Examples and case studies

Microsoft 'smart campus' makeover saving millions in energy costs


Microsoft knew the buildings on its 500-acre campus were incredibly energy-inefficient, but its engineers didn't care for the $60 million-plus estimate for a traditional fix or the disruption it would cause. So with dedication, the help of a few vendors and off-the-shelf Microsoft software, a company engineering team came up with a solution that is now saving millions in energy costs.

Why a rural German village is getting international attention


It's unlikely that many small rural villages get a lot of visitors from countries as diverse as Korea and the U.S., but little Feldheim, Germany does. And the visitors aren't coming as tourists. They want to find out how the village (population: 125) became Germany's first and so far only village that can say it's entirely energy self-sufficient.

New York's talking lamp post (and what it implies for your city)


Can you imagine asking a street light about the weather or traffic? New York residents can and they’re getting useful answers in return thanks to a demonstration project with GE that’s bringing smart cities technology to life. And you could be doing this in your own city.

Boston finds cities will soon have fewer drivers but many more transit riders


As a group, they’ve had their driver’s licenses for the shortest period of time, but they don’t want to live in places where they have to use them. Transit and city planners should take careful note of a new study of Boston’s next-generation workforce.

Singapore at 50: City grows up, reinvents itself


Singapore’s first 50 years were marked by tremendous success in shipping, oil refining, electronics and banking. But those industries are already showing their age, which, in turn, is causing Singapore to show its age. So the city state is digitally cloning itself to drive 50 more years of growth and perhaps help shape smart cities worldwide.