a once-in-a life-time opportunity for five families or groups of friends to spend two weeks on a tropical…

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 in 2020, while its European counterpart will reach $1.93 billion in 2020, a 19% CAGR. The market growth will…

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 level of economic activity and output of cities but also have a dramatic effect on the quality of life for…

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…