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Newsletter // VERGE: Wednesday, May 16, 2012


By Derek Top, Senior Editor, Program Director - VERGE

Here's your last chance: VERGE London is tomorrow.

Featuring thought leaders at the intersection of energy, information, buildings and transportation technologies, VERGE London includes incumbents (IBM, Jaguar Land Rover, Cisco, Microsoft), disruptors (, Whipcar, Green Structures, AMEE) and industry experts (London School of Economics, Carbon Disclosure Project). Join VERGE Virtual to view live and on-demand streaming of select sessions, an exclusive webcast on global asset management and energy performance, and opportunities to visit sponsor booths and download exclusive content. Register here.

This week, Jim Sinopoli offers a behind-the-scenes look at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission's new headquarters that is not only ultra-green but integrates data from every building system offering real-time performance monitoring. Honest Buildings is populating a growing database of commercial and mixed-use buildings information to spur competition and drive demand for high-performance, energy efficient buildings.

Elsewhere, a first-of-its-kind smart city in New Mexico will test next-gen wireless networks, intelligent traffic technologies and self-driving cars without interfering in everyday life. And Canadian Blackberry maker RIM eyes new market opportunities in embedding its software platform in connected cars.

From GreenBiz

Data spurs competition for high-performance buildings
By Derek Top hopes to jumpstart the commercial-real-estate market by connecting building owners and service providers via data and Web-based tools.

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Connecting geeks with governments
By Jennifer Pahlka

How Code for America recruits web development teams to build web applications that enable cities to connect with the public more effectively and move toward greater transparency.

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VERGE Executive Series: Q&A with Boeing's Tim Noonan
By Don Reed

With a startup mentality, Boeing Energy is working to drive innovation by leveraging its own internal resources and tapping into key partnerships.

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Schneider joins ABB, Siemens, Eaton in EV quick-charging race
By Derek Top

Quick-charging stations are seen as gateway to large-scale electric-vehicle adoption. Here's a look at some of the infrastructure players who are ready to pounce on the growing EV market.

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Is this the world's smartest, greenest building?
By Jim Sinopoli

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission's new headquarters is not only ultra green, it's smart too. 

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What We're Reading

Big data meets the smart electrical grid

Utility exec says electrical grids face new complexities with “the convergence of the Internet and a lot of intelligent devices and sensors spread throughout the power system."

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American City & County
A billion dollar ghost town

A first-of-its-kind smart city in New Mexico will test next-gen wireless networks, intelligent traffic technologies and self-driving cars without interfering in everyday life.

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RIM could make comeback in connected car space

Canadian Blackberry maker's QNX software platform is used in 60 percent of cars on the road, providing new opportunities to offset poor performance in the handset and tablet space.

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Building a Smarter Planet
A smarter government through cloud computing

Cloud computing technologies provide a way for government to consume or deliver technology and government services, more efficiently and securely

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Ford Fusion brings active safety technology to the masses

New driver assist technologies provide increasing levels of convenience and can potentially help manage issues such as traffic congestion and CO2 reduction.

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May 16, 2012
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