How and Why Smart Cities Can Use IoT to Wow Tourists
Engadget - December 2016

IoT is one of the main technology drivers behind smart cities. The integration of IoT applications in smart cities will bring numerous benefits to tourists and residents who can leverage this technology to navigate the city and learn about its history and culture. However, it also presents some challenges, including that of privacy and interoperability, which are important to address as the technologies develop.

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Security is a Major Challenge to Smart City Adoption
RCR Wireless News - December 2016

Along with interoperability, securing the internet of things is a major priority in a smart city. In a talk at IEEE GLOBECOM 2016, Petros Mouchtaris, president of Vencore Labs, outlined three areas of risk: interoperability; device cost and lifespan; and security.

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News from the World IoT Expo
IEEE Smart Cities - November 2016

The World IoT Expo was held in Wuxi, China from 30 October to 1 November 2016. Wuxi is known as the national demonstration zone for sensor network innovation. The theme of the expo was “Create IoT Era, Share Global Intelligence”. In this report, learn about the highlights of the various activities from the expo, including coverage on the Smart City of Wuxi.

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Smart Cities for the Golden Years
Engineering360 - November 2016

According to the World Health Organization, the number of people aged over 60 will almost double by 2050. To facilitate the elderly and disabled in living long, healthy, and safe lives, Smart Cities are providing the tools, resources, and support to improve the quality of life in a variety of ways.

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IEEE Standards Education eMagazine, November 2016

IEEE Standards Education eMagazine - November 2016

The November 2016 issue of the IEEE Standards Education eMagazine is now available! The theme of this issue is Smart City Standards. Articles in this issue include:

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Pittsburgh's AI Traffic Signals Will Make Driving Less Boring
IEEE Spectrum - October 2016

New smart artificial-intelligence-fueled traffic signals that adapt to changing traffic conditions on the fly are being put to the test in Pittsburgh with impressive results. Not only has it reduced travel time by 25 percent and idling time by over 40 percent, but researchers estimate that the system cuts emissions by 21 percent and could also save cities the cost of road widening or eliminating street parking by boosting traffic throughput.

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The Connected City: Trends and Developments Driving Smart City Innovation
MIT Technology Review - September 2016

The technological components of a “smart city,” including everything from smart grids and driverless cars to automated buildings and advanced sensors, can be complicated. But the core question behind the purpose of a smart city is quite simple: does it make human lives better? That’s the key theme explored in the webcast “The Connected City: Trends and Developments Driving Smart City Innovation,” produced by MIT Technology Review and IEEE Collabratec. Three influential subject matter experts with different backgrounds in developing smart cities delve into how these cities influence their human populations.

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Ethernet Expands Into New Application Areas: The Connected Car
IEEE Standards Insight Blog - August 2016

"With connected cars expected to reach the road as early as 2020, the publication of IEEE 802.3bw™-2015 100BASE-T1 standard is quite timely. Primarily driven by the needs of the global automotive industry, this Ethernet standard is yet again another example of Ethernet’s versatility and expansion into new applications."

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IEEE Std. 802: Smart Cities, Smart Homes, Smart Cars, Smart Energy, and Smart People
IEEE Standards University - August 2016

"IEEE standards play a role from smart cities to smart devices. Our standards drive “the functionality, capabilities and interoperability of a wide range of products and services that transform the way people live, work and communicate.” What does smart mean? There is no standard definition. In my opinion, the required functions include external environment sensing, internal processing, memory, data analysis, and external action and/or output. IEEE has standards covering all of these functions, but it is where these functions are distributed among different devices that IEEE standards for communications networks and their protocols become critical for interoperability and transmission of information between different devices and people."

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For tomorrow’s cities, IoT is the name of the game
ReadWrite - July 2016

Cities use up to 80% of the world’s resources, while occupying only 2% of its territory. So making them smarter and more efficient is critical to everyone.

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Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs Wants to Help You Navigate Smart Cities
IEEE Spectrum - June 2016

"Flow will use real-time data from smartphones and environmental sensors to provide a real-time understanding of how roads and parking spaces are being used and why some routes might be more congested than others. And then, based on those analytics, Flow’s mobile app will help users find the fastest and most efficient way to get where they’re going."

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Toward Greener Urban Transport
Engineering 360 - May 2016

"Increasing traffic congestion and escalating air pollution around the world are leading to schemes for cutting the number of individual passenger cars in cities and encouraging the wider use of public transport."

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Smart City Expo Casablanca
Oxford Business Group - May 2016

Casablanca hosts for the first time in Africa the "Smart City Expo" event, under the theme "open, innovative and inclusive cities". Initiated by Casablanca Events & Animation, in partnership with Oxford Business Group, "Smart City Expo Casablanca" will be the networking event of the major actors in the field of urban development.

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Smart Cities Appear Closer Too - NXP and US DOT Extend Partnership for Smart City Challenge
Forbes - May 2016

"NXP and the US Department of Transportation announced the use of NXP's long-range, secure private RFID tagging for automatic vehicle identification and road safety systems, as well as smart card ICs to secure admission to transportation, access control, retail, and other municipal services for the Smart City Challenge."

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KC's biggest win in Smart City initiative? Data
Kansas City Business Journal - May 2016

"Representatives from Sprint Corp., Kansas City and Cisco Systems talked about the Smart City initiative as part of the Gigibit City Summit hosted by KC Digital Drive. The summit continues through Wednesday in Kansas City and is geared toward leaders in current and emerging gigabit cities; it's about showcasing how technology and gigabit speeds can transform cities."

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Kansas City just installed free public Wi-Fi and dozens of 'smart' streetlights
The Verge - May 2016

"Kansas City, a place long known for jazz and barbecue, now wants to be known as one of the most futuristic cities in America. Last week, the city announced plans to install free public Wi-Fi covering 50 blocks of its downtown, 125 "smart" streetlights that automatically dim when no one is underneath them, and a new, glossy $100 million streetcar."

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How to Reduce City Traffic: Self-Driving Vehicles or Car-Free Cities?
The Institute - March 2016

In 2014, commuters and truckers in the United States sat in traffic for 6.9 billion hours collectively. While self-driving cars are expected to help ease packed roadways and substantially reduce the number of accidents, a few cities are looking to do away with cars altogether. Some analysts suggest municipalities should ban cars entirely and instead upgrade their public transportation systems with self-driving trains and buses.

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Digital transformation underway in Mexico's tech hub
The Network - March 2016

To advance its high-tech appeal, Guadalajara has embarked on a digital transformation - the Ciudad Creativa Digital (Digital Creative City) - designed to make it a global center of digital media creation, including animation, video games, software development and special effects for films. Guadalajara was chosen in October 2013 as the first of 20 cities in the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative, which enables participating cities to collaborate with each other and with world-renowned Smart City builders and experts.

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Kansas City, Missouri, USA is a Finalist in the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) Smart City Challenge
U.S. Department of Transportation - March 2016

IEEE Core Smart City Kansas City has been announced as one of seven finalists in the USDOT's Smart City Challenge. The winner will become the country’s first city to fully integrate innovative technologies – self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors – into their transportation network. The winning city will be announced in June 2016 and up to $40 million in funding will be awarded to help the city implement their plan.

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A Developing Country’s Perspective of the Smart Grid
IEEE Smart Grid - March 2016

With Smart Grids, the generational changes aren’t generations of people, but generations of the technology. So, if we assume developing regions aren’t the early adopters for Smart Grids, what does their Smart Grid look like? The nuts and bolts, and even “modules” may be very similar, but the drivers, legacy network, regulations and business case are certainly very different. India is a relatively representative example of many developing regions and their experience with a Smart Grid.

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Bridging the World’s Smart Cities and Smart Villages
IEEE Smart Village - February 2016

"As the world's cities strive in the next decades to live more efficiently and to somehow maintain or even improve standards of living while spreading resources among more city dwellers, might they have something to learn from their neighbors in the villages?"

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Deep Learning Makes Driverless Cars Better at Spotting Pedestrians
IEEE Spectrum - February 2016

Pedestrian detection systems for cars could become faster and more accurate with help from deep learning algorithms developed by engineers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) that can perform in close to real-time based on visual cues alone.

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Bosch Haptic Pedal Can Save You 7 Percent on Gas
IEEE Spectrum - January 2016

"Bosch has developed an intelligent haptic gas pedal that can help your car intuitively communicate with you about when to accelerate and when to brake in order to maximize fuel efficiency. These helpful hints could reduce your fuel consumption by up to 7 percent while also making you drive more safely."

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All of China's Buses Might Be Electric by 2025
ZME Science - January 2016

"China just announced the deployment of the world’s largest electric buses – in the city of Shenzen. The number of electric buses on China’s roads went over 100,000 in 2015 – over 20% of the country’s share of buses. If this trend continues, all the country’s buses will be electric in 10 years."

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How do you build a smarter smart city? IEEE knows.
Intelligent Utility - January 2016

"We chat with Gilles Betis, chair of the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative and action line leader of the Urban Life and Mobility at EIT ICT Labs about -- it's no surprise -- building smart cities."

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