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  • Sep 12

    As part of the Royal Visit and Trade Mission from the Netherlands (30 Oct – 5 Nov) there will also be a smart city component to this event. The smart city delegation will also include GSC3, an international organisation which was launched in the Netherlands, where cities such as Amsterdam, The Hague and Eindhoven have been consistently high scorers in the global lists of top ten smart cities.

  • Sep 05

    ASCA's Executive Director, Paul Budde has begun a regular blog providing insights, comments and opinions.

    The aim of my recent smart city trip to Europe was to obtain insights into the strategic development in various cities that have been involved in smart cities, some for up to a decade. Obviously there are valuable lessons to be learned from them.

  • Aug 22

    It might be hard to imagine but we were already talking about fibre to the home networks back in the 1970s and 1980s. This was in the early days of interactive TV and pay TV and fibre optics were already at that time seen as the next level of telecoms infrastructure needed for such services. The first residential fibre pilot networks were built in Berlin and Nagasaki. One of the most ambitious projects was in Columbus Ohio, but in the end they decided to continue with their HFC network.

  • Aug 15

    Interestingly, during the process of establishing the Smart City Industry Collaborative one of the blue chip companies I contacted indicated that they were not a big fan of smart cities as their company was not really in the business of ‘making people happy’. They were selling ICTs to ‘make cities smarter’.

  • Aug 08

    In the USA the FCC has started the discussion on the next level of telecoms in the wireless market, aimed at making spectrum in bands above 24GHz available for flexible-use of wireless services, including next-generation, or 5G networks and technologies.

    New technologies such as massive-MIMO are going to make it possible to deliver ‘fibre-like’ speeds over short distance wireless networks operating in the 24+GHz bands. This will make the technology especially useful for high-speed broadband services in densely populated areas.

  • Aug 01

    CyberSafe Smart Cities Blog by Entersoft

    Smart cities offer infinite possibilities, promising smoother operations for organisations, ease-of-access for citizens, efficient energy consumption and seamless connectivity. But, are things as rosy as they seem?

    #IoT #cybersecurity #iotsecurity #SCADA #smartcities

  • Aug 01

    While a holistic approach towards the development of smart cities is still often missing, in 2016 there are some good examples, both nationally and internationally, of councils that are moving in the right direction. We are migrating from smart cities being a concept for the future to the point where we are now seeing cities making tangible plans and infrastructure decisions to support such a transformation.

    This also means that the associated obstacles and challenges are more evident.

  • Jul 25

    We had a very successful event – in fact, I regrettably had to put a stop on the number of people we could cater for. It was so popular that we even had some gate-crashers coming in, eager to be part of the event J

    It was primarily a networking function, giving people the opportunity to get to know each better – especially as we want to build a collaborative ecosystem, which means people need to know in more detail what the various organisations are doing, what their capabilities are, and where the opportunities are for closer cooperation.

  • Jul 18

    In close partnership with the Australian Smart Communities Association (ASCA), a group of leading national and international companies has established a collaborative with the aim of assisting modern cities that are working towards the new sustainable, interconnected, sharing and digital economy in which smart cities are playing a political and economic leadership role.

  • Jul 11

    One of the so-called low-hanging fruits in smart city plans is street lighting. Significant savings can be achieved by replacing the existing system with LED light and allowing for the management of light contingent on the level of traffic. This, of course, also results in cost savings.

    I discussed the street lighting project with my colleagues in Amsterdam last month and received a good indication of the complexity of what looks like a rather straightforward project.

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