Archive for January 13, 2021

Guest Post: Covid-19 drives international Smart Cities market boom with 500 urban areas around the world expected to adopt Digital Twin technology by 2025.

Posted in Commentary on January 13, 2021 by itnerd

The need to increase resilience and optimise resource management in light of COVID-19 will be among the key drivers for the growth of Digital Twins over the next five years, according to ABI Research. The global tech market advisory firm expects the number of urban Digital Twins to exceed 500 by 2025, and that implementation will expand beyond limited pilots to widespread multi-purpose deployments. 

The latest quarterly report from ABI Research entitled Smart Cities and Smart Spaces positions Cityzenith alongside Bentley Systems and Microsoft as businesses best placed to capitalise in this expanding market.

It is estimated that the Digital Twin market will grow from $3.8 billion in 2019, to $35.8 billion per year by 2025, at a CAGR of 45.4%*

Image – Cityzenith’s Digital Twin software SmartWorldPro2

Dominique Bonte, Vice President, End Markets at ABI Research, said: “Real-time 3D models of cities-built environment allow scenario analysis through the simulation of the potential impact of natural disasters like flooding, [adoption of] generative design principles for new city developments [which optimise] energy savings and solar capacity, and saving costs by operating cities more efficiently and effectively.”

He noted that since the first Digital Twins were deployed in cities such as Singapore around three years ago, features have quickly expanded to enable a much wider range of application areas including infrastructure coverage planning and green infrastructure management. Boston is one city to have already employed the use of Digital Twins, alongside Helsinki, Jaipur and Dublin.

“The Digital Twin ecosystem system activity is growing quickly with more suppliers announcing more deployments in more cities,” said Bonte. “Vendors like Dassault Systèmes and others are paving the way for extending urban Digital Twins to marketplaces and opening access to key metrics and dashboards to the citizens themselves, increasing their overall involvement and helping gain approval of city government decisions and policies.”

In order to help cities achieve carbon neutrality, Cityzenith  announced in October 2020 that it will donate its Digital Twin software to up to 10 cities over the next year as part of their Clean Cities – Clean Future campaignAdditionally, Bentley Systems partnered with Microsoft to integrate Azure IoT Digital Twins and Azure Maps into its iTwins platform.

Michael Jansen, CEO and founder of Chicago based Cityzenith who are currently raising capital through Regulation A+ crowdfunding, said “We at Cityzenith welcome this news and are delighted to be a part of the growing Digital Twin industry. We believe our Clean Cities – Clean Futurecampaign can be a key component of this global effort towards cleaner cities and a safer environment.”

*Markets & Markets Digital Twin report

SAP Canada Named As One Of The Best Places To Work In 2021 By Glassdoor

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 13, 2021 by itnerd

SAP Canada Inc. has been honored with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognizing the Best Places to Work in 2021 in Canada. The Employees’ Choice Award, now in its 13th year, is based solely on the input of employees, who elect to provide anonymous feedback by completing a company review about their job, work environment and employer on Glassdoor, the worldwide leader on insights about jobs and companies.

On Glassdoor, current and former employees voluntarily and anonymously share insights and opinions about their work environments by sharing a company review, designed to capture a genuine and authentic inside look at what a specific job may be like at a particular company. When sharing a company review on Glassdoor, employees are asked to rate their satisfaction with the company overall, and key workplace factors like career opportunities, compensation and benefits, culture and values, senior management and work/life balance. In addition, employees are asked to describe the best reasons to work at their companies as well as any downsides.

Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work were determined using company reviews shared by U.S.-based employees between October 22, 2019 and October 19, 2020. To be considered for the Canada category, a company must have had at least 1,000 employees and have received at least 25 ratings across each of the eight workplace attributes from Canada-based employees during the period of eligibility. The final list is compiled using Glassdoor’s proprietary algorithm, led by its Economic Research Team, and takes into account quantity, quality and consistency of reviews. Complete awards methodology can be found here:

For the complete list of the Glassdoor Best Places to Work winners in 2021, pleasevisit:,26.htm

TALI CONNECTED Introduces The SP-1 Safety Beacon At CES 2021

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 13, 2021 by itnerd

TALI CONNECTED, a company dedicated to making motorcycling safer, has been honored as a CES 2021 Innovation Award winner for their SP-1 Safety Beacon. This is the startups second consecutive Innovation Award in Tech for a better World, winning last year for the iT-C Smart Helmet

The SP-1 Safety Beacon helps safeguard riders, provides vital performance data and offers exceptional security when a bike is parked. Compact and discreet (it can be installed under the motorcycle saddle), the device delivers an unparalleled user experience thanks to a powerful interface connected via mobile app and the option to connect seamlessly to the iT-C Smart Helmet. Powered directly by the motorcycle’s battery, it also contains a battery that holds a charge for six months if the motorcycle is left parked for a long time. Connectivity options include GPS, Galileo, Glonass, Beido, as well as Bluetooth BLE and an LTE antenna with an eSIM. It offers permanent and international mobile coverage with more than 170 countries.

Features are:

1 – Detection of a fall or accident by sensors integrated inside the device, which will contact emergency services and notify up to three relatives (configured in the app) to alert and reassure them.

2 – A connected alarm (with a 100 dB siren), which alerts the user via the mobile app (by notification or phone call) when suspicious movement around the bike is detected. The anti-theft protection can be configured to either be discreet and only notify the user, or it can be set to activate the siren.

3 – Trip statistics with real-time positioning accurate to one meter. Statistics include distance traveled, average/maximum speed, journey time, the weather forecast, angles of inclination and for circuit lovers, the best lap times around the circuit. All this data can be shared through the app, and the user can choose who sees what information.

4 – Motorcycle maintenance monitoring with notifications and reminders when key deadlines approach, from milestones like changing your oil every few thousand kilometers to more frequent maintenance such as checking the condition of brakes every couple weeks. The price is currently estimated at $299 USD (€259) and a crowdfunding campaign will be launched in the coming months to bring to market both the Safety Beacon and Smart Helmet.


TALI CONNECTED is dedicated to protecting and supporting the motorcycle community. Their innovations elevate both technology and design, with high performance motorcycle equipment that’s intuitive, integrated and forward thinking. Founder Issam Tali’s inspiration started when his obsession with motorcycles caused his wife to worry for his safety. Rather than dismiss her concerns, he embraced them as his calling, bringing work and pleasure together to start the TALI CONNECTED adventure.

Trend Micro Partners With Simon Fraser University To Train Next Generation Of Cloud Security Professionals

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 13, 2021 by itnerd

Trend Micro and Simon Fraser University have partnered to help train future cybersecurity professionals entering the workforce at a time in which specialized skills in cloud security is needed. This new partnership is another step Trend Micro is making this year to connect Canadian students with industry insights and networking opportunities while they are still in school.

Trend Micro is already providing course lectures, lab exercises and assessments in cloud security to the first cohort of SFU’s new Professional Master’s Program in Computer Science – Cybersecurity Concentration, which launched in September 2020. In the span of 16 to 20 months, the program educates students in a broad range of cybersecurity topics. Almost half of the curriculum consists of lab work providing students with hands-on experience necessary for a successful career path in the cybersecurity field. 

Students have the opportunity to explore cyber risks related to cloud infrastructure and cloud native applications. In addition, they are learning the necessary skills needed to secure these environments in an AWS lab environment using some of Trend Micro’s CloudOne solutions pertaining to cloud security posture management and runtime application self protection.

Trend Micro’s 2021 Predictions Report echoes this need for upskilling students and the current workforce. It also stresses the need for fostering user education and training while many employees continue to work from home and mix personal and professional information online.

TikTok Strengthens Youth Privacy Policies

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 13, 2021 by itnerd

Today, TikTok announced changes for users under age 18 aimed at driving higher standards of user privacy and safety by default. We want our younger users to be able to make informed choices about their privacy, and by engaging them early in their privacy journey, they hope to help them make more informed decisions.

Enhanced default privacy settings

Starting today, TikTok is changing the default privacy setting for all registered accounts ages 13-15 to private. With a private TikTok account, only someone who the user approves as a follower can view their videos. They want younger users to be able to make informed choices about what and with whom they choose to share, which includes whether they want to open their account to public views. By engaging them early in their privacy journey, TikTok can enable them to make more deliberate decisions about their online privacy. 

As young people start their digital journey, TikTok believes it’s important to provide them with age-appropriate privacy settings and controls to manage their online presence.

  • Starting today, TikTok is changing the default privacy setting for all registered accounts ages 13-15 to private. With a private TikTok account, only someone who the user approves as a follower can view their videos.
  • Tightening the options for commenting on videos created by those ages 13-15. These users can now choose between Friends or No One for their account; the Everyone comment setting is being removed.
  • Changing Duet and Stitch settings to now make these features available on content created by users 16 and over only. For users ages 16-17, the default setting for Duet and Stitch will now be set to Friends.
  • Allowing downloads of videos that have been created by users 16 and over only. Other users can decide whether they want to allow downloads of their videos, though for users ages 16-17 the default setting will now be changed to Off unless they decide to enable it.
  • Setting “Suggest your account to others” to Off by default for users ages 13-15.

Adjusting TikTok’s default account settings to support stronger user privacy is a meaningful step in TikTok’s ongoing commitment to keeping younger users safe. These changes build on previous updates including restricting direct messaging and hosting live streams to accounts 16 and over, and enabling parents and caregivers to set guardrails on their teen’s TikTok experience through our Family Pairing features.

YouTube Suspends Trump’s Channel For At Least 7 Days

Posted in Commentary with tags , on January 13, 2021 by itnerd

President Donald Trump’s problems in terms of being tossed off of social media are increasing. The news is out that YouTube has joined other social networks in punting him. This was announced by YouTube via a Tweet:

YouTube has barred new videos from being uploaded to Trump’s channel for at least seven days, citing violations of its policies and “concerns about the ongoing potential for violence.”:

It’s the latest action against Trump after last week’s deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob. Twitter and Facebook have both also suspended or blocked the president’s accounts. YouTube issued “a strike” to Trump’s channel, and said comments would also be disabled indefinitely. The company also said it removed new content posted Tuesday.

It will be interesting to see how quickly this migrates from being a 7 day ban to a permanent ban. Because it’s clear that Trump and his followers won’t moderate their behavior. Which means that everyone has to take their voices away so that they don’t continue to be poison in the political discourse.