Smart traffic lights could cut emissions by a quarter

Is this the future for better traffic flow in urban areas? Smart traffic lights are now being tested in Britain. Graeme Paton discusses latest developments in an article on The Times website.   Smart traffic lights get green light for cutting emissions by a quarter A new generation of smart traffic lights could be introduced … Continue reading Smart traffic lights could cut emissions by a quarter

COVID-19 crisis shows the need to optimise the hygiene, safety and energy efficiency of buildings

Education facilities have had to adapt to the COVID-19 crisis with a combination of on-site and study from home. Making buildings smart allows this flexibility – whether from the perspective of hot-desking, agile changes of use, security and safety, or enhanced ability to morph to volatile circumstances. Mark McLoughlin discusses the benefits of going smaart … Continue reading COVID-19 crisis shows the need to optimise the hygiene, safety and energy efficiency of buildings

Irish renewable energy experts designing “next generation” smart buildings

Lorna Siggins writes on The Times website about a project in Ireland that is focusing on smart buildings where different technologies “talk” to each other. This is part of a larger  IDEAS Horizon 2020 project   Experts develop new wave of smart buildings Irish renewable energy experts are designing “next generation” smart buildings where different … Continue reading Irish renewable energy experts designing “next generation” smart buildings

Do smart energy products unintentionally reproduce gender inequalities?

Charlotte Johnson, Senior Researcher in urban communities and resources at University College London raises an important issue in an article on The Conversation website about critical gender issues that affect all our lives.   The world is designed for men – but smart energy systems don't have to be Air conditioned offices often take average … Continue reading Do smart energy products unintentionally reproduce gender inequalities?

How smart hot water heaters can help South Africa’s energy transition

An estimated 5.4 million electric water heaters in South African homes and public buildings use around 40 GWh of energy per day, requiring 12% of operational capacity from the electricity grid at peak times. MJ (Thinus) Booysen, Associate Professor at the Electrical & Electronic Engineering Department at Stellenbosch University explains the benefits of smart water … Continue reading How smart hot water heaters can help South Africa’s energy transition

Possibility of new Tesla product: smart homes

Elon Musk is in the news regularly.  Known for his electric cars, energy storage and many other products, there are hints he may also be considering smart homes.  Fred Lambert explains in an article on the electrek website   Elon Musk hints at a ‘Tesla Smart Home’ with more efficient air conditioning Tesla CEO Elon … Continue reading Possibility of new Tesla product: smart homes

The future is looking cloudy for the broader smart home business

Recently Ruth Mourik wrote an excellent column for eceee about the “smart” solutions to non-existing problems. Yet, there continues to be those “smart” technology developers who are doing their best to lead us to the smart home revolution. Hayley Tsukayama writes in the Washington Post about the latest developments in the US in the “smart” … Continue reading The future is looking cloudy for the broader smart home business