Auckland is well positioned to lead the smart city sector for New Zealand and the South Pacific. However, the city is facing the challenges of its geographic isolation, market position as an end-user and governance silos across its public infrastructure and service sectors. The below Auckland Regional Snapshot provides an understanding of the City's initiatives, challenges and possible future within the smart city sector.
At Smart Cities Week Australia 2018 we explored what a citizen-driven circular economy might look like - the ideas, the actions and the opportunities. A series of fact sheets were produced summarising the circular economy journey of these cities, and are available for download.
While the U.S. trails many other countries in broadband speeds, Lake Nona, FL, has managed to deliver gigabit to every home and business. This case study, prepared by the Council's City Networks Task Force, explains how they used dense network architecture and smart homes and buildings to provide it.
Qualcomm Wireless Reach and Project RAY are collaborating with Israel’s Central Library for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Handicapped to build a system that enables people with visual impairments to use RAY devices to easily download and read audio-books, magazines, newspapers and other audio assets from the library. Learn more in this case study.
Alabama Power Company built and maintained its outage management system for many years. It performed well over the years. But while an OMS can estimate where service is out, it can’t necessarily reflect where service is back on, or more importantly, what locations could actually take power. Click to learn about the solution that solved the utility's problems.
Berkeley County Water & Sanitation (BCWS) has moved from manual meter reads to remote readings that happen with the push of a button. The result? Massive amounts of data but no clear view into how to use it to benefit its more than 24,000 customers and better plan for tomorrow. Click to learn what the utility did to cut meter reading time and take better advantage of its meter data.
When rural North Carolina utility Wake Electric deployed the Sensus FlexNet communication network in 2012, it was able to improve billing accuracy and system management. While some utilities will use a network for one application, Wake Electric took it a step further to use its network to extend asset life and system design, enhance outage management and make other improvements.
To combat water shortages caused by long-term drought, water conservation goals and water use restrictions have been common in many California cities. By using a smart water network, the local water utility in Fountain Valley was able to get citizens interested in conservation—and exceed the city's 20% water use reduction goal.
Not so long ago, landscape irrigation in homes and commercial properties was controlled by manual valves—with little regard for how much water was needed. HydroPoint Data Systems solution? An IoT machine-to-machine system to assess climate and water needs. Coupled with wireless connectivity from AT&T, Hydropoint's solution has saved clients billions of gallons of water and millions in related costs.
When a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami severely damaged communities in Japan's Tohoku region in 2011, the area required a massive amount of reconstruction. And that involved moving residential areas to higher ground. Read the case study for details on how virtual reality technology helped guide relocation and reconstruction.