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Wireless Sensor Networks and the new Internet of Things - Energy Harvesting Journal

Wireless Sensor Networks and the new Internet of Things - Energy Harvesting Journal | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

Wireless Sensor Networks and the new Internet of Things - Energy Harvesting Journal - Article by Dr Peter Harrop , Founder and Chairman of IDTechEx.

IDTechEx has issued definitive report on the subject called Wireless Sensor Networks 2012-2022 . This report details progress towards automatically anticipating and monitoring forest fires, avalanches, hurricanes, failure of country wide utility equipment, traffic, hospitals and much more often over wide areas, something previously impossible. Starting with more humble applications such as meter reading in buildings - now a modest financial success for the leading participants, WSN will grow rapidly to well over two billion US dollars for the systems in 2022.

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Making Smart Cities Really Smart Takes a Change of Emphasis

Making Smart Cities Really Smart Takes a Change of Emphasis | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

A panel about Smart Cities in the context of the ICT competitiveness week, organized by DG CONNECT of the European Commission, discussed a useful way to reduce the complexity of a smart city endeavor, taking into consideration five key dimensions:

-why should a city be smart? because of environmental, financial, competitiveness issues or what?
-who plays which role ina smart city? who are the users, the buyers, the investors, etc
-what domains or processes need to be addressed first?
-where is the smartness required? For a whole city, an urban area, a county, a state?
-when does smartness come into place? does it refer to real-time operations or to slower planning or even policy-making cycles?

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Globalization To Digitization: How To Finance Smart Cities - Forbes

Globalization To Digitization: How To Finance Smart Cities - Forbes | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

In the near future, for technology to thrive, for money to be made more readily, and for large-scale, city-wide and regional projects to take off, it will be essential that tech and finance sectors understand each other.

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Measuring the inertial forces in two of the most savage roller coasters of the world with wireless sensors

Measuring the inertial forces in two of the most savage roller coasters of the world with wireless sensors | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Waspmote was used to measure the inertial forces a person suffers when riding a roller coaster thanks to its powerful accelerometer...
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How Sensor Networks Add to Context - Forbes

How Sensor Networks Add to Context - Forbes | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

Forbes How Sensor Networks Add to Context" by Shel Israel, who is writing a book with Robert Scoble. The working title is Age of Context: How it will change your work and life.

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The Need for Smarter Cities [Infographic]

The Need for Smarter Cities [Infographic] | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Growth doesn’t always translate to quality of life, but technology can help.
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If the Internet of Things Will Be So Big, Why Is It Still a Mystery?

If the Internet of Things Will Be So Big, Why Is It Still a Mystery? | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

If the "IoT" has such short-term promise (not to mention its long-term transformational impact on every aspect of our society and economy), why does the very term, let alone the examples that are already making it a reality, remain such a mystery?

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EUKN - "The current discussion on ‘smart cities’ is based on a too limited idea of what a city is"

EUKN - "The current discussion on ‘smart cities’ is based on a too limited idea of what a city is" | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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Futurist's Cheat Sheet: Internet of Things

Futurist's Cheat Sheet: Internet of Things | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Through the Internet, humans have connected the world. People are closer to each other than ever while still remaining apart. The next phase of the the Internet will be about connecting things.
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Wireless Sensor Tags Help You Keep Track of Your Stuff - Wired

Wireless Sensor Tags Help You Keep Track of Your Stuff - Wired | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

Wireless Sensor Tags Help You Keep Track of Your Stuff  -- Wired

 

Stuff goes missing. Maybe you misplaced something, or maybe one of the uninvited guests at your last shindig is “borrowing” it. Regardless, now you need it, and you can’t find it. But what if you could tag your possessions and keep tabs on them, like a researcher tracking so many wildebeests in the Serengeti?

You can, to a degree. CAO Gadget’s descriptively named Wireless Sensor Tags monitor movement, angle and temperature and send alerts to your iOS or Android device when things go awry — something moving that shouldn’t be (indicating theft or maybe an impending mauling by a puppy); the inside of an ice chest getting too warm, or the door to your liquor cabinet opening when only the kids are at home.

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IF (URBAN) LIFE IS A GAME, (SMART) CITIES ARE THE PLAYGROUNDS

IF (URBAN) LIFE IS A GAME, (SMART) CITIES ARE THE PLAYGROUNDS | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

This article by Pablo Sánchez Chillón (Urban 360º)  explores how games can be used for engaging citizens in urban matters.  

 

Technologies must be adaptable to urban environments, and the city must be hackable, changeable and suitable for digital/real participation, loosing –in quite reasonable terms– the the top-down schemes for urban planning and city management.

 

Our cities are complex ecosystems and citizens - if there is a common understanding for what is citizenry in the digital era- are changing the way our cities look out – and work out – by being smart, adaptive and innovative.

 

While technologists boast of the potential for smartphone apps and social networks to connect citizens to institutions and services in a urban context, cities are embracing the concept of city as a platform, as hyper-connected environments that harness the network effects, openness and agility of the real-time web.


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SmartThings' Kickstarter project lets developers hack the real world @GigaOM

SmartThings' Kickstarter project lets developers hack the real world @GigaOM | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

GigaOM SmartThings' Kickstarter project lets developers hack the real world, by Stacy Higginbotham

The Internet of Things should have its own category on Kickstarter, since there's yet another project on the site that hopes to connect your physical and digital worlds.

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RSA Animate - 21st century enlightenment

Matthew Taylor explores the meaning of 21st century enlightenment, how the idea might help us meet the challenges we face today. 


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'One Smart City business model is illusory' « Smart Cities in Europe

Most technology companies involved in Smart City development think they can compete in the whole value chain. Well, they cannot. And no one wants that to happen. That's what the participants (mainly from telecommunications) of the Smart Cities Industry Summit (25-26 Sept) in London were told in a panel session on business models. The inevitable question was: where’s the money?...

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The Internet of Things: A Boom for Hosting » Data Center Knowledge

The Internet of Things: A Boom for Hosting » Data Center Knowledge | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

The “Internet of Things” will transform the hosting and data center industries, generating a tidal wave of data that will prompt companies to enlist third-party providers to help them manage it, according to analyst Rachel Chalmers, of 451 Research.

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What Exactly Is A Smart City?

What Exactly Is A Smart City? | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

Boyd Cohen in Fast Company's Co.Exist defines Smart Cities as a broad, integrated approach to improving the efficiency of city operations, the quality of life for its citizens, and growing the local economy.

 

He has created a Smart Cities wheel graphic that lays out indicators and categories of a smart cities strategy.

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Internet of things comes closer - Intel's 'Moore's Law Radio' transforming our world | Digital Trends

Internet of things comes closer - Intel's 'Moore's Law Radio' transforming our world | Digital Trends | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Intel's Wi-Fi-on-a-chip technology moves us several steps closer to "the Internet of Things," where everything from your toaster to your garage door opener is on a network.

Intel is also unveiling a new wireless standard to go with the chip: WiGig, which consolidates a number of proprietary wireless technologies under one umbrella to deliver bandwidth over 5 gigabytes per second. And for good measure, Intel is also developing a vast Cloud Radio Access Network, which will allow Intel-based servers to act as wireless providers, giving faster service than today’s hubs with fewer dropped connections.
What all this means for consumers is a range of wireless applications that have been frustratingly out of reach for too long. Wireless connections that are cheap in terms of manufacturing cost and power consumption will enable a generation of phones and laptops that can be constantly downloading email,, news, and other data without devouring battery power. Many cities have talked about making their entire metro area wireless-enabled; this technology could make that kind of vast wireless network orders of magnitude cheaper and more reliable.

Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/intels-moores-law-radio-could-transform-the-wireless-world/#ixzz26dm7iBmv


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'Smart Cities' and Urban Best Practice | Enviro Board Corporation

'Smart Cities' and Urban Best Practice | Enviro Board Corporation | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
The development of 'Smart Cities' will be characterized by the integration of sustainability planning and design, and research and development of feedback tools and information systems to assist in self-analyses of energy and water ...
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Sustainable Cities Canada » In Smart Cities Small Changes Can Be Big

Sustainable Cities Canada » In Smart Cities Small Changes Can Be Big | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

Sustainable Cities Canada is an open platform to focus on the sustainability and infrastructure issues facing Canada. 

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Futurity Media » Blog Archive » Smart thinking: why M2M could ...

Futurity Media » Blog Archive » Smart thinking: why M2M could ... | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

Infographic created for Orange: from conception to research to design, it tells a lovely story about how machine chatter is growing louder and louder. All around us M2M is making life more bearable.

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Neul Raises $5M To Connect The Internet Of Things Using TV White Space - TechCrunch

Neul Raises $5M To Connect The Internet Of Things Using TV White Space - TechCrunch | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Neul Raises $5M To Connect The Internet Of Things Using TV White SpaceTechCrunchUK-based Neul today announced a new $5 million investment from Mistui & Co. Ltd.

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Smart Cities Exposé: 10 Cities in Transition 2012 - URENIO Watch

Smart Cities Exposé: 10 Cities in Transition 2012 - URENIO Watch | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
The Smart+Connected Communities Institute has published the e-book Smart Cities Exposé: 10 Cities in Transition 2012.

 

Via a series of conversations with key experts, the book highlights the efforts of ten cities with different profiles which try to reinvent themselves through the use of ICT. The cities examined are:

Barcelona, Spain

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Busan, South Korea

Oulu, Finland

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Spain

San Francisco, California, USA

Singapore, Singapore

South Bend, Indiana, USA

Stockholm, Sweden

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The Next Generation of DIY Urbanism Projects: So Much Cooler Than Parklets

The Next Generation of DIY Urbanism Projects: So Much Cooler Than Parklets | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Just wait til you see the PPPlanter on a street corner near you.
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The Rise of the Internet of Things

The Rise of the Internet of Things | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

For the Internet of Things to proliferate, here's what is needed:

- A way to uniquely identify all these devices.

- Smart, low power, low cost sensors.

- Embedded intelligence.

- Automation and integration.

 

We might add that there is a political and social dimension to consider, as well.

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The Internet of Things: Ignored by the Candidates but Not by China ...

The Internet of Things: Ignored by the Candidates but Not by China ... | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Making IoT a U.S. economic development priority is our best hope to address massive global problems such as energy needs and global warming.
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