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About Joe
Joe is a British journalist, reporter, and writer based in the heart of Germany. His work mainly focuses on the development of smart cities, emerging technology, and the evolution of mobility. You can find his work in The Independent, Tech For Good, Smart Cities World, Bee Smart City, Are We Europe, and more
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12 Awesome Ways To Upcycle Motorcycle Parts

04 Apr 2024  |  autowise.com
The article presents 12 creative ways to upcycle motorcycle parts into functional and decorative items. Projects include a disc brake knife, a rear shock table by Classified Moto, a Bonneville Bowl by designer Wa Ya-Lin, an instrument cluster converted into scales by John Doherty, a motorcycle parts clock, cutlery with lever handles by I-Chen Yang, a wheel coffee table by Zhan Cheng, tail light speakers by Chang Sung-Ching, a fender desk lamp by Savvas Panagiotou, an exhaust lamp by Garage 54, a throttle corkscrew by Nick Orme, and a vintage motorcycle rocking horse by Felix Götze. The article encourages readers to find inspiration in these ideas and use their imagination and available parts to create unique upcycled pieces.

FIWARE announces Yasunori Mochizuki new chairman of the board of directors

29 Jan 2024  |  beesmart.city
FIWARE Foundation has appointed Yasunori Mochizuki, an NEC Corporation Fellow, as the new chairman of its Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2024. Mochizuki, who has been part of FIWARE's board since March 2017, succeeds Dario Avallone from Engineering S.p.A. His extensive experience in IT and digital transformation, including his work with international organizations like OECD and the World Economic Forum, is expected to further FIWARE's growth and global presence. Andrea Battaglia, CEO of FIWARE, expressed confidence in working with Mochizuki and the board to advance smart and innovative solutions.

FIWARE brings widely applied Open Source Technologies to North America

23 Nov 2023  |  www.beesmart.city
FIWARE Foundation, a non-profit organization, is participating in Smart Cities Connect in Washington D.C. to promote open source technologies for smart city development. As a Bronze Sponsor, FIWARE, along with its Gold Member ms.GIS, will provide a platform for networking and collaboration among various stakeholders. The event will feature presentations, a panel discussion, and a meetup to discuss the role of open source in creating sustainable and resilient cities. Cristina Brandtstetter, a board member of FIWARE, emphasized the importance of open source for innovation and urban improvement, particularly in the U.S. market.

Climate Resilience of a Smart City and its Significance for Climate Change

09 Jul 2023  |  www.beesmart.city
Climate change poses a clear and omnipresent danger, with cities being particularly vulnerable and significant contributors to rising CO2 emissions. The article discusses the challenges cities face due to climate change, such as urban heat islands, water scarcity, and extreme weather events. It highlights the importance of improving urban climate resilience to enhance the quality of life for citizens. The article also explores the opportunities for smart cities to reduce carbon emissions and implement sustainable initiatives. Examples of cities like Singapore, Sao Paulo, London, and New York City are provided to illustrate measures being taken to combat climate-related challenges. The article concludes that proactive climate resilience and climate protection policies can pave the way to a greener, economically sustainable future, while reactive policies could harm the economy, cities, citizens, and the planet in the long run.

Smart City Resilience: Mitigating the Risks of Climate Change

25 Jun 2023  |  beesmart.city
The article discusses the importance of climate resilience in cities, highlighting the challenges posed by climate change such as urban heat islands, water shortages, and extreme weather. It emphasizes the need for cities to adapt and prepare through improved infrastructure, sustainable practices, and smart governance. Examples from Singapore, Sao Paulo, London, and New York illustrate various strategies to combat climate risks. The article argues that investing in climate resilience is not only environmentally necessary but also economically beneficial in the long run.

What is IoT and why is it important for Smart Cities?

15 May 2023  |  www.beesmart.city
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a crucial technology for the development of Smart Cities, offering numerous benefits such as improved urban mobility, safety, sustainability, and efficient resource management. The article highlights the importance of IoT in addressing the challenges posed by increasing urban populations and provides examples of successful IoT implementations in cities like Lublin, Los Angeles, and Dublin. It emphasizes the potential of IoT to transform urban centers into intelligent, sustainable, and efficient spaces through the use of interconnected devices, big data, and artificial intelligence.

The Use of AI for Smart Urban Services in Smart Cities

19 Mar 2023  |  www.beesmart.city
Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming urban landscapes by improving efficiency and quality of life in smart cities. AI relies on vast data pools to perform tasks traditionally requiring human intelligence. The AI industry is rapidly growing, with significant investments in smart city applications. AI enhances urban planning, security, traffic management, energy optimization, waste management, and smart governance. Examples include AI-enhanced CCTV for public safety, smart parking systems to reduce traffic congestion, and AI-powered waste sorting machines. Best practices for nurturing AI in smart cities include creating goal-oriented innovation labs, measuring outcomes, and promoting connectivity.

2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2 / H2 Carbon [Specs, Features, Photos]

24 Jun 2022  |  webbikeworld.com
The 2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2 and H2 Carbon are high-performance, street-legal sport bikes with a 998cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC valve in-line four-cylinder engine, producing 228 horsepower and 104.9 lb-ft of torque. Unchanged from the previous year, the Ninja H2 starts at $30,500 USD, while the Carbon variant starts at $34,000 USD. Key features include a supercharged engine, Kawasaki's advanced electronic control systems, and smartphone connectivity. The article provides an overview of the bikes' specifications, features, and pricing.

Talking Open Data and Open Source with FIWARE CEO Ulrich Ahle

31 Jan 2022  |  beesmart.city
Ulrich Ahle, CEO of the FIWARE Foundation, discusses the concepts of open source and open data, FIWARE's role in smart city development, and the future of urban data. FIWARE, a non-profit foundation, offers open source technology and standards for smart cities and other domains. Ahle emphasizes the importance of open source software building blocks, standard APIs, data models, and reference architectures, all freely available on Github. He addresses the challenges cities face in the data space, including digital competence, funding, monetization of business models, and citizen participation. Ahle also differentiates between open source and open data, explaining that open data can be monetized and is not necessarily free. He advocates for data sovereignty and interoperability as prerequisites for state-level open data platforms and outlines FIWARE's advantages, including reducing vendor lock-in and promoting interoperability. The interview concludes with Ahle's vision for FIWARE to become the GSM for context information management in smart cities worldwide.

Social: The S in ESG

01 Dec 2021  |  beesmart.city
The 'Social' aspect of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) is a broad and often misunderstood topic that covers a company or portfolio's relationship with its stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, tenants, neighbors, and business relations. It includes diversity and inclusion, fair pay, education, flexible working hours, employee turnover, company relationships, company hierarchies, tenant relationships, company ethics, and reputation. A strong Social focus in ESG strategies can protect and enhance a company's reputation, attract investors, and add value by avoiding risky or volatile business decisions. The article emphasizes the importance of making Social a priority within ESG, as it builds trust and investor confidence, particularly in the real estate industry, and can have far-reaching benefits for communities and society at large.

Smart City Poznan: An Innovation Hub In The Greater Poland Region

08 Jun 2021  |  www.beesmart.city
Poznan, a vibrant city in western Poland, is transforming into a dynamic smart city with a focus on improving the quality of life for its residents. Led by an interdisciplinary Smart City Team, Poznan's roadmap includes six smart city categories: Smart Living, Smart Economy, Smart Environment, Smart Community, Smart Mobility, and Smart Digital City. Key initiatives include social equity programs, economic development projects, environmental protection measures, citizen participation platforms, smart mobility solutions, and advanced digital systems. Poznan's efforts are supported by the European Commission's Intelligent Cities Challenge, aiming to create a sustainable, resilient, and democratic smart city.

The 15-Minute City: Nurturing Communities For Smarter Cities

09 Apr 2021  |  www.beesmart.city
The article discusses the concept of 'smart cities' with a focus on the '15-minute city' urban planning strategy, which aims to improve the quality of life by ensuring that residents have access to essential services within a 15-minute walk from their homes. The City of Melbourne's visualization of a 20-minute city approach is mentioned. The strategy is seen as a solution to urban problems such as climate change, by reducing dependence on private transport and repurposing roads for community use. The article highlights the health, financial, and community benefits of such a hyper-local city. It also references Paris and Amsterdam as cities implementing similar strategies and mentions the City of Eugene's climate plan. The piece concludes with suggestions on how to transform a city into a 15-minute city, including reclaiming road space, investing in public transit, using smart technology, investing in city centers, and championing multi-function architecture. The bee smart city network is also introduced as a platform for sharing best practices.

An environmental fable in a fairy tale wood - exploring the dilemma of deforestation and the process of delivering renewable energy to the heart of Germany.

How consumer tech is making Stockholm run more smoothly

09 Apr 2021  |  Smart Cities World
The article discusses the Smart City Strategic Framework released by the City of Sydney in 2020. This framework is designed to address the challenges and opportunities presented by digital disruption. It aims to ensure that Sydney remains a top destination for living, working, learning, and tourism. The framework includes plans to adapt to uncertainties and leverage technology to sustain Sydney's global reputation.

Where do you start with smart city development?

07 Apr 2021  |  Tech For Good
The article discusses the six key themes of smart city development as outlined by the European Smart Cities research group at the Centre of Regional Science at the Vienna University of Technology. These themes are Smart Government, Smart Economy, Smart Mobility, Smart Environment, Smart People, and Smart Living. The focus is on Smart Living, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has put a strain on urban healthcare systems. The pandemic has exposed the challenges faced by health services, such as overwhelmed hospitals and shortages of medical supplies. The article also touches on future challenges, noting that urban populations are expected to increase, with the United Nations predicting that 68% of the global population will live in urban areas by 2050, further stressing healthcare systems.

DIY Motorcycle Storage Solutions

05 Apr 2021  |  webbikeworld.com
Motorcycle storage solutions are essential to protect bikes from the elements and theft. Options range from simple motorcycle covers to dedicated sheds. Covers should be heavy-duty with security features. Tents are affordable but not ideal for windy conditions. Retractable units offer robust protection and can be bolted to the ground. Inflatable chambers are suitable for indoor use, providing a barrier against dampness and dust. Sheds can be built from scratch or assembled from kits, requiring a strong foundation, proper materials, adequate ventilation, and correct installation. Regardless of the choice, the right storage solution can deter thieves and prevent damage to the motorcycle.

The Best Motorcycles of the 1950s

27 Mar 2021  |  www.webbikeworld.com
The 1950s marked a significant era for motorcycle innovation, with manufacturers like Triumph, BMW, Norton, Ducati, MV Agusta, Harley-Davidson, Honda, and Moto Guzzi producing some of the most iconic and influential models. These motorcycles, such as the Triumph Tiger 110, BMW R69, and Honda Super Cub, were celebrated for their engineering prowess, performance, and cultural impact. The decade saw the rise of motorcycling sub-cultures and the beginning of Honda's racing legacy, solidifying the importance of these models in motorcycling history.

2021 Yamaha Zuma 125 [Specs, Features, Photos]

21 Mar 2021  |  www.webbikeworld.com
The 2021 Yamaha Zuma 125, also known as the BWs 125 in Canada, is a small-capacity scooter designed for economical and practical city commuting. It features a 125cc four-stroke engine producing around 8 horsepower, achieving up to 103 mpg. The scooter is noted for its comfort, agility, and modern rugged design, including features like LCD instrumentation and under-seat storage. Available in Ultramarine Blue or Matte Black, the Zuma 125 is priced at $3,599 USD / $3,799 CAD. Competitors include the Honda PCX150, Yamaha XMAX, and Piaggio Beverly.

Smart Dublin: Future-Proofing The Irish Capital

14 Jan 2021  |  www.beesmart.city
Dublin is transforming into a smart city through the Smart Dublin initiative, launched in 2016 by four local authorities. The initiative aims to innovate and implement solutions to urban challenges, focusing on six key themes: Environment, Economy, People, Mobility, Government, and Living. Smart Districts like Smart Docklands, Smart Sandyford, Smart DCU, and Smart Balbriggan serve as testbeds for smart technologies. Strategic partnerships with companies like Google and Microsoft support these efforts. Projects range from IoT programs for energy optimization to smart mobility solutions, with the overarching goal of improving quality of life and future-proofing the city.

2021 Can-Am Spyder F3 Limited [Specs, Features, Photos]

06 Nov 2020  |  www.webbikeworld.com
The 2021 Can-Am Spyder F3 Limited is a premium touring trike with a 1,330 cc triple-cylinder Rotax engine producing 115 horsepower and 96 lb-ft of torque. It features a six-speed semi-automatic gearbox with reverse, self-leveling rear air suspension, integrated passenger backrest, footboards, heated accessories, and a six-speaker audio system with navigation. The trike offers 36.5 gallons of cargo space, a removable top case, and is customizable via Can-Am's UFIT system. It is available in four colors and starts at $24,499 USD / $30,599 CAD.

Citizen’s Perspectives on Data Privacy in Smart Cities

02 Nov 2020  |  beesmart.city
As smart cities evolve, citizens are increasingly concerned about data privacy and the potential for their personal information to be misused. While smart city technologies like IoT and AI can improve urban living, they also raise ethical questions about data collection, consent, and security. The article discusses the benefits of big data in smart cities, citizen concerns about surveillance and data commodification, and the risks of cyberattacks. It highlights the failed Sidewalk Toronto project as an example of citizen pushback against data privacy issues. The article concludes that for smart cities to succeed, governments must adopt transparent, citizen-centric policies that address privacy and security concerns.

The Importance of Cyber Security & Data Protection for Smart Cities

22 Oct 2020  |  www.beesmart.city
The article emphasizes the critical importance of cyber security and data protection for smart cities, highlighting the potential risks and vulnerabilities associated with interconnected urban infrastructure. It references Marc Elsberg's novel 'Blackout' to illustrate the catastrophic consequences of cyber-attacks. The text discusses the current state of cyber security, noting insufficient funding and the increasing complexity of digital infrastructure. It outlines various types of cyber threats, including data theft, device hijacking, and ransomware, and suggests security measures such as encryption, constant monitoring, and hiring third-party security firms. The article concludes by advocating for greater investment in cyber security to protect smart city systems and ensure the safety of citizens.

On the trail of Red Riding Hood in Germany’s Grimm country

27 Sep 2020  |  The Independent
The article highlights Germany as an underrated destination for European breaks, particularly noting that it is often overlooked in favor of places with beaches or mountains. The focus is on the central region of North Hesse, which is associated with the Brothers Grimm, famous for their collection of fairy tales. The author mentions a 90-minute journey from Frankfurt to North Hesse, describing it as the home of the Brothers Grimm and an area rich in folklore, with gentle hills, dense forests, and small villages. The largest city in North Hesse, Kassel, is identified as the first stop on this cultural journey into 'Grimm country'.

How Will Urban Mobility Change In The Post-Covid City

11 Aug 2020  |  beesmart.city
The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated changes in urban mobility, with a shift towards bicycles, e-scooters, and remote working. Cities are developing more liveable spaces with 15-minute cities and walkable neighbourhoods. Berlin and Brussels are making temporary bike lanes permanent, while China may see a post-pandemic car-buying boom. Public transport faces challenges but remains essential, with potential improvements like sanitation measures and touchless ticketing. Eco-mobility solutions like e-scooter rentals and bike sharing are also being considered to keep cities moving sustainably. The crisis presents an opportunity for cities to become more sustainable and liveable.

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