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CityTech RUHR: The Bochum & Hagen Challenges

By Thomas Mueller on Apr 9, 2020 5:04:30 PM

With Germany's largest international smart city startup challenge, the Ruhr Metropolis - City of Cities - is calling start-ups from across the globe to apply and solve the real-world challenges of four cities: Bochum, Bottrop, Hagen and Gelsenkirchen through a paid pilot. The application deadline has been extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic until May 3, 2020.

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Smart Mobility Smart City Startup Smart City Challenge Building Information Modelling Urban Mobility Sustainable Urban Mobility CityTech Ruhr Startup Challenge Ruhr Metropolis Hagen Bochum Building Permit City of Cities Building Applications Call for Better Cities
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CityTech RUHR: Germany’s biggest smart city startup challenge launched

By Thomas Mueller on Mar 4, 2020 10:00:00 AM

CityTech RUHR invites startups from around the world to participate in Germany’s biggest smart city challenge. Four cities and their business partners seek innovative solutions for four different challenges and offer the opportunity to win paid pilot projects. Startups that want to participate can apply until May 3, 2020 (Deadline extended due to the COVID-19 situation) for one of the program’s challenges at: www.citytech.ruhr

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Smart Mobility Smart City Startup Smart City Challenge Startup Competition BIM Blockchain Mobility Building Construction Challenges Smart City Startups Data Gelsenkirchen CityTech Ruhr Bottrop Startup Challenge Ruhr Metropolis Hagen Bochum Schalke 04 Vonovia Business Metropole Ruhr Ruhr Area Token Building Permit Retail Economic Revitalization City of Cities Local Businesses Building Applications Local Crypto Coin Community Development Incentivize City Center Call for Better Cities Economic Growth
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Mobility as a Service: A Blueprint for Disruption?

By Jon Glasco on Jan 27, 2020 10:30:00 AM

In less than a decade, the concept known as mobility as a service (MaaS) has captured the imagination of visionaries and innovators throughout the global transport industry. As an opportunity with potential to transform the industry and reduce dependence on car ownership, MaaS evolved from an intriguing concept to early-stage reality (at least in terms of trials, pilot projects and embryonic services).

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Smart Mobility Intelligent Mobility Urban Mobility MaaS Mobility as a Service Mobility Revolution MaaS Global Beamrz Beeline HERE Mobility Masabi Mibilleo Moovel / REACH NOW Sked Go / Trip Go Uber BMW-Daimler Grab Taxi Lyft Moovit Ubigo Yandex Taxi
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E-Scooters: A Collision Between Innovation And Controversy

By Jon Glasco on Jan 12, 2020 1:04:30 PM

In their eagerness to create breakthrough technologies and disruptive platforms, innovators sometimes collide with an established (and perhaps ill-suited) regulatory and policy-making process. In a previous article on e-scooters, we reported that a strategy of "permissionless innovation" enabled app-activated e-scooter startups to gain a precarious foothold in urban mobility markets. However, these startups soon discovered that safety and regulatory issues - including the lack of regulations in most situations - led to controversial relations with cities and citizens. In this article, we cover recent experiences, lessons learned and thoughts on the need for collaborative solutions. For an overview of the e-scooter market and its dynamics, read our article E-Scooters: A Passing Fad or Smart Mobility?

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Smart Mobility Last-Mile Intelligent Mobility Urban Mobility Mobility Future Mobility Sustainable Urban Mobility Sustainable Urban Development Mobility Solutions Micromobility Sustainable Transport e-Scooter Mobility Revolution e-Scooter Sharing Electric Scooters e-Mobility Green Mobility Emission-Free CO2 Reduction Kick Scooter First Mile Scooter-Sharing Mobility Innovation Shared Electric Scooter
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E-Scooters: A Passing Fad or Smart Mobility?

By Jon Glasco on Jan 3, 2020 12:29:28 AM

Electric scooters appeal to those who want to move quickly and easily through urban streets at low cost while avoiding congestion and solving first mile / last mile mobility problems. However, menacing clouds - in the form of safety, regulatory and business model issues - linger above the nascent e-scooter sharing market, raising questions about its future. A key question is whether cities can find ways for this new micro-mobility service to add value to sustainable urban mobility. In this article, we explore the e-scooter market and competitive dynamics and offer a perspective on smart city challenges. To learn about the lessons learned from the city perspective regarding the introduction of e-scooter sharing, please read our article E-Scooters: A Collision Between Innovation And Controversy.

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Smart Mobility Urban Mobility Sustainable Urban Mobility e-Scooter e-Scooter Sharing Micro-Mobility Electric Scooters e-Mobility Green Mobility Emission-Free CO2 Reduction Kick Scooter Lyft Tier Bird Spin Circ Scooter Lime Voi Telepod Free Now
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AcceliCITY Selects World’s Most Promising Smart City Startups

By Thomas Mueller on Sep 1, 2019 12:10:47 AM

In 2018, Leading Cities, a global nonprofit for Smart City growth and collaboration, launched AcceliCITY - a global Smart City startup competition that provides potential capital from a network of investors as well as the tools and knowledge of how to do business with cities. In this year’s edition 50 semi-finalists were selected from more than 500 applications from 43 countries. An international panel of Smart City experts judged each semi-finalist to select the 14 finalists that will gather in Boston (Sept. 30 - Oct. 4) for AcceliCITY’s Smart City Boot Camp.

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Smart Mobility Smart City Startup bee smart city Startup Startup Accelerator Leading Cities AcceliCITY Boston Smart Water
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AcceliCITY offers paid pilot projects for smart city startups

By Thomas Mueller on Apr 25, 2019 12:01:36 AM

bee smart city partner Leading Cities is now accepting applications for its second edition of the AcceliCITY smart city startup accelerator. Last year’s inaugural edition of the contest worked with 27 semi-finalists selected from more than 550 applications from over 40 countries.

“The goal of the AcceliCITY program is to facilitate sustainable growth, resiliency and quality-of-life improvements for cities around the world by addressing the critical needs of Smart City startups,” says Michael Lake, President and CEO of Leading Cities. “These startups are developing the innovative solutions to municipal challenges in the 21st century.”.

AcceliCITY offers the chance for startups to secure what they need most - paid projects to build their portfolio and validate their solutions. This edition will focus on the challenges of smart water and smart mobility through pioneering partnerships with the cities of New Bedford, Massachusetts and Mount Pearl, Canada. In addition, all applicants will compete to be selected for fast-tracking to the Urban Resilience Challenge. Those selected will automatically advance to the semi-finalist stage and compete for a 1st Place prize of $75,000 and 2nd Place prize of $25,000.

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Smart City Solutions Smart Government Smart Mobility Smart City Startup Smart City Startup Ecosystem bee smart city Smart Cities Startup Solutions Startup Accelerator Startup Competition Competition Accelerator Leading Cities Smart Water Pilot Projects
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Cities in Motion: The Unintended Consequences of New Technology

By Mike Barlow and Cornelia Levy-Bencheton on Apr 8, 2019 3:57:22 PM

If the science fiction writers of the 1950s had been right, most of us today would travel around in flying cars and pneumatic trains. We would commute to work on high-speed moving sidewalks and zip across town in horizontal elevators. For short hops, we would wear personal jet packs or anti-gravity belts. Well, here we are in the early 21st century and we’re still waiting for buses, stuck in traffic jams and trying to walk across busy streets without being hit by a cab. Transportation has changed, but not in the ways predicted by science fiction. Many of the most important changes have been invisible.

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Smart Mobility Technology Singapore Smart City Technology Urban Mobility Transportation New York City Congestion Smart City Projects London Texas Cities in Motion Ride-Sharing Coordinated Adaptive Traffic System Split Cycle Offset Optimisation Technique Mobility Revolution Transportation Projects Milan Congestion Pricing Stockholm
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Smart Mobility: Challenges and Solutions in Smart Cities

By Jon Glasco on Feb 1, 2019 12:09:48 AM

Urban mobility is described as the lifeblood of modern cities, a critical economic factor, and a facilitator of smart, sustainable development. Planning a smart city that delivers effective and equitable urban mobility solutions is one of the most pressing problems for cities throughout the world. In this article — the first in a planned series — we provide a perspective on urban mobility challenges and examples of smart urban mobility solutions.

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Smart City Solutions Smart Mobility Smart Parking Intelligent Mobility Urban Mobility Traffic Management Public Transport Mobility Solutions Moovel TimesUpp Parquery eCooltra PSIRoads Mobility as a Service Micromobility Traffic Congestion Transport Poverty Reduction
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The Long Road to Urban Mobility Safety

By Jon Glasco on Aug 21, 2018 10:46:45 AM

The world of urban mobility is changing fast, and cities are grappling with the impact on safety. Growth in urban populations, combined with more cars, trucks and public transport vehicles (e.g. increasing last mile delivery) sharing crowded streets with vulnerable road users (pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists), makes the task of providing safe mobility a complex challenge. The task is further complicated by unsafe driving behavior, demand for multimode transport options, the need for bicycle-friendly streets and the uncertain future of autonomous vehicles.

Road fatalities are increasing in many cities and comprised 37 percent of European road fatalities in 2017. Taking steps to improve the safety of urban mobility fosters quality of life and yields opportunities to deliver transport sustainability. This article provides a perspective on policies and innovation regarding urban mobility safety solutions for smart cities.

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Smart Mobility Smart Lighting Internet of Things (IoT) Intelligent Mobility Safety Transport Options Pedestrian Safety Mobility Data Safety Solutions Urban Mobility Mobility Autonomous Vehicles Bicycle-Friendly Safe Mobility Road Safety Intersections
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Thinxtra launches Sigfox LPWA IoT Network for Smart City Hong Kong

By Thomas Mueller on Nov 5, 2017 11:51:50 PM

On the 1st of November,  Sigfox's exclusive network operator Thinxtra showcased the start of its territory-wide low-power wide-area (LPWA) IoT network in Hong Kong, providing cost-effective IoT (Internet of Things) connectivity for the city.

Cost-Effective LPWA Network provides IoT Connectivity

Until March 2018, 100 Sigfox base stations are expected to be installed throughout Hong Kong to provide long-range, low-bandwidth, low-power connectivity for businesses, research institutions, and government organizations to seize opportunities of the rise of IoT.

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Smart City Solutions Smart Living Smart Government Smart Environment Smart Mobility Waste Management Broadband Connectivity Technology Smart Lighting IoT applications Best Practice Solutions LPWA Network Sigfox Network
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Multiple Benefits of Smart Street Lighting Solutions in Smart Cities

By Dr. Alexander Gelsin on Sep 11, 2017 3:24:17 PM

The role of smart lighting solutions in the intelligent transformation of cities and buildings has gained momentum in the past years. This development will continue in the coming years based on increased connectivity and industrial internet of things (IIoT) solutions becoming a key element in most smart city strategies around the globe.

The opportunities that cities can seize with the installation of smart lighting solutions go far beyond value creation through energy (cost) and maintenance savings (which are huge considering that as much as 40 percent of a city’s energy budget is consumed by street lighting and new efficient lighting can save up to 50% of these costs as a result of increased energy efficiency) or the improvement of the environmental impact.

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Public Spaces Smart Environment Smart Mobility Urban Street Broadband Connectivity Energy Smart Lighting IoT applications Public Safety LED Lighting
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