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7 Ways Our Cities Will Change According to TED's Urban Experts

7 Ways Our Cities Will Change According to TED's Urban Experts | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Silent parks. Designing for disabilities. Human-powered data. Garbage anthropology. World-class sidewalks. Floating favelas. Paint as infrastructure.

These are the keys to the cities of the future, according to the most recent TED conference, City 2.0. Last year, for the first time, the TED Prize went to an idea—the future of the city—and a million dollars was divvied up among ten grantees all over the world.

 

Last week was the first-ever TED City 2.0 conference, featuring several of those grantees plus many other urban leaders discussing their ideas for the future of the city.


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Raymond Versteegh's curator insight, October 6, 2013 3:36 PM

Simple ideas wrapped in big dreams. GET INSPIRED! 

Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT)
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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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, 2015 3:29 AM

IoT samples

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5 women who are changing the IoT world

5 women who are changing the IoT world | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Tech can really seem like an overwhelmingly male-dominated world, and IoT isn't immune. But here are five incredible women leading the way for everyone.
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How Florida and Colorado are trying to build smart cities from the ground up

How Florida and Colorado are trying to build smart cities from the ground up | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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
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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.
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Greek startup Sammy guides boats to shore -- and parking

Greek startup Sammy guides boats to shore -- and parking | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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.
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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.
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Silicon Valley Startup Arable Takes the Internet of Things Into the Wild

Silicon Valley Startup Arable Takes the Internet of Things Into the Wild | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Is this solar-powered remote plant monitor the most sensor-packed gadget on the Internet of Things?
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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.
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Traffic lights in ’s-Hertogenbosch; an interview

Traffic lights in ’s-Hertogenbosch; an interview | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
“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…
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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.
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The Future of The 'Smart City'

The Future of The 'Smart City' | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Over 85 percent of the world’s population will live in a city by the end of the century. In
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...and the city of Columbus, Ohio is the official winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge and $140 million in innovation grants.
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Smart cities need cash -- FCW

Smart cities need cash -- FCW | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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.
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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.
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Can IoT help save the rainforests?

Can IoT help save the rainforests? | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Peru will be monitoring the environment of its rainforests by installing wireless sensor platforms that can collect data and send information in real-time.
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This French Company Just Got Serious About Invading the U.S. Internet of Things

This French Company Just Got Serious About Invading the U.S. Internet of Things | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
The French company now plans to roll out its sensor-friendly networks in 100 U.S. cities by the end of the year.
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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.
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How Connected Sensors Can Help You Park and Put Fish on the Table

How Connected Sensors Can Help You Park and Put Fish on the Table | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things and cheap, fast sensors may help New Bedford's fisherman comply with regulations without breaking the bank.
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Getting Connected: The Rise of Smart Cities and The IoT | Centric Digital

Getting Connected: The Rise of Smart Cities and The IoT | Centric Digital | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
According to one forecast, 1.7 billion Internet-connected "things" will be added to smart cities in the next two years, more than doubling the total current number.
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Infographic and insight into Smart Cities and the IoT from Centric Digital's blog
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Libelium launches IoT Marketplace, for out-of-the-box IoT - Rethink IoT

Libelium launches IoT Marketplace, for out-of-the-box IoT - Rethink IoT | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

Spanish low-power sensor and radio hardware vendor Libelium has had something of a pivot, and launched the IoT Marketplace.

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Libelium's IoT Marketplace launched at Mobile World Congress 2016, leveraging its partner network to solve the who's-who problem of the IoT with complete, interoperable kits that combine app platforms and Cloud services bundled with Libelium hardware. 

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The Internet of Poorly Working Things — Monday Note

The Internet of Poorly Working Things — Monday Note | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
In the mythical Land of Theory, where everything ‘just works’, we can connect all the objects in our lives. We have the sensors, the…
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Brilliant summing-up of why the IoT is taking its sweet time... Wherever (and whenever) there is  ease of use, interoperability, security, word of mouth from users will show us what's working.
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A Danish Wind Turbine Maker Harnesses Data in a Push to Stay Ahead

A Danish Wind Turbine Maker Harnesses Data in a Push to Stay Ahead | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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.
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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.
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IDB guides leaders towards Latin American smart cities

IDB guides leaders towards Latin American smart cities | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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.
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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.
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Forget Comcast. Here’s The DIY Approach to Internet Access. — Backchannel

Forget Comcast. Here’s The DIY Approach to Internet Access. — Backchannel | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Spanish engineer Ramon Roca got tired of waiting for telecom companies to wire his town — so he did it himself.
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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."
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What, Exactly, is a Smart City?

What, Exactly, is a Smart City? | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

"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..." 

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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.
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How bicycle advertising will save the world

How bicycle advertising will save the world | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Biking, brands, and a body by Cooper — all in scheme to ease traffic congestion in London.
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Applying an advertising model to promote the use of bicycles in London -- get a free bike, and cycle to work for a year! So very smart, on so many levels.
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How GE and Henry Schein Show That Every Company Is a Tech Company

How GE and Henry Schein Show That Every Company Is a Tech Company | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
What Henry Schein and the new GE tell us about technology and the digital revolution.
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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.”
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Best of ConnectedCities & ConnectedBuildings – Bosch ConnectedWorld 2016

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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SigFox Vs. LoRa: A Comparison Between Technologies & Business Models

SigFox Vs. LoRa: A Comparison Between Technologies & Business Models | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
SigFox and LoRa are major players in the low power, wide-area network space. Here’s what you need to know about them.
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How Copenhagen Became A Cycling Paradise By Considering The Full Cost Of Cars

How Copenhagen Became A Cycling Paradise By Considering The Full Cost Of Cars | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Cars pollute and cause more accidents. So when deciding whether to invest in roads or bike lanes, Copenhagen calculates all of the socia
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Samsung and Silver Spring, Huawei, ZTE all launch new smart city lighting - Rethink IoT

Samsung and Silver Spring, Huawei, ZTE all launch new smart city lighting - Rethink IoT | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
  Asian tech giants Samsung, Huawei and ZTE have all announced updates to their smart city lighting products this week.…
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ReTHINK Research makes the point on why these announcements herald a trend in Smart Cities for a critical service that citizens use everyday: what smart lighting brings to cities is the access to data, killing two birds with one stone, so to speak...
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Here's how the Internet of Things will explode by 2020

Here's how the Internet of Things will explode by 2020 | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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The Internet of Things (IoT) has been labeled as "the next Industrial Revolution." BI Intelligence has been tracking the growth of this sector, now publishing a new report and infographic that lines out the chief players, drivers, and applications poised for a flood of change.

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Tech Tycoon Bets Business Is the Internet of Things’ Future

Tech Tycoon Bets Business Is the Internet of Things’ Future | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Maybe the way the Internet of Things really grows isn't by letting you control your thermostat with your smartphone; it's by helping businesses profit.
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This week, Tom Siebel’s latest company, C3 Energy, changed its name to C3 IoT and branched out from its focus on energy utilities to commercial enterprises such as manufacturing, mining, transportation and health care.

 

His firm is not the only one betting the farm on the IoT, or Industrial IoT (IIot).Research firm IDC predicts that Internet of Things-related spending will reach $1.7 trillion by 2020, much of it coming from the commercial sector. There are already dozens of companies hoping to soak up some of that money by offering cloud platforms for the Internet of Things, including IBM, Microsoft, Amazon and even General Electric.

 

Siebel hopes that C3 will have an edge over its competition because it’s already proven itself as ready for large-scale industrial use through its work in the energy sector.

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This week, Tom Siebel’s latest company, C3 Energy, changed its name to C3 IoT and branched out from its focus on energy utilities to commercial enterprises such as manufacturing, mining, transportation and health care.

 

His firm is not the only one betting the farm on the IoT, or Industrial IoT (IIot).Research firm IDC predicts that Internet of Things-related spending will reach $1.7 trillion by 2020, much of it coming from the commercial sector. There are already dozens of companies hoping to soak up some of that money by offering cloud platforms for the Internet of Things, including IBM, Microsoft, Amazon and even General Electric.

 

Siebel hopes that C3 will have an edge over its competition because it’s already proven itself as ready for large-scale industrial use through its work in the energy sector.