On Jan.29, the U.S. Army announced the selection of 20 small business and technology firms to advance to Phase III of the xTechSearch 4.0 technology prize competition. xTechSearch is an Army-sponsored competition focused on finding technologies with both defense and commercial applications that have been developed by American technology entrepreneurs and small businesses, Signal reports.
“The 20 selected entrepreneurs and companies presented incredible capabilities and systems that we would have not otherwise seen or been able to support had it not been for Army xTechSearch,” Bruce D. Jette, the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, says in the written announcement.Read more
Opera, one of the world’s leading web browsers with a user base of more than 350 million people, has completed the acquisition of the Estonian-based company Pocosys, as well as an sign an agreement to further take over Pocopay, a sister company, which holds a payment institution license and provides financial services in the European Union.
The value of the acquisition has not been disclosed.
With these acquisitions, Tallinn will become Opera’s second European hub for fintech services, following Gothenburg, Sweden. Founded in 2015, Pocosys provides modern banking technologies to fintech companies. It has previously licensed its financial software to companies in Japan, Ghana and the UK.Read more
Bell Canada is reaching out and touching the City of Hamilton to the tune of about $400 million, the largest digital infrastructure investment in the city's history.
The company announced Jan. 23 it will be investing the money to expand broadband internet access in urban and rural areas of Hamilton.
“I think you will be very impressed with one of our service providers,” Mayor Fred Eisenberger said recently. “It’s a pretty significant investment.”Read more
In this episode of The Intelligent Community, ICF Co-Founder Lou Zacharilla talks with Ema Hsieh about the upcoming Top7 Announcement in Taoyuan, Taiwan in February. Then, we go to last year's Summit to learn more about Taoyuan, the 2019 Intelligent Community of the Year.Read more
Intelligent Community Forum Publishes Rankings of Communities Around the World by Environmental Sustainability
(January 23, 2019 – New York City, NY, USA) – The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) has released a comprehensive ranking of sustainability in cities and regions in a dozen nations that have been identified as Intelligent Communities. Sustainability is one of the six key factors defining Intelligent Communities in the ICF Method.
Sustainability is considered a success factor because it offers multiple benefits to the economic, social and cultural life of communities. Quality of life in a community is tied to the environment within the community, from air quality to water pollution. Communities must take action toward sustainability goals to improve their quality of life and protect themselves from harm – all while contributing to the health of the world.Read more
TORONTO — An Alphabet company's vision for a "smart city" project in Toronto includes buildings made of timber that are five times the current limit, potentially steering the company into the challenges of timber innovation in Canada.
Sidewalk Labs' proposal includes developing 30-plus story buildings made of timber, close to Toronto's central business district, as part of their commitment to sustainability.Read more
Westerville is a northeastern suburb of Columbus, capital of the state of Ohio, and home to nearly 40,000 people. It takes its name from the Dutch family that founded it in the 1800s. It was a small place that eventually became known as the “Dry Capital of the World,” based on an 1859 law that forbid the sale of alcohol in the city and the decision of the Anti-Saloon League – which played a leading role in Prohibition – to move its national headquarters there in 1909. It was only in the 1990s, when Westerville annexed land that included alcohol-selling businesses, that local prohibition began to change.
In June 2020, ICF will hold its annual Summit in the city of Dublin. No, not the one in Ireland – nor the ones in the US states of California or Georgia, for that matter. I’m talking about Dublin in the midwestern state of Ohio.
Why is ICF bringing the world to Dublin in June? Because we all need to learn what Dublin can teach us about growing an economy, society and culture in a time when those things are under siege around the world. About being, in other words, a model Intelligent Community.Read more
MELBOURNE: India's IT major Wipro (NSE -0.94 %) Ltd is all set to expand its presence in Australia's Victoria state by establishing a 1.5 million dollar state-of-the-art Cyber Defence Centre.
The new centre in South Melbourne will offer protection from cyber-attacks to the organisations and will generate 100 new tech jobs for locals.
In this episode of The Intelligent Community, Lou Zacharilla speaks with Dr. Giulio Verdini about a recent UNESCO report about culture and Chinese communities. Part 2 of a conversation with Dr. Verdini.