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Jean-Paul Rouge
2 hours ago
Jean-Paul Rouge
Independent professional

The drivers for investing in smart cities across the Gulf region are multiple; and include the need to support rapidly growing populations, income diversification and a desire to showcase the capabilities of the region to the rest of the world.

Qatar and Dubai will soon be hosting two major global events: the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the 2020 World Expo. Both feature eye-catching smart technologies -- ranging from air conditioned sports stadiums to driverless cars -- as part of a tech-led vision and legacy.

More pressingly, Middle Eastern governments also recognize the role that smart cities can play in responding to the dramatic population growth they have witnessed over the past few decades.

Predominantly swollen by expatriate workers, Qatar's population jumped from 1.2 million in 2007 to 2.3 million in 2017 with most people based in the capital, Doha. At the start of the millennium, the population was under 600,000. Similarly, the number of inhabitants in nearby Kuwait has d...

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By Joan Torres

“Smart City” refers to the integration of communications and physical assets into a cohesive network to facilitate a safer, more livable, and more energy-efficient environment for the people who live there.

In a Smart City, real-time information is provided to administrators from a city-wide deployment of sensors and monitors. Depending on the design, the collected data can enable any number of capabilities, such as monitoring weather and air quality, adjusting traffic signals to relieve congestion, adjusting mass-transit schedules to meet changing demand, and more rapid deployment of emergency responders.

Kansas City has realized one of the more well-known examples of the Smart City concept in a two-mile corridor. The implementation uses sensors integrated into outdoor street lighting to generate a real-time picture of traffic patterns, street car transit, and even open parking spaces.

While the Smart City installations throughout the Unites States – and the rest of the world – vary, one common denominator is the use of outdoor LED street lighting as the “anchor” for integration of the various sensors needed to collect data. This means that in addition to suitable lensing and housing designs that direct the output light to where it’s needed while minimizing glare and skyglow, an optimal outdoor LED lighting design needs to include additional performance features for Smart City realization.

Jürgen Schmidt
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Jürgen Schmidt
Smart Consultant

Building a smart city outside earth could be sooner than one imagined, according to an expert at European Space Agency (ESA).

In an interaction with students of Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, on Wednesday, Prof. Bernard Hanfenbach, head of the Strategic Planning Office, ESA, said that producing water and oxygen to breathe in the outer space by 2030 will be the biggest goals for space agencies. "The most important goals are the journey through which space agencies seek to produce drinking water and oxygen to breathe by 2030, to allow deeper research and deeper stages in the human discoveries of these hidden worlds."

Prof Hanfenbach was speaking at a workshop hosted by The Faculty of Natural and Health Sciences at Zayed University in collaboration with UAE Space Agency, which focused on Moon and Mars missions and the challenges faced from previous trips.

According to him, building a smart city outside earth could be sooner than one imagined. "This is in preparation for human living on the surface of these planets, and building a smart city on the surface of the moon."

LABCITIES
2 days ago
LABCITIES
By Joan Torres

The Government of India’s plan of building Smart Cities has gained a lot of attention from the citizens of the country and from media across the globe. The government’s mission is to develop 100 cities, in phases, to make them Smart Cities. The plan is to do it in two ways, by making towns as satellite towns of larger cities and by modernizing existing small and mid-sized cities. The cities were chosen by the State and the Union Territories. Of the list of 100 towns and cities, 20 cities are chosen for the smart city project by the Government of India. This sounds really exciting and progressive; however, the government will have to overcome a lot of challenges in implementing Smart Cities across the country. It would cost the government dearly if they overlook these challenges during the planning phase of this large project. This list of three Smart Cities examples and application can help you in understanding more about this topic.

Here is a list of seven challenges the government should factor in while planning to implement Smart Cities in India. These challenges will be faced by all the governments around the world.

Isabelle Evans
2 days ago
Isabelle Evans
Market Research Consultant at Freelancer

The global smart city market had been valued at USD 446.22 billion in the year 2016, which is expected to reach USD 1933 billion by the end of the forecast period growing at ~27.68% CAGR.

Get More Insights@ https://www.researchtrades.com/report/global-smart-city-market-analysis-forecast-2016-to-2022/1188319

Key Players
The key players of smart city market includes Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. (China), IBM Corporation (U.S.), Cisco Systems, Inc.(U.S.), AT&T Inc. AG (U.S), Siemens AG (Germany), Oracle Corporation (U.S.) Microsoft Corporation (U.S.), Schneider Electric SE (France), Hitachi Corporation (U.S.), Ericsson (Sweden) among others.

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