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Rich Heap - What If Mayors Ruled the World? | Future Cities

Rich Heap - What If Mayors Ruled the World? | Future Cities | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

Tomorrow, political theorist and author Benjamin Barber is due to join Future Cities for a live digital audio show to discuss his book If Mayors Ruled the World.

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Mr Barber makes the case for a "parliament of mayors" that would share best practices and tackle issues common to everyone. He argues that city leaders have to keep their cities funning and therefore act pragmatically, unlike politicians, who get bogged down in ideological debates and politics. Would the world make progress faster if mayors were more involved?

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roberto gilli's comment, October 17, 2013 3:51 AM
A new model? What about ancient Greece and polis? The idea is interesting: I have to see the book.
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Or you might like to argue your point in the webcast, perhaps.
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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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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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Talking Tech: Spain’s baby unicorns - FT.com

Talking Tech: Spain’s baby unicorns - FT.com | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

Barcelona is “The Mobile World Capital”, according to the organisers of the global mobile industry gathering, Mobile World Congress, which opens across the city today. Over the next four days 100,000 people will converge on exhibitors showcasing phones, mobile technology, and associated gadgetry.

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Jonathan Margolis thinks Spain is something of a "unicorn foal," in terms of the technology scene. In the Financial Times today, he sketches a profile of two Spanish tech companies, who, in his words, aptly show Spain’s determination to be seen as more than a holiday destination, as typical of the developing tech "revolution" in the Iberian peninsula. He likens two hardware manufacturers -- BQ, the smartphone designer, and Libelium, the IoT sensor specialist-- as leaders of an idealistic and proud new tech movement in Europe, on view at MWC this week in Barcelona.

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MyShake: A smartphone seismic network for earthquake early warning and beyond

MyShake: A smartphone seismic network for earthquake early warning and beyond | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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A new type of seismic system harnesses personal/private smartphone sensors to collect data on a large scale and analyze earthquakes. MyShake can be used to enhance earthquake early warning in regions with existing networks, and could provide that capability in regions that don't have any early warning systems.  Here's to the utility of ubiquitous smart phones and their sensors...

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How Ljubljana turned itself into Europe's ‘green capital’ | Citiscope

How Ljubljana turned itself into Europe's ‘green capital’ | Citiscope | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
With a car-free center and ambitious 'zero waste' plans, Slovenia's capital shows that small cities can lead on urban sustainability.
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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. 

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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.

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Bosch ConnectedExperience – The IoT Developer Event of the Bosch Group

Bosch ConnectedExperience – The IoT Developer Event of the Bosch Group | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Join us in Berlin on March 8 and 9, 2016 and learn from Bosch's experience in world-class manufacturing and the IoT.
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Over 250 software and hardware developers, product designers, and product managers from Bosch customers, IoT start-ups, and independents will be sharing their approaches and best practices for IoT-enabled products, apps, and services, in Berlin. Registration is open for the conference, hack challenge, and clinics. 


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Truly Smart IoT Champions Women

Truly Smart IoT Champions Women | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it


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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...

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The number of smart cities globally? 235, says Navigant

The number of smart cities globally? 235, says Navigant | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
According to the report’s findings, continued investment in technologies and policies such as smart grids, smart street lighting, urban mobility, climate acti
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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”.

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