futurescope:

Bioluminescent trees could light up our streets

Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde from Studio Roosegaarde (they developed the smart highway concept) explains how biomimicry techniques inspired his project to swap streetlights with giant light-emitting plants.

[Studio Roosegaarde] [more on earthweareone]

(via emergentfutures)

smartercities:

Volvo Tests A Road That Can Charge Cars And Trucks | FastCompany
Charging electric vehicles while they are on the move may seem a bit out-there. But, in fact, we already do it for major groups of vehicles—trams and trains, for instance. French cities have completely wireless trams, and their record is good. After 10 years and about 7.5 million miles, they haven’t reported serious problems.
In Sweden, Volvo is applying the same technology to roads, opening up the possibility that people would no longer have to fear getting stranded by a dead battery—a major hurdle to people’s willingness to buy an electric car. 

smartercities:

Volvo Tests A Road That Can Charge Cars And Trucks | FastCompany

Charging electric vehicles while they are on the move may seem a bit out-there. But, in fact, we already do it for major groups of vehicles—trams and trains, for instance. French cities have completely wireless trams, and their record is good. After 10 years and about 7.5 million miles, they haven’t reported serious problems.

In Sweden, Volvo is applying the same technology to roads, opening up the possibility that people would no longer have to fear getting stranded by a dead battery—a major hurdle to people’s willingness to buy an electric car. 

People’s Choice Voting for IBM SmartCamp London Kickstart!

Your vote matters: we want to know who YOU would choose to win this year’s London SmartCamp KickStart People’s Choice! Our judges will choose an overall winner on Oct. 5th, but we will also announce the results of this vote to crown a People’s Choice Winner. So if you think a company has the smartest start-up for Smarter Cities, cast your vote below! For more information on each of these innovative startups, read their descriptions here.
Audio Analytic
Audio Analytic makes software that classify sounds by computer analysis, sounds like Aggression, Gunshots, Glass Break and Car Alarms.

MMVSense
MMVSENSE is a technology start-up specialising in wearable sensors and online services for the health monitoring and wellbeing market.

Activity4Charity Nesta Jun12 from Luke Murrell on Vimeo.

Quorate Technology
Quorate is developing a conversational speech recognition technology that can be used to search audio files for keywords and to automatically create transcripts of conversations.

Viewsy
Viewsy is a location analytics solution for the physical world. We provide a way to digitise an analogue world, turning visitor foot traffic into measurable insights that can be analysed and acted upon.

Viewsy Launch party 1min30 from Viewsy on Vimeo.

Voicesecure
VoiceSecure have developed the UK award winning Emergency Rest Centre (ERC), software installed throughout many UK Councils and Government. ERC has been designed to provide you with the ability to understand, manage and provide targeted resources for your emergency situations. ERC enables response personnel to predefine their emergency response logistics e.g. the Region, associated Rest and Recuperation Centres, units of water, evacuee capacity, numbers of beds etc. In the event of a disaster on-site response personnel can input numbers of categories and the associated details at each rest centre. The information entered at the individual rest centre or rapidly established evacuation reception point is also available at any command centre that has the appropriate security clearances. This ensures that a command centre can be in full charge of the situation and manage respite resources with the best possible information.