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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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Nat Sones's curator insight, March 4, 2013 9:41 AM

Internet of things, world of connection. The cities of today and tomorrow will be as driven by devices as individual people are now. 

Paco Prieto's curator insight, April 5, 2013 6:15 AM

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

roberto gilli's curator insight, September 25, 2013 1:41 AM

Great list of applications of sensors grids.

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Electric ‘Boris cars’ are coming to London – how do they work in Paris?

Electric ‘Boris cars’ are coming to London – how do they work in Paris? | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
When the electric car-sharing scheme Autolib’ launched in the French capital, staff were advised to expect a complete disaster. Three years and 30m miles later, the biggest concern is pigeons
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The idea is to reduce the number of cars in a city -- and that would free up the space used for parking, for example. More parks! And easy to find parking spaces for the fewer cars in circulation.

It's such a smart idea -- wouldn't you use them if you lived in such a city? I would -- most definitely.

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Smart City : à Montpellier, IBM expérimente la ville connectée

Smart City : à Montpellier, IBM expérimente la ville connectée | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
A Montpellier, IBM compte développer son projet de ville connectée et intelligente afin de déployer sa solution Intelligent Operations Center pour la gestion des smart city de demain.

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The Internet Of Things Will Need Millions Of Developers By 2020

The Internet Of Things Will Need Millions Of Developers By 2020 | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
As big as Internet of Things could be, the only real way to measure its value is by developer counts, not sensor counts.
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Why parks and green spaces are important for smart cities? | Place I Live

Why parks and green spaces are important for smart cities? | Place I Live | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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Smart cities have to do with quality of life.

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Hardware renaissance sparked by the IoT

Hardware renaissance sparked by the IoT | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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.
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Pablo Valerio - IoT Helps Fight Noise Pollution | Future Cities

Pablo Valerio - IoT Helps Fight Noise Pollution | Future Cities | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Wireless sensors and smartphone apps are weapons in the fight against urban noise annoyance.
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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. 

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How do you build a smart city? Start with energy, tech, water

How do you build a smart city? Start with energy, tech, water | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
The series "Previewing the possible for smart cities" begins, starting with the basics: energy, water and information and communication technology.
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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.

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Smart Cities Council | Air-purifying billboards? Engineers in Peru say they've created one

Smart Cities Council | Air-purifying billboards? Engineers in Peru say they've created one | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

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. 

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Smart Cities Council | Hamburg, Germany's big vision: A smart city and a smart port

Smart Cities Council | Hamburg, Germany's big vision: A smart city and a smart port | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

"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."

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Cisco and Amsterdam's plan to make a green city smart

Cisco and Amsterdam's plan to make a green city smart | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
What happens when one of the world’s greener, smarter cities meets the hyper-connected world? We’re about to find out.
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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?”

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Smart parking could relieve congestion, says Beecham Research | Fleet News

Smart parking could relieve congestion, says Beecham Research | Fleet News | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Smart Parking could relieve congestion, reduce driver frustration, improve health and give a vital boost to the future of our cities.
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Parking is a major problem in all cities (except perhaps Venice...).

 

The use of modern communications and information technology is enabling city authorities to explore new ways to make their cities work better. 

The report published by Beecham Research examines a number of ongoing smart parking trials in major cities from Birmingham to Moscow, with road mounted sensors in busy shopping or tourist centers. 

 

Drivers use smartphone apps to access data collected from these sensors and analyzed in central IT systems to produce a map of free spaces.

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Libelium CEO talks Smart Cities and Smart Agriculture markets…. | Internet Of Things News

Libelium CEO talks Smart Cities and Smart Agriculture markets…. | Internet Of Things News | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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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.

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5 reasons the Maker Movement will drive the Internet of Things

5 reasons the Maker Movement will drive the Internet of Things | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

[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.

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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.

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Ulrich Rousseau's curator insight, July 11, 6:11 AM

et au moins autant de raison de donner aux makers les outils pour développer l'internet des objets

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Libelium Links with Barcelona Smart Cities Cloud Platform | Libelium

Libelium Links with Barcelona Smart Cities Cloud Platform | Libelium | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

SAN MATEO, Calif., CHICAGO, BARCELONA, and ZARAGOZA, Spain—June 23, 2014— Libelium has included the Sentilo open source software platform in its core product line for Smart Cities deployments...

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12 simple technologies for cities that are Smart, open and fair

12 simple technologies for cities that are Smart, open and fair | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
(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.
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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.

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Barcelona's Sentilo smart city platform is the first built by a municipality 

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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.  

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In the wake of Intel's deal with San José, what makes a smart city?

In the wake of Intel's deal with San José, what makes a smart city? | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Cities around the world are investing in sensor networks and the software to manage them, but what actually makes a city smart as opposed to merely connected?
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Welcome to the era of big, bad open information. Context needed.

Welcome to the era of big, bad open information. Context needed. | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Connected devices can generate gobs of data, but if we’re going to open it up we’re also going to the need the context that will make it meaningful.
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If we demand context and facts instead of dumb numbers, the biggest legacy of the internet of things will be a world that is more transparent and democratic.

 
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Platform Economics Will Rule the Internet of Things | MIT Technology Review

Platform Economics Will Rule the Internet of Things | MIT Technology Review | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
As everyday objects get connected, brace yourself for network effects, says one economist.
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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. 

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Ken Forster's curator insight, May 31, 3:55 AM

Are you a product business or a platform business? It is linear vs. exponential.

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Smart cities : où sont-elles en Europe ?

Smart cities : où sont-elles en Europe ? | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Les Etats membres de l'Union européenne comptent pas moins de 240 villes intelligentes. 18 d'entre elles se situent en France.
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André Lemos's curator insight, May 16, 3:21 AM

Um mapa das cidades inteligentes na Europa. Reino Unido é onde há mais experiências. 

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Susan Llewelyn Leach - El Hierro Goes Off the Grid | Future Cities

Susan Llewelyn Leach - El Hierro Goes Off the Grid | Future Cities | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
A tiny Canary Island experiments with total energy self-sufficiency.
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Davra Internet of Things interview with Alicia Asín Pérez CEO of Libelium.

Davra Internet of Things interview with Alicia Asín Pérez CEO of Libelium. | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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In the Davra Networks blog, Alicia Asin of Libelium talks about applying IoT technology in our cities, sharing data, how municipalities seize the opportunity of promoting innovation. 

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PTCVoice: Drinking 'Smart' Water With New Smart Water Sensor

PTCVoice: Drinking 'Smart' Water With New Smart Water Sensor | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

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. "

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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.

 

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Disney Bets $1 Billion on Technology to Track Theme-Park Visitors

Disney Bets $1 Billion on Technology to Track Theme-Park Visitors | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
DIsney's MyMagic+ technology may make a trip to Disney World more magical—or creep customers out
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Creating successful Smart Cities in 2014 will be an economic, financial and political challenge, not an engineering accomplishment

Creating successful Smart Cities in 2014 will be an economic, financial and political challenge, not an engineering accomplishment | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

"Why insurers, pension funds and politics will be more important to Smart Cities in 2014 than "Living Labs" or technology..."

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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?

 

 

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