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LED streetlights bring smart city tech to New York City

LED streetlights bring smart city tech to New York City | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
The Big Apple will save $14 million with lower energy and maintenance costs, and residents will see their streets in a whole new light.
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LED lighting officially has made the list of technologies for smart cities of the future. New York City will convert 250,000 streetlights to LEDs, a move that will save the city $14 million a year and literally change how residents see their city, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced last week.

Several cities, including Los Angeles, Seattle and Boston, already have committed to phasing out the traditional high-pressure sodium lights used in streetlights to LEDs. Bloomberg's office expects New York to be the largest conversion project in the U.S., marking a significant milestone for the adoption of LED lighting technology. The project, which began with pilot tests in 2009, is set for completion in 2017.

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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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Nat Sones's curator insight, March 4, 2013 12:41 PM

Internet of things, world of connection. The cities of today and tomorrow will be as driven by devices as individual people are now. 

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.

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Who's Winning The Internet Of Things Developer War? Apple And Google

Who's Winning The Internet Of Things Developer War? Apple And Google | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Specialist firms like PTC want to be players, but Apple and Google own the developers.
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Matt Asay writes that the way to pick winners in the growing Internet of Things field is to look for Internet of Things companies with the biggest developer populations. 

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The revenue in pizza boxes and trash cans: Why IoT proves there's nowhere money can't be made | ZDNet

The revenue in pizza boxes and trash cans: Why IoT proves there's nowhere money can't be made | ZDNet | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
The IoT is beginning to shake off its 'emerging tech' label, yet there are significant challenges ahead. Is the future really IoT-centric?

For Alicia Asín, CEO and co-Founder at Libelium, a company that makes an open source IoT sensor aimed at M2M and smart cities, the possibilities of IoT are clear: "by 2050, the world will be full of sensors and it will be possible to integrate them to any communication protocol," she told an MWC session on IoT.


The Power of IoT and Big Data

As sensors spread across almost every industry, the internet of things is going to trigger a massive influx of big data. We delve into where IoT will have the biggest impact and what it means for the future of big data analytics.

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Nevertheless, the future of the Internet of Things is far from being written. The market is still fragmented and it's difficult to predict how it will shape up, according to Libelium's CEO.
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The IoT is beginning to shake off its 'emerging tech' label, yet there are significant challenges ahead. Is the future really IoT-centric?

For Alicia Asín, CEO and co-founder at Libelium, a company that makes open IoT sensors aimed at M2M and smart cities, the possibilities of IoT are clear: "by 2050, the world will be full of sensors and it will be possible to integrate them to any communication protocol," she told an MWC session on IoT.

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The steep costs of living so far apart from each other

The steep costs of living so far apart from each other | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
A new study warns that sprawl is costing the U.S. $1 trillion a year
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Urban sprawl, suburban spread: any future for a car-centric life, however bucolic, in the era of DIY drones and always-on...? Interesting point to debate.

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Five ways open data can boost democracy around the world

Five ways open data can boost democracy around the world | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Want fairer taxes, less corporate lobbying and more open politicians? Our guide to open data day
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"Knowledge is power," right? What if we think of the IoT (and Open Data)  as a set of tools that offer citizens and civil society groups a base of evidence and analysis to use to hold their elected representatives to account...

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Smart Cities Council | 8 Spanish cities cut energy consumption by 64% with smart street lighting

Smart Cities Council | 8 Spanish cities cut energy consumption by 64% with smart street lighting | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Eight Spanish cities reduced electricity consumption by 64% and saved over 4,300 tonnes of C02 last year. How did they do it? Enel Group companies installed thousands of cutting-edge lights and smart controls, replacing traditional lampposts.
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Enel’s public lighting projects have led their companies to install some 183,250 Archilede LED devices in more than 1,600 towns between 2009 and 2014, enabling an overall energy saving of around 111 gigawatt-hours.

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Internet of Things could be key to IT's response to climate change

Internet of Things could be key to IT's response to climate change | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
How IT execs can protect their companies from the effects of global warming and create new business opportunities.
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While sensors, automated systems, and troves of data improve farming and livestock practices, farms aren’t the only places susceptible to the impact of global warming. "The need for cities to prepare and respond to issues related to climate change, congestion, and natural or man-made disasters is critical,’’ says Alicia Asin, co-founder and CEO of Libelium.

 "One of the most important things organizations can do is identify a set of possible signals that could have an impact; whether on supplies, product development, cost, revenue, or customer experience. The opportunities of sensor data are to collect and generate actual data that describes what is happening, to replace assumptions about what might be happening, with information about what is actually happening," says industry analyst Susan Etlinger at Altimeter Group. 

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The Internet of Things (IoT) Will Have a Huge Impact on Cloud

Out of the top tech trends this year, IoT is one of the most interesting. So what's next? Vordik thinks the cloud will have a lot to do with it.
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The potential of connected objects includes reducing the impact of the major environmental problems of our day: air quality, noise pollution, water monitoring, forest fire detection. Cloud developers will play a vital role in sharing, analysing and safeguarding this data.

 

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MESH Cities-distributing a smart urban future, with Libelium's 54 days of Smart City Christmas...

MESH Cities-distributing a smart urban future, with Libelium's 54 days of Smart City Christmas... | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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"Life is like a box of Waspmotes..." and here are Libelium's gifts for a smart urban future. All these Smart City products and applications are based on Waspmote wireless sensors.

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David Gascón, Libelium CTO, keynote talk at EmTech España November 2014, Valencia

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.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QayGMeKQu0E&feature=em-subs_digest

 

Libelium is connecting the physical world to the Internet.

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Smart Cities Council | Council joins a who's who of smart city thought leaders in Barcelona

Smart Cities Council | Council joins a who's who of smart city thought leaders in Barcelona | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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.
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People & social development; efficient energy; traffic & transportation; integrating & managing data; sustainability & foresight; interoperability of systems & services -- these are the prime concerns.

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Internet of Things could offset government inaction on climate

Internet of Things could offset government inaction on climate | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
The latest election results mean the U.S. probably will spend less effort on climate. That's where the Internet of Things comes in.
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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.

 
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The 2014 Guardian World Cities Day Challenge – live

The 2014 Guardian World Cities Day Challenge – live | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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!
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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. 

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Smart Cities Council | City of Lights becomes City of LEDs (and paves the way to a smarter future)

Smart Cities Council | City of Lights becomes City of LEDs (and paves the way to a smarter future) | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Smart street lights are emerging as a favorite on-ramp to a smart city. So it may be time to start shopping around like Paris did. Some of the city's most iconic neighborhoods will soon sport a citywide canopy network for street and traffic lights that Silver Spring Networks will deploy.
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Smart Cities Council | Financing resilience: New report provides a roadmap for cities

Smart Cities Council | Financing resilience: New report provides a roadmap for cities | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
A comprehensive new report details how cities can leverage private investment in building more resilient and integrated infrastructure and features solutions that worked for eight cities in the U.S. but can be applied around the world.
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Smart Cities Council | Financing resilience: New report provides a roadmap for cities

Smart Cities Council | Financing resilience: New report provides a roadmap for cities | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
A comprehensive new report details how cities can leverage private investment in building more resilient and integrated infrastructure and features solutions that worked for eight cities in the U.S. but can be applied around the world.
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Cities can leverage private investment to build more resilient and integrated infrastructure. Bechtel's report summarizes projects that create both public value and private investment opportunities to create a pipeline of investable resilient infrastructure projects that benefit communities and society. RE.Invest initiative is supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, and their roster of 100 resilient cities.

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Silver Spring Networks gets new smart city win with Bristol - Rethink

Bristol hopes to become the UK’s Flagship smart-city following the announcement of the Bristol is Open project. The project, which starts this spring and plans to run for 5 years, will see a collaboration between Bristol city council, Bristol University, and Silver Spring Networks (SSN). It will initially see over 1,500 SSN lamp posts installed…
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Barcelona named as ‘world’s smartest city’

Barcelona named as ‘world’s smartest city’ | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
The Spanish city of Barcelona has been ranked the world’s smartest city, beating off competitors, New York, London and Singapore.
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Tim O'Reilly Explains the Internet of Things

Tim O'Reilly Explains the Internet of Things | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
The publisher and web guru says the Internet is about to cause its greatest changes, augmenting people with sensors and ever-present computing to create entirely new economic systems, and new ways of thinking about politics.
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Talking about the IoT in terms of human augmentation, with sensors at the core, and two-way communication, Tim O'Reilly says the next IoT innovations will refine the feedback loops from devices to humans. Nice blog post by Quentin Hardy, in his One-on-One column in the New York Times.

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Urban Resilience in the Smart City: River Flood and Forest Fire Early Detection | Libelium

Urban Resilience in the Smart City: River Flood and Forest Fire Early Detection | Libelium | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

Cities around the world are now focused on urban resilience, to withstand and recover from physical, social, and economic challenges that result from natural disasters, the forces of climate change, congestion, or other man-made disturbances.

 

 

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By implementing the HAZUR city management software and Libelium sensors, 20 cities in the territory of La Garrotxa in northern Spain can readily manage critical facets of infrastructure and public services. Libelium's Waspmote Plug & Sense! solution powers three main application configurations, measuring parameters to prevent forest fires and river floods, and ambient control, monitoring air quality and greenhouse gases, on a regional basis.

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Building an Internet of Things Platform Company from Zaragoza, Spain: Alicia Asin, CEO of Libelium (Part 1)

Building an Internet of Things Platform Company from Zaragoza, Spain: Alicia Asin, CEO of Libelium (Part 1) | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

This segment is part 1 in the series : Building an Internet of Things Platform Company from Zaragoza, Spain: Alicia Asin, CEO of Libelium

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Libelium is enabling the IoT, from Spain, with products, projects and customers in place all over the globe. Applications include Smart Cities, agriculture, water quality monitoring...

 

Here, in an interview with Sramana Mitra of the 1M/1M business accelerator-incubator, Alicia Asin talks about building a hardware company from scratch. She and her co-founder David Gascon set about to create the company they wanted to work for, in their own home region.

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And the Next 35 Resilient Cities Are... : The Rockefeller Foundation

And the Next 35 Resilient Cities Are... : The Rockefeller Foundation | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

Judith Rodin of the Rockefeller Foundation was in Singapore last week to announce the next 35 cities to join the 100 Resilient Cities Network. 

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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 is included in this round.

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Barcelona's Sentilo smart city the first built by a municipality - Rethink Internet of Things

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…

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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.’

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Alicia Asin: "Big Data and the Hypocrisy of Privacy" - Strata Europe 2014 - YouTube

http://youtu.be/oWwQfgpvlzI?list=PL055Epbe6d5Y8aARKdXVVtJnEttlhsRyf
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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?

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Smart cities data standards released | Civil Service World

Smart cities data standards released | Civil Service World | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

BSI says that its new guide to data interoperability, PAS182, will make it easier for the public and private sector to share information to promote economic growth.

 

The company was commissioned to produce the document by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and is aimed at city leaders – particularly policy developers within local government.

 

A statement from BSI said: “Data can transform the capability of a city, enabling the development of systems and services, and supporting informed decisions. ...


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Program | Border Sessions - International Technology Festival in the Hague

Program | Border Sessions - International Technology Festival in the Hague | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 @ 12:45

With the Internet of Things, Barcelona is Getting Smarter

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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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