Sustainable Smart Cities

Smart Cities, dream or reality?

Twenty years ago, I watched an American Science-Fiction film. It was about two men from the late nineties, who after being cryogenically frozen for 30 years they re-encounter in "San Angeles"- a perfect planned urban city in 2032. There, citizens live happily protecting the environment, with no crime, no water spills, no material currency, and all types of futuristic inventions; such as...

Smart Cities – Does Smart mean Sustainable?

Smart Cities' is definitely the new buzz concept around town, especially in light of Dubai's successful 2020 EXPO bid. Smart as a word itself is interesting. It is politically neutral unlike the left-leaning connotations of 'green' and appeals to a broad audience. Who doesn't want to be smart? It's a marketer's dream! For urban...

Smart Irrigation Apps

Irrigation is used throughout the world to supplement plant water needs for either agricultural production or for urban/residential aesthetics. Agricultural irrigation has increased yields substantially; as worldwide, irrigated agriculture includes 20% of agriculture land and results in 40% of the world's food and fiber (Hoffman and Evans, 2007)...

Energy-Efficient Lighting: A Guide to Saving Energy, Money and the Environment

If you had an investment opportunity with a guaranteed rate of return of over 2000 percent, would you do it? The opportunity exists for most American households, yet few have taken full advantage of it...

Smart Cities Smart Recycling: RecycleBeacon Integrates Smartphone Technology with Smart Recycling Bins to Accelerate Recycling Efforts

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has announced a project to transform Dubai...

UAE Green App: Your Guide to Sustainability

The green trend has been around for a few years in the UAE and shows no signs of slowing down. Government Bodies in the UAE are supporting sustainable initiatives. As a result, many companies, organizations and individuals are hopping on the green craze. Their efforts are meant to make it easier for people to live, work...

Get Seen to be Green: Control, Reduce and Eliminate Energy Dependence

On a political level the generation, distribution and availability of energy is likely to have a greater impact on the shape of the world economy than any other single factor. On a commercial level business owners everywhere need...

Panasonic's Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town: a Town Sustainably Evolving through Living Ideas

The concept of sustainability has grown predominantly over the years - it has evolved into a dominant theme today! Sustainability is fast gaining traction as an essential...

"Ecoful Town" illustrates how public-private-community efforts can achieve a low carbon society in Japan

Whether it is the Toyota Prius, the hybrid vehicle that started it all and continues to be the vehicle of choice for eco-conscious drivers till date or the Ecoful Town in Japan – a city wide project that embraces a fully green community concept by adopting hybrid technology in...

Low-Carbon Cities Program as part of Sustainable Smart Cities

With half the global population living in cities today a growing trend sustainable development at the local level is essential to offer continued quality of life to inhabitants, business and industry alike. Local governments are key players in leading and driving community development, in shaping sustainable...
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