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Home automation and safety: New Orleans reduces its fires with minimal prior investment

Author | Eduardo Bravo According to statistics from the United States National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), most fires occur in households. This situation compromises the lives of people living in these households and their neighbours, while also generating significant costs for the treasury. According to the NFPA data, apart from the greater ...
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The G20 creates the Global Smart Cities Alliance to establish universal norms and guidelines for the implementation of technology

Author | Patricia M. Liceras Global Smart Cities Alliance. This is the name given to the network established during this year’s G20 summit to ensure the most important economies in the world work together to establish norms and values for smart cities. The aim of this collaboration is to unite municipal, regional ...
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Smart hospitals: cities within cities

Author |Eduardo Bravo Since first appearing in India over 3,000 years ago, the purpose of hospitals has been to help patients recover thanks to the development of protocols that enable efficient work, optimise resources, facilitate decision making and provide all the commodities to ensure the patient’s recovery is effective, simple and ...
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City-states never disappeared: Hamburg, Hong Kong, Singapore

Author | Marcos Martínez The term city-state dates back to ancient history. Although the Sumerian city-states of Uruk or Lagash (5,000 BC) are very different to the Singapore or Hong Kong of today, the underlying concept is the same: the city has autonomy and it is the state. However, there is a ...
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3D printing will boost sustainable development

Author | Esther Fuldauer 3D printing belongs to a class of techniques known as additive manufacturing, which builds objects layer-by-layer rather than through molding or subtractive methods. There is an excellent variety of materials that can be used, like plastic, metal, ceramics, glass, paper, and even living cells. Additive manufacturing is leaping ...
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Car manufacturers are aware that the future is bleak

Author | Marcos Martínez It is no secret that mobility is changing in cities. Citizens that are more committed to energy efficiency, city councils that implement measures to combat pollution and more user-friendly spaces for people, are eliminating private and polluting cars from cities. As a result, car manufacturers are now changing ...
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Lighting the road to smart cities and sustainability

Author | Esther Fuldauer LEDs need less energy, that's a fact. When updated to LED, street lighting bills go down by 50%-70%, and as the price and quality of LED lighting continue to improve, costs will lower and lower. At the same time, smart lighting has been recognized as one of ...
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Millennials prefer experiences to things

Author | Esther Fuldauer Millennials don't find buying cars and homes anywhere near satisfying as experiences ⁠—and bragging about them on social media. 'Less is more' is taking root with them, changing the long-held belief that happiness is tied to the number of things we own. For generations, before millennials arrived, owning ...