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Living Lab: Urban Planning Goes Digital in Spanish 'Smart City' - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Living Lab: Urban Planning Goes Digital in Spanish 'Smart City' - SPIEGEL ONLINE | InternetofThings | Scoop.it
Cities around the world aim to become "smart cities," but in Santander, Spain, the goal has already become a reality. Thousands of sensors help alert residents to traffic jams, regulate the watering in city parks and dim the street lamps.
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Smart cities: what urban life will be like in 2050

Smart cities: what urban life will be like in 2050 | InternetofThings | Scoop.it
If you work for a young web company, you probably think your office is pretty cool. Maybe it has a pool table or even a roof terrace. Pah!
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N.Y.U. Center Develops a ‘Science of Cities’

N.Y.U. Center Develops a ‘Science of Cities’ | InternetofThings | Scoop.it
An initiative at New York University is joining a global drive to apply modern sensor, computing and data-sifting technologies to urban environments.

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Asia's newest megacity offers model for urban growth as populations swell worldwide

Asia's newest megacity offers model for urban growth as populations swell worldwide | InternetofThings | Scoop.it

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Nov 06, 2012 - Iskandar Malaysia, the first smart metropolis of Southeast Asia founded on principles of social integration as well as low carbon emissions thanks to a green economy and green technologies, is a p...


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Exploring the Legal Aspects of Renewable Energy

Exploring the Legal Aspects of Renewable Energy | InternetofThings | Scoop.it

I had lunch yesterday with a young attorney (more details on him soon) who will be researching and writing on the legal aspects of renewable energy for our readers at 2GreenEnergy.  I view this as a fantastic opportunity, since there are dozens of legal elements that need to be sorted out in order to accelerate the adoption of clean energy and, over time, phasing out the consumption of fossil fuels.

 


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El Ministerio de Industria afirma que el Balance Neto Fotovoltaico se promulgará cuando se solucione el déficit de tarifa.

El Ministerio de Industria afirma que el Balance Neto Fotovoltaico se promulgará cuando se solucione el déficit de tarifa. | InternetofThings | Scoop.it

La Subdirección General de Energía ha manifestado que hasta que no se resuelva el déficit de tarifa no conoceremos la normativa que finalmente se apruebe.

 

Sorprende comprobar la ignorancia del Ministerio de Industria en materia de energías renovables, y especialmente en tema de balance neto, ya que es un hecho notorio que la nueva aplicación de energía solar no va a hinchar con primas, subvenciones, y/ó tarifas, su imprevisto déficit de tarifa creado por las subastas CESUR.


Según afirma, este sistema es especialmente interesante para las instalaciones de generación eléctrica con fuentes renovables no gestionables como son la eólica o la solar, ya que les permite adecuar su producción al consumo sin necesidades de acumulación. Asimismo, se estará en disposición de empezar con los estudios necesarios para establecer nuevos sistemas de incentivación para las actividades reguladas transporte y distribución de energía eléctrica y para las distintas tecnologías del régimen especial.


Aparte de ello, desconocemos si la normativa final que se promulgue se hará con visos de beneficiar al ciudadano logrando un ahorro en la factura de su Luz, ó con el único fin de cubrir el expediente ministerial.


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ECOIMPULSO's curator insight, March 13, 2013 5:12 PM

Merece la pena escuchar la conversación telefónica con el Ministerio y leer el comentario/respuesta de Rafa Ortiz (@newinversor)

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Smart Grid-Connected Cities See Higher GDP Growth

Smart Grid-Connected Cities See Higher GDP Growth | InternetofThings | Scoop.it

Cities that invest in smart-grid technology and infrastructure, called “connected cities,” experience an annual GDP growth rate that is 0.7 percent higher, an unemployment rate that is a full percentage point lower, and office occupancy rates 2.5 percent higher than less advanced cities, according to a study by Jones Lang LaSalle.

 

To realize the full potential of smart grid technology, a new approach to building automation and integrated facilities management has emerged, where data is aggregated across an entire portfolio, Jones Lang LaSalle says.


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A competitive economy is an energy-efficient economy

A competitive economy is an energy-efficient economy | InternetofThings | Scoop.it

Adopting changes recommended by the International Energy Efficiency Score card will make the U.S. economy (and all countries' economies) more competitive and resilient, reports Kiva Bottero.


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What Exactly Is A Smart City?

What Exactly Is A Smart City? | InternetofThings | Scoop.it

Having worked in the smart cities space for several years now, I am encouraged by the growth of the sector and the pace of technological advancements being developed for urban environments.


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Ciudades inteligentes o ciudadanía digital

Ciudades inteligentes o ciudadanía digital | InternetofThings | Scoop.it

Hay que pensar qué hay de tras del término “Smart City” o ciudades inteligentes. El concepto se refiere inicialmente a un mecanismo estratégico para abarcar nuevos factores de producción urbana, realzando la importancia de las Tecnologías de la Información y la Comunicación (TIC) como medio para incentivar la competitividad de las ciudades y su eficiencia interna. Lo cierto, es que las “Smart Cities” un concepto muchas veces aprovechado para marketing de empresas y gobiernos.


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Santander participa mañana en la Future Internet Assembly - El Diario Montanes

Santander participa mañana en la Future Internet AssemblyEl Diario Montanes...
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Oferta Machine to Machine-Swisscom y Ericsson se convierten en ...

Oferta Machine to Machine-Swisscom y Ericsson se convierten en ... | InternetofThings | Scoop.it
El operador más grande de Suiza, Swisscom, y Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) lanzaron una asociación para desarrollar el mercado de M2M. Swisscom ofrecerá a las empresas, de diferentes sectores tanto en Suiza, así como a ...
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Smart Cities, Network Effects, and the Next Generation of Planning

Smart Cities, Network Effects, and the Next Generation of Planning | InternetofThings | Scoop.it
Michael Batty, a professor of planning at the University College London, Fellow of the British Academy, and founder and chairman of the board of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), has...
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Smart Grid: From smart grids to smart cities: Japan plays key role

Smart Grid: From smart grids to smart cities: Japan plays key role | InternetofThings | Scoop.it
Smart Grid - Japan put an URGENT! stamp on its smart cities/smart grid efforts following 2011's disastrous combination of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown.

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Co-Creation of Government Services | Promoting Information and Communications for Development (IC4D)

Co-Creation of Government Services | Promoting Information and Communications for Development (IC4D) | InternetofThings | Scoop.it

As part of our proposed framework on Building Smarter Cities, a set of activities aimed at creating "bottom-up" innovations have been proposed. These activities are aimed at leveraging existing technologies to solve current citizen problems. In order to do so, Design Thinking needs to be integrated into the process, which allows for constant learning, iteration, and a solution that is co-created by the users themselves. This, however, is often difficult to do in government projects. (I wrote a post some time ago about the challenges that Design Thinking poses on government).

 

The proposed process for engaging in these “bottom up” activities is shown above.  An innovation team within governments and/or cities will be tasked with leading these co-creation exercises, with active participation of academia, private sector, government, and citizens at large.


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Juan Luis Jimeno's curator insight, April 9, 2013 3:54 AM

Un artículo muy interesante en el que se reflexiona sobre los procesos de co-creación de servicios públicos como una de las claves para la construcción de una ciudadanía inteligente y, por ende, una ciudad inteligente. Bottom-up y open-innovation, también son palabras clave en el Open Government.

Iñaki Agirre's curator insight, April 9, 2013 8:57 AM

Design Thinking for governments and citizens

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Mobiliario urbano digital creado por los ciudadanos en NYC

Mobiliario urbano digital creado por los ciudadanos en NYC | InternetofThings | Scoop.it

Adage recoge la noticia del concurso en el que se han seleccionado 6 ganadores que ahora serán sometidos a votación; una votación que se puede realizar a través de Facebook, haciendo el proyecto todavía más social.


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Why CIOs Should Mind the Internet of Things Consortium

Why CIOs Should Mind the Internet of Things Consortium | InternetofThings | Scoop.it
Internet-enabled objects, from cars to light bulbs, dominate this week’s Consumer Electronics Show so it comes as no surprise that 10 companies have launched the Internet of Things Consortium to help vendors build Internet-connected devices for...
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George Osborne: make UK a world leader in energy storage

George Osborne: make UK a world leader in energy storage | InternetofThings | Scoop.it

Chancellor George Osborne has said the UK must take a global lead in developing a series of low carbon technologies, including energy efficient computing and energy storage, in his first major speech on scientific issues.


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A Siberian Eco-city Inside a One Kilometer Crater

A Siberian Eco-city Inside a One Kilometer Crater | InternetofThings | Scoop.it

Eco-city 2020 is a proposal for the rehabilitation of the Mirniy industrial zone in Eastern Siberia, Russia designed by the innovative architectural studio AB Elis Ltd.

The project would be located inside a giant man-made crater of more than one kilometer in diameter and 550 meters deep that used to be one of the world’s largest quarries. The idea is to create a new garden city shielded from the harsh Siberian environmental conditions and instead, attract tourists and residents to Eastern Siberia, with the ability to accommodate more than 100,000 people. The new city is planned to be divided in 3 main levels with a vertical farm, forests, residences, and recreational areas.

One of the most interesting aspects of the proposal is the glass dome that will protect the city and would be covered by photovoltaic cells that will harvest enough solar energy for the new development. A central core houses the majority of the vertical circulations and infrastructure along with a multi-level research center. The housing area is located in the first level with outdoor terraces overlooking a forest in the center of the city, in order to create a new type of highly dense urbanism in harmony with nature.

 

View diagrams & renderings, and learn more about this interesting approach to urban design, sustainability and renewal at the complete article link...


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El déficit tarifario, la jugada perfecta

El déficit tarifario, la jugada perfecta | InternetofThings | Scoop.it

Para entender por qué, hay que empezar hablando, cómo no, de la profunda crisis económica que estamos viviendo. Durante los años de bonanza, igual que sucedió en tantos otros sectores, las grandes empresas eléctricas realizaron inversiones que, desde la perspectiva actual, resultan claramente sobredimensionadas. Lo mismo que existen aeropuertos sin aviones, autopistas sin coches y millones de viviendas vacías, nuestro sistema eléctrico cuenta con flamantes centrales eléctricas de ciclo combinado y nuevas subestaciones o redes de distribución absolutamente infrautilizadas por un consumo que está muy lejos del inicialmente previsto.

 

Cabría esperar que eso hubiera supuesto una enorme caída en los beneficios de estas empresas. Sería lo lógico. Lo mismo que las concesionarias de autopistas o las empresas inmobiliarias están pasando enormes problemas por su falta de ventas, similares dificultades deberían estar padeciendo las empresas de electricidad. Pero no. Si nos vamos a la memoria de la patronal del sector, UNESA, correspondiente al año 2010 (los datos de 2011 y 2012 se mantienen en la misma línea) vemos que la crisis económica no ha pasado por las grandes empresas eléctricas.

¿Por qué? Porque el Gobierno se ha ocupado de ir complementando sus ingresos por otras vías. Por ejemplo, retribuyendo con 1.500 millones de euros más la distribución eléctrica. En 2006, las grandes compañías recibieron por este concepto 3.714 millones y, en 2011, 5.230 millones, cuando el consumo eléctrico fue el mismo en ambos años. O con elincremento de retribución que desde 2011 reciben las instalaciones de ciclo combinado de gas como complemento de capacidad (estar disponibles para atender los picos de demanda).

 

Y también porque al decidir entre las 5 grandes el precio mayorista de la electricidad, ya se ocupan de determinaraquel que más les conviene para no ver reducidos sus beneficios.

 

La jugada perfecta. Nos suben la luz para que las grandes eléctricas no vean reducidos sus beneficios y, con la excusa del déficit, se elimina la competencia de las renovables que podría poner en riesgo sus beneficios futuros.


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Sobre el 2º Encuentro Internet de las Cosas (y las personas ...

Sobre el 2º Encuentro Internet de las Cosas (y las personas ... | InternetofThings | Scoop.it
Este post trata sobre la actividad “Citycamp – Segundo Encuentro Internet de las · Cosas y las Personas”, realizada el pasado 31 de Marzo de 2012 en Medialab-Prado. Se trata de un encuentro que se enmarca dentro del ...
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Obama administration announces $200 million 'big data' research and development initiative

Obama administration announces $200 million 'big data' research and development initiative | InternetofThings | Scoop.it
Today the Obama administration announced that the US will invest $200 million to improve the government's ability to "extract knowledge and insights from large and complex collections of digital...
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