York shortlisted in $9 million global challenge to drive innovation in city mobility

York has been announced as one of only 10 cities on the shortlist for the $9-million Toyota Mobility Foundation Sustainable Cities Challenge, one of only two in Europe and the only UK city. The Toyota Mobility Foundation, in partnership with Challenge Works and World Resources Institute, launched the Challenge in June 2023. The global mobility […]

American city uses streetlight sensors to collect pedestrian data

The American city of Philadelphia is testing out technology to track pedestrians, attaching sensors to 14 streetlights along a single street, in order to track environmental factors and how pavements are being used. The website BillyPenn reports that the SmartBlockPHL pilot is run by the city in collaboration with Comcast, Juganu, and US Ignite — […]

Croydon Council looks to innovative bus shelters to help with connectivity, air quality and traffic management, through new partnership with VALO Smart City

Croydon Council has awarded a 10-year concession contract to VALO Smart City, after a competitive tender process, to install, operate, and maintain connected bus shelters and digital advertising in at least 185 locations across the borough. The partnership will provide next generation street furniture and will create a platform for VALO to partner with some […]

West Midlands 5G wins smart city award

The body established to accelerate the benefits of 5G connectivity in the West Midlands, WM5G has won the Smart City Initiative Award at the Connected Britain Awards 2021, in recognition of its development and roll-out of a range 5G-enabled projects to discover innovative transport solutions across the Midlands region. WM5G supports 14 revolutionary 5G-enabled road […]

Grid Smarter Cities climbs IP league table

Newcastle-based technology house and smart city solution provider Grid Smart Cities has climbed to its highest ranking in he Metis Partners IP100 Intellectual Property League Table. The company’s ranked sixth in the top 100 for their solutions that offer the “unique ability to carve out new space in the smart city landscape, proactively solving problems […]

SWARCO launches MyCity 1.0 – a new urban mobility management software

Transport technology solutions company SWARCO has developed a new  urban mobility management software which it says tackles cities’ frequent challenges associated with the rapid urbanisation and related impacts on the environment. It says MyCity 1.0 will also help with the rapid changes in the types of urban mobility and the IT landscape needed to support it.  […]

Imperial highlights research “bringing self driving deployment closer”

Researchers at Imperial College London say they have simulated self-driving fleet impacts using real-world data, providing suggestions for their optimal deployment in cities. They say their simulations show the potential of fleets of autonomous vehicles (AV) on congestion, emissions, public transport and ride-sharing services. The Imperial team analysed tens of thousands of possible deployment scenarios […]

Liverpool building gigabit-capable fibre network

The Liverpool city region has agreed to co-fund a £30 million fibre rollout to provide a full-fibre network making it the most digitally-connected area of the UK. The gigabit-capable network is planned to position the region at “the head of the next digital revolution” enabling a range of smart city technologies to be deployed The […]


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