Built environment

Smart city control centers: Nice, France the latest to get a city "dashboard"

Tue, 2013-06-25 22:15 -- Jesse Berst

Nice, France is rapidly becoming a smart city hotspot – and it's sharing the smarts. Click for details on the unified control center IBM is implementing in Nice and how data generated through powerful analytics will be shared with 46 other municipalities.

Want a more resilient city? Enlist computers to help manage outages

Wed, 2013-06-19 04:14 -- Jesse Berst

Superstorm Sandy was a watershed moment in North America, forcing cities to confront the reality of climate change and likelihood that severe weather will become more common. That means we have to find ways to make cities more resilient – and to that end, a subsidiary of Council Associate Partner ABB has come up with the ultimate outage manager.

The world's smartest street

Wed, 2013-06-19 00:05 -- Jesse Berst

The city of Nice, France has teamed with Cisco to launch "Connected Boulevard," which builds on the Internet of Things concept. Boulevard Victor Hugo in the center of Nice is host to the proof-of-concept zone and almost 200 different sensors and detecting devices plus "guest" devices such as mobile phones and tablets used in the streets that get connected onto its wireless mesh network.

Challenges in Tohoku Reconstruction

Tue, 2016-06-28 03:10 -- SCC Staff

When a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami severely damaged communities in Japan's Tohoku region in 2011, the area required a massive amount of reconstruction. And that involved moving residential areas to higher ground. Read the case study for details on how virtual reality technology helped guide relocation and reconstruction.

ZTE's Integrated Battery-DG Hybrid Energy Storage Solution

Mon, 2016-03-28 02:30 -- SCC Staff

For cities and companies involved in new construction or site transformations, areas with unstable or poor quality power can cause problems and diesel and other similar generators can add another one: expense. Read discussion from Council Lead Partner ZTE that explains the advantages of its integrated hybrid battery energy storage solution.

How a Hybrid Switchgear-Communication Solution Satisfies Shopping Center’s No-Antenna Demands

Sat, 2016-01-30 05:23 -- SCC Staff

This case study from S&C Electric describes how the company met the need from one of the largest shopping centers in Mexico to not use antennas as part of its communications system with the local utility which was to provide power for the facility. Read the study to learn how S&C solved the problem with a hybrid communications solution.