More than 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020, but this new connectivity revolution has already started. Libelium publishes a compilation of 50 cutting edge Internet of Things applications grouped by vertical markets.
At the company's Minds + Machines event in San Francisco today, GE unveiled a range of new Industrial Internet offerings.
In Fast Company, Daniel Terdiman's thoughtful interview with Jeff Immelt covers GE's latest initiatives in the Industrial IoT. Excellent read that brings a lesson in the practical matters of selling new technology for legacy systems, and recruiting hot-shot engineer talent to an "oldschool" manufacturing giant. The IIot is a huge opportunity...
A roundup of innovative startups and industries using sensor technology today.
While the possibilities may be endless, the real-world applications of sensor-based technologies are above all practical. Creating safer businesses, building smart cities with environmental control, or monitoring personal health indices figure among the many useful ways our lives are improved by the Internet of Things.
Public-sector participants see the White House's initiative as a means of accelerating investment and interest in building smart cities and the Internet of Things.
The White House initiative is bringing New York City, Tampa and Wyoming into the effort to build up an Internet of Things as well. As part of the campaign, the U.S. Department of Transportation is spending $42 million to implement pilot projects in those three jurisdictions that will establish data-sharing connections between vehicles and infrastructure. In Tampa, that will mean sending information about rush-hour traffic to pedestrians’ smartphones. In Wyoming, the state will monitor trucking corridors. And in New York, the city will establish links between 10,000 municipal vehicles, as well as traffic signals and roadside units.
"Many of the things happening in today’s Smart Cities could more honestly be labeled as “progress”. Smart Parking, Smart Homes and the like are just the next steps..."
David Socha says that what makes a city "smart" comes from integrating and analyzing data from often separate, quite distinct initiatives. Yet, this integration and analytics that we tout and that tech companies have learned to do so well has to bring actual benefits for citizens... Have a quick look at the data sources he's talking about.
Inside the development of the technology driven city.
Boyd Cohen has been studying Smart Cities initiatives since the inception of the term - circa 2011. His smart city rankings of world cities are published regularly in Fast Company and have become an important industry benchmark. In this essay published today, he marks the evolution of the Smart Cities concept in three distinct phases, from the technology-driven first endeavours, to government involvement, to citizen participation.
His view is that cities must move from treating citizens as recipients of services, or even customers, to participants in the co-creation of improved quality of life.
Crowd funding platforms like Kickstarter or Indiegogo together with the Maker movement have helped to make hardware sexy again and created the illusion that making hardware is easy. But making commercial hardware is so much more than prototypes and 3D printers...
In the Bosch Connected World blog, Alicia Asin of Libelium points to factors that show that hardware commoditization has not yet come to the Internet of Things, despite a feverish hype cycle.
These factors include a still-fragmented market, the lack of a single "winning" radio technology, the need for smarter end-devices with processing power, and more accuracy and precision in sensor devices.
Read on for the practical side of the hardware business... and how the IoT is a little like the early railroad age.
How Incubating 'Makers' Start-Ups Could Revitalize Cities
A struggling neighborhood in Baltimore could be a test case for bolstering local economies with small-scale manufacturing opportunities.
The vacant industrial buildings of Baltimore could be brought back to life as job centers, with emphasis on training and business development activities.
“Our overall thesis is that maker spaces traditionally have been places for affluent early-adopters, and we are trying to expand the ambition of such facilities by building a platform that can also support a wide range of educational, entrepreneurial, and workforce development activities,” says Will Holman, project coordinator of the Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation, supported by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.
US technology company Cisco, invited entrepreneurs, business advisers and innovators
US technology company Cisco invited entrepreneurs, business advisers, investors and innovators to discuss how the "internet of everything" will transform the startup ecology of the UK. Happily, they invited the Guardian, there to report on this many-sided argument.
What do Mesa, Arizona, Los Angeles and Riverside, California have in common? They're providing real-life examples of how the convergence of software and hardware improves infrastructure and creates a better quality of life for their residents.
By 2030, the world is projected to have 41 mega-cities with 10 million inhabitants or more. To prepare for the urban explosion, civic leaders know cities have to be smarter.
To support millions more residents, cities simply have to be smarter about sustainability. This means sensors, high-speed fiber networks, using big data to tackle problems such as air pollution, traffic control, assisted living for the elderly, or bike-share and automatic car initiatives.
Smart electrical grids collect and communicate data for better operation, boosting efficiency and safeguarding against fraud.
Pilot projects are moving to full scale programs in cities, often linking the old infrastructure with new technologies to improve the quality of life in urban areas. That's the promise of the IoT...
'Wireless startup Sigfox has ambitions to go global with its low-energy, low cost Internet of Things tech"
According to Machina Research, one of the key prevailing trends in IoT in 2015 has been the increasing interest from telecoms operators in deploying low power wide area (LPWA) networks alongside existing 3G and 4G networks. Sigfox along with Huawei's Cellular IoT and Long Range (LoRa) technology have so far emerged as the front-running technologies.
“It takes a village” – but when it comes to building smart cities, it takes far more than that.
Developing smart cities requires strategic partnerships, creative business models, change management, and citizen buy-in. For smart city technology to take hold, governments must incorporate citizens’ perspectives into their strategy. Forrester Research reports that U.S. and UK citizens are equipped to interact with their community and governments through new technology.
Some utilities don’t have enough water, some have too much, others struggle to get it where it needs to go. Learn how more are turning to sensors and real-time analytics to solve a wide range of problems.
For municipalities and utilities, this is where the IoT is truly useful. Connecting resources with sensor technology and data analytics delivers gains in efficiency, and new sources of revenue. Read about the discussion on smart water at Smart Cities Week in Washington DC.
New financing options from Property Assessed Clean Energy loans make the solar craze something maybe small or medium businesses should consider. SolarCity thinks so.
SolarCity is setting its sights on opening the renewable energy market to small and medium businesses in the U.S. PACE financing, lower equipment costs, and working with local or in-house installers, will reduce the risk and cost structure. This is smart!
The Aragon-based company Flores en la mesa grows and sells fresh edible flowers and crystallized flowers. These unusual products are based on plants that are carefully grown, free from chemicals, intended for human consumption.
"Flores" worked with Libelium to install an automated irrigation system with real time data control, capable of recording and adapting to environmental conditions inside the greenhouse. A variety of sensors, monitor a range of parameters such as pH control, water temperature, and electrical conductivity
Smart Agriculture: Libelium sensor technology is deployed by "Flores en la mesa" to study the parameters appropriate for plant growth. The ongoing analysis of sensor data is already working to give the grower new levels of flexibility to experiment with planting and harvesting dates, and general cultivation cycles, for their beautiful edible flower products.
If policy makers and businesses get it right, linking the physical and digital worlds could generate up to $11.1 trillion a year in economic value by 2025. A McKinsey Global Institute article.
McKinsey has analyzed over 150 use cases to evaluate the impact of the IoT, and to give a view upon which industries are primed to reap the benefits. Factories and cities are in the top tier. Surprising?
(Note: the executive summary and the full report are available for download.)
A new report from the Capital City Foundation aims to distil the core elements of New York’s data success and outline a means for them to be adapted for the specific context of London. It describes the measures that would need to be taken by central government, the Mayor of London, London Borough Councils and the wider London public sector to make this possible.
In the aftermath of all the destruction and with a city in shock, Christchurch City Council immediately set about devising a comprehensive rebuilding plan. The recovery process provided the council with an opportunity to rebuild the social fabric as well as enhance resilience. In a decision that proved to be hugely successful and beneficial, an extensive engagement with the citizens of Christchurch was launched.
Christchurch engaged its citizens in city planning and decision-making post earthquake, as soon as the trembling stopped.
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