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.
Judith Rodin of the Rockefeller Foundation was in Singapore last week to announce the next 35 cities to join the 100 Resilient Cities Network.
Highlights from this round of the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge:
Applications were submitted by 331 cities across 94 countries, spanning six continents and written in 7 different languages.The sizes of the entrant cities ranged from fifty thousand to well over ten million.Nearly 70 percent of all Challenge entries came from the developing world.And more than 80 percent indicated an excitement to partner with other cities in their resilience efforts.
With the addition of the 35 new cities, the 100 Resilient Cities Network will now impact more than 700 million people across the globe: that means one-fifth of the world's urban population now lives in a city that is a part of 100 Resilient Cities Network.
Barcelona has bucked the almost irresistible trend to let an external agency design a ‘smart city,’ and instead has done it itself. The result is an open source software suite called Sentillo and already it has been adopted by two other Spanish cities. The design relies almost entirely on the range of Waspmote sensors from Libelium…
Libelium has recently unveiled a raft of new products including upgrades to the Waspmote sensor platform, which is essentially a micro controller and an antenna to which users can attach any of 70 sensors to.
Sentilo claims to be the first smart city platform developed by a municipality and the Barcelona City Council designed Sentilo to monitor noise and air pollution, starting out in a large public square in the city.
In terms of the system architecture, the Libelium Waspmotes transmit the data they collect back to the Sentilo platform via ZigBee and 802.15.4 in 868MHz and 900MHz, as well as using Wi-Fi, BLE and 3G/GPRS. The data is backhauled by the Meshlium hub, which can be linked to Sentilo by Ethernet, WiFi or 3G/GPRS.
The Meshlium gateway stores the collated data locally in case it loses its connection with the cloud software. It is driven by Power over Ethernet, which can be delivered from an AC power line, DC battery or solar panel, or even a car cigarette lighter plug. The gateway uses an Atheros AR5213A IEEE 802.11b/g or 802.11 a/b/g chipset and runs an open source Linux OS called the Manager Meshlium System.
‘The main goal of the Sentilo platform is to make it easy for cities to integrate data from different sensors and facilitate Smart City deployments,’ said Jordi Cirera, Sentilo’s project manager for Barcelona City Council. ‘With Sentilo and Libelium’s products working together in an open, interoperable sensor infrastructure, new opportunities are now open to any city that does not wish to pay the price of closed, proprietary solutions.’
Alicia Asin's keynote at Strata Hadoop World 2014, in Barcelona.
“Welcome to the era of big, bad, open information.”
Analysts have predicted huge numbers of Internet-connected devices in our future for years now. We may dispute the number, but it is clear that the Internet of Things (IoT) will produce a colossal amount of data.
Social networks collect masses of data and so do the sensor networks that blanket our cities and everywhere else—from outer space down to our personal items. Before we can even figure out how huge data can translate to information, via context, people are already declaring a state of surveillance capitalism running our lives. The question of privacy looms large. Is it hypocrisy? What would happen if big data were open data?
With the Internet of Things, Barcelona is Getting Smarter
Barcelona is the first municipality to develop its own Smart City Cloud platform. The Barcelona City Council designed an open source IoT software suite called Sentilo, and use it to monitor noise and air pollution. Initial installation took place in a large, public city square. Subsequent deployments blanket the city, and other cities have been eager to adopt the platform.
At Border Sessions in the Hague, Alicia Asin of Libelium will talk about Smart City challenges, and cite best practices of global cities such as Barcelona, a city that is taking a long-term view on integrating technology to benefit citizens and visitors.
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The key takeaway for cities is that with Cloud services they can save money by modernizing outdated technology. Cities can choose to build their own Cloud platform (such as the city of Barcelona has done), or use the technology as a service, now available for a smaller investment.
The Smart Cities Council publishes a wealth of resources, articles, expert opinions, case studies, etc., and is well worth reading.
Residents of a neighborhood in Baltimore now have the most obvious place to wait for a bus ever designed. The ingenious stop is comprised of three 14' typographic sculptures that literally spell out the word "BUS" while functioning as benches and a novel leisure space.
IHS analysts reveal that big data and its close cousin, open data, are laying the foundations for how metropolises can change the way we think about governance, infrastructure, public safety, and more.
Analytics, big and open data, and the information that people are willing to provide may have the most influence on how urban places are developing.
Stop expanding roads, increase transportation funding and focus on public transit hubs: Urban planning group SPUR outlines its vision for decreasing car dependence in Silicon Valley.
Discussing Smart Cities, we're always looking for ways to improve transport systems. That is one reason why I've included this most timely article from Silicon Valley, the home of innovation, where everyone drives, and public transport is difficult. Beyond trams, trains and light rail, we should stop building new roads, listen to citizens, develop transit hubs, access real time information. etc...
Can the home of new car companies such as Tesla, this cradle of technology, of startups and the VCs who fund them, be a showplace for efficient, modern, cheap and clean public transportation? That would be a Silicon Valley achievement.
The popular smart city rankings conducted by Council Advisor Boyd Cohen have been enhanced this year with expanded indicators, a new advisory panel and an exciting invitation for 100 cities around the world to see how they rank. Is your city on the list?
Boyd Cohen's new city rankings survey has been revised to 62 indicators; of those 16 directly overlap with the new ISO sustainable cities standard.
The Index has also been expanded this year to include 25 countries from all four regions of the world, selected on the basis of their 2014 Innovation Cities Index Score.
Are these the 100 smartest cities?
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EUROPE: London, Paris, Vienna, Munich, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Berlin, Stockholm, Hamburg, Lyon, Stuttgart, Tel Aviv, Helsinki, Manchester, Frankfurt, Oslo, Leipzig, Brussels, Marseille, Düsseldorf, Strasbourg, The Hague, Cologne, Bordeaux, Barcelona.ASIA PACIFIC: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Nanjing, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Fukuoka, Yokohama, Kuala Lumpur, Auckland, Wellington, Singapore, Seoul, Busan, Incheon, Taipei, Bangkok.LATAM: São Paulo, Rio De Janeiro, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Medellin, Curitiba, Monterrey, Brasilia, Bogotá, Panama City, Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Puebla, Recife, Cordoba, San Salvador, Porto Alegre, San Jose, Costa Rica, Guadalajara, Valparaíso, Caracas, Santo Domingo, DR, Montevideo, Santiago, Lima.NORTH AMERICA: San Francisco - San Jose, New York, Boston, Seattle, Toronto, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Montréal, Vancouver, Raleigh-Durham, Houston, Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Orlando, Miami, Atlanta, San Diego, Portland, Minneapolis-St Paul, Newark, Québec, Denver, Kansas City.
Slide deck from David Gascón, Libelium CTO -- November 2014 keynote presentation at EmTech España. A discussion of Libelium's experience in the Internet of Things, from Smart City deployments to a space launch, including entrepreneurial projects involving sensor integration in many different market segments.
As city leaders, academics and leading smart cities practitioners from around the world gather in Barcelona this week, the Smart Cities Council is sharing expertise on a host of issues critical to the future of cities. Click for a look at some of the hot topics on the agenda and who's weighing in.
People & social development; efficient energy; traffic & transportation; integrating & managing data; sustainability & foresight; interoperability of systems & services -- these are the prime concerns.
The latest election results mean the U.S. probably will spend less effort on climate. That's where the Internet of Things comes in.
W. Davidson Stephenson writes in Green Biz, citing a United Nations report published this month that 97 percent of scientists agree that global warming is real and worse than ever. While probably not enough to combat such a serious challenge, the Internet of Things will help fill the gap, by helping bring about an era of unprecedented precision in the use of energy and materials.
Most important, the Internet of Things is a critical component in smart grid electrical strategies, critical to reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
To celebrate World Cities Day, we’re putting 36 terrified contestants from around the world in the ‘hot seat’ to tell us their city’s best idea – and why other cities should adopt it. Cheer them on!
World Cities Day -- and so many interesting ideas are in the air. Barcelona says that planning should be top of mind, to give cities the means to evolve -- for example, a city planner for every 1,000 habitants of a city.
"Even though digitalisation has radically changed the way we do business, the physical and the digital world are still separated from each other. This is about to change with the Internet of Things..."
Connecting the physical world with the digital world is the essence of the Internet of Things. But what things? How will the IoT affect business model innovation?
A very nice video animation from the University of St Gallen (Switzerland) and Bosch's IoT lab gives an entertaining overview of the implications of this new interconnectivity (from the series called "Little Green Bags").
Bruce Sinclair from The IoT Inc Business Channel interviews David Gascon, CTO & co-founder of Libelium, the Spanish company that designs hardware and software for Wireless Sensor Networks.
"We have designed a complete approach that consists of a hardware solution, a SDK, and an API. The idea is to provide system integrators and consultants the right tools to implement any application in many verticals, from agriculture, to Smart Cities, to security, to industrial automation... so using a core platform and the same API being able to cope with many verticals in the market. The hardware platform is called Waspmote."...
Libelium's David Gascon talks about sensors, communication protocols and Cloud connectivity -- explaining how sensor nodes work in Smart Cities, in agriculture, and in industry in real projects all around the world.
The U.S. led the world in the PC revolution. Europe was where cell phones took off. So where will the wellspring of innovation and customer adoption take place for the Internet of Things?
Dave Friedman of Ayla Networks tells us that China may be the country that will massively adopt Internet of Things technology. He says it's because they need it, and we know that they're building from scratch.
IHS analysts reveal that big data and its close cousin, open data, are laying the foundations for smart cities. Part two of a two-part blog.
The Smart Santander project includes 'participatory sensing.' This service aims at exploiting the use of citizens’ smartphones to make people become systematic observers and contributors of data. It takes advantage of the ability of these devices to be connected to people and with people as well as to the core network.
As of May 13th 2013, started by Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino (@iotwatch) founder of the Good Night Lamp & co-organiser of the Internet of Things Meetup in London (@iotlondon)
A useful map of IoT startups and companies put together by Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino (@iotwatch) founder of the Good Night Lamp & co-organiser of the Internet of Things Meetup in London (@iotlondon).
In case you'd like to add to this, Alex has provided a form:
Paseo de Gracia, Barcelona's elegant shopping boulevard, is being transformed into the city's smartest.
Josep Ramon Ferrer, Barcelona's Smart City director, sees these innovations as part of an inevitable progression. Just as the public couldn't imagine being in an urban environment where there is no water, electricity, or sewers, he says, in the future, it will be inconceivable not to have smart technology.