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District energy – the smart route to urban efficiency

As a leading player in district energy solutions, Danfoss presents know-how and future smart technologies at the Nordic Efficiency event in Paris. The solutions help increase energy efficiency in cities and the potential is huge.
Every day, more than half of the energy used for generating electricity vanishes into the air. This colossal energy waste has spurred the development of district heating and cooling systems that can utilize surplus energy to heat or cool people’s homes and to supply domestic hot water.

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New IRENA App Delivers Global Renewable Energy Data Straight to Your Pocket

Mobile app provides free data on renewable energy potential across the globe
Smartphone users can now access the most reliable data on global renewable energy potential, for free, thanks to an application launched today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The Global Atlas pocket, now available on all platforms including BlackBerry® 10, iOS, Android™ and Windows Phone®, is the only global tool of its kind, combining 1,000 maps from 67 governments and 50 data centres to provide information on renewable energy resources anywhere in the world.

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Ann Arbor, MI Named Siemens First Center of Excellence for Intelligent Traffic Technology

Siemens has chosen Ann Arbor, MI as the company’s first Center of Excellence for Intelligent Traffic Technology. Understanding the impact integrating intelligent software and hardware can have on significantly improving a city’s transportation system, Siemens will provide Ann Arbor with its latest innovative hardware and software technology to help expand the city’s smart traffic system infrastructure. Ann Arbor will be among the country’s first real-world implementations of this latest intelligent traffic technology and the partnership will allow the city to continue to modernize and enhance its transportation systems through improved intelligence. The new technologies and partnership will allow Siemens and the city to gather new real-world data and insight into the impact of intelligent traffic technologies on congestion and safety.

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INDRA implements smart technology for street signposting, ticketing and tram priority in Ecuador

Indra, the number one multinational and consulting company in Spain and one of the most important in Europe and Latin America, has been awarded a contract for the engineering, supply and implementation of systems of street signposting and tram priority, access control and ticketing for the new tram in Cuenca, the third-largest city in Ecuador. The Cuenca tram is currently under construction and is expected to begin operating in June 2016. It will be used by around 120,000 passengers a day, or 39 million a year. It will be the largest mass transport system in the city, which is considered “the Athens of Ecuador” thanks to its architectural and artistic heritage.

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Silver Spring Networks Introduces the IoT Edge Router™, Enables Simple and Secure Integration of Smart City Devices and Applications

In November, at the Smart City Expo World Congress, the world’s largest smart city event, Silver Spring Networks, Inc. (NYSE: SSNI) unveiled the new Silver Spring IoT Edge Router™, expanding the capabilities of its globally proven Internet of Things networking platform. The IoT Edge Router enables cities and utilities to easily, securely, and cost-effectively integrate a wide array of devices and applications to their existing Silver Spring IoT networks. With the standards-based IoT Edge Router, network operators can simply ‘plug and play’ new and legacy smart city devices into these already deployed networks, such as smart street light and smart grid systems. The ability to cost-effectively integrate and transport data from these devices, such as smart parking stations, intelligent transportation systems, bicycle rental kiosks, EV charging stations, digital signage, environmental and lighting sensors, substation monitors, and more, helps cities and utilities reduce the costs of testing and deployment, improve civic service operations and citizen engagement, and create new revenue streams and innovation opportunities.

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