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.
The C40 Climate Leadership Group calls for an urgent increase in low-carbon investment before 2020.
"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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Is this solar-powered remote plant monitor the most sensor-packed gadget on the Internet of Things?
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.
“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…
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.
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.
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.
The French company now plans to roll out its sensor-friendly networks in 100 U.S. cities by the end of the year.
Sigfox is tapping into increasing demand for smart devices, in cities, factories, and homes. The low-power aspect of Sigfox's technology is important for the Internet of things, as many of the things being hooked up to the Internet may not have access to the electricity grid, so eking out long battery life is a priority.
Driverless cars will change more things than you know.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spanish engineer Ramon Roca got tired of waiting for telecom companies to wire his town — so he did it himself.
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."
"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..."
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.
What Henry Schein and the new GE tell us about technology and the digital revolution.
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.”
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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