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Nicole Ferraro - Jan Gehl: People-Friendly Cities Are a Must | Future Cities

Nicole Ferraro - Jan Gehl: People-Friendly Cities Are a Must | Future Cities | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Jan Gehl, founding partner of Gehl Architects, shared his vision for people-friendly cities on Future Cities radio today. Read on, and listen in!
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Gehl is probably one of the foremost proponents of public spaces in the world, he was quick to clarify an important point: Cities should not focus on public spaces, but on people's behavior.


The article, video and live chat in Future Cities takes a look at how strong public policies are putting "people" back into planning, in cities such as Copenhagen, New York, Los Angeles and even Moscow.

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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, 3:29 AM

IoT samples

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The 3 Generations Of Smart Cities

The 3 Generations Of Smart Cities | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Inside the development of the technology driven city.
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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.

 

 

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The hard side of the IoT

The hard side of the IoT | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

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... 

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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.

 

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Connectivity in smart cities - raconteur.net

Connectivity in smart cities - raconteur.net | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

Connectivity in Smart Cities from the Gartner report Internet of Things 2015

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The infographic outlines key components of a smart city, the smartest mid-size cities in Europe, and a breakdown of Smart Cities markets. Data is from Gartner.

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

Smart Cities by Gartner Group

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Can 'Makers Spaces' Revitalize Baltimore?

Can 'Makers Spaces' Revitalize Baltimore? | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

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.

 

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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.

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The rise of the connected machines

The rise of the connected machines | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
US technology company Cisco, invited entrepreneurs, business advisers and innovators
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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.

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Smart Cities Council | How three cities are using data to improve lives

Smart Cities Council | How three cities are using data to improve lives | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

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.

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IoT_Infographic - Internet of Things: Perfect Storm

IoT_Infographic - Internet of Things: Perfect Storm | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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451 Research sketches out the Internet of Things...

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IoT Makes Cities Smarter

IoT Makes Cities Smarter | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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.
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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...

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The Internet of Everything needs a fabric - IHS Technology

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.
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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.

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The Internet of Things - a primer - Information Is Beautiful

The Internet of Things - a primer - Information Is Beautiful | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
What is the "internet of things"? An interactive visualised tour of the tech, the possibilities, main players and the challenges of this new revolution.
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Libelium launches new Smart Cities sensor platform - Rethink Research

Libelium launches new Smart Cities sensor platform - Rethink Research | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

"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."

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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.

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Smart cities: Interview with Júlia López from the Municipality of Barcelona

Smart cities: Interview with Júlia López from the Municipality of Barcelona | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
a smart city should be a vision and a long-term strategy that is searching for a change in cities.
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Francis Pisani sur la smart city : « les capteurs ne sont pas indispensables. La participation citoyenne, si ! » | L'Atelier : Accelerating Business

Francis Pisani sur la smart city : « les capteurs ne sont pas indispensables. La participation citoyenne, si ! » | L'Atelier : Accelerating Business | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Selon Francis Pisani, une ville intelligente passe, certes, par les données, mais aussi et surtout par la participation de son citoyen.
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En d'autres mots, l'aspect technologique des "smart cities" devrait servir les gens, et non pas l'inverse... Lisez donc!

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Nous sommes bien au cœur du problème !
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The solar leap of faith: SolarCity, small business and the new math

The solar leap of faith: SolarCity, small business and the new math | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
New financing options from Property Assessed Clean Energy loans make the solar craze something maybe small or medium businesses should consider. SolarCity thinks so.
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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!

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Smart Agriculture: Monitoring greenhouse conditions to develop new products in the food industry | Libelium

Smart Agriculture: Monitoring greenhouse conditions to develop new products in the food industry | Libelium | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

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

 

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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.

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Thierry Evangelista's curator insight, July 14, 4:16 PM
Un beau cas d'usage de l'Internet des objets appliqué à l'agriculture
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Unlocking the potential of the Internet of Things | McKinsey & Company

Unlocking the potential of the Internet of Things | McKinsey & Company | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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.
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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.)

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Achieving this kind of $4 -$11Trillion impact would require certain conditions to be in place, notably overcoming the technical, organizational, and regulatory hurdles. In particular, companies that use IoT technology will play a critical role in developing the right systems and processes to maximize its value. Among their findings:


  • Interoperability between IoT systems is critical. Of the total potential economic value the IoT enables, interoperability is required for 40 percent on average and for nearly 60 percent in some settings.
  • Currently, most IoT data are not used. For example, on an oil rig that has 30,000 sensors, only 1 percent of the data are examined. That’s because this information is used mostly to detect and control anomalies—not for optimization and prediction, which provide the greatest value.
  • Business-to-business applications will probably capture more value—nearly 70 percent of it—than consumer uses, although consumer applications, such as fitness monitors and self-driving cars, attract the most attention and can create significant value, too.
  • The IoT has a large potential in developing economies. Still, we estimate that it will have a higher overall value impact in advanced economies because of the higher value per use. However, developing economies could generate nearly 40 percent of the IoT’s value, and nearly half in some settings.
  • Customers will capture most of the benefits. We estimate that IoT users (businesses, other organizations, and consumers) could capture 90 percent of the value that IoT applications generate. For example, in 2025 remote monitoring could create as much as $1.1 trillion a year in value by improving the health of chronic-disease patients.
  • A dynamic industry is evolving around IoT technology. As in other technology waves, both incumbents and new players have opportunities. Digitization blurs the lines between technology companies and other types of businesses; makers of industrial machinery, for example, are creating new business models by using IoT links and data to offer their products as a service.
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Big Data in the Big Apple - web version - Capital City Foundation

Big Data in the Big Apple - web version - Capital City Foundation | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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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.

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Libelium Launches Internet of Things Resources for Higher Ed -- Campus Technology

Libelium Launches Internet of Things Resources for Higher Ed -- Campus Technology | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Libelium, a provider of hardware and APIs for wireless sensor networks, has launched an initiative designed to support technical education focused on the development of the Internet of Things
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Libelium Launches New Division to Promote IoT Training at Universities | Business Wire

Libelium Launches New Division to Promote IoT Training at Universities | Business Wire | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Libelium & Cooking Hacks promote IoT developer education with sensor hardware, tutorials, training - to bridge the gap of 4.5 million developers n
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IoT developer education kits from Libelium and its open hardware division Cooking Hacks give hands-on experience to future developers of the Internet of Things, and Smart Cities.

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Recovering from disaster: the Christchurch transitional programme - Cities Today

Recovering from disaster: the Christchurch transitional programme - Cities Today | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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.
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Christchurch engaged its citizens in city planning and decision-making post earthquake, as soon as the trembling stopped.

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Designing for ecosystems: Making meaningful IoT products and services - O'Reilly Radar

Designing for ecosystems: Making meaningful IoT products and services - O'Reilly Radar | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

Mike Kuniavsky on PARC's work on IoT and the mindset shift the IoT will require.

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The biggest challenge for those working with the IoT is the shift in mindset required to realize the possibilities. Kuniavsky explains.


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Smart Farming: Monitoring Horses and Equine Facility Management with Waspmote | Libelium

Smart Farming: Monitoring Horses and Equine Facility Management with Waspmote | Libelium | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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.
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Libelium: Wiring The Internet Of Things From Spain - Joe Barkai

Libelium: Wiring The Internet Of Things From Spain - Joe Barkai | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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.
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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.

 

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OracleVoice: 7 Important Points In Preparing For The Internet of Things

OracleVoice: 7 Important Points In Preparing For The Internet of Things | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things can improve operational efficiency and extend business opportunities in your organization. Here are seven points to consider.
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How startups are redesigning cities

How startups are redesigning cities | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Startups are some of the few organizations capable of very rapid, efficient growth and have the potential to dramatically improve cities.
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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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