AT&T and JBG SMITH plan the first ‘at scale’ US 5G smart city

AT&T and JBG SMITH are collaborating on what they believe will be the first 5G smart city “at scale” in the US.

Smart city announcements are becoming increasingly prevalent, but many are just testbeds or small deployments. AT&T and JBG SMITH believe their smart city will be an exception.

The smart city will be based in the National Landing neighbourhood of Crystal City, Virginia. A combination of mmWave and sub-6GHz 5G spectrum will be used for connectivity...

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but Sony is quickly making it smart

Sony has joined three smart city trials in Rome to help the historic city fight modern problems.

The trials are set to begin in June and will all use Sony’s IMX500 sensor which is the first to feature embedded AI processing—enabling powerful capabilities while addressing privacy concerns.

Antonio Avitabile, MD of Corporate Alliance and Investment at Sony, said:

“This is a clear and concrete example where Sony’s smart vision solution can serve our...

Mavenir powers Thailand’s first smart city using 5G Open RAN

Mavenir is powering Thailand’s first smart city using 5G Open Ran, in partnership with Cisco, smart city experts 5GCT, and local state-owned telco NT.

The smart city is based in Ban Chang, a city near U-Tapao International Airport that’s connected to a motorway which links Thailand’s two largest cities: Bangkok and Pattaya.

Shannon Kalayanamitr, Chief Executive Officer at 5GCT, said:

“At 5GTC, we are driven to strengthen the potential of Thailand...

Opinion: Making the smart city vision a reality

The smart city vision is a fully connected city. One that uses technology to optimise key functions from transport, to saving electricity. And this idea is gaining traction. Indeed, despite the pandemic, global spending on smart city initiatives is predicted to reach a whopping $135 billion in 2021 – a 22% increase on the year before. 

In today’s digital world, most people increasingly expect to have connections to friends, family, and other parts of the world at their...

Research: Smart traffic management will save cities $277B by 2025

A new study by Juniper Research predicts that smart traffic management solutions will save cities $277 billion by 2025.

Aside from the economic benefits, smart traffic management helps to reduce journey times, driver frustration, and improve safety.

With world leaders set to head to the UK for the 26th UN Climate Change Conference later this year, using IoT technologies to improve the efficiency of our cities should also be on the agenda.

Over 95 percent of the...

Opinion: Perils of the smart city

There is a tacit acceptance that the world appears to be growing ‘smarter’. The total number of internet-facing smart devices is expected to exceed 38 billion by 2025, and reach 50 billion by 2030. By 2022, your average family home could contain over 500 smart devices, according to Gartner. Consider the ‘smart city’, in which critical infrastructure, government services, utilities and management systems are all interconnected. What benefits do these smart cities promise to bring?...

Frankfurt Airport is using IOTA to verify COVID-19 test results

Frankfurt Airport is using the IOTA DAG (Direct Acyclic Graph) to securely and privately verify the COVID-19 results of passengers.

COVID-19 is set to continue causing disruptions to our lives for the best part of this year, or potentially longer. Fortunately, technologies are emerging which are hastening the return to some form of normality.

Spending long periods under “stay-at-home” restrictions has many people craving for some extended time outside their four...

UK proposal gives autonomous car backup drivers accident immunity window

A proposal from the UK’s Law Commission suggests giving backup drivers of autonomous vehicles a window of immunity for potential accidents.

Despite rigorous testing, it’s almost guaranteed that some accidents will occur with self-driving cars⁠—especially with early deployments.

“Even the best designed AVs, which reduce the overall number of accidents, may still cause collisions.” explains the Law Commission.

“The main aim of the Law Commissions is...

Connexin is launching the UK’s first nationwide IoT network

Hull-based Connexin is set to win the race to offer the UK’s first nationwide IoT network.

Connexin promises to continue delivering “carrier-grade” connectivity over its Long Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) as the company expands beyond its current regional deployments.

Existing trials of Connexin’s network have been held with organisations including Yorkshire Water, Hull City Council, and Amey.

Following the success of those earlier trials – in...

UK e-scooters struggle after rulebreakers halt yet another trial

Yet another e-scooter trial has been put on hold after riders have been caught driving them recklessly.

E-scooters should help to alleviate inner-city congestion and reduce pollution, at least in theory. Fewer people requiring the use of their cars can only be a good thing.

Trevor Reed, a transportation analyst at INRIX, said last year:

“With an environmental crisis on our hands, governments and local authorities must act now to provide efficient and...