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|TNL to support Portland, OR, in gathering crucial traffic data for 2030 bicycling plan
|Portland, Oregon, has been known as the best bicycling city in North America for a long time. The city has taken its engineering steps a bit further by evaluating the TNL’s FlowCube advanced traffic sensor technology. The FlowCube is yielding valuable data to support the city’s traffic management.
|California Statewide Study Investigates Causes and Impacts of Homelessness
|The University of California, San Francisco Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative (BHHI) today released the largest representative study of homelessness in the United States since the mid-1990s, providing a comprehensive look at the causes and consequences of homelessness in California and recommending policy changes to shape programs in response.
|Flemish government launches data company Athumi
|Flemish minister-president Jan Jambon officially presented the Flemish data company Athumi on Thursday evening. The company introduces data vaults in Flanders, which will allow citizens to choose what data they share with which organisations and for how long.
|Newest Industry Working Group
|The DTC Telecommunications Working Group is chartered to drive the application and adoption of digital twins in the global telecom market.
|ZOOX Deploying Purpose-Built Robotaxi on Open Public Roads
|Autonomous Mobility-as-a-Service company, Zoox, today announced it completed a key milestone: deploying the world’s first purpose-built robotaxi on open public roads with passengers. On February 11, 2023, Zoox conducted the first run of its employee shuttle service in Foster City, California, marking the first time in history a purpose-built autonomous robotaxi without traditional driving controls carried passengers on open public roads.
|How Santiago’s Las Condes commune is improving quality of life through sensors
|Mayor of Las Condes, Daniela Peñaloza Ramos, explains how sensors and IoT are transforming the city into a safer, more sustainable, and more liveable space for citizens.
|Call for Papers: Applications in Integrated Intelligent Infrastructures
|This special issue aims at attracting high quality submissions on current trends or novel developments on applications in and around smart infrastructures or related topics.
|Championing Schools to Improve Student Family and Neighborhood Well-being
|Research consistently shows that a neighborhood’s overall well-being and localized school performance go hand in hand https://www.brookings.edu/research/why-local-leaders-should-champion-community-schools-to-improve-student-family-and-neighborhood-well-being
|White House Launches Coalition to Strengthen Building Performance Standards
|The Biden-Harris Administration announced the first-ever Federal Building Performance Standard, setting an ambitious goal to cut energy use and electrify equipment and appliances in 30 percent of the building space owned by the Federal government by 2030.
|Squad Solar City Car
|SQUAD MOBILITY presents WORLD’S FIRST SOLAR CITY CAR making her USA debut on the CES Las Vegas. As part of the Dutch delegation, the SQUAD will be on display at the Venetian Expo
|Global Cities Fund
|Today, on the sidelines of the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27), the Global Cities Fund for Migrants and Refugees (GCF) announced a new commitment from the IKEA Foundation of $1.2 million to provide direct financial and technical support to six African cities addressing the needs of migrants and displaced people affected by the climate crisis.
|Industry Leaders Join Together to Advance Freight Electrification
|The Electrification Coalition (EC) announced the launch of the Electric Freight Consortium (EFC), a forum for collaboration between the EC, private-sector partners and industry leaders representing a broad cross-section of the freight transportation sector that will accelerate freight electrification at scale. The EFC will complement its innovative freight policy and pilot work by creating a new program that brings together the full fright ecosystem —shippers, carriers, retailers and electric vehicles (EV) supply chain companies—to exchange strategies, gain knowledge and engage in actions that will support the development and deployment of electrified freight vehicles and supporting infrastructure.
|Nearly $1 Billion from EPA’s Clean School Bus Program
|Today, the Biden-Harris Administration announced the Fiscal Year 2022 recipients of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean School Bus Program rebate competition, awarding nearly $1 billion from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to 389 school districts spanning 50 states, Washington, DC, and several Tribes and U.S. territories. The grants will help school districts purchase over 2,400 clean school buses that will accelerate the transition to zero emission vehicles and produce cleaner air in and around schools and communities.
|Manchester Digital and ICT Strategy
|Manchester City Council is set to launch a new Digital and ICT Strategy focused on growing the city’s economy and establishing a secure new Digital Front Door for Council services.
|CharIN launches Megawatt Charging
|For the first time in its history, CharIN brings together a dozen medium- and heavy-duty vehicles for an interoperability testing event at DTNA Electric Island in Portland, Oregon giving a strong signal for the expansion of electrification into other duty-cycles.
|BIDIRECTIONAL Act introduced in US Senate
|A new bill introduced Friday by US Senator Angus King of Maine could unlock the true potential of electric school buses and provide stability to communities in need. The BIDIRECTIONAL Act would “create a program dedicated to deploying electric school buses with bidirectional vehicle-to-grid (V2G) flow capability.”
|As the European Union aimed to become an attractive, secure, and dynamic data economy, the Government of Flanders was eager to become a central player in this new data infrastructure and a leader in secure data sharing, bolstering the Flemish economy and leading to new innovations.
|If Caring About Your Digital Privacy Makes Me a Cult Member, Sign Me Up
|Asked about state and local police accessing millions of people’s geolocation data without warrants, an Arkansas prosecutor recently said Americans have given up any reasonable expectation of privacy when they use free phone apps—and that those who object belong to a “cult of privacy.”
|$41.4 Million to Boost Forest Products Industry in Oregon
|Today, President Biden will announce the Oregon Mass Timber Coalition as one of 21 winners of the $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge, the most impactful regional economic development competition in decades. Funded by President Biden’s American Rescue Plan and administered by the U.S.
|European cities look to phase out cars in 'transportation revolution'
|Europe's move to effectively end sales by 2035 of new internal-combustion-engine vehicles across the entire 27-country bloc that’s home to 448 million Europeans, is part of an ongoing transportation revolution that aims to simultaneously reduce greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution and noise pollution, while increasing livability in urban areas, including the implementation of designs for “15-minute cities,” where daily necessities are located mere steps away from homes.
|Traton Group, Daimler Truck and Volvo Group European charging infrastructure
|TRATON GROUP, Daimler Truck, and the Volvo Group completed the final step in forming the previously announced joint venture for charging infrastructure in Europe. The new joint venture, with Anja van Niersen as appointed CEO, is expected to have a significant role in supporting the European Union’s Green Deal for carbon-neutral freight transportation by 2050.
|European charging infrastructure joint venture
|Today, the Volvo Group, Daimler Truck, and the TRATON GROUP completed the final step in forming the previously announced joint venture for charging infrastructure in Europe. The new joint venture, with Anja van Niersen as appointed CEO, is expected to have a significant role in supporting the European Union's Green Deal for carbon-neutral freight transportation by 2050.
|Electric Ferries Are Coming to Stockholm
|Stockholm is set to experiment with new electric passenger ferries that could make commuting along its waterways just as fast as — and altogether greener than — driving by car.
|Entra: Secure access for a connected world
|Microsoft is bringing together these individual pillars of identity and access management—threat detection, multi-cloud handling, and credential approval—into one portfolio.
|ParceGo Pilot Launches in Bogota
|Bogotá Mobility Secretariat (SDM) has partnered with ClearRoad to run a three-month-long pilot in the City of Bogotá, Colombia. The pilot, entitled ParceGo, aims to test the feasibility of a phone-based application to measure congestion, manage traffic, and provide data on congestion pricing strategies.
|Curbside Level 2 EV Charging
|Seattle City Light is launching a service that will install public Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) chargers at curbside locations throughout the city of Seattle. City Light is offering this service to provide near-home EV charging for residents who cannot access off-street parking to charge their vehicles.
|Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure
|The Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program provides funding for this vital part of our nation's high-speed network. With $1 billion in funding, the program will reduce the cost of bringing high-speed internet to unserved and underserved communities.
|White Paper on Reality Capture
|Today, Digital Twin Consortium® (DTC) published a new white paper entitled, Reality Capture: A Digital Twin Foundation. The paper introduces the fundamentals of reality capture, which in many cases, plays a key role in the lifecycle of a digital twin. It provides organizations with an understanding of reality-capture devices, their applications, and knowledge of essential industries where reality capture has specific considerations.
|3D-Printed Net Zero Energy Community
|Palari Group and Sinarmas Land Limited , announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership in the US. SML acquired a 40% stake to jointly expand Palari's pipeline of sustainable single-family residences, including the World's First 3D-Printed Net Zero Energy Community in Greater Palm Springs, CA.
|Reno Introduces The Biggest Little Blockchain
|City of Reno’s Biggest Little Blockchain – the first city-run and resident-focused blockchain platform in the United States. The blockchain application creates a single ledger, documenting consecutive transactions in a designated process.
|Technical Assistance Guide
|Today, the White House released a Bipartisan Infrastructure Law technical assistance guide to help state, local, Tribal and territorial governments navigate, access, and deploy infrastructure resources that will build a better America.
|Electrify America Complimentary Charging Genesis EV
|Electrify America today announced an agreement with Genesis Motor America to offer three years of 30-minute complimentary charging sessions from the date of vehicle purchase for the fully electric GV60 to be released by Genesis.
|Daimler Trucks eCascadia
|Freightliner Trucks, a division of Daimler Truck North America LLC (DTNA), today unveiled the new eCascadia at ACT Expo in Long Beach, CA. Built on the best-selling heavy-duty truck platform in North America, the new battery electric Freightliner eCascadia provides customers with a zero-emission version of the industry-leading Cascadia and debuts its innovative safety and connectivity features.
|Mercedes-Benz and Sila battery breakthrough
|Mercedes-Benz takes another major step in building the world’s most desirable electric cars. The inventor of the automobile today announced that it will work with Sila, a next-generation battery materials company, to incorporate Sila’s silicon anode chemistry in batteries which are optionally available for the first time in the upcoming electric Mercedes-Benz G-Class. This will add another innovative cell chemistry to the Mercedes-Benz battery portfolio.
|Mobility and POI Data for Emerging-market Cities
|WhereIsMyTransport has mapped 50 cities in Africa, Latin America, Southeast Europe, and Asia, becoming the first company to offer high-quality mobility and location data in all of these markets. The company started mapping public transport in South Africa in 2016 before expanding globally to become the central source of data for high-growth, emerging markets.
|Shell’s global EV charging ambitions
|ABB E-mobility has signed a new global framework agreement with Shell to supply ABB’s end-to-end portfolio of AC and DC charging stations. The portfolio ranges from the AC wallbox for home, work or retail installations to the Terra 360 which is ideal for refueling stations, urban charging stations, retail parking and fleet applications.
|OneIDLab and Tozny Merge to Form Tozny
|Portland, Oregon-based Tozny, an identity management and data security company, and OneIDLab, a Zero Trust posture security technology company, announced the companies will merge to form Tozny, Inc.
|Orlando Digital Twin of an Entire Region
|The Orlando Economic Partnership (the Partnership) is embarking on a project that is the first of its kind in the world – funding a futuristic, fully realized digital twin that will showcase the entire region with input from multiple stakeholders. The brand-new 3D technology will be the first to allow users to incorporate real-time, interactive data that can help them map out different scenarios with climate change, infrastructure, available real estate and more.
|Treasury Remarks on Digital Assets
|Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen delivered remarks on digital assets policy, innovation, and regulation at American University’s Kogod School of Business Center for Innovation.
|FIWARE4Cities book edition 3 presents insight of cities into how they are using FIWARE and the benefits they are able to generate when making their cities smart, but also sustainable and resilient.
|Rural rising: Economic development strategies for America’s heartland
|There is no one-size-fits-all economic development strategy for rural communities. How can local leaders—including governments, businesses, and individuals—put rural regions on track to thrive?
|Decentralized Social Space
|DeSo Blockchain announces they have surpassed 1.5 Million accounts created on their network. At the time of this writing, the DESO coin (which is already listed on Coinbase) was up +30% on the news according to CoinGecko. This milestone comes at a time when one of the most influential individuals on the planet is tweeting about decentralizing social media.
|Agility has entered the lexicon of many companies over the past two years. Once limited to a niche corner of organisations, agile has become a core competency for all types of businesses operating in an ambiguous and volatile environment. The Agile Alliance is excited to share a special report on Agile Business, produced in partnership with Raconteur and published in The Times of London. This 16-page report includes a piece on Agile transformation by Ray Arell, until recently Agile Alliance’s Chief of Innovation.
|NVIDIA Announces Digital Twin Platform
|NVIDIA today announced a platform for scientific digital twins that accelerates physics machine-learning models to solve million-x scale science and engineering problems thousands of times faster than previously possible.
|Open Strategic Autonomy
|An interconnected and open technology sector in Europe would provide the continent with cutting-edge, competitive solutions; well-paid jobs; and a turnover that contributes to Europe’s tax base and public welfare. As digitalisation and decarbonisation continue worldwide, an open technology sector would provide a strong geopolitical position, that allows Europe to set global technological standards, promote European values, as well as, maintain and grow Europe’s economy.
|ULI Northwest: A Path to Net Zero Carbon
|Electrify Everything Panel
|Air Quality Monitoring Network
|Air Pollution is an urgent problem linked to as many as nine million deaths per year worldwide and 14,000 annually in Canada, primarily from related heart and lung diseases. On UBC campus, sources of air pollution include personal vehicles, construction, restaurants, and businesses. In fact, the BC Air Quality Health Index can change from “Low-Risk” to “High-Risk” on campus during air pollution events such as wildfires. To address this, we have installed a network of 8 low-cost air quality sensors across UBC campus to measure air pollutant concentrations at different locations on campus.
|Smart Farming Market - Cattlechain
|Cattlechain 4.0 project aims to connect farmers, meat and dairy companies, veterinarians, public authorities and the general public using blockchain for mapping the food journey from the farm to the consumers’ tables.
|Repowered electric school bus drives from Brooklyn to the State Capitol
|On March 2, the New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) held an electric school bus Ride & Drive event for New York State lawmakers and their staff to demonstrate that electric school buses are real and ready to transport students. Amongst the activities were rides on an electric school bus owned by Logan Bus Co which was repowered from diesel to electric by Unique Electric Solutions. The bus was driven 180 miles, in the winter temperatures, from Brooklyn to Albany for this event, and then driven back.
|A place-based approach to net-zero
|The report calls for a change of approach in order to deliver emissions reductions on the scale required to achieve net-zero. Currenlty UK cities are major centres of production, consumption and consquently emissions. However, local authorities do not have the power to directly influence many of these emissions. Cities also feature concentrated and complex infrastructure systems involving multiple stakeholders.