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.
On Thursday, November 19th, a crowd of IoT enthusiasts including industry experts, corporations, entrepreneurs, and innovators came together for the IoT SmarT Cities event at the Plug & Play Center in Sunnyvale, California -- the heart of Silicon Valley.
What does the future of a smart city look like?
Transportation and traffic are issues, and anything related to parking and driving fossil fuel vehicles, too -- according to Palo Alto's CIO, Dr. Jonathan Reichental.
He talks about the many challenges everywhere in the world -- with 3.5 billion people living in cities at present, and with a couple of billion more joining our ranks over the next two decades.
A very interesting suite of presentations helps square up the problem in our sights..."Creating Data-Driven Cities"
In this week’s episode of the Radar Podcast, O’Reilly’s Mary Treseler chats with Mike Kuniavsky, a principal scientist in the Innovation Services Group at PARC. Kuniavsky talks about designing for the Internet of Things ecosystem. He also talks about his deep-seated love for appliances and furniture, and how intelligence will affect those industries.
Mike Kuniavsky is fascinated by the fundamentals of connected things...and talks about why the most interesting thing about the IoT isn’t the “things” but the sensors.
Interview with Frank Cutitta on smart city branding and resilient cities.
Frank Cutitta names some of the most active smart cities today, ones that figure in Smart & Resilient Cities magazine news section because of the breadth and depth of their initiatives. These are Barcelona, Dubai, Seoul, Boston, Bogota, Medellin, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Bristol (UK), Copenhagen, Amsterdam, New York City, Sydney, Buenos Aires, and Tokyo.
Let’s imagine a modern city in 2020. It is a Smart City. Urban planning, ecology, and information technology reach into every neighborhood, to improve citizen's quality of life.
In the Meeting of the Minds - CityMinded.org blog, Alicia Asin of Libelium delivers her view on the second wave of Smart Cities. If the earliest connected cities served as technology testbeds, in the second wave mayors and city managers are taking into account what the users need, for the long haul.
Libelium's Waspmote and Waspmote Plug & Sense sensor nodes now integrate Sigfox low power networks, to speed development of Smart Cities & IoT
Libelium's sensor platform -- Waspmote -- integrates more than 100 sensors and offers a dozen connectivity options, including the low energy, long-range wireless protocols designed for the IoT such as MQTT, LoRa, and now Sigfox.
"Modularity, scalability, and interoperability are key to building the IoT. Specialized narrowband connectivity via Sigfox can give an immediate solution for many IoT and Smart Cities use cases, where wireless sensors need to be autonomous and transmit over long distances,” said David Gascón, Libelium CTO and co-founder.
What is the state of the art when it comes to cities working together?
Joel Makower interviews Mark Paris in a runup to the VERGE City Summit Conference, talking together on the theme of partnerships and financing for what we call Smart Cities (green, sustainable, smart, resilient). We keep talking about the technology, and the risks: what about the money?
His take: Public-private partnerships and revenue-sharing models can help to defray risk to cities, as long as cities can come to terms with how much revenue/benefit they are willing to relinquish in exchange for risk reduction.
Governments, businesses, and economists have all been caught off guard by the geopolitical shifts that happened with the crash of oil prices and the slowdown of China’s economy. Most believe that the price of oil will recover and that China will continue its rise. They are mistaken. Instead of worrying about the rise of China, we need to fear its fall; and while oil prices may oscillate over the next four or five years, the fossil-fuel industry is headed the way of the dinosaur. The global balance of power will shift as a result.
Vivek Wadhwa's clear-eyed essay is a stimulating read, an ode to the abiding benefits of technology and education, with plenty of proof points about what our near term future looks like. What is brewing from the repeated shocks to our global economy? Are our markets really so intertwined? What about progress in what seems to be chaos?
He makes this point about the end game: "the countries that have invested in educating their populations, built strong consumer economies, and have democratic institutions that can deal with social change will benefit — because their people will have had their basic needs met and can figure out how to take advantage of the advances in technology."
At the company's Minds + Machines event in San Francisco today, GE unveiled a range of new Industrial Internet offerings.
In Fast Company, Daniel Terdiman's thoughtful interview with Jeff Immelt covers GE's latest initiatives in the Industrial IoT. Excellent read that brings a lesson in the practical matters of selling new technology for legacy systems, and recruiting hot-shot engineer talent to an "oldschool" manufacturing giant. The IIot is a huge opportunity...
A roundup of innovative startups and industries using sensor technology today.
While the possibilities may be endless, the real-world applications of sensor-based technologies are above all practical. Creating safer businesses, building smart cities with environmental control, or monitoring personal health indices figure among the many useful ways our lives are improved by the Internet of Things.
Public-sector participants see the White House's initiative as a means of accelerating investment and interest in building smart cities and the Internet of Things.
The White House initiative is bringing New York City, Tampa and Wyoming into the effort to build up an Internet of Things as well. As part of the campaign, the U.S. Department of Transportation is spending $42 million to implement pilot projects in those three jurisdictions that will establish data-sharing connections between vehicles and infrastructure. In Tampa, that will mean sending information about rush-hour traffic to pedestrians’ smartphones. In Wyoming, the state will monitor trucking corridors. And in New York, the city will establish links between 10,000 municipal vehicles, as well as traffic signals and roadside units.
"Many of the things happening in today’s Smart Cities could more honestly be labeled as “progress”. Smart Parking, Smart Homes and the like are just the next steps..."
David Socha says that what makes a city "smart" comes from integrating and analyzing data from often separate, quite distinct initiatives. Yet, this integration and analytics that we tout and that tech companies have learned to do so well has to bring actual benefits for citizens... Have a quick look at the data sources he's talking about.
Inventor of the Internet of Things term Kevin Ashton speaks of his startup experiences, the future of work, skills needed for success and why the media is a doing a poor job on reporting technology…
Paul Wallbank interviews Kevin Ashton, the man who coined the term "Internet of Things," for the business blog "Decoding the New Economy." Very lively exchange that cuts through the noise and hype, and an enjoyable read.
Predictions from research firm IDC revealed three particularly interesting trends emerging around the smart cities movement.
Ruthbea Yesner Clarke of IDC is well positioned to point out the near-future thinking on the smart cities concept and where it will grow in the year to come. She cites the following:
1) Adoption and awareness by an expanding set of government leaders, with many large cities setting technical and business guidelines and prioritizing funding for smart city initiatives;
2) Variability in cities' understanding the impact of the IoT, with the advent of new types of mobile devices and connected objects and public/private use of drones, sensors, wearables, connected cars -- a lack in citywide strategy, and an increased need for a strategic framework to speed adoption.
3) Challenge of integrating loads of unstructured data, and the impact of information from social media, "sharing economy" companies and crowdsourcing -- struggle to make sense of all the data points.
Where rain is scarce, new technologies are able to harvest moisture directly from the atmosphere even in dry environments.
We were very impressed with the Water Challenge finalists who presented their systems, products, and technology recently at Singularity University. These were all truly "smart" solutions -- sustainable, resilient, and some were ingenious, inventive uses of materials that were rather low-tech.
With California gasping for water in an historic drought, Tatiana Estevez Carlucci's Permalution fog harvesting device caught our attention. Imagine, pulling down the distilled water from the Pacific fog bank... I can't wait to see the pilot projects she is setting up on the San Francisco Bay.
» Beecham Research urges industry to ’get real’ about IoT predictions | PR News
Beecham Research does point to new low power, low data rate, long range network technologies such as Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs) to provide a growth spurt to the IoT market. “We expect this to deliver up to 5 million connections by the end of 2015 and increasing quickly thereafter,” said David Parker, a Senior Analyst at Beecham Research who recently authored a report on this subject.
Only once leaders develop a framework for local economic and societal development can the “smart city” buzz can evolve into “intelligent communities”.
Lest we go too far down the buzzword rabbit hole, David Brunnen of Groupe Intellex has an argument that can turn hype into reality in the Smart City industry.
He lists actionable steps that local government and institutions can take -- and cites the Boston Consulting Group's Rocket report: “No one has ever dramatically changed a market by offering timid, incremental improvements.”
"The Smart City refuses to go away. In 2013 Adam Greenfield wrote "Against the Smart City" in criticism of the large-scale corporate- and government-led projects in cities such as Masdar, Songdo and Rio ...and their top-down approach." The Urban Technologist says that the Smart City concept is **not** just a technology buzzword. It's here to stay.
Rick Robinson's article is a long read that is worth your time. He skillfully argues that still, today, many Smart City initiatives and debates focus far too much on applying for central Government funds and grants from Research and Innovation funding agencies; and far too little on sustainable business and investment models for new forms of city infrastructure and services.
The four points are easy and clear... read on:
Include Smart City criteria in the procurement of services by local authorities to encourage competitive innovation from private sector providersEncourage development opportunities to include “smart” infrastructureCommit to entrepreneurial programmesEnable and support Social Enterprise
'Wireless startup Sigfox has ambitions to go global with its low-energy, low cost Internet of Things tech"
According to Machina Research, one of the key prevailing trends in IoT in 2015 has been the increasing interest from telecoms operators in deploying low power wide area (LPWA) networks alongside existing 3G and 4G networks. Sigfox along with Huawei's Cellular IoT and Long Range (LoRa) technology have so far emerged as the front-running technologies.
“It takes a village” – but when it comes to building smart cities, it takes far more than that.
Developing smart cities requires strategic partnerships, creative business models, change management, and citizen buy-in. For smart city technology to take hold, governments must incorporate citizens’ perspectives into their strategy. Forrester Research reports that U.S. and UK citizens are equipped to interact with their community and governments through new technology.
Some utilities don’t have enough water, some have too much, others struggle to get it where it needs to go. Learn how more are turning to sensors and real-time analytics to solve a wide range of problems.
For municipalities and utilities, this is where the IoT is truly useful. Connecting resources with sensor technology and data analytics delivers gains in efficiency, and new sources of revenue. Read about the discussion on smart water at Smart Cities Week in Washington DC.
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