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Think outside the box. Yes, cameras have the stereotype of being all about Big Brother where cameras watch our every move. But how is that different from everyone with a smartphone recording everything that happens around them?

The collection of articles below are here to inform and educate on how smart devices are being used around the world.

Is your Security Camera Secure?

Security Cameras with Security Flaws Dahua and Hikvision Poor Track Record Both Dahua and Hikvision have a poor cybersecurity track record, with Dahua's backdoor gaining a 9.8 out of 10.0 score from DHS ICS-CERT and Hikvision's backdoor gaining a 10.0 out...

Mobotix Cameras Win Awards

Mobotix Wins  "Best Product" Award At this year’s All-Over-IP security trade fair, which was held in Moscow at the end of November, MOBOTIX celebrated two successes. They were the only manufacturer in the field of IP video security to win the "Best Product" award,...

Smart Cities to save 4.2 billion man-hours annually

Smart Cities to save 4.2 billion man-hours annually NEW DELHI: Juniper Research has found that smart traffic management and smart parking initiatives, will save some 4.2 billion man-hours annually by 2021 – equivalent to each city driver saving nearly an entire...

How LA is now saving $9M a year with LED streetlights Smart streetlights are saving Los Angeles big money and becoming a cornerstone of their smart city initiative by improving the infrastructure for traffic, mobile broadband, EVs, and public safety. The City of Los...

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How LA is now saving $9M a year with LED streetlights

Smart streetlights are saving Los Angeles big money and becoming a cornerstone of their smart city initiative by improving the infrastructure for traffic, mobile broadband, EVs, and public safety.

The City of Los Angeles is replacing all of its old sodium-vapor streetlights with smart LED versions that use less energy and save money. And, the resulting savings and excess power is being reinvested in new electric vehicle charging stations attached to the streetlight poles.

Over the past 7 years, the city has converted nearly 80% of its 215,000 streetlights to LED smart lights, at a cost of $57 million, as part of a smart city initiative. The ROI is a quick turnaround with the city saving nearly $9 million annually on energy costs with the lower-energy LED’s, said Ed Ebrahimian, director of the Bureau of Street Lighting for the City of Los Angeles.

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Smart Cities to save 4.2 billion man-hours annually

NEW DELHI: Juniper Research has found that smart traffic management and smart parking initiatives, will save some 4.2 billion man-hours annually by 2021 – equivalent to each city driver saving nearly an entire working day per year.

Juniper found that while the ‘smart city’ remains a relatively young concept, many cities are beginning to recognise the need to improve in terms of competitiveness and quality of life. Increasing urban populations are creating pressure on city resources, driving the need for new and efficient solutions. Indeed, Juniper notes that the smart city concept is now a global phenomenon.

Juniper’s study, Worldwide Smart Cities: Energy, Transport & Lighting 2016-2021 , found that traffic easing measures are at the forefront of many smart cities’ efforts. Key to those considerations are the establishment of viable public transport networks to replace private vehicle use.

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Corporation plans a master control room for monitoring the street lights

In a major step to reduce complaints on street lights operation, the Tiruchirappalli City Corporation has planned to install a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system to remotely operate and monitor street lights in all 65 wards of the city.

It is one of the components of the Rs. 30.29 crore energy efficient project being implemented in the city under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. In the first phase, the corporation has replaced 26,391 fluorescent bulbs with energy efficient LED bulbs. As per the move, a master control room will be set up on premises of the corporation. It will have all equipment to get live data on functioning and non-functioning street lights, the reasons of non-functioning street lights and so on. It will enable the operator to remotely control street lights.

Read full artcile.  | Article courtesy GE Reports

The Missing Link

A City’s Path to Smarter Street Lights

To optimize the money and energy they spend lighting their streets, cities need a lot more data. These MIT researchers have figured out how to get it.

Before cities can upgrade and optimize their street lighting, they have to know where it’s located and how it’s performing. Scientists at MIT have developed a new sensor system to cheaply collect this data, which few governments currently have comprehensive access to.

Urban leaders are starting to unlock the benefits of “smart” lighting: replacing old bulbs with more efficient, networked LEDs that can be programmed to suit the needs of the location. These can save money and electricity by turning on when they detect people nearby, instead of running all night over empty streets. They can also modulate their brightness based on the time of day, instead of simply running at full strength or turning completely off.

Read full article | Courtesy Green Tech Media

Corporation plans a master control room for monitoring the street lights

In a major step to reduce complaints on street lights operation, the Tiruchirappalli City Corporation has planned to install a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system to remotely operate and monitor street lights in all 65 wards of the city.

It is one of the components of the Rs. 30.29 crore energy efficient project being implemented in the city under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. In the first phase, the corporation has replaced 26,391 fluorescent bulbs with energy efficient LED bulbs. As per the move, a master control room will be set up on premises of the corporation. It will have all equipment to get live data on functioning and non-functioning street lights, the reasons of non-functioning street lights and so on. It will enable the operator to remotely control street lights.

Read full artcile.  | Article courtesy The Hindu

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AT&T is launching its Smart Cities Framework

Today, 80 percent of us live in cities, an explosive growth in urbanization that shows no sign of slowing down. But what are the consequences of this rapid change — for us and for our planet? As our populations condense around cities, we face tremendous challenges and exciting opportunities to make city life better and more sustainable. The key? Make our cities “smart.”

A smart city optimizes how we use resources such as energy and water to help improve quality of life, positively affect our planet and open new economic opportunities. Take the problem of carbon emissions: Today, cities worldwide account for 75 percent of carbon emissions on Earth.Enter smart city solutions. For example, connected lights and lampposts: Smart lighting technology that lets utilities remotely manage a city’s entire lighting system, helping to save maintenance crews the time and fuel necessary to find and replace broken bulbs.

Read full article | Courtesy GreenBiz.com

Mayor attends summit so city can stay smart

TAMWORTH will be represented at the Smart Cities Australia Summit in Melbourne this week, determined to stay ahead of the game regarding the use of smart technology and processes.

Tamworth region mayor Col Murray will attend the summit as a VIP guest and hopes to return with greater ideas for the area.

“Tamworth has been at the forefront of so many things – from being the first city to have electric street lighting, in 1888, to having the capacity to draw three abattoirs to one city, and establishing the Glen Artney industrial area, which now has about 7000 people employed in the one precinct,” he said.

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Kansas City, Missouri Transformed into Smart City

Earlier this month, Kansas City, Mo. unveiled its Smart City initiative that will enable the city to use real-time data to deliver basic services more efficiently.

The program includes 125 “smart” streetlights, 25 interactive kiosks, and 50 blocks of free outdoor public Wi-Fi.

“This effort helps us connect to 21st century citizens in 21st century ways, understand our city better through use of big data and enable city leaders to prevent problems instead of just solving them,” explained Bob Bennett,  Kansas City’s chief innovation officer, announcing the roll-out.

Sprint, in collaboration with Cisco, constructs, owns and manages the intelligent Wi-Fi  network, which connects to a broad range of smart city applications.

Read full article. | Courtesy www.industryweek.com

Smart lighting in the spotlight across Australia

The federal government has earmarked an initial $50 million to help develop smart, interconnected cities across the country, with smart lighting a major focus of the plan.

Outlined in the recent federal budget, the goal of the Smart Cities Plan is to construct “30 minute cities” to allow residents to access all essential work, school and lifestyle services within walking distance.

The injection of funds will go towards developing business cases and investment options for major infrastructure projects, and will be overseen by Angus Taylor, selected to be Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation.

Read full article. Article courtesy CIO

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