Solving Societal Problems with Smart Cities

Interview with Martin Powell, Head of Urban Development, Siemens
The world population is growing rapidly, putting urban planning under increasing pressure. Cities are facing challenges such as how to improve the environment and how to reduce the impact of congestion. The smart city concept seems to offer a solution. Reflecting the fact that smart cities are built on geospatial foundations, Intergeo – the world’s largest annual trade show for the geomatics industry – chose smart city as one of its key themes. To gain insights from an urban planning insider, 'GIM International' interviewed Martin Powell, head of urban development at Siemens. (By Wim van Wegen, GIM International) ‘Smart city’... (read more)
2016-11-14 09:40:51

Leapfrogging Urban Problems with Smart Cities

Preserving Well-being and Economic Growth in India
The upsurge in urban population in Indian cities will intensify societal challenges on every conceivable level. To improve the quality of life and attract investment in cities, proactive measures are now essential for government agencies. They will inevitably become increasingly dependent on geo-ICT in order to develop and manage their assets and infrastructures more efficiently and effectively. This facilitates – and also demands – elimination of ‘silos’ within city authorities. In 2016, India’s government will select 100 municipalities to turn substantial parts of their urbanisations into ‘smart cities’. The pace of urbanisation is so high that in 15 years’ time... (read more)
2015-12-10 01:26:39

Spatial Data and Smart Cities are Interdependent

New Element Added to Intergeo
A new element is being added to Intergeo, Europe’s largest geo-IT conference and exhibition this year: Smart Cities. This new part of the conference is being developed by the intergeo team in cooperation with Dr Chirine Etezadzadeh and her colleagues. She is a German expert on ‘smart cities’ and believes strongly that an interdisciplinary approach, certainly within the geo-IT sector, is crucial for real results. But efficiency should not be the only goal; social cohesion is also essential to ensure the future viability of cities. (By Frédérique Coumans, contributing editor GIM) Hinte GmbH, the organiser of Intergeo 2016 in Hamburg,... (read more)
2016-09-30 10:05:46

Esri and Smart Dubai Sign Enterprise Agreement

Esri has announced that Smart Dubai, the government agency leading Dubai's smart city transformation, has signed an enterprise agreement (EA) providing ArcGIS technology to 44 entities across the government. The EA will be used by Smart Dubai for its smart city platform, called 'Dubai Pulse', to integrate and map data for better decision-making. The shift toward smart technologies in recording and processing data is the foundation for success in the era of big data. Dubai Pulse will use Esri's geographic information system (GIS) technology – clubbed with data accumulated by the Dubai Data Establishment – to offer smart and secure... (read more)
2017-08-09 08:50:22

GIS Solutions to Educate Smart Communities

Esri and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) have taken steps to strengthen their strategic relationship to bring forward the best practices in building smart communities. The smart communities movement advocates that municipalities and counties rethink the way local governments deliver services and address the issues of our times. At the heart of these efforts is the call to use technology and data to create stronger, more resilient, and more business-savvy cities and counties. ICMA, which serves local government management professionals worldwide and identifies leading practices in the field, and Esri, a global leader in GIS  technology, have partnered to... (read more)
2016-07-25 11:05:17

Geomatics Makes Smart Cities a Reality

Enriching 3D Building Models with Non-spatial Data
Today, the main use of 3D building models is for visualisation purposes. However, such models also have huge potential for supporting the ‘smart city’ concept. Disaster management, 3D cadastres, energy assessment, noise & pollution monitoring and visibility analysis could all benefit from enriched 3D building models. To demonstrate this potential, this article presents three case studies in which 3D building models have been enriched with non-spatial data. The datasets can be visualised and managed online within a web-GIS platform. The technologies for capturing and processing 3D geodata are rapidly advancing. Aerial images processed with dense image matching algorithms result in... (read more)
2017-09-07 11:45:37

Intergeo 2016: Smart Geoinformation Shaping the Future

After notching up 531 exhibitors from 37 countries, more than 17,000 visitors from over 100 countries and an international Intergeo conference attended by 1,300 delegates, Intergeo – held in Hamburg from 11-13 October – has now drawn to a close. The sector’s dynamic momentum was keenly evident in packed exhibition halls and conference rooms, the young, international audience and three days full of information and discussion. Prof Hansjörg Kutterer, the newly elected president of Intergeo’s host organisation DVW, described Intergeo as being where the geo-IT sector meets its users. Intergeo is cross-industry dialogue at its very best, he said. It focuses on the... (read more)
2016-10-18 09:29:26

Smart Factories Need Space and Time Anchors

Enhanced SDI-based Human-machine Interaction
Spatiotemporal referencing can be used to enhance contextualisation of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) data and information flows within ‘smart’ factories, according to Studio iSPACE in Austria. Its five-step approach models an adaptive workflow to organise large-scale 3D data of a production facility. The goal is to support the extended personnel-machine interaction for indoor positioning, production asset monitoring and location-based management. In the event of problems with a production line, every minute counts for the factory’s managers. Service staff must be able to respond as efficiently as possible. All necessary information should be directly available and location-based. Studio iSPACE, part... (read more)
2018-02-01 09:32:16

Skymeter Partners to Demonstrate Smart Transportation Pricing

Cisco\'s Tony Kim, head of \"Connected Urban Development\" Seoul, declared Skymeter Corporation \"as our technical solution partner for Location, Time, and Distance-based road user charging\". Kim made the announcement last week at the Clinton Global Initiative conference \"Connectivity for Sustainability\". This is a major development in the application of GPS technology to road user charging and a significant step for the Canadian firm Skymeter.   Connected Urban Development (CUD) is a partnership between Cisco Systems and the Clinton Global Initiative in seven major cities (Amsterdam, Birmingham (UK), Hamburg, Lisbon, Madrid, San Francisco, and Seoul) to create urban communications infrastructure that... (read more)
2008-09-30 11:18:37

Smart Cities Geo Industry’s Key Topic

INTERGEO TV is showcasing various productions on the portal www.intergeo-tv.com in July. In the latest edition of the News (online since 7 July 2016), Hagen Graeff from the DVW (German Society for Geodesy, Geoinformation and Land Management) provides an overview of the diverse range of key conference topics for the next INTERGEO in Hamburg, Germany. The subject of smart cities is a particularly key area. Graeff states in his preview, that the ‘digital city’ initiative, which has been launched in Hamburg as a multifaceted agenda, provides extremely interesting specialist content for the conference. This ranges from the ‘smart port’ to... (read more)
2016-07-14 08:47:25
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