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Smart Cities and the Internet of Things

Smart Cities and the Internet of Things, a breakfast briefing on 16th July 2014, will address how recent advances in data gathering, management and analysis are opening new markets and business opportunities in the urban regeneration and development space.

It is forecast that up to 70% of the world's population will live in cities by 2050, consuming the vast bulk of the world's resources. New insights and solutions are urgently required to manage these scarce resources efficiently and to operate new and regenerated urban spaces for the benefit of all.

Cisco estimates that US$10-13 trillion will be spent over the next decade on the construction of new cities and retrofitting existing urban spaces, creating an addressable technology market of $400 billion. The smart grid, and the sensor network that will support the management of big data flows, is already in development, with new generations of sensor networks in public and private managed physical spaces under deployment. The real questions are: Which technology areas provide the greatest growth opportunities? and: How is the market likely to develop?

 

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LowCVP Sustainable Urban Mobility Challenge 2012

First published in Cleantech magazine Issue 5, 2012

With over half of the world’s growing population living in urban environments, city transport is an increasingly acute challenge for city dwellers and governments alike. Cities suffer a particular problem in the form of air pollution. The LowCVP, however, set out to identify potential technology solutions to the low carbon challenge.

The LowCVP’s 2012 Technology Challenge, based around low carbon urban mobility ideas, aimed to accelerate the market introduction of new and innovative products and technologies, and to identify the most promising new ideas. It also aimed to provide an opportunity to emergent supply chain companies and technology developers, to promote themselves and add credibility to their low carbon urban mobility solutions.

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Will cities be the next big cleantech market?

First published on the Cleantech Investor website, 22 March 2012. Copyright Cleantech Investor Ltd.
Felicia Jackson reports from the 5th European Summit of Regions and Cities, taking place in Copenhagen
Europe’s cities, like the rest of the world, face three key challenges. Handling climate change and reducing CO2 emissions; creating jobs and economic growth; and securing sufficient energy supplies. At the 5th European Summit of Regions and Cities, taking place today and tomorrow in Copenhagen, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso pointed out that the economic, environmental, social and demographic challenges facing the world are problems focused in cities and exacerbated by the financial crisis.
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