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Articles tagged with: smart cities and transportation

John Pelton MBE – A Railway of Firsts – Crossrail Pioneering Digital Transport and Systematic Innovation

Written by Dan Ginger on Wednesday, 21 January 2015.

John Pelton MBE is the Strategic Projects Director and Head of Innovation of Europe's largest infrastructural programme – Crossrail – the first project of its kind to host a dedicated innovation team. With each train holding 1500 passengers (around double the capacity of a standard London underground service) and the project bringing over 1.5million extra people to within 45 minutes of London's key hubs, the programme has fostered and nurtured innovative solutions that are revolutionising the transport and logistics sectors.

Top Ten Reasons to Come to the EntrepreneurCountry Global Forum

Written by Julie Meyer on Tuesday, 20 January 2015.

Thirteen days from now, on Tuesday morning the 3rd of February, 500 or so Londoners (and many who will have taken trains or planes the night before) will make their way to grab a good seat in the beautiful amphitheatre of the Royal Institution of Great Britain on Albemarle Street to go to EntrepreneurCountry.

Smart Cities Driving Smarter Citizens – Information Empowerment in the Networked Metropolis

Written by Dan Ginger on Tuesday, 20 January 2015.

The city is becoming smarter. As the Internet of Things (IoT) develops, technology becomes engrained in our everyday lives, and infiltrates the ways that we move, eat, sleep, play, and so on. Sensors permeate every facet of a modern life – monitoring rates and charting data for future use in informatics and analytics platforms, aiming to further improve our experience and abilities in organising everyday life.

The logistics industry’s e-driven revolution

Written by Marc Duke on Tuesday, 06 January 2015.

There are changes taking place in the logistics world and much of it comes down to e-commerce. Logistics companies are being squeezed by consumers who want timely, low-cost deliveries, and by retailers demanding low-cost fulfilment and delivery operations. This pressure in turn drives innovation and of course change. I meet many entrepreneurs and innovators who are looking to change the way the world works and some are focused on the links between retailers and consumers. Some are looking at how technology can strengthen the connection between the two parties while others want to change the way both behave. Exciting times.

Welcome to EntrepreneurCountry – a Master Class to Kick off 2015

Written by Julie Meyer on Monday, 05 January 2015.

I. The Problem

The Digital Disruption is facing and racing at everyone. The pace of change due to the shift from a linear to network world means that you probably are worse off compared to this time last year in terms of dealing with that Disruption, unless you have fundamentally changed your organization, team and approach to how you build your business.

Marjorie Leonidas – ‘The Queen of Wi-Fi’ and new Taggstar Managing Director

Written by Dan Ginger on Monday, 15 December 2014.

Marjorie Leonidas arrived in Hong Kong following her degree at the University of California Berkeley, with a suitcase and a vision. 12 years later and she had grown a successful business, with 60 employees, offices in Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, and working with companies such as Esprit and Walmart. Marjorie built her garment agency business from scratch – facing the challenges of working in Asia as a young female, and in penetrating the fashion industry. She since exploited the dot-com boom and has become Managing Director of Taggstar – an innovative e-commerce development, alongside earning the title of 'The Queen of Wi-Fi'. Marjorie spoke to Dan Ginger of EntrepreneurCountry about her background, experiences, and future visions.

In Defense of Uber: An Objective Opinion

Written by Mark Suster on Monday, 24 November 2014.

The story on Uber has been written about ad nauseam, which is why I've been reluctant to weigh in. But enough people have asked my perspective so I decided to weigh in with my non-conformist view. I love Uber and I don't believe there has yet been a real scandal. Grievances – yes. But scandal? I'm not so sure.

Electric Vehicles – Arranging the ecosystem

Written by Dan Ginger on Tuesday, 18 November 2014.

Such is the subtlety of technological transitions, that when the Electric Vehicle (EV) was pitted against the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) in the 1920s, the ICE that causes so many environmental, health and social issues today, won out because Europeans preferred the faster model. There are various elements that affect the uptake of technology, and the resurgence (or not) of EVs today has been no different, with multiple issues slowing or accelerating the EV's attack on the ICE's current system lock-in. This article outlines the key changes that are required in order to arrange the economic ecosystem into one that is favourable for the EV.

The Rise of the Smart City

Written by EntrepreneurCountry Global on Thursday, 07 August 2014.

Rapidly declining sensor costs and stronger communication networks have given rise to an increasingly more connected world. We're seeing this trend in our homes, our office buildings, and now our cities. Underlying the shift to "smart" is the growing inclination among users to have greater autonomy and control over their environment.

What is the role of innovation in fostering sustainable mobility?

Written by Philip Moss on Tuesday, 17 June 2014.

For the past century, access to relatively cheap and abundant sources of fossil fuels have been the driving force for mobility in all sectors of transportation. However the market landscape has been shifting with increased fuel costs, tighter regulations, and societal changes in the places we live and how we interact. 

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