Smart cities need smarter grids: looking toward distributed energy resources – Electrical Business

In the last decade, the world has become increasingly connected. Barriers such as language, reach and time no longer present the challenges they once did. The dissolution of these barriers can largely be attributed to the adoption of the Internet and the use of interconnected devices like smartphones, tablets, GPS systems, sensors and virtual assistance, to name a few. As we begin a new decade, there are more opportunities to connect and stay connected than ever before—but these opport…

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Microsoft technology is realising the smart city (r)evolution

The concept of smart cities has long-been seen as the epitome of human civilisation: collecting data about citizens – their shopping choices, the way they travel and how they think communities could be improved – and using it to improve public sector services. Organisations like Microsoft are realising this kind of innovation. 
“There are many challenges that smart cities could help to solve,” says Kirk Arthur, senior director of business develo…

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Interest in smart street lighting triples in US cities

Smart street lighting is one of the foundation blocks of smart cities
The largest 314 cities in the US (those with over 100,000 residents) are converting to LED streetlights and interest in connected or smart street lights has nearly tripled, according to a report.
 
The Northeast Group also reports that the US is projected to invest $8.2bn in street light modernisation over the next decade.
 
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SenSen Networks wins multi-year licence plate recognition contract with City of Las Vegas

SenSen is expected to earn a total of US$1,584,500 (A$2.5m) over the five-year term of the contract. Smart cities solutions provider SenSen Networks (ASX: SNS) has won a $2.5 million contract with the City of Las Vegas for the installation of a licence plate recognition system throughout its jurisdiction.
The five-year contract covers the purchase of two SenFORCE mobile parking enforcement units and 80 Gemineye mobile units for use in the city’s authorised vehicles inc…

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