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Topical issues and Obsolescence Conference

The International Institute of Obsolescence Management, from its roots in obsolescence management of electronic and other components, now supports manufacturers, service providers and obsolescence practitioners from across industry, and is holding its 2nd...

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Uber Toledo launches with free rides

Uber has arrived in the City of Glass! Starting at 3pm today, we are hitting the streets of Toledo, giving you a seamless, stylish, and convenient way to move around the city. Did we mention rides are FREE for 2 weeks?! With just the push of a button, Uber will...

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NASA Glenn Research Center Hosts National Lab Day

Representatives from NASA, the U.S. Department of Education, Glenn’s scientists and engineers, teachers and over 300 students from schools across Northeast Ohio will celebrate National Lab Day at Glenn, Monday, May 19 at 10 a.m. The event will take place in the Flight...

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The Power Of Local Energy

By John Bernhardt — Outreach & Communications Director for the Clean Coalition Electricity, like most commodities, is rarely produced where it is consumed. In the United States, the majority of electricity is generated at large, centralized power plants and then...

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Why smart cities?

Smart cities are emerging in response to an increasingly urbanized world dealing with scarce resources, along with the desire to improve energy efficiency. By providing appropriate technologies and solutions, smart cities can deal with issues such as congestion and...

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Various business models offer opportunities

Smart city projects are typically deployed via partnerships between the public and private sectors. The main business models include build-operate-transfer (BOT), build-operate-comply (BOC) and municipal-owned-deployment (MOD). The most common model is BOT, where city...

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Figuring out investment returns

When considering the long-term viability of smart city initiatives, it is important to assess not just direct revenue-generating opportunity but also the broader return on investment, Arrowsmith said. This has implications for both the public and private sectors...

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‘Urban mining’ cuts electronic waste

Mining precious metals like gold, silver and these days copper is extremely costly as well as being energy-intensive, environmentally harmful and dangerous. We continue to seek precious metals because they are not just used for ornamentation; they are essential parts...

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