Internet of Things

“Livability” of an urban center that is sustainable over a long period is what defines a true “Smart City” There are many “policy” level implications to make it all possible though eGovernance, and Internet of Things plays a very important role in making a city smart. Worldwide there have been a number of initiatives and organizations like IBM and CISCO are doing good research and a number of pilots in this area. Intel has recently started an initiative to make Dublin the first 'Internet of Things' city. Some SMART CITY TRENDS that are taking shape around the world: Smart city capability elements: Using spatial design and planning – of buildings, public space and metropolitan areas – to addr

Smart Cities

What has to happen to make a good city? Or a great one? How can we urbanise while maintaining harmony – socially, economically and environmentally? How do we balance short- term needs with long-term demands? How do we ensure that we can go on building cities, while retaining a healthy environment for our children and grandchildren? As we enter the first urban century, we start to realise that today‘s cities are not sustainable, no matter from which side we look at them. Cities, seen as physical expressions of urban systems, consist of people, buildings, infrastructure, and moving parts and they need to transform towards liveability, sustainability and resilience. More than half the world liv

Growth of Renewables

From the end of 2004, worldwide renewable energy capacity grew at rates of 10–60% annually for many technologies. For wind power and many other renewable technologies, growth accelerated in 2009 relative to the previous four years. More wind power capacity was added during 2009 than any other renewable technology. However, grid-connected PV increased the fastest of all renewables technologies, with a 60% annual average growth rate. In 2010, renewable power constituted about a third of the newly built power generation capacities. Projections vary, but scientists have advanced a plan to power 100% of the world's energy with wind, hydroelectric, and solar power by the year 2030. According to a

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