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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This segment is part 1 in the series : Building an Internet of Things Platform Company from Zaragoza, Spain: Alicia Asin, CEO of Libelium
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.
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.
Want fairer taxes, less corporate lobbying and more open politicians? Our guide to open data day
"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...
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.
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.
How IT execs can protect their companies from the effects of global warming and create new business opportunities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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