Why Singapore is moving to 3D maps for urban planning

Singapore has limited land, but its skyline is constantly changing. The city’s urban planning agency has found that 2D maps and physical models are not able to keep up with such a complex environment, its Chief Information Officer, Peter Quek said. The Urban Redevelopment Authority is now using 3D mapping to get a more realistic view of the city and simulate future scenarios, so agencies can plan their services better.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5908-why-singapore-is-moving-to-3d-maps-for-urban-planning

Finally! Singapore gets Indian Smart Cities deal

Singapore has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with an Indian state to provide knowledge on smart city management, it was announced this week. International Enterprise Singapore and the Infrastructure Corporation of Andhra Pradesh signed a deal to train Andhra Pradesh officials in urban planning and governance, supported by the Centre for Liveable Cities and the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5885-finally-singapore-gets-indian-smart-cities-deal

China’s Inspur Seeks to Partner with India on Smart City Project

Chinese information technology company Inspur Group said it hopes to collaborate with the Indian government in its effort to transform the country into a smart nation. “We want to partner with India in building its smart cities, as envisioned by the new government. We are a leading firm in hardware and India is good in software and I think our association will be wonderful,” said Zhang Dong, Inspur’s vice president.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/25250/20141130/china-inspur-seeks-partner-india-smart-city-project.htm

Panasonic opens smart town targeting zero-emission houses

As utopias go, Panasonic’s new smart town works if you’re keen to be green and don’t mind a heavy corporate presence. On Thursday, the electronics maker inaugurated the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town (SST), a subdivision southwest of Tokyo focused on solar power and other environmentally friendly technologies.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/panasonic-opens-smart-town-targeting-zero-emission-houses/

Huawei Showcases its Safe City Solutions

About 400 attendees gathered at the summit to discuss and explore security and information and communication technology approaches to support smart and safe cities. “A smart and safe city system helps to improve incident prevention, enables efficient processing, supports investigations, and enhances national security.” said Zhang Hongxi, Huawei’s vice president of Northern Latin America region.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/24882/20141128/huawei-showcases-safe-city-solutions-mexico.htm

TCL Links Hardware With Software For Chinese Smart Home Investment

TCL Group plans to team with its two subsidiaries TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings Limited and TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited to invest CNY90 million to create a joint venture in Hong Kong through which the group will build a foreign-invested company in China for the operation of smart home projects. TCL Group and TCL Multimedia will hold a 30% stake in the joint venture respectively; while TCL Communication will hold a 40% stake.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/11/28/21210-tcl-links-hardware-with-software-for-chinese-smart-home-investment

Data analytics lab in Melbourne will aid in smart city development

National ICT Australia (NICTA) has launched a data analytics lab this week in collaboration with RMIT University. Professor Mark Sanderson, Deputy Head Researcher of the Computer Science and Information Technology of RMIT University told FutureGov that the lab will improve how information is transmitted and analysed in transport and healthcare systems. “It might be that you have sensors that are telling you on how your roads are being used, or the number of passengers that you have on a train, or just the way that people are accessing your website

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5789-data-analytics-lab-in-victoria-will-aid-in-smart-city-development

Cloud, privacy, big data and smart cities top HDS predictions, in APAC

Cloud computing, privacy and big data will increase in priority for enterprises in 2015, while the smart cities trend will continue in Asia Pacific as countries such as China try to address urbanisation issues, according to Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Asia Pacific CTO Adrian De Luca. Speaking at the vendor’s Innovation Forum 2014 in Singapore, De Luca outlined the company’s predictions for 2015.

http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/560305/cloud-privacy-big-data-smart-cities-top-hds-predictions/

India finalises first two smart city proposals

India will get plans for its first two smart cities finalised by March next year, the government has said. The government has identified two cities – Dholera in Gujarat and Shendra-Bidkin in Maharashtra – in the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor, local media reported. The tenders for Shendra will be floated in three months and a water supply project will be among the first to take shape, an association of industries told local press.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5740-india-finalises-first-two-smart-city-proposals

Letting IT Go in the Smart City of Hong Kong

More than 500 of the thought leaders and captains of industry leading the global digital revolution in the public and private sectors will be congregating at the Hong Kong International Computer Conference (HKICC) at the end of this month (October 30-31, 2014) to work on the myriad ways information and communications technology (ICT) can not only build the Smart City of the future, but also by extension improve the lives of people across the world.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/letting-it-go-in-the-smart-city-of-hong-kong/

Huawei wants to build smarter cities with $25 million acquisition of UK-based startup

Chinese phone and telecom equipment maker Huawei has bought UK-based internet-of-things startup Neul  for US$25 million, according to Business Weekly . Rather than the wearables and home appliances that we often associate with the internet-of-things movement, Neul focuses on smart city and industrial applications – it makes the sensors that can be used in oil and gas refining, agriculture, transportation, construction, healthcare, and utilities.

http://www.techinasia.com/huawei-build-smarter-cities-25-million-acquisition-ukbased-startup/

Social media, real-time analytics useful for building smarter cities – India

NEW DELHI, INDIA: In order to deliver the government’s vision of transforming India into a superpower by empowering, connecting and binding Indian citizens, Dr Arvind Gupta – national head – Information and Technology, Bharatiya Janata Party elaborated the need to focus on leveraging Information Technology to build Smarter Cities in India. Dr. Gupta emphasized his views during an address on Urban Matters at the SAP Forum for Public Services in New Delhi, August 13, 2014.

http://www.ciol.com/ciol/news/218973/social-media-real-analytics-useful-building-smarter-cities

Middle East, Africa and Asia will win the Smart City market

Research and consulting firm MarketsandMarkets, Inc. released a new report entitled “Smart Cities Market – Worldwide Market Forecasts and Analysis (2014 – 2019)” which defines and categorizes smart cities into various sub-segments of technologies, solutions, services and regions with in-depth analysis and forecasting of revenues.

http://siliconangle.com/blog/2014/08/06/middle-east-africa-and-asia-will-win-the-smart-city-market/

Silver Spring Networks Expands Smart Infrastructure Partnership with EDMI

Today at the Asian Utility Week conference, Silver Spring Networks, Inc. (NYSE:SSNI) announced an expanded relationship with EDMI Ltd., a global smart meter solution provider, to offer smart city and smart energy solutions in several new regions. Following the successful first phase of deployment with the Singapore Power Group, Silver Spring and EDMI will offer their integrated solutions in Australia and New Zealand, Europe and Southeast Asia. Through the expanded relationship, Silver Spring will also leverage EDMI devices as control nodes to help manage and monitor intelligent street lights as part of the Silver Spring Smart City Solution.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3135100

Govt trial finds smart grids could save $28bn in electricity costs

A four-year $490 million Government trial of the use of smart technologies in the energy sector has found the country could reap $28 billion in net economic benefits over the next 20 years if the devices were rolled out nationally. A report released yesterday by Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane – written by four local consultancy firms – analysed the results of the Smart Grid, Smart City project and found the use of such technologies could result in consumers paying hundreds of dollars less a year through reduced energy usage.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/390407,govt-trial-finds-smart-grids-could-save-28bn-in-electricity-costs.aspx

Smart City Technology Investment in Asia Pacific to Total $63 Billion from 2014 through 2023, Forecasts Navigant Research

The list of problems facing contemporary city dwellers and officials in Asia Pacific includes rapid urbanization, stressed city finances, inadequate infrastructure, rising energy costs, congested transportation, climate change, and competition for global investment and skilled labor, all of which place unprecedented demands on cities. Emerging intelligent systems, however, promise solutions, and cities across the region are starting to implement them. Click to tweet: According to a new report from Navigant Research, cumulative investment in smart city technology in Asia Pacific will total $63.4 billion during the period from 2014 to 2023.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3014803

China Information Technology, Inc. Founded the CNIT Smart City Research Institute

SHENZHEN, China, Feb. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — China Information Technology, Inc. (“CNIT” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: CNIT), a leading provider of integrated cloud-based solutions in digital education, smart family and business, public information release, and other information technology solutions in China, today announced the Company has founded the CNIT Smart City Research Institute (the “Institute”), and established solid and long-term industry-university relations with several top universities in China including Peking University, Nanjing University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology and Wuhan University.

http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2014/02/03/china-information-technology-inc-founded-cnit-smart-city-research-institute