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James Bell
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James Bell
Smart City Expert

The city and county of San Francisco have years long history that represents the active engagement of the government in cultivating habits that improve the environmental conditions in a smart city. The chronological achievements of the city mentioned below reflect the smart city initiatives advancing in the region:

Julian Sandler
2 weeks ago
Julian Sandler
Smart City Expert

The Nature Conservancy released a report, "Funding Trees for Health," which highlights the benefits of planting trees in cities to improve air quality, minimize urban heat island effects, support water quality and create more aesthetic environments, among other benefits.

The Conservancy believes there are four main barriers preventing cities from planting more trees: lack of knowledge about the benefits of trees; public concerns regarding falling limbs or criminal activity; a lack of financial resources; and siloed departments left to deal with the responsibility of tree planting.

While the Conservancy notes that the solutions to overcome these barriers vary by city, it broadly suggests directly linking forestry to health goals and objectives for financial and public support.

LABCITIES
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LABCITIES
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
last month
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."

James Bell
last month
James Bell
Smart City Expert

To maintain this name and move beyond, Melbourne is constantly thriving in giving its people the best possible living conditions that are not just meant to be smart but also comfortable and human-centered. Having said that, let’s move on to catch a glimpse of the best liveable city on the planet.

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