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A new era for traffic control

Municipal traffic controllers can access a central traffic control system via a private Cloud from their PC, tablet or smartphone

Intelligent software and cloud-based solutions have the potential to revolutionise a city’s mobility. Nick Michell looks at new software developed by Siemens that allows city managers to monitor and maintain traffic lights and detectors from any location in the world using a private cloud

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Interview with Anna Lisa Boni, Secretary General of EUROCITIES

Anna Lisa Boni, Secretary General of EUROCITIES

Anna Lisa Boni took up her new post as Secretary General of EUROCITIES, the Brussels-based network of major European cities, on 19 June. She spoke with Jonathan Andrews about how she believes that cities are the engines to drive Europe out of its economic slump and if cities are to innovate, they must network more with each other

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Cape Town must use design award to close the urban divide

Cape Town: a sea of shacks as far as the eye can see stretches from the airport towards the city

Cape Town is celebrating its new found honour as the World Design Capital 2014 but as Roman Rollnick observes from his recent visit, the city has a long way to go in bridging the urban divide between its residents

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Interview with Aníbal Gaviria Correa, Mayor of Medellin, Colombia

Mayor of Medellin, Aníbal Gaviria Correa

Prior to hosting UN-Habitat’s 7th World Urban Forum in April, Jonathan Andrews spoke with Aníbal Gaviria Correa about the transformation of his city and how hosting the Forum will signify his city’s reintegration into the global community

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Auckland Airport launches NZ$3 million energy efficiency programme

Auckland Airport will invest more than NZ$3 million in projects to measure and manage energy over three years

A new initiative has been launched that will see Auckland Airport, New Zealand, working in partnership with tenants to achieve ambitious energy-saving targets.

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Bloomberg offers US$45 million in grants for city innovation

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Bloomberg Philanthropies has set aside US$45 million to send innovation delivery teams to mayors’ offices across the US to assist in innovation and urban improvement.

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Transport specialist launches electric folding bike

The eLink is fully equipped with fenders, rack, chainguard, and lights

Urban transport specialist Tern has announced the launch of its first electric folding bike, the eLink. The new model adds an electric boost to the versatile Link bike and makes cycling accessible to a broader audience.

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Former mayor of San Jose recognised for work in citizen diplomacy

Former mayor of San Jose and former US Secretary of Transport, Norman Mineta

Sister Cities International has awarded the former mayor of San Jose and former US Secretary of Transport, Norman Mineta, for his long-time support of cultural and economic development exchanges through sister cities.

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A new era for traffic control

Municipal traffic controllers can access a central traffic control system via a private Cloud from their PC, tablet or smartphone

Intelligent software and cloud-based solutions have the potential to revolutionise a city’s mobility. Nick Michell looks at new software developed by Siemens that allows city managers to monitor and maintain traffic lights and detectors from any location in the world using a private cloud

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London trials free WiFi on public buses

The trial of the free WiFi will enable passengers to surf the Internet while travelling

Transport for London (TfL) has begun a trial of free WiFi on two buses operating in the capital, enabling passengers to keep in touch through email and social media, browse the Internet and even complete their weekly grocery shop. The trial will see WiFi technology installed on a route 12 bus, operating between Dulwich and Oxford Circus, and a route RV1 bus, which operates between Covent Garden and Tower Hill.

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Global challenge launched to create smart cities

NIST

The US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and several partners have kicked off the year-long Global City Teams Challenge to help communities around the world work together to address issues ranging from air quality to traffic management to emergency services coordination.

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New York announces new partnership to invest US$350 million in affordable housing

Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio announcing the new partnership

Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio and Comptroller Scott Stringer have announced a partnership to establish a US$350 million fund to support affordable housing throughout New York City, marking a major investment in the administration’s historic plan to create and preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing.

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