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The Future of Urban Planning: Interactive 3-D Visualization

February 6, 2013 - in Column, Planning

In many cases, the software used by urban planners and architects is nearly as complex as urban planning itself—especially for owners and operators of the project, who may not have design backgrounds. However, unlike the old, manual method of sorting though…

Mapping Local Resources Helps San Jose Battle Food Insecurity

January 29, 2013 - in Feature, Featured, Smart Cities

Food security is a growing social and economic challenge that knows no political boundaries. Even in the United States, an astonishing 18 million households…

Location-enabled Smart Planning and Community Development

January 23, 2013 - in Column, Modeling, Planning

The economic downturn impacted many nations around the world including the US. In particular, decreasing home values left many Americans underwater on…

OGC Sensor Web Standards and the “Smart City”

January 16, 2013 - in Column, Sensors, Smart Cities

Sensors are everywhere. There are now thousands of sensors for every human on Earth. And there will be even more thousands in the future. At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, applications that use sensors to monitor your home environment, track your…

Sensor Sensibility: Applications to Analytics, Modeling and Simulation

January 9, 2013 - in Column, Sensors

Deploying sensors in the environment provides opportunities that previously were impossible, or at least cost prohibitive. Twenty years ago, monitoring a wide field meant a deployed field crew visiting areas of interest frequently, or perhaps aerial surveys…

The “Social Network” of Machines

December 6, 2012 - in Column

The past decade has clearly been the era of social networks, with revolutionary impact on nearly everything, from social behaviour to mapping and response to emergency events. Associated with the rise of Facebook, Twitter and the other dominant social network…

The "Social Network" of Machines

December 6, 2012 - in Column

The past decade has clearly been the era of social networks, with revolutionary impact on nearly everything, from social behaviour to mapping and response to emergency events. Associated with the rise of Facebook, Twitter and the other dominant social network…

Smarter Driving Key to Sustainable Transportation Planning

November 26, 2012 - in Feature, Featured, Transportation

In the popular mind, smarter, greener, and more sustainable transportation is generally equated with mega-projects like high speed rail, light rail, long tunnels for rail transport and, well, new subways and other versions of railway transportation. London’s…

Achieving Model-Based Design for the Smart Grid

November 12, 2012 - in Energy, Feature, Featured, Sensors

Smart Meters and SCADA Contribute a Big Data Perspective Smart meters and intelligent electronic devices provide granular data about the state of the utility network in near real-time. The availability of such data is in no small part what is making the smart…

Sewer Heat Recovery Provides Low-Cost Recycled Energy

October 24, 2012 - in Energy, Feature, Featured, Water

In every urban area, heat that humans have generated to shower, wash clothes, cook, and so on flows underground — in the sewers, making them very warm. Today, sewers represent the largest source of heat leakage in buildings. Even toilet water, which is at…