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Smart Cities

Big Tech Muscles in on the Workplace Experience Tech Market

June 14th, 2022
Smart Cities

The Role of Tech Giants in the Smart City

April 5th, 2022
Smart Cities

Playing to Win: Microsoft Joins Facebook in the Metaverse with $69bn Acquisition

Last month, technology giant Microsoft acquired gaming giant Activision Blizzard in a landmark $69 billion deal that represents both Microsoft’s biggest ever acquisition and the biggest deal in the history of the gaming industry. Activision is a major force in the gaming industry, maker of several hugely successful titles including Call of Duty, Overwatch, Warcraft, and Candy Crush, and […]

Smart Cities

Delivery Culture & The Smart Building

Package delivery statistics for 2020/21 make interesting reading. Volume has surged during the pandemic. Managing that incoming flow of deliveries is fast becoming a challenge for building managers and staff seeking to maintain safety, security, hygiene, and a productive work environment. It is at that final step of a complex international logistics network where a range […]

Smart Buildings

Are Data Privacy Laws Good or Bad for the Smart Buildings Market?

What if there were no privacy laws for smart buildings? Would it really be good for business? Would it really be bad for occupants? Would the building be smarter? Would anyone want to live or work there? These are some of the many questions floating around the smart building sector as rapid technological development outstrips […]

Smart Buildings

Has Smart Home Technology Lost Its Way?

Over the last 18-months, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, commercial buildings have largely been empty and residential buildings have never seen such high occupancy during the day. Unsurprisingly, home improvement has been high on the agenda for people around the world, especially in the affluent developed nations that were hit hard by the virus […]

Smart Cities

From the Sidewalk of the City to the Sidewalk of the Building

The pandemic has been incredibly disruptive to the real estate sector, and perhaps the biggest cancellation of the COVID-19 era so far is Google’s Sidewalk Labs project in Toronto. The Quayside redevelopment project was still in planning phases and held back by a resolute citizen movement that focused on issues of data privacy and corporate […]

Smart Buildings

Is the Path to the Digital Twin Future of Buildings Paved By APIs?

A digital twin is a digital representation of a real-world entity or system. In the context of a building, digital twins express the location and characteristics of every wall, door, and window, but also every pipe, cable, and switch in a virtual model. In our increasingly smart buildings, digital twins must also mirror every system, […]

Smart Cities

The Post-COVID Urban Agenda: Cities Should Be Smart but MUST Be Fair

Some of the most symbolic images of the past year have been of empty city centers. Deserted images Times Square, Covent Garden, Champs-Élysées, and Shibuya commercial district would have been impossible to capture before the lockdowns and stay-at-home orders that COVID-19 brought about. Our cities have felt the greatest impact of the pandemic and this […]

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