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    More than 250 Smart City Projects Exist in 178 Cities Worldwide

  • Mar 16, 2017

    A new report from Navigant Research examines the current state of global smart city development, covering the related aspects of the smart energy, smart water, smart transportation, smart buildings, and smart governments sectors, segmented by region.

    Working in partnership with technology and service suppliers, city leaders and central governments are realizing the benefits smart city projects can provide in terms of economic opportunity, sustainability, and quality of life. As the number of smart city projects increases globally, cities are pursuing higher levels and a greater variety of integration among technology-driven city services and solutions. According to a new report from Navigant Research, there are more than 250 smart city projects from 178 cities around the world, and the majority focus on government and energy initiatives, followed by transportation, buildings, and water goals.

    “Leading cities are looking at how they can build on their initial investment in open data and the data feeds being provided by Internet of Things applications,” says Christina Jung, research analyst with Navigant Research. “Cities are moving beyond the publication of government open data policies to the exploitation of a wide range of data sources and the establishment of city platforms for information sharing and use of analytics.”

    In addition, as sensor technology improves and costs decrease, smart city technologies are becoming more efficient, higher performing, and cheaper than ever before, according to the report. All told, the global market for smart city solutions and services is expected to grow from $40.1 billion in 2017 to $97.9 billion in 2026.

    The report, Smart City Tracker 1Q17, provides an assessment of the current state of smart city development around the globe. New projects have been added to the database that show continued investment in open data platforms, smart grid technologies, networked LED street lights, urban mobility, energy efficient buildings, water management, and government service applications for smart cities. The report covers five key industry sectors as they relate to smart cities: smart energy, smart water, smart transportation, smart buildings, and smart government. It also looks across these sectors at projects that address multiple aspects of city operations. The 252 projects included in this Tracker are segmented by region and by industry sector. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.

    About Navigant Research
    Navigant Research, the dedicated research arm of Navigant, provides market research and benchmarking services for rapidly changing and often highly regulated industries. In the energy sector, Navigant Research focuses on in-depth analysis and reporting about global clean technology markets. The team’s research methodology combines supply-side industry analysis, end-user primary research and demand assessment, and deep examination of technology trends to provide a comprehensive view of the Energy Technologies, Utility Transformations, Transportation Efficiencies, and Buildings Innovations sectors. Additional information about Navigant Research can be found at www.navigantresearch.com.

  • Industry News

    A new report from Navigant Research examines the global market for energy efficient building products and services, providing an analysis of market issues and global forecasts for revenue, segmented by product type, service type, region, and construction type, through 2026.

    Hydro-Québec’s research institute (IREQ) and KEPCO Research Institute (KEPRI) announce the signing of a research and development cooperation agreement in the field of cybersecurity and smart grids.

    Their joint effort will specifically involve monitoring and managing the power grids of tomorrow, and developing automated protection systems for digital substations, optical current transformers, underground infrastructure and DC transmission.

  • Keeping Current

    TECHSPAN INDUSTRIES INC. CEO, Frank Dunnigan, announces the appointment of Lyle Moroz to the position of President, effective June 5, 2017.

    Lyle has an engineering degree from U of T and an MBA in Marketing from York. He has extensive experience in the electrical, HVAC, and utility industries and has held many positions, from plant manager to VP Sales and Marketing. He has worked for Federal Pioneer, Danfoss, and Schneider Electric to name a few. Lyle has an excellent track record of success and has full P&L responsibility.

    “As Techspan continues to grow, fresh ideas and perspectives are required” said Dunnigan. “Our needs are ever changing as an organization and strong individuals like Lyle are required to move the company forward.”

    Dunnigan will continue to be active within Techspan as CEO.

    GB AGENCIES LTD. announces that Todd Valentino joins the company as Saskatchewan Area Manager effective May 23, 2017. Todd has 24 years’ experience in the electrical industry covering various channels including electrical distribution, industrial service and power systems. Todd’s strengths in negotiations, account management, strategic thinking and technical knowledge will continue to drive GB Agencies’ growth in Saskatchewan. Todd will be based in Saskatoon and will cover the entire Province of Saskatchewan.

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    ALLIED WIRE & CABLE (AWC) welcomes a veteran of the wire and cable industry, Eric Tremblay, to its sales force. Eric, a longtime employee of BJG and A.E. Petsche, will be represent AWC out of its newly opened office in Montreal.

    “I’m excited to join the Allied team, and expand our reach internationally with feet on the ground,” commented Eric on his move to Allied. “I was very impressed with the Collegeville facility: its lean practices, organized and efficient warehouse, as well the very welcoming staff. I look forward to working with the staff from all branches, and increase our sales across all industry sectors.”

  • Product Showcase

    NOARK Electric, a leading low-voltage electrical product manufacturer, released an all new Manual Motor Starter – the Ex9S32.

    CBS ArcSafe®, a leading manufacturer of remote racking and switching solutions for low- and medium-voltage switchgear, introduces its remote switch actuator (RSA) for the Westinghouse Type ADM disconnect switch. The lightweight, portable CBS ArcSafe RSA-186 allows technicians to remotely close or trip the Westinghouse load-break switch from a safe distance of up to 300 feet, well outside the arc-flash boundary.

    Extending its presence in the conduit-bending category, Southwire Tools & Equipment is proud to introduce a new line of heavy-duty PVC conduit benders. This offering will include three PVC conduit benders, helping users increase efficiency when heating and bending PVC conduit. The line is manufactured in the USA and will feature both motorized and manual conduit-bending options.

    Expanding the product line, Southwire also offers two individual plug kits, with plugs ranging in size from two to six inches, ensuring a solution for a wide range of contractor needs.

    TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, has introduced the SlimSeal connector Miniature series, an IP67 sealed wire-to-wire connector. With the IP67 rating, these connectors are impervious to dust and are waterproof up to depths of one meter, making them suitable for outdoor lighting and other high-humidity applications. TE’s SlimSeal connector Miniature series feature a press-to-release spring latch that ensures secure mating. Available with two and three positions, these connectors have a space-saving compact design and pre-assembled seals to cut assembly time.

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