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.
With a car-free center and ambitious 'zero waste' plans, Slovenia's capital shows that small cities can lead on urban sustainability.
Ljubljana’s successful fight against traffic is one reason the European Commission named the city European Green Capital for 2016. That’s a title that has frequently gone to acknowledged leaders of the debate on urban sustainability, wealthy cities such as Copenhagen, Stockholm or Hamburg. The choice of Slovenia’s small capital shows that cities of modest size and means have lessons to offer, too. Smaller cities can make a staggering amount of change happen in a short period of time.
Every January Machina Research publishes its predictions for IoT in the coming year. This year promises to be an eventful one. The list below provides our predictions for what will happen in the year. It was derived from a host of suggestions from all of Machina Research’s market leading analyst team.
Alicia Asín of Libelium points to the dynamic changes that occur with connected infrastructure in cities, talking about what mayors and municipalities are looking for now, in what is termed the second wave of Smart Cities deployments. Hint: it's not just technology...
The long and the short of Smart Cities deployments today.
Alicia Asin of Libelium brings us through the stages of high tech deployments in urban environments -- from the dream, the lab, to the reality in the streets, to serve the citizens. This video from Dreamforce 2015 includes slides and real-life examples.
IBM adds Watson to the arsenal of tools it offers for the Internet of things.
In Fortune magazine today, Stacey Higginbotham writes about how IBM is rising to the task of parsing the immense quantities of new data generated by the Internet of Things. IBM recently created an IoT business unit.
Stacey notes that in hiring Harriet Green, who is based in London, to helm the division and setting up the Watson headquarters in Europe, IBM is deliberately placing its assets where much of the actual action is happening around the industrial Internet of things. Governments in Europe so far have been far more interested in investing in projects for smarter cities, while factories and industrial clients in Europe have been quick to investigate new connected technologies in what many call Industry 4.0.
From China to Singapore and Korea, Asia is leading the way in digitally-enabled cities
ingapore is officially home to the largest number of award-winning smart city projects in APAC, with China a close second, according to IDC. Asian nations certainly have a more pressing need than many to improve the quality of services, reduce costs and boost sustainability in their urban centres. But are competitions like this a genuinely good indicator of how innovative governments are being around the world? And if so, where are the opportunities for investment from western technology players?
On Thursday, November 19th, a crowd of IoT enthusiasts including industry experts, corporations, entrepreneurs, and innovators came together for the IoT SmarT Cities event at the Plug & Play Center in Sunnyvale, California -- the heart of Silicon Valley.
What does the future of a smart city look like?
Transportation and traffic are issues, and anything related to parking and driving fossil fuel vehicles, too -- according to Palo Alto's CIO, Dr. Jonathan Reichental.
He talks about the many challenges everywhere in the world -- with 3.5 billion people living in cities at present, and with a couple of billion more joining our ranks over the next two decades.
A very interesting suite of presentations helps square up the problem in our sights..."Creating Data-Driven Cities"
In this week’s episode of the Radar Podcast, O’Reilly’s Mary Treseler chats with Mike Kuniavsky, a principal scientist in the Innovation Services Group at PARC. Kuniavsky talks about designing for the Internet of Things ecosystem. He also talks about his deep-seated love for appliances and furniture, and how intelligence will affect those industries.
Mike Kuniavsky is fascinated by the fundamentals of connected things...and talks about why the most interesting thing about the IoT isn’t the “things” but the sensors.
Interview with Frank Cutitta on smart city branding and resilient cities.
Frank Cutitta names some of the most active smart cities today, ones that figure in Smart & Resilient Cities magazine news section because of the breadth and depth of their initiatives. These are Barcelona, Dubai, Seoul, Boston, Bogota, Medellin, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Bristol (UK), Copenhagen, Amsterdam, New York City, Sydney, Buenos Aires, and Tokyo.
Let’s imagine a modern city in 2020. It is a Smart City. Urban planning, ecology, and information technology reach into every neighborhood, to improve citizen's quality of life.
In the Meeting of the Minds - CityMinded.org blog, Alicia Asin of Libelium delivers her view on the second wave of Smart Cities. If the earliest connected cities served as technology testbeds, in the second wave mayors and city managers are taking into account what the users need, for the long haul.
Libelium's Waspmote and Waspmote Plug & Sense sensor nodes now integrate Sigfox low power networks, to speed development of Smart Cities & IoT
Libelium's sensor platform -- Waspmote -- integrates more than 100 sensors and offers a dozen connectivity options, including the low energy, long-range wireless protocols designed for the IoT such as MQTT, LoRa, and now Sigfox.
"Modularity, scalability, and interoperability are key to building the IoT. Specialized narrowband connectivity via Sigfox can give an immediate solution for many IoT and Smart Cities use cases, where wireless sensors need to be autonomous and transmit over long distances,” said David Gascón, Libelium CTO and co-founder.
What is the state of the art when it comes to cities working together?
Joel Makower interviews Mark Paris in a runup to the VERGE City Summit Conference, talking together on the theme of partnerships and financing for what we call Smart Cities (green, sustainable, smart, resilient). We keep talking about the technology, and the risks: what about the money?
His take: Public-private partnerships and revenue-sharing models can help to defray risk to cities, as long as cities can come to terms with how much revenue/benefit they are willing to relinquish in exchange for risk reduction.
MCQN published a list with links to bios of the talented women who are building and shaping the Internet of Things, all over the world -- in response to the awkward ads put out by marketing team of the Smart IoT London 2016 conference. Vive la difference...
According to the report’s findings, continued investment in technologies and policies such as smart grids, smart street lighting, urban mobility, climate acti
Navigant Research's report released this month covers five key industry sectors as they relate to smart cities: energy, water, transportation, government. Ryan Citron said that as the benefits of smart cities become clearer, the number of supporting projects and partnerships is “rapidly increasing”.
In Indonesia, the factors contributing to the decline in cocoa production include effects of climate change; aging trees prone to pests and diseases; and lack of scientific knowledge on the crop, at the farm level.
To determine a set of best breeding and agronomic practices, researchers, plant scientists and agronomists looked for a way to collaborate through laboratory and field-based experiments in the cocoa fields in Indonesia. The Internet of Things (IoT) solves one of the major challenges of access, via remote monitoring systems. The Indonesian cocoa farms and research stations are located in far-flung areas that previously required experts to travel for days in arduous conditions to access the field and the data.
Modern farming methods based on wireless sensor technology can boost productivity, create economies of scale, and help communities thrive. Singapore-based IoT solution provider BioMachines designed a wireless sensor network system integrating Libelium's Waspmote Smart Agriculture sensors to measure environmental parameters in the cocoa fields of tropical Indonesia. The solution collects environmental data from laboratory and field-based experiments, and facilitates knowledge transfer to cocoa farmers.
Inventor of the Internet of Things term Kevin Ashton speaks of his startup experiences, the future of work, skills needed for success and why the media is a doing a poor job on reporting technology…
Paul Wallbank interviews Kevin Ashton, the man who coined the term "Internet of Things," for the business blog "Decoding the New Economy." Very lively exchange that cuts through the noise and hype, and an enjoyable read.
Predictions from research firm IDC revealed three particularly interesting trends emerging around the smart cities movement.
Ruthbea Yesner Clarke of IDC is well positioned to point out the near-future thinking on the smart cities concept and where it will grow in the year to come. She cites the following:
1) Adoption and awareness by an expanding set of government leaders, with many large cities setting technical and business guidelines and prioritizing funding for smart city initiatives;
2) Variability in cities' understanding the impact of the IoT, with the advent of new types of mobile devices and connected objects and public/private use of drones, sensors, wearables, connected cars -- a lack in citywide strategy, and an increased need for a strategic framework to speed adoption.
3) Challenge of integrating loads of unstructured data, and the impact of information from social media, "sharing economy" companies and crowdsourcing -- struggle to make sense of all the data points.
Where rain is scarce, new technologies are able to harvest moisture directly from the atmosphere even in dry environments.
We were very impressed with the Water Challenge finalists who presented their systems, products, and technology recently at Singularity University. These were all truly "smart" solutions -- sustainable, resilient, and some were ingenious, inventive uses of materials that were rather low-tech.
With California gasping for water in an historic drought, Tatiana Estevez Carlucci's Permalution fog harvesting device caught our attention. Imagine, pulling down the distilled water from the Pacific fog bank... I can't wait to see the pilot projects she is setting up on the San Francisco Bay.
» Beecham Research urges industry to ’get real’ about IoT predictions | PR News
Beecham Research does point to new low power, low data rate, long range network technologies such as Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs) to provide a growth spurt to the IoT market. “We expect this to deliver up to 5 million connections by the end of 2015 and increasing quickly thereafter,” said David Parker, a Senior Analyst at Beecham Research who recently authored a report on this subject.
Only once leaders develop a framework for local economic and societal development can the “smart city” buzz can evolve into “intelligent communities”.
Lest we go too far down the buzzword rabbit hole, David Brunnen of Groupe Intellex has an argument that can turn hype into reality in the Smart City industry.
He lists actionable steps that local government and institutions can take -- and cites the Boston Consulting Group's Rocket report: “No one has ever dramatically changed a market by offering timid, incremental improvements.”
"The Smart City refuses to go away. In 2013 Adam Greenfield wrote "Against the Smart City" in criticism of the large-scale corporate- and government-led projects in cities such as Masdar, Songdo and Rio ...and their top-down approach." The Urban Technologist says that the Smart City concept is **not** just a technology buzzword. It's here to stay.
Rick Robinson's article is a long read that is worth your time. He skillfully argues that still, today, many Smart City initiatives and debates focus far too much on applying for central Government funds and grants from Research and Innovation funding agencies; and far too little on sustainable business and investment models for new forms of city infrastructure and services.
The four points are easy and clear... read on:
Include Smart City criteria in the procurement of services by local authorities to encourage competitive innovation from private sector providersEncourage development opportunities to include “smart” infrastructureCommit to entrepreneurial programmesEnable and support Social Enterprise
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