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Electric Bus Battery Leasing Raises Municipal Adoption

Electrification is one of the most significant trends in transport today.  Lower maintenance costs, more efficient operation, and zero tailpipe emissions among many other benefits have led to an accelerating adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) for road transport needs.  When it comes to promising use cases, electrified urban buses lead the way, but can be a difficult investment for operators to make.  In this post, I will be discussing how electric bus battery leasing can help cities make the transition. Advantages of Electric Buses To start, electric powertrains have lower energy costs on a per-mile basis than internal combustion engines.  They convert energy into motion more efficiently, with today’s electric buses attaining the miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) of around five times the...

Beyond The Lab: 3D Printing

Hello, there from Beyond the Lab! So, here’s one about 3D printing. 3D printing has been around for a few years – but quietly, over the past year – has been notching up some pioneering wins. Our short video takes a look at this space. Would love to know what you think. Do email at samiran.ghosh@humminglive.com or reach out to us at https://bit.ly/2EPPUNs    

LTTS’ DC-DC Power Converter Boasts High Efficiency with Scalability and High-Power Density Over Wide Load Range

Direct current (DC) is making a comeback with the rise of solar PV, storage batteries, wind turbines, and electric vehicles.  This gamut of new devices however has different voltage needs, and converters are essential for stepping-up or stepping-down the voltage level depending on specific requirements.  The DC-DC power converter has, as a result, become a major part of the innovation race, where reliable and high-performance power supplies are paramount.  In addition to conversion efficiency, industry leaders are also demanding leaner form factors for such devices. Problem: Even the best-in class DC-DC power converters lack efficiency and have poor performance, and their large size also poses a challenge.  Although their bulkiness serves to compensate for the inefficient power conversion ...

AI, Robotics, and LPWANs Offer Digital Transformation Solutions for Water Utilities

Digital transformation and next-generation computing technologies are providing solutions to the massive water and wastewater infrastructure problems that continue to handicap utilities in their ongoing battle to fix leaks, upgrade piping networks and reduce nonrevenue water losses. There are an estimated 240,000 water main breaks per year in the US, wasting over two trillion gallons of treated drinking water. On average, severe water leaks cause $200,000 worth of infrastructure damage per incident. The American Water Works Association estimates that the cost of restoring underground pipes in America will total at least $1 trillion over the next 25 years. ARC has just published our market analysis report for the SCADA for water and wastewater market for 2018, and in this blog, we highlight...

The Seven Impactful Technologies of a Smart City

In our previous post, The Nine Critical Applications of a Smart City we examined the functional responsibilities of a city as well as the expectations and needs of citizens and the business community. We defined these as: The Built Environment Energy Infrastructure Telecommunications for Citizens and Businesses Transportation Water and Wastewater Health and Human Services Public Safety Payments and Finance Waste Management In this post we’ll examine the foundational technologies used to achieve dramatic improvements in features, efficiency and cost effectiveness in each of those domains. 1. Instrumentation and Control Systems Instrumentation and Control Systems are how a smart city monitors and controls the operational parameters of their electric distribution and metering network, their w...

Distributed Waste Processing and Power Gen for Smart Cities

Recently, while pondering the potential role of distributed waste processing and distributed power generation in the context of smart cities, my thoughts reached back to when, during my tenure at a large automation supplier, we had to come to terms with losing a major I&C project for the massive Deer Island Wastewater Treatment Plant in Boston Harbor to a competitor.  What made this loss even harder to swallow, was the fact that the plant was located less than 50 miles from our global headquarters, which housed the company’s main manufacturing, project engineering, and customer support organizations.  What also hurt, was that we had a good track record of implementing successful I&C projects for other large-scale regional water and wastewater treatment plants around the country. Th...

Marketing Plan & Opportunities in Smart Infrastructure

ITI Marketing Plan &   Opportunities in Smart   Infrastructure             Presented By   Shri. Sanjay Jain,   Deputy General Manager   ITI Limited

NASSCOM Community Virtual Roundtable: Smartcities

Welcome to the Virtual Roundtable. This series will bring together subject matter experts from different verticals to talk about an advanced technology. The series will focus on use cases, applications and case studies in emerging technologies. The experts on this panel are in conversation with , Lead, NASSCOM Community. Bipin Pradeep Kumar is the co-founder and Director at Gaia Smart Cities. Gaia is a start-up in the IoT space bringing together internet of things, digital automation and smart cities. Bipin is the Chair of the Smart City Group for the TEC, DOT, Ministry of Communication and IT and is a core member of the National Working Group on International Telecommunication Union (ITU)’s SG on Smart Sustainable Communities.   Deepti Dutt is the Director of Smartcities at Microsof...

Adaptive Traffic Control Systems Enhance Economic and Social Value

Urbanization and road travel has given rise to a large volume of traffic on highways and roadways. It is set to grow at a greater rate than the cities and roads can accommodate resulted in traffic congestion and increasing the burden on city infrastructure. Cities need more effective tools to improve traffic flow and minimize disruptions caused by incidents and special events. One such technology that can help in addressing these issues is adaptive traffic control systems, which manages unpredictable traffic patterns.  Components of Adaptive Traffic Control Systems The architecture of adaptive traffic control systems includes detection technologies, support multiple controller hardware platforms, and provide intersection error monitoring, and tools and reports. The system optimizes cycle l...

Leader Talk: Interview with Ajay Gupta, Global Head, Smart Cities, Tech Mahindra

NASSCOM Community Lead, Om Routray, in conversation with  Ajay Gupta, Global Head, Smart Cities, Tech Mahindra. 1. Is Tech Mahindra engaged in any smartcity project in India? Any project details that you can share? Absolutely, there are several projects and Tech Mahindra has been successful in implementing some of the unique and World’s largest programs in Smart Cities domain, one of the key project being Police Emergency Response Management System, UP Dial 100, which is one of the World’s largest project of this nature. Tech Mahindra as consortium partner along with group company, Mahindra Defense, is delivering the promise of safety and security 24X7 to the one of the largest and MOST populated state of India – Uttar Pradesh. The program caters to approximately 220 million people of Utta...

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