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Smart cities need to be more human, so we're creating Sims-style virtual worlds
Smart cities need to be more human, so we're creating Sims-style virtual worlds

Huge quantities of networked sensors have appeared in cities across the world in recent years. These include cameras and sensors that count the number of passers-by, devices to sense air quality, traffic flow detectors, and even beehive monitors...

By Nick Malleson and Alison Heppenstall 5 Feb 2018

City's digital technology 'request for ideas' closes 16 February
City's digital technology 'request for ideas' closes 16 February

The City of Cape Town's call for submissions on how it can make use of digital technology and data to enhance its performance and enable residents and businesses to engage more actively with the city, closes on 16 February 2018...

1 Feb 2018

New spotlight on media and digital at African Utility Week Awards
New spotlight on media and digital at African Utility Week Awards

Two new categories have been added to the fifth annual African Utility Week Industry Awards to honour excellence in energy or water journalism, as well as digitally advanced utilities...

26 Jan 2018

Wi-Fi to be seen as a "utility" in 2018, says Ruckus
Wi-Fi to be seen as a "utility" in 2018, says Ruckus

There are few things that prevent Africa from truly connecting wirelessly to the internet and as these barriers fall, larger African cities will roll out smart city initiatives in some shape and form...

19 Jan 2018

Ride-share fleets to map cities around the world
Ride-share fleets to map cities around the world

Mobileye 8 Connect is an aftermarket collision avoidance system capable of collecting dynamic data to make cities smarter, safer and autonomous ready...

18 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Smart disruption - the grid of 2018
#BizTrends2018: Smart disruption - the grid of 2018

The famous revolutionary hall of fame has a new name - technology. It changes regimes, rules and industries. It transforms the traditional, it disrupts the conventional and it redefines the future...

By Vinny Perumal 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Trends in HVAC and smart building technology
#BizTrends2018: Trends in HVAC and smart building technology

Over the last decade we have seen a continual refinement in heating ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) and building technology...

By Neil Cameron 8 Jan 2018

Exploring the impact of using AI in the built environment
Exploring the impact of using AI in the built environment

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) recently launched a report exploring the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the built environment and its impact...

24 Nov 2017

Can a tech company build a city? Ask Google
Can a tech company build a city? Ask Google

Sidewalk Labs, the urban innovation startup owned by Google's parent company Alphabet, has announced a partnership with the City of Toronto to develop a new waterfront precinct...

By Sarah Barns 20 Nov 2017

How machine learning can boost IoT efficacy
How machine learning can boost IoT efficacy

CIOs should leverage machine learning to turn the tsunami of data obtained in Internet of Things (IoT) deployments into actionable insights. This is according to a new report from Forrester.

17 Nov 2017

Attacq and LaunchLab Smart Cities Innovation winners
Attacq Smart Cities Innovation Challenge winners announced

The winners in the Attacq Smart Cities Innovation Challenge were recently announced, each receiving incubation support from the LaunchLab in addition to a share of R100,000 seed funding from Attacq...

16 Nov 2017

Harnessing tech to create sustainable cities for the future
Harnessing tech to create sustainable cities for the future

More than ever before, technology drives our world. It powers businesses, cities and governments, and shapes individual lives in a hugely impactful way...

By Colin Thornton 7 Nov 2017

What does the future African city look like?
What does the future African city look like?

What does the future African city look like? How do we identify the impact and trends resulting from urbanisation? What new regulation and governance models are needed?

By Riaan Graham 31 Oct 2017

Abland to restore old Loftus "Sinbin"
Abland to restore old Loftus "Sinbin"

Adjacent to Loftus Versfeld, where once stood the infamous Sinbin, Abland is developing Loftus Park, a new mixed-use precinct...

23 Oct 2017

African tourism trends in the age of developing smart cities
African tourism trends in the age of developing smart cities

Using data to understand travellers' spending behaviours, their habits as well as their preferences, has the power to increase the number of customers and the spend...

By Elias Aad 19 Oct 2017

AfricArena tech innovation conference kicks off next month
AfricArena tech innovation conference kicks off next month

AfricArena, described as the largest tech innovation conference for startups and investors hosted on African soil, will take place from 6-7 November 2017 at the Century City Conference Centre...

11 Oct 2017

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Ambition and partnership key to driving smart city adoption

AI and other technologies, in conjunction with the innovative implementation of ICT, can improve the quality of life across a broad range of factors, improve workforce efficiency, and create new jobs...

By Edwin Diender 27 Sep 2017

Attacq Smart Cities Innovation Pitching Platform now open for 2017
Attacq Smart Cities Innovation Pitching Platform now open for 2017

Officially open for 2017, the Attacq Smart Cities Innovation Pitching Platform will showcase future-focused technologies that contribute to the ‘smart city' concept at Waterfall City...

21 Sep 2017

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#InnovationMonth: How AI will change the automotive game for the better

As the “fourth industrial revolution”, championed by the World Economic Forum's Klaus Schwab, gains momentum, it's thrilling to anticipate what this means for the automotive industry - and as a result, cities of the future...

By Trevor Hill 11 Sep 2017

City of Cape Town gives CTICC site expansion thumbs up
City of Cape Town gives CTICC site expansion thumbs up

The City of Cape Town's executive mayor, Patricia de Lille has conducted the final site inspection of the Cape Town International Convention Centre's (CTICC 2) expansion before contractors hand over the building...

8 Sep 2017

Smart evolution of Africa's megacities will help address infrastructure challenges
Smart evolution of Africa's megacities will help address infrastructure challenges

Facing rapid growth and evolution in Africa's megacities, radical and effective urban management is needed...

24 Aug 2017

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Technology is not enough to create connected cities - here's why

The United Nations (UN) estimates that by 2050, 66% of the world's population will live in cities...

By Mike Cooray and Rikke Duus 24 Aug 2017

Simple advances bring BAS to smaller buildings
Simple advances bring BAS to smaller buildings

The internet of things (IoT) is expanding rapidly...

By Neil Cameron 14 Aug 2017

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The role of cities in the next automotive revolution

Ever-increasing urbanisation and the subsequent demand for development of cities is the catalyst needed to bridge both the greatest challenges and most creative solutions for a future of the automotive sector...

By Trevor Hill 7 Aug 2017

African urbanisation must be smart and sustainable for cities to be habitable far into the future
African urbanisation must be smart and sustainable for cities to be habitable far into the future

African city planners need a split strategy and focus in their planning and development efforts...

20 Jul 2017

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Why the world needs to get smarter about water consumption

In 1900, just 15% of the world's population lived in cities. Now that proportion is over 50%...

By Dragan Savic 21 Jun 2017

Planned communities are SA's smart cities of the future
Planned communities are SA's smart cities of the future

A number of planned communities being built with connectivity at their core - and not Johannesburg and Cape Town - are leading the local race toward being truly integrated smart cities...

By Jacques du Toit 20 Jun 2017

A day in the life of a smart city commuter - and why it's not so far from reality
A day in the life of a smart city commuter - and why it's not so far from reality

The alarm on your smartphone went off 10 minutes earlier than usual this morning. Parts of the city are closed off, so congestion is expected to be worse than usual. You'll need to catch an earlier bus...

By Marcin Budka 12 Jun 2017

Integrated clean technology solutions can help solve water issues
Integrated clean technology solutions can help solve water issues

At this stage, we must conceive we all have a shared responsibility towards water conservation. What is needed is an integrated approach to resolving these current challenges...

By Songo Didiza 8 Jun 2017

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