New writing… My latest piece for Eniday takes us to Africa, where fintech meets cleantech to bring the green power of mobile money to the unbanked and the grid-unconnected, on a continent larger than the US, China, India and most of Europe put together. To learn more about how cellphones and solar panels are together transforming lives, read the full story of: ‘The Leapfrog Generation”.*
* In a footnote to the story above, activity continues apace in the renewable energy market, with recent news that French global utility ENGIE Group is to acquire Fenix International, the African solar home systems pioneer mentioned in the piece.
New writing… My piece for Real Views is now live, looking at the emergence of Nairobi, which has long been known as one of Africa’s most dynamic cities. Now, as its growing economy and rising prosperity levels fuel a development boom, it’s fast building a reputation on the world stage and Kenya’s capital has soared to tenth in JLL’s latest City Momentum Index, despite only entering the top 30 last year.
My article explores the reasons ‘Why Nairobi is a global city in the making’.
New writing… Pleased to say I have had another piece published in The Times newspaper, as part of a special report on Public Sector Technology by Raconteur. It looks at the emergence of Bristol as a leading advocate and achiever in smart city thinking and doing, tacking challenges and pioneering solutions:
• ‘Why Bristol’s a city of the future’.
There is also a short footnote box-out (please scroll down) on smart traffic management in the city where cycles outnumber cars – ‘Copenhagen’s Intelligent Infrastucture’.
The full 16-page Public Sector Technology report is available to view/download here.
Why Cities will be… ‘Sensorsational’
Mushrooming urbanisation has already seen us race past the halfway point for the proportion of people living in cities (with estimates reaching 54% in 2014) and is predicted to hit 2 in every 3, by 2050 (66%). With the boom in mobile and digital technology exploding alongside, driven by smartphone ubiquity, we as people are becoming increasingly connected by sensor technology to the physical environment around us. In effect, the Internet of Things has been creeping up on us by stealth; and that creep is fast turning into a gallop. Already, the forecast date for hitting the one trillion sensors mark has been brought forward from 2030 to 2025. Sensors will connect us to the buildings in which we live, learn and work, the shops where we buy goods, and all modes of transport in between. Within 10 years, that degree of connectivity will see the equivalent of around 120 sensors in operation for every human in existence.
Tomorrow: Why Business will be… ‘Sociable’
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