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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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Solar Freakin Roadways

Solar Roadways have the potential to transform roads across the U.S. into renewable energy powerhouses. Solar panels are Scott and Julie Brusaw’s vision for the future of transportation and energy. But these aren’t your average solar panels. The couple founded their...

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