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Dutch government and California tech firms partner on smart cities

The initiative includes Dutch knowledge centers and Silicon Valley-based firms

The Netherlands has signed an agreement with the government of California for the development of smart cities initiatives, which have been priorities for the respective country and state leaders since 2013.

The S4C project set up partnerships between universities and companies in both the Netherlands and the U.S. Some of the entities included in the agreement are Dutch knowledge centers Brainport and TNO and companies based in the Silicon Valley tech hub.

“California has been developing autonomous electric cars connected to the internet for years, while the Netherlands has been concentrating on driverless cars connected to the road and other cars. Now both are realizing that the future requires a mixture of these technologies and that is where they can help each other out,” the Dutch government said in a statement.

“Both the Netherlands and California are leading the way, by working together they can resolve mutual issues. The densely populated Netherlands can advise California on compact cities, and the Dutch can learn a lot from the Sunshine State which has vast knowledge about organic agriculture and clean air.”

ZTE launches new 4G multi-mode automotive modules

In related news, Chinese vendor ZTE has released three 4G multi-mode automotive modules to target the Chinese, European and North American markets.

The ZM8330 module, which is designed for the Chinese market, supports the three major domestic carriers’ seven mode and 16 frequency bands and has a downlink speed of 150Mbps. The ZM8331 for the Europe and Asia-Pacific market supports TDD/FDD/UMTS/GSM with a downlink speed of 150Mbps. For the US market, ZTE has launched the ZM8340 module, which supports AT&T, Verizon, and other carrier’s bands, in addition to carrier aggregation technology, with a maximum download rate of 300Mbps.

The Chinese company said that the three models are designed to be compatible with each other and easily adopted by automotive manufacturers.

ZTE said it is currently cooperating with many domestic and foreign automobile manufacturers to for the development of connected cars.

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