Smart Cities

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Renovating an airport? 5 reasons you’ll need a technology plan

airport under construction

Experts predict air travel will grow steadily over the next two decades. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reports that the number of passengers boarding planes is expected to increase from 880.5 million in 2018 to 1.3 billion by 2039. Airports are responding with massive construction programs and new processing technologies to help them handle more […]

How electric trains will transform the rail industry

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Rail carriers are finding that the combination of electric trains coupled with computer-based transportation management systems can help them run more trains, handle increased ridership and reduce their annual power bill – sometimes to the tune of 6 percent annually. According to Patrick Mazza, coauthor of the book Solutionary Rail (2016), electricity serves nearly 25 […]

How trains are going digital

high speed train

Rail systems are finally making the digital transformation everybody’s been talking about for several years. In the United Kingdom, for example, the Thameslink now runs 24 trains an hour – an increase of 50 percent in its capacity compared to years past. Making this possible took a lot of work on the back-end. Rail carriers […]

6 ways digital technologies improve the rail passenger experience

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Rail systems have taken a back seat to airlines when it comes to focusing on customers, but that’s changing. In the United Kingdom, for instance, Network Rail has had great success in becoming more responsive to passengers. Its Putting passengers first program decentralized services and functions, creating five regions, each with its own managing director […]

Liberating the seaport from the harbor

modern-seaport

Seaborne trade, one of civilization’s oldest customs, has grown steadily over the last decade as global trade has flourished. The digital transformation of retail and wholesale business has revolutionized international commerce. But behind the point, click and order façade, logistics companies and transportation authorities are scrambling to manage demand for both speed and volume. At […]

The internet will always be there for you. Or not.

internet-outage

Digital transformation as we know it would be impossible without the internet. This global network of connected computers and devices enables us to access information, resources, and services, to transact business, to communicate and collaborate in real time from anywhere in the world, to entertain and educate ourselves, and more. Without the internet, everyone would […]

How social media can drive smart city supply chain

social media in the city

Every urban politician knows the power of social media in driving votes, whether for good or bad. So, it should come as no surprise that citizen-powered social media is also increasingly becoming a major factor in urban economic efficiencies. The field of supply chain, as it relates to the production and distribution of a commodity […]

Lights out: Can the U.S. survive a ‘catastrophic’ power outage?

candle-in-a-blackout

Recently, the President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) examined the ability of the U.S. federal government to respond to and recover from a catastrophic power outage striking a large swath of the nation. What is a catastrophic power outage? It’s a power outage longer than a few days or even weeks and that is, according […]

The driverless car will require 5G

There’s a great deal of effort underway on the part of companies in the telecom, auto and technology industries to start mainstreaming connected, self-driving cars by the early-to-mid 2020s. ABI Research forecasts there will be more than 11 million shared vehicles operating by 2030, serving an average of 64 users per shared driverless vehicle. Early […]

Seamless citizen experiences through ‘smarter cities’

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As a retail consumer, the most satisfying experiences might be those that never happen. Our interactions just go smoothly. This is true in the public sector as well – citizens are consumers too, and if we want to deliver on the promise of “smarter cities,” we need to simplify the way public sector organisations and […]