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.
Analysts at ABI Research estimate the number of developers involved in Internet of Things (IoT) activities will reach 1.7 million globally by the end of 2014 – with the broader IoT ecosystem forecast to surpass three million developers in 2019.
Wireless sensors and smartphone apps are weapons in the fight against urban noise annoyance.
Cities can use wireless sensors to monitor urban noise -- collecting information remotely and in real time. Such is the case in the SmartSantander project in the north of Spain. It is a trend that has more cities looking at hybrid solutions to collect environmental data (noise, traffic, air pollution) and getting citizens involved as well.
The series "Previewing the possible for smart cities" begins, starting with the basics: energy, water and information and communication technology.
This is the first in Sue Lebeck's four-part series "Previewing the possible for smart cities.
Standards, prestandards and potential future standards relevant to the smart cities of the future are emerging — through new paradigms, city-centric networks, alliances and consortia and certification bodies. The best practices and more that arise from these efforts will provide or inform the standardization which will lead us to our 21st century new normal for cities.
This brief compilation of emerging standards reveals the breadth of the smart city subject, the value of collaboration, the opportunities for innovation and the potential for 21st century transformation.
Starting with the ICT enablers that drive smart cities, this multi-part sampling will touch also upon energy, water, transportation, the built environment, carbon and climate, resilience, community, materials and food, finance and economic development, city business and measurement indicators.
Lima, Peru has a booming construction industry and a severe air pollution problem. But university engineers say they've created a billboard that uses basic thermodynamic principles to suck in construction zone pollutants and return purified air to the environment.
"Greater mobility, efficiency, safety and sustainability are on Hamburg's to-do list and the city announced this week it's partnering with Cisco to make it all happen. Some ambitious initiatives are on tap, including making the heart of the city's economy -- its port -- smart too."
What happens when one of the world’s greener, smarter cities meets the hyper-connected world? We’re about to find out.
Amsterdam isn’t the first city to implement smart lighting as a gateway to a large smart-grid initiative. Paris is in the early stages of a 10-year effort to bring intelligence to a complex network of street lighting, traffic signals and related controls, part of an effort to upgrade Paris’ electricity grid and, like Amsterdam, turn Paris into a “smart city.”
“I think more and more cities are looking for what we call a killer app, an application that justifies the investment,” said Wim Elfrink of Cisco. “In Barcelona, it looks to be parking services. Paris has chosen lighting. That is one of the things we have to find out in the next six months: What are the unique Amsterdam problems?”
Alicia Asín is CEO and co-founder of Libelium, a company that designs and manufactures hardware for wireless sensor networks for the IoT market, with commercial deployments as varied as parking, traffic congestion, environmental monitoring, and precision agriculture.
IoTWorldNews talked with Alicia about the exciting potential of the Smart Cities and Smart Agriculture markets.
[June 2014]: Making things is cool again! James Mack, KORE Marketing & Channel Development Manager lays the case for why hobbyists and makers are the ones who will move the IoT forward.
Creativity, rapid prototyping, working around limitations, reducing complexity, and community development are the factors cited by James Mack of KORE that show that it is the makers who'll be the greatest contributors to the IoT era.
(Fritz Lang’s 1927 dystopian film Metropolis pictured a city that exploited futuristic technologies, but only on behalf of a minority of its citizens. Image by Breve Storia del Cinema) Efficiency; resilience; growth; vitality.
Smart, open, fair...
Smart Cities and IoT technology should lead to openness and accessibility for digital services and information.
According to Rick Robertson of IBM, the value that Open Data, mobile phones, virtual currencies and other tech deployments can bring is to address the economic, social and environmental challenges of our time, building better cities and communities for tomorrow.
Barcelona's Sentilo smart city platform is the first built by a municipality
Th Barcelona City Council designed Sentilo to monitor noise and air pollution, starting out in a large public square in the city. It has since rolled out its deployment further. It is an open source project whose name is derived from the Esperanto translation of ‘sensor.’ The source code is freely available from its website and is mirrored on GitHub and Sentilo has also been deployed in Reus and Terrassa.
In terms of the system architecture, Libelium Waspmotes transmit the data they collect back to the Sentilo platform via ZigBee and 802.15.4 in 868MHz and 900MHz, as well as using Wi-Fi, BLE and 3G/GPRS. The data is backhauled by the Meshlium hub, which can be linked to Sentilo by Ethernet, Wi-Fi or 3G/GPRS. The Meshlium gateway stores the collated data locally in case it loses its connection with the cloud software. It is driven by Power over Ethernet (PoE), which can be delivered from an AC power line, DC battery or solar panel, or even a car cigarette lighter plug. The gateway uses an Atheros AR5213A IEEE 802.11b/g or 802.11 a/b/g chipset and runs an open source Linux OS called the Manager Meshlium System.
Environmentally rated at IP65 (waterproof and dustproof level), each Meshlium can operate in a temperature range of -20C to +50C and should prove capable of keeping the Waspmote sensor nodes connected to the cloud in most of the weather conditions that Barcelona is likely to see in the future.
The Meshlium can be used in other implementations as a ZigBee to Ethernet router, ZigBee to 3G/GPRS router, Wi-Fi access point, WiFi mesh node (hence the name), Wi-Fi to 3G router, Bluetooth scanner and analyzer, a GPS-3G real-time tracker and a smartphone scanner to detect iOS and Android devices by their MAC addresses. This sort of device, with its many deployment possibilities, is key to building a sustainable and flexible IoT network architecture – especially a network that could be rolled out across an entire city and support multiple simultaneous device deployments.
As everyday objects get connected, brace yourself for network effects, says one economist.
The network effect—when each new user of a product makes its value higher. Think of the telephone a century ago. The greater the number of people who used Bell’s invention, the more valuable it became to all of them.
By Cathie Ericson "There is nothing more valuable than safe water -- whether it’s potable water for people or healthy, pollution-free ecosystems for wildlife. Recent industrial spills and extreme weather patterns have brought the importance of safe water to the surface of public consciousness and are inspiring calls for new regulation. "
In an era when we use the term “smart” for everything from our TVs to our phones to our home appliances, deploying the possibilities of the IoT to something as vital as water sensing for health and well-being is truly smart.
"Why insurers, pension funds and politics will be more important to Smart Cities in 2014 than "Living Labs" or technology..."
We've been saying that "technology is the easy part..."
Here's the compelling question laid out in this very savvy article, that is well worth reading:
Will European and American cities in 2014 continue to invest resources competing for funding, or will they focus on building viable business cases for investment, that support their vision of Smart City development?