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Smart Cities

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The next 40 years will see an unprecedented transformation in the global urban landscape. Between 2010 and 2050, the number of people living in cities will increase from 3.6 billion to 6.3 billion....
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Eric Woods, research director with Navigant Research:  “Among city leaders, there is growing awareness that the high-growth industries of the future will be closely linked to the development of information and communication technologies and services, as well as innovative clean technologies.”

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Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT)
Our world is urban: cities will be smarter, with informatics, open data networks, sensors and services
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50 Sensor applications for a Smarter World. Get Inspired!

50 Sensor applications for a Smarter World. Get Inspired! | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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.
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Paco Prieto's curator insight, April 5, 2013 9:15 AM

Muy interesante. !! Fantásticas aplicaciones en el mundo del agua !! @juanpaespi

roberto gilli's curator insight, September 25, 2013 4:41 AM

Great list of applications of sensors grids.

Jukka Riivari's curator insight, July 4, 2015 3:29 AM

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6000 ans d’urbanisation en une carte, c’est ici !

6000 ans d’urbanisation en une carte, c’est ici ! | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
» 6000 ans d’urbanisation en une carte, c’est ici ! |
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On a global scale, the first urbanization movements appear in connection with the rise of industry. If in 1900 only 10% of the world population lived in the city, today we are at 54%. If this evolution is already impressive, urbanization is still in its infancy. Indeed, according to forecasts, 75% of the world population will live in cities in 2030. To understand the magnitude of the phenomenon, Metroscom offers an interactive mapping of the appearance of cities from 3,700 BC to the year 2000.
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10 ways tech can cure big-city headaches - Raconteur

10 ways tech can cure big-city headaches - Raconteur | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
From noisy airports and traffic jams to crime and anti-social behaviour, city life is full of annoyances. But what if technology could solve these problems? Here are ten ways it can help
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Seems obvious, doesn't it? Let's hold our municipalities' proverbial feet to the fire and get "smart."
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IoT 2016 in review: The 8 most relevant IoT developments of the year

IoT 2016 in review: The 8 most relevant IoT developments of the year | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
The IoT Security Attack on Dyn servers in September 2016 was the #1 story of the IoT 2016 year. Amazon Echo is the consumer IoT product of the year
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Security and interoperability are still key concerns for the Internet of Things. And now, AR/VR and artificial intelligence are adding to the buzz.
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Report: Cities need $375 billion in green investment

Report: Cities need $375 billion in green investment | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
The C40 Climate Leadership Group calls for an urgent increase in low-carbon investment before 2020.
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"If all cities with populations of 100,000 people or more act on the recommendations in the report, the world would achieve 40 percent of the emissions reductions necessary by 2100 to avoid catastrophic climate change."
We  must view this as urgent to implement -- even if we don't get 'instant gratification.' There is a point of no return soon to be reached.
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The 25 Most Influential Women in IoT

The 25 Most Influential Women in IoT | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Meet the leading ladies of the burgeoning IoT industry.
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The IoT Institute published a list of the 25 Most #Influential #Women in #IoT including Alicia Asín, CEO & co-founder of Libelium.
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5 women who are changing the IoT world

5 women who are changing the IoT world | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Tech can really seem like an overwhelmingly male-dominated world, and IoT isn't immune. But here are five incredible women leading the way for everyone.
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How Florida and Colorado are trying to build smart cities from the ground up

How Florida and Colorado are trying to build smart cities from the ground up | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Ambitious new cities Songdo and Masdar may not have lived up to their promise, but smaller projects in the US aim to be laboratories for sustainable city planning
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While smart city projects - such as Songdo and Masdar - have in the past over-promised and been over-hyped, it may be that smaller projects such as Babcock Ranch and Peña Station – built from the ground up with future residents in mind – represent the future of smart city development. “We’re not trying to create a utopia,” Kitson says. “It’s the opposite of that. We’re trying to offer people the ability to live their lives the way they want to.” 

But one lesson from the world of urban planning remains true, says Jennifer Henaghan, manager of the Green Communities Center at the American Planning Association – collaboration and consensus are what makes a new city development able to stand the test of time. “You’re seeing with these communities that they’re developing partnerships with tech companies, utilities and the state so that there are other stakeholders who’ll be there, involved long after groundbreaking to support and maintain those relationships and that development,” she says.
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Greek startup Sammy guides boats to shore -- and parking

Greek startup Sammy guides boats to shore -- and parking | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Marinas in tourist hotspots become very busy during the holiday season, but startup Sammy wants to make sure there's space for everyone using IoT.
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Bringing marinas into the 21st century could boost the tourism industry in countries struggling in the current economic climate. Libelium, whose sensor platform is deployed in the Greek solution, claims yachting activities generate €15 billion in annual turnover and provide jobs for over 300,000 people in Europe.
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Silicon Valley Startup Arable Takes the Internet of Things Into the Wild

Silicon Valley Startup Arable Takes the Internet of Things Into the Wild | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Is this solar-powered remote plant monitor the most sensor-packed gadget on the Internet of Things?
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Wolf and his startup, Arable, intend to market the Pulsepod device as a $500 replacement for $10,000 weather stations with $5000 net radiometers. They expect the first users will be agricultural researchers and specialty crop farmers eager to monitor microclimates and plant growth in order to predict both long term effects of the environment on plants and to make short term decisions, like when to water and when to harvest.
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Traffic lights in ’s-Hertogenbosch; an interview

Traffic lights in ’s-Hertogenbosch; an interview | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
“We want people to believe our traffic signals are really helping them. Nobody likes to wait unnecessarily long at a red light. Signals are an aid and they should only be used when there is no alternative.” Words from Eric Greweldinger, the traffic light expert in the municipality of ʼs-Hertogenbosch. The city that came second…
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To improve the traffic flow in s-Hertogenbosch for every type of road user, a network of main routes was determined. So there are main routes for transit, for private motor traffic and for cycling. These networks inevitably cross each other’s paths at junctions. A priority system based on decisions by the city council determines which road user gets priority where and when. This ‘multi modal control strategy’ is not unique in the Netherlands. It is very well adapted to cycle traffic. In ʼs-Hertogenbosch the decision was made to give priority to cycling, but in Dutch traffic light installations all types of road users count in determining who gets green at which point in time.
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The Future of The 'Smart City'

The Future of The 'Smart City' | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Over 85 percent of the world’s population will live in a city by the end of the century. In
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...and the city of Columbus, Ohio is the official winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge and $140 million in innovation grants.
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Smart cities need cash -- FCW

Smart cities need cash -- FCW | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Establishing high-tech, more efficient infrastructure across America will require upfront investments, and the Transportation Department's model might be the way to get that funding right.
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Cities may need a jump-start to begin the process of integrating "smart technology" into their infrastructure costs. The point of the US Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge funding is to help cities face some of the design costs without overriding local initiatives.
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Where is the world's densest city?

Where is the world's densest city? | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Evenly spread over all of the world’s mountains, deserts and other terrains, we would be standing 150 metres away from our nearest neighbours. In the most densely populated cities – from Dhaka to Medellin – we’re right on top of them
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Modernist architecture and urbanism made the control of density one of its main concepts, with Le Corbusier and his followers advocating huge, dense buildings surrounded by natural landscape, giving an overall more civilised urban form. And in the postwar rebuilding programme, this notion of “towers in the park” with strictly controlled dwellings per hectare limits, and the construction of the New Towns, meant there was a determined political effort to lower urban densities.

Then something strange happened. Not only did modernist urbanism not seem to alleviate urban problems, but the aversion to high density began to be overturned. In the early 1960s Jane Jacobs tried to counter the ideas of Howard and Le Corbusier through her deep observation of ordering systems in high-density neighbourhoods, ideas that would later be taken up by the New Urbanists, who reacted against both modernist planning and the sprawl of American suburbia.

In 1990s Britain, Richard Rogers and the Urban Task Force advocated high density residential development along the lines of the city of Barcelona (density of 15,000 people/sq km), with its consistent superblocks as a civilised counterpart to suburbia.

This argument for density is echoed by geographers such as Richard Florida, who point out that the entire point of the city is the dense proximity of people, leading to what he calls “collision density”, and all the innovations of modern life.

Higher density city environments can also be more efficient, with greater public transport use and shorter journeys. Clustering dwellings together also means they share in each other’s energy loads – so density can have a significant effect on reducing carbon emissions.

“Anyone who believes that global warming is a real danger should see dense urban living as part of the solution,” as Harvard’s Ed Glaeser puts it.
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IoT rockstars you need to follow

IoT rockstars you need to follow | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
These technologists, thought leaders, and writers are laser-focused on the IoT industry and love to share what they find. Keep up with their output with these links.
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World's first solar panel road opens in Normandy village

World's first solar panel road opens in Normandy village | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Route in Tourouvre-au-Perche cost €5m to construct and will be used by about 2,000 motorists a day during two-year test period
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The worst thing about driving is about to change

The worst thing about driving is about to change | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Driverless cars will change more things than you know.
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The End of Parking Will Reshape Cities
The rise of the self-driving car will free up huge chunks of downtown real estate now dedicated to parking for other, better uses: parks and green belts, housing and shops. Clive Thompson paints this future portrait in Mother Jones.
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An IoT Trailblazer's 'Secret Sauce': Interview with Libelium's CEO

An IoT Trailblazer's 'Secret Sauce': Interview with Libelium's CEO | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
The leader of a Spanish startup shares advice on what makes a successful company and career advice for the next generation of employees.
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The Internet of Poorly Working Things — Monday Note

The Internet of Poorly Working Things — Monday Note | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
In the mythical Land of Theory, where everything ‘just works’, we can connect all the objects in our lives. We have the sensors, the…
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Brilliant summing-up of why the IoT is taking its sweet time... Wherever (and whenever) there is  ease of use, interoperability, security, word of mouth from users will show us what's working.
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A Danish Wind Turbine Maker Harnesses Data in a Push to Stay Ahead

A Danish Wind Turbine Maker Harnesses Data in a Push to Stay Ahead | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Vestas was in a precarious position in 2012, but it is now a market leader, thanks in large part to its focus on data and mathematics.
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Here's where big data serves sustainability -- case in point: By plugging in other variables like the price of a turbine, the cost of renting the land and the tariff a customer would be paid for electricity, Vestas can quickly provide a buyer with the probable financial return for a given location. The models also allow the company to figure out where the turbines should be placed, and which of its turbines would produce the most revenue. Like its rivals, Vestas now designs turbines for places with light winds as well as heavy ones. It can identify calm periods when the turbines can be shut down for maintenance with the smallest loss of revenue.
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IDB guides leaders towards Latin American smart cities

IDB guides leaders towards Latin American smart cities | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Hundreds of millions of people will move from villages and farms to cities in the next 30 years, and Latin America might see the most movement.
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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has released a guide for city leaders inside Latin America, which provides a long list of details on how to build, fund, and manage a growing city more effectively. IDB calls for city leaders to embrace technology in all areas of government. It also calls for the democratization of technology, giving anyone with a basic cellphone the ability to book an appointment, report a crime, check pollution levels, and get traffic updates.
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Forget Comcast. Here’s The DIY Approach to Internet Access. — Backchannel

Forget Comcast. Here’s The DIY Approach to Internet Access. — Backchannel | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Spanish engineer Ramon Roca got tired of waiting for telecom companies to wire his town — so he did it himself.
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A story by Dan Gilmor shows communities can build relatively “large-scale, locally-owned, broadband infrastructure that provides faster speeds for lower prices in more locations than telco incumbents."
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What, Exactly, is a Smart City?

What, Exactly, is a Smart City? | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

"With all the interest around the world in smart cities, I had naively supposed that there was a ready definition of what a smart city actually is..." 

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Peter Williams (of IBM) offers a smart new answer to the question of what makes a smart city smart. Components, check. Connectivity, check. But we're talking about urban centers -- made of people, activity, movement, industry -- 
Town and city boundaries are fluid in our modern, future city. The term smart community may convey this idea aptly.
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How bicycle advertising will save the world

How bicycle advertising will save the world | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Biking, brands, and a body by Cooper — all in scheme to ease traffic congestion in London.
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Applying an advertising model to promote the use of bicycles in London -- get a free bike, and cycle to work for a year! So very smart, on so many levels.
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How GE and Henry Schein Show That Every Company Is a Tech Company

How GE and Henry Schein Show That Every Company Is a Tech Company | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
What Henry Schein and the new GE tell us about technology and the digital revolution.
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A report out of McKinsey last year said the Internet of Things could create as much as $11 trillion of value a year by 2025—primarily from its business and industrial applications. In a survey of Fortune 500 CEOs, Fortune magazine asked whether they agreed with the statement that these new technologies “will cause a profound change in my business, on a par with the Industrial Revolution.” Four in 10 said yes. 

Stanley Bergman is one of them. Interoperable digital technology, he says, “will propel advances in productivity” and “profoundly change how we live in ways that we probably haven’t even imagined.” 

Jeff Immelt, if anything, is even more optimistic: “I’m not hyperbolic by nature,” he says, “but I don’t think [the Industrial Revolution comparison] is an exaggeration. This is big.”
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Best of ConnectedCities & ConnectedBuildings – Bosch ConnectedWorld 2016

What does the future of Smart Cities look like? What can Smart Cities learn from the Formula 1? How can we  create liveable communities, with technology? Leading experts from ARUP, Lennar Urban (now called FivePoint), Libelium, Rhomberg Holding and Zumtobel Group give insights and share their best practices around ConnectedCities and ConnectedBuildings.

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