After creating the inspirational and market research document 50 Sensor Applications for a Smarter World, we have comprised that information in a beautiful infographic comprising Smart Cities, Internet of Things (IoT) and other sensing applications.
After creating the inspirational and market research document 50 Sensor Applications for a Smarter World, we have comprised that information in a beautiful infographic comprising Smart Cities, Internet of Things (IoT) and other sensing applications. Just with a glance you can see all the verticals that are changing with the Internet of Things and understand why it is the next technological revolution. Both the document and infographic can be found here.
Stand on a busy big-city street corner at lunch time and you will witness a chaotic scene. Thousands of people are walking every which way, getting on and off
IBM Researchers have developed analytics software that provides accurate and meaningful information about massive numbers of peoples’ movements. These insights can be used by city managers to plan new transit routes, improve the efficiency of current transit systems, and coordinate the various transportation modes with a goal of making moving around in cities a lot more convenient and comfortable. The project, Insights in Motion, is a so-called First-of-a-Kind (FOAK) collaboration with transportation officials in Dubuque, Iowa, and Istanbul, Turkey.
More than 5 billion people will live in cities by 2030. Here's what needs to be in place before then to make cities run smoothly and efficiently.
Cities all around the world work with developers and contractors to make city living better, whether it's improving the timing of traffic lights or creating a useful app, which becomes more powerful as smartphone penetration continues to increase. Apps and well-implemented technology can help cash-strapped governments save money and, be more efficient. We put together a list of the technology that we want to see in every major city. If we missed the item on your urban tech wish list, leave us a note in the comments.
The massive trends that define business right now — mobility, engagement, big data, and innovation — in the face of economic hardship are defining our most innovative cities, and it's going to change the way we live.
Being astute means to be able to make the best possible use of scarce (and declining) resources. It means to effectively leverage available funding. It means to reuse as much as possible of what exists. It means to realize that sustainability requires collaboration within and across traditional boundaries.
Wired.co.uk examines how augmented reality and The Internet of Things -- both hotly tipped computing trends -- could impact each other in the coming years
“The tidal wave of metadata streaming from the Internet of Things will provide many opportunities and some challenges -- one of which is representing it in a relevant and understandable fashion,” he says. “Augmented reality, and in particular mobile AR, is being touted as the ideal channel through which to achieve that -- and I agree. The [web] certainly can be used to visualise this data. AR can help not just to visualise it -- but see it in context.”
The real-time city is now real! The increasing deployment of sensors and hand-held electronics in recent years is allowing a new approach to the study of the built environment. The way we describe and understand cities is being radically transformed - alongside the tools we use to design them and impact on their physical structure.
The City 2.0 website is a platform created to surface the myriad stories and collective actions being taken by citizens around the world. We draw on the best of what is already being discovered by urban advocates and add grassroots movers and shakers into the mix. What's emerging is a complex picture of the future city--a place more playful, more safe, more beautiful, and more healthy for everyone.
MIMAQ is “Mobile Individual Measurements of Air Quality”. MIMAQ has been supported by Kennisland fondation as part of the Digitale Pioniersregeling. Kennisland is an independent organization from The Netherlands which doesn’t receive structural funding. Its mission “is to make our society smarter”, where people has “the ability to learn and to continue to innovate at a personal level “ by interacting with others and working together.
Understanding reality with data, changing personal habits.
Using open source technologies, like Arduino-based sensor units or mobile apps, data-citizens will be able to gather their own real-time data regarding issues they are really concerned about, such as air quality, noise levels, street deficiencies, plagues, etc. All data will be shared in open public repositories, like Pachube, available for everyone. Long term data archival will allow citizens to gain a better understanding of the urban environment and to improve their daily personal habits.
Mathematical models can be used to study the spread of technological innovations among individuals connected to each other by a network of peer-to-peer influences, such as in a physical community or neighborhood.
One of the motivations behind the study -- modeling the effect of social networks in the adoption of energy technologies -- was to help reduce energy consumption by cities, which utilize over two-thirds of the world's energy, releasing more than 70% of global CO2 emissions. Local authorities can indirectly influence the provision and use of energy in urban areas, and hence help residents and businesses reduce energy demand through the services they deliver. "Decision-making tools are needed to support local authorities in achieving their potential contribution to national and international energy and climate change targets," says author William Gale.
The study found that commuters’ ability to receive or share information in real time with other travelers during the commute can effectively reduce transport-related stress and provide a sense of community, which ultimately results in an improved commute experience. “One of the novel aspects of the work is the use of crowd-sourced content, which goes beyond GPS traces and which, in the future, will constitute a significant source of mobility information in urban environments,” said CITRIS researcher Alexandre Bayen, a professor at UC Berkeley’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences.
AR might seem like a far-off tech without practical applications, but here are several ways you could use it in your everyday life.
In a new neighborhood or exploring another city? Ditch the Fodor's and grab an AR app that shows you what's nearby and where you should go. These AR apps let you filter by category so you can find exactly what you're looking for, whether it's a coffee shop, restaurant or museum. And you won't need to worry about getting turned around by the map — the AR app will adapt based on what you're facing, so it'll tell you to turn right and get you to your destination, as opposed to just indicating that you should walk northeast (how are you supposed to know which way is northeast?). This kind of AR app already exists — check out Nokia's City Lens, Wikitude and Metaio's Junaio and there are more to come.
El transporte inteligente ya no se limita a tener un tomtom con GPS para guiar al conductor cuando va en coche. Con la información disponible sobre otras alt
La mayor parte de estas aplicaciones cuentan con un mapa de la ciudad y de las redes de transporte en el que están perfectamente detallados los tiempos para ir de unas paradas a otras, las conexiones y los intervalos necesarios para transbordar entre diferentes líneas – e incluso las velocidades combinadas de trayectos que son en parte en metro o en autobús y en parte andando.
A new study examining transportation and social networking in San Jose, California, finds that commutes are faster -- and more "joyful" -- if there's an app for that.
...unlike public transit users who tend to use their apps when planning the journey, drivers rely on information from social networks both to plan their route (by checking where traffic is lightest, for example) and in real time (to get updates on those traffic jams).
“It’s not just important in terms of the actual time saved, but also how much time you feel you are saving,”
As the world population continues its endless upward climb, cities will become even more important than they are today. And if you want to understand where cities are going, you have to be aware of the most important trends happening now.
There is a very interesting complex mixture in these meetings where we can find activist and entrepreneurial motivations for developing citizen-driven sensor-networks. Entrepreneurs know that people care about health and see this citizen driven sensor networks as a possibility for new business and enterprises. Measuring devices and wireless sensors are being mentioned in journals like the New York Times as they are starting to be widespread technologies and industries. In this electronics weekly magazine we find a post about “Wireless sensors tap ambient energy” that introduce the concept of the actual deployment of this wireless device.
Amit Sheth in his Citizen Sensing, Social Signals, and Enriching Human Experience paper (2009) refers to the term citizen-sensor network as “an interconnected network of people who actively observe, report, collect, analyze and disseminate information via text, audio, or video messages”. It announces the advantages of introducing citizen-sensors in the normal data collection process, that was previously run by stand-alone sensor networks. A citizen sensor will use technologies like mobile devices and web 2.0 services to share their observations in real-time. As an example of citizen sensing, Amit describes how the microblogging information flow on the 2008 Mumbai attacks provided “enhanced situational awareness“, that a machine-based sensing system could not offer alone. Humans can contextualize and decide what is interesting and filter data collectively. Citizen-sensors will also adapt what they observe in real time and generate contextual knowledge from data collection.
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