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.
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...
Machine-to-machine (M2M), the Internet of Things (IoT), and the even more expansive Internet of Everything (IoE) are concepts now in sharp focus for the technology industry.
Sam Lucero of the analyst firm IHS points out that IoT connectivity needs to become simpler, with more scalability -- interoperability is, of course, key. The Internet of Everything (ndlr: a Cisco term) will need to transition from point applications to true interconnected ones.
"The impetus behind the new system is to provide more precise results from deployed sensors, which can be incorporated into the many facets that comprise a city. The new sensors include a particle, dust and pollen sensor, a calibrated gas sensor, noise sensors, and light sensors.
In general, calibrated sensors are very expensive – with sonometers costing somewhere around €30,000 each, and requiring three or four to accurately measure sound levels in a city, usually for enforcing noise complaints. Libelium aims to provide sensors of a similar quality, but much cheaper and with the benefits of the cloud platform.
With Waspmote’s modular design, cities could later add additional sensors to the platform to enable more functionality at a much smaller cost than having to go out and buy another communications platform to backhaul the new data.
That expandable business model fits well with the budgetary restraints that cities and municipalities often find themselves under. It enables a modular approach that doesn’t require a massive upfront cost, which might be written off if the city has to move platforms."
Libelium’s selling point lies in being able to upgrade at a later date using the existing network infrastructure. Interviewed at MWC 2015 by Alex Davies, Alicia Asin pointed to a deployment in Latin America that added new sensor functionality to a previously purchased smart parking system for only 2% of the cost it initially paid for the parking – simply by plugging new sensors into the already-installed Waspmotes.
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.
EOIT, an acronym for Eyes on Inspiring Technology, is a young entrepreneurial company that views wireless sensor networks as an opportunity to improve agriculture, at a local level and internationally.
Spain as startup nation? A small Spanish company Libelium has been getting much attention, in no small part to its young charismatic CEO Alicia Asin Pérez.
Joe Barkai, formerly of IDC, is piqued by the strong contribution of Spanish companies to the Internet of Things.
Libelium's horizontal approach to enabling the IoT, in Smart Cities, smart agriculture, and industrial applications brings system integrators into the solution, as well as interoperability with Cloud and communication protocols, whether developed for the IoT or not.
Startups are some of the few organizations capable of very rapid, efficient growth and have the potential to dramatically improve cities.
Shaun Abrahamson of Urban.Us thinks that startups are capable of approaching old problems with new eyes. How we redesign our cities will impact the world we leave to future generations. Redesign must support a growing global population and curb climate change. Startups can quickly and efficiently test many promising ideas instead of debating them.
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