Partner Spotlight: News from Intel, Schneider Electric, Ooredoo, Qualcomm, Siemens, and IBM

Fri, 2016-04-08 06:45 -- SCC Staff

IBM partners on cloud and cognitive computing… Intel's new acquisition… Schneider Electric's cloud-based security management system… Ooredoo's ICT infrastructure deal… Qualcomm's wireless EV charging agreement… Siemens' UK energy savings and clean air projects. Follow the link to learn more.

How connected is YOUR smart city? (Yes. It matters)

Fri, 2016-04-01 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

As more urban areas commit to smart cities upgrades and the technologies they'll need to accomplish those transformations, it becomes increasingly clear success depends on one key element: connectivity. While the thought of planning and developing a connected network for your city may seem daunting, other cities are doing it. You don’t have to go it alone. And the benefits might surprise you.

If your city's 9-1-1 network overwhelmed, help is on the way

Wed, 2016-03-02 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

9-1-1 agencies are expected to respond to all kinds of emergencies -- and show up on the scene quickly and well-prepared. But today's emergency communications networks are limited in what they can do. That's why AT&T will roll out a next generation upgrade to make those communications systems faster and more flexible and responsive.

Two approaches to public Wi-Fi: How they're doing it in the Maldives and NYC

Wed, 2016-01-27 06:00 -- Kevin Ebi

Fair and equitable Internet access for everyone is a key element of smart cities and two projects underway now provide different lessons. See how Ooredoo is providing service in the under-served Maldives, and learn about the privacy implications of New York’s efforts to turn payphones into hotspots.

Why Thailand wants smart cities -- and which one will be the first

Wed, 2016-01-27 06:00 -- SCC Staff

Smart cities figure heavily in Thailand's national policy to embrace a digital economy and become a digital hub for the region. As part of its strategy the Thai government recently selected one of its most popular tourist destinations, the island of Phuket (pronounced Poo-ket), for the first of its smart city pilot projects.

Black & Veatch lends a hand (and talent) to nationwide smart cities initiative

Wed, 2016-01-13 06:00 -- SCC Staff

Council Associate Partner Black & Veatch will contribute its engineering and construction expertise to Envision America, a nationwide program devoted to helping cities speed up and successfully deploy their smart cities programs. Read the story to learn more about the company's role in the initiative.

Ooredoo's new app: get medical care where and when you need it

Fri, 2015-12-04 06:00 -- SCC Staff

If you've ever traveled far from home and needed a doctor or emergency medical service, you’ll likely appreciate communications company Ooredoo's new smart phone app for its customers. The app provides 24/7 medical referral services for its traveling customers who need medical help.

5G broadband could be the ticket for even smarter smart cities

Wed, 2015-11-11 06:00 -- SCC Staff

5G mobile broadband is on the horizon and it’s generating a lot of excitement. At a time when almost every device will likely be connected to the Internet of Things, 5G technology's mega-fast speed and far greater bandwidth than 4G mean it will be used in a variety of applications, from connected transportation to more responsive, smarter cities. Read about some of them in our story.