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.
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.
Analysts at ABI Research estimate the number of developers involved in Internet of Things (IoT) activities will reach 1.7 million globally by the end of 2014 – with the broader IoT ecosystem forecast to surpass three million developers in 2019.
Wireless sensors and smartphone apps are weapons in the fight against urban noise annoyance.
Cities can use wireless sensors to monitor urban noise -- collecting information remotely and in real time. Such is the case in the SmartSantander project in the north of Spain. It is a trend that has more cities looking at hybrid solutions to collect environmental data (noise, traffic, air pollution) and getting citizens involved as well.
The series "Previewing the possible for smart cities" begins, starting with the basics: energy, water and information and communication technology.
This is the first in Sue Lebeck's four-part series "Previewing the possible for smart cities.
Standards, prestandards and potential future standards relevant to the smart cities of the future are emerging — through new paradigms, city-centric networks, alliances and consortia and certification bodies. The best practices and more that arise from these efforts will provide or inform the standardization which will lead us to our 21st century new normal for cities.
This brief compilation of emerging standards reveals the breadth of the smart city subject, the value of collaboration, the opportunities for innovation and the potential for 21st century transformation.
Starting with the ICT enablers that drive smart cities, this multi-part sampling will touch also upon energy, water, transportation, the built environment, carbon and climate, resilience, community, materials and food, finance and economic development, city business and measurement indicators.
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.
[June 2014]: Making things is cool again! James Mack, KORE Marketing & Channel Development Manager lays the case for why hobbyists and makers are the ones who will move the IoT forward.
Creativity, rapid prototyping, working around limitations, reducing complexity, and community development are the factors cited by James Mack of KORE that show that it is the makers who'll be the greatest contributors to the IoT era.
(Fritz Lang’s 1927 dystopian film Metropolis pictured a city that exploited futuristic technologies, but only on behalf of a minority of its citizens. Image by Breve Storia del Cinema) Efficiency; resilience; growth; vitality.
Smart, open, fair...
Smart Cities and IoT technology should lead to openness and accessibility for digital services and information.
According to Rick Robertson of IBM, the value that Open Data, mobile phones, virtual currencies and other tech deployments can bring is to address the economic, social and environmental challenges of our time, building better cities and communities for tomorrow.
Barcelona's Sentilo smart city platform is the first built by a municipality
Th Barcelona City Council designed Sentilo to monitor noise and air pollution, starting out in a large public square in the city. It has since rolled out its deployment further. It is an open source project whose name is derived from the Esperanto translation of ‘sensor.’ The source code is freely available from its website and is mirrored on GitHub and Sentilo has also been deployed in Reus and Terrassa.
In terms of the system architecture, 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, Wi-Fi 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 (PoE), 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.
Environmentally rated at IP65 (waterproof and dustproof level), each Meshlium can operate in a temperature range of -20C to +50C and should prove capable of keeping the Waspmote sensor nodes connected to the cloud in most of the weather conditions that Barcelona is likely to see in the future.
The Meshlium can be used in other implementations as a ZigBee to Ethernet router, ZigBee to 3G/GPRS router, Wi-Fi access point, WiFi mesh node (hence the name), Wi-Fi to 3G router, Bluetooth scanner and analyzer, a GPS-3G real-time tracker and a smartphone scanner to detect iOS and Android devices by their MAC addresses. This sort of device, with its many deployment possibilities, is key to building a sustainable and flexible IoT network architecture – especially a network that could be rolled out across an entire city and support multiple simultaneous device deployments.
As everyday objects get connected, brace yourself for network effects, says one economist.
The network effect—when each new user of a product makes its value higher. Think of the telephone a century ago. The greater the number of people who used Bell’s invention, the more valuable it became to all of them.