Wednesday 17 January 2018

Smart cities need smarter network

Smart cities are no longer just a fantasy of science fiction or an interesting research project. All pervasive deployment of devices, sensors, and broadband promises to fundamentally transform the lives of average urban citizens much sooner than we envision.   


Brent could average at $64 in 2018: report

The expected drop in OECD inventories suggests that oil prices will likely be higher in 2018 than originally seen and Brent crude oil price is projected to reach $64 per barrel (/bbl) this year, said the Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) in a new report. Put differently, we


Family businesses ‘need to improve governance’

With a view to preserving family wealth, some of the larger families have improved governance and established more solid structures for their investment plan, making plain its objectives and processes, said a new report. Frequent monitoring of capital across the group remains imp


Renewable costs falling, solar to halve by 2020: Irena

The cost of generating power from onshore wind has fallen by around a quarter since 2010, with solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity costs falling by 73 per cent in that time, according to new cost analysis from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena).  The report al


Asia to drive gas demand growth: Crescent CEO

All signs point to Asia leading the gas demand and continuing this upward trajectory for at least the next decade, Majid Jafar, CEO of Crescent Petroleum, the Middle East’s oldest private oil and gas company.   Natural gas is still showing strong signs of


Synchronising smarter city solutions

From subway systems and bus lines to taxi fleets, ride-hailing services and personal vehicles, cities offer lots of ways to get around. This abundance of choice must make life easier, right? Unfortunately, no. And that’s because each mode of transportation has been optimise


A penny wise and a password foolish

How much money would you spend to secure your passwords from being stolen? If you actually could safeguard all your passwords, would you worry as much about a privileged breach? I think the majority of executives and security professionals would ante up a reasonable sum to make this a reality b


Port operators 'can expect a year of transformation'

Port operators internationally can expect a year of transformation in 2018, according to UK-based Ince & Co, a leading international commercial law firm. Shifting economic trends, trade flows and global demographic patterns, in tandem with changes in port ownership and ongoin


PE houses need to keep up with digital change: PwC

There is a pressing need for private equity (PE) houses in the Middle East to keep up with the rapid digital transformation or risk being left behind, said PwC, a top provider quality in assurance, advisory and tax services.  The PE investment horizon means that the digital


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