Built environment

Hesse's highway gets a tech boost


The German state of Hesse is working with global tech powerhouse Siemens to build the first eHighway on a public highway in the country, with an overhead contact line for electric freight transport on the A5 autobahn. Expected to be completed at the end of 2018, this new highway will help solve the issue of climate-neutral freight transport by road in Frankfurt, cutting energy consumption in half and reducing local air pollution.

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.

IBM's building whisperer: If we want smarter cities, we start with smarter buildings


David Bartlett, VP of Smarter Buildings for IBM, is very clear on several points. Among them: One of the best ways to build smarter cities is to start with smarter buildings. But he says that's something we're not doing very well – yet.

Solving Boston's urban challenges becomes a group effort


The city of Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Boston University are working with IBM to find new, smarter solutions to persistent urban challenges, including traffic congestion and streetlight management, energy efficiency, major event coordination, and water/sewer and airport management and maintenance.

How two counties are building smarter cities (with platforms they already have)


Two UK counties, now partners on smart street light installations, are ready to take their partnership several steps further. Essex and Hertfordshire county councils will use their street lighting networks as a platform to launch several smart city technology pilot projects. Click to learn more.

Digital Built Australia in practice (how we can transform the built environment)


Technology and data solutions are essential for optimising the smart cities built environment of the future. And it takes sound policies to ensure that those tools are used wisely and consistently, as the three articles by ANZSCC Partners included here explain.

Commentary: BIM's big promise and five considerations to get it right


Building and Information Modelling holds tremendous promise for how we approach the smart cities built environment. But it hasn't yet fully 'arrived.' Guest author Matthew Mackay of Council Associate Partner Arcadis shares five elements to consider on how to make it deliver as it should.

On the fence about smart street lights? Here are 4 reasons why you shouldn't wait


Are smart street lights near the top of your smart cities transformation to-do list? If not, your city could be left behind. Enhanced public safety and energy efficiency are essential — but smart street lighting networks offer another key smart city ingredient: connectivity. Click to find out how, and why it matters.

Taking a second look at Denver's transit-focused smart city project


Denver, Colorado, already considered a progressive city, is building what you might call a 'smart district' complete with a partially solar-powered microgrid, LED street lighting, preparations for driverless vehicles and more. Click for details about the city's ambitious project. You may find ideas your city can use.