According to the WEF’s ‘ These are the world’s most liveable cities ’ in this order: Auckland, Berlin, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Melbourne, Stockholm, Sydney, Vancouver, Vienna, Zurich. The article goes on: There are some cities you visit and wish you could move there tomorrow, because the quality of life on offer seems so appealing. Whether it’s down to […]
Per Ahmad Benafa, the Internet of Things (IoT): More than Smart “Things” is the network of physical objects accessed through the Internet. These objects contain embedded technology to interact with internal states or the external environment. In other words, when objects can sense and communicate, it changes how and where decisions are made, and who makes them. By 2020, according to Ahmad, more than two thirds of computing devices will be other than computers, tablets and / or smart phones but sensors, terminals, household appliances,
In our previous article Smart Cities to better our Lives we discussed how the concept of circular economy will change the face of major cities and how it will affect our lives. This article written by Antoine Frérot, Chairman and CEO, Veolia Environnement and published on Wednesday 18 January 2017 is of capital interest for the future of all cities of the world, and especially of those in the MENA region. It is really the Face of Major Cities and how it will affect our Lives that is reviewed by this author.
Per Wikipedia, Veolia Environnement S.A., branded as Veolia, is a French transnational company with activities in four main service and utility areas traditionally managed by public authorities – water management, waste management, public transport and energy services. In 2012, Veolia employed 318,376 employees in 48 countries. Its revenue in that year was recorded at €29.4 billion. It is quoted on Euronext Paris and the New York Stock Exchange. It is headquartered in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.
Intelligent cities, inclusive cities?
An article of The Guardian of July 12, 2015 by Shane Hickey elaborating on one particular business novelty in the shared economy goes on like this: Driving across Norway to take part in a ski-jumping event, Knut Bjerke looked around his car and realised how much spare space he had. “I thought about how much could be transported and would fit into these cars, saving the environment, reducing automotive and transport costs and ensuring rapid and precise deliveries,” said the Norwegian businessman. “As I thought more and more of this idea, I found many different scenarios which would benefit from such a service. . . . all things that could be easily brought on cars, vans, flights, trains and buses. But also, larger items which may be more cost effective to transport than with traditional services.” Read more at the address given above but in the meantime, BROOKINGS in a summary of an article on the shared economy highlighted that [. . .]
Equinix Inc., the global interconnection and data centre company, has unveiled its 2017 predictive insights on its industry. It is part of its 7 Bold Predictions for the Connected Enterprise and must be noted that the IT industry has already impacted our daily life and further development are seen to bring in more transformation that will trigger significant changes for several industries in this new year. Equinox one company amongst those in the ICT industry has a spread across 40 global markets, and has key data-driven insights into the key drivers that are pushing enterprises to succeed in the digital economy. We reproduce the first 3 Equinix’s 2017 predictions that are part of : Equinix’s 7 Bold Predictions for the Connected Enterprise in 2017 As things change quickly, we’re taking advantage of our special perspective at the center of it all to predict what you can expect in “7 Bold Predictions for the Connected Enterprise.” [. . .]
The Conversation produced this article that is a very commendable effort of Tom Garner, Research Fellow, School of Creative Technologies, University of Portsmouth. The author elaborates on the near future of all things robotic and The World 2017’s Top Technology Trends . We reproduce this brilliant piece for the benefit of all with our best wishes for a New and Prosperous Year for each and everyone. Why connecting all the world’s robots will drive 2017’s top technology trends If you want to make predictions for the future, you need to find the trajectory of events in the past. So to work out what shape digital technology will likely take next year, we should look back to the major developments of 2016. And the past year’s developments point to a 2017 shaped by the next phase of virtual and augmented reality, the emergence of an internet for artificial intelligence and the creation of personalised digital [. . . ]
The insanity of Black Friday is upon us, but don’t succumb to the madness at the malls tweeted many observers – and it’s only one day, I for one would not mind adding. Newsweek Europe published this article about the introduction of the notion of Black Friday into the Middle East or rather into the countries of the Gulf part of the region. The other regions are either undergoing traumatic upheavals of civil wars and / or internal political unrest and have no serious propensity or disposition of mind to indulge into acquiring at an exceptional bargain a desired product. The varying levels of ICTs penetration into the countries of the Middle East play against all other countries other than those of the Gulf. And within these latter countries, the diverse populations can also be differentiated through their response to the afore-said notion of Black Friday. WHITE FRIDAY: MIDDLE EAST’S JEFF BEZOS LOOKS TO CAPITALIZE ON BLACK FRIDAY TRADITION Souq, the Amazon of the Middle East, aims to . . . .