The web sharing economy is thriving in the heart of Paris due to the crowded streets, and perhaps something a little more intangible in the Parisian culture.
It's a smart city that can offer and promote alternative transport solutions. We're longtime fans of Velib' for bicycles and now Autolib' for cars. And now like Zipcar in San Francisco, there is a service called Drivy, a Parisian car-sharing network that lets car owners rent out their own cars to local drivers.
Scientists have derived a series of mathematical formulas that describe how cities' properties vary in relation to their population size, and then posits a novel unified, quantitative framework for understanding how cities function and grow.
New, fascinating research led by Luis Bettencourt and the Santa Fe Institute's Cities & Urbanization research team has bearing on the Smart Cities concept. In a paper published in the magazine Science (week of June 20, 2013) Bettencourt proposes a framework for understanding how cities function and grow.
His framework has practical implications for planners and policy makers, he says. The paper shows how obstacles to socialization, such as crime or segregation, and enablers that promote the ability of people to connect, such as transportation and electricity, all become part of the same equation.
NOTE from author Shel Israel--"I am writing a book called Age of Context with Robert Scoble. It is expected to be complete in October (2013). Following is an excerpt from a chapter called Contextual Cities and the New Urbanists.
Shel Israel gives us a short history of IBM's involvement in Smart Cities and profiles other technology companies he terms "Contextual City Startups" including Libelium and Bitcarrier.
What will we do with this data? It is daunting for many organizations to grasp the amount of big data being produced from sensors and devices, let alone getting business value from it. And as a consequence how will it effect the deployment of IoT and influence our daily life, Internet of People.
Still IoT and Big Data are very much a technology driven activity applied by hard- and software developers, whereby competing technologies offer different solutions with unclear business cases.
With IoT in one hand and Big Data in the other real human problems can be solved, instead of simply marketing new gadgets and services.
The second edition of this event will merge knowledge, business, technology, services, creativity and social issues.
The next 40 years will see an unprecedented transformation in the global urban landscape. Between 2010 and 2050, the number of people living in cities will increase from 3.6 billion to 6.3 billion....
Eric Woods, research director with Navigant Research: “Among city leaders, there is growing awareness that the high-growth industries of the future will be closely linked to the development of information and communication technologies and services, as well as innovative clean technologies.”
SC Actual Smart City es la primera revista periódica en toda Europa sobre el desarrollo y las nuevas iniciativas en gestión tecnológica de las grandes ciudades.
A lot of interesting material to discover in "SC Actual Smart City" -- one of the first regular magazines in Europe to cover development and new initiatives in technology management of large cities. Published in Spanish and in English.
Wherever you turn there are stories about the Internet of Things (IoT). The numbers are enormous, with many trillions of end-point “Things” being casually tossed into the discussions.
Dick Selwood looks at the fabric of the Internet of Things, in a savvy article in EE Journal that lays out the sub-systems, the scenarii and enablers of this trend, as it is depicted today and projected for the future.
I like his call to look to "other developments" in addition to the technical aspects involved in building out the IoT. He says: "These should concentrate not on technology but on the social aspects and hold the developers to high ethical standards."
Bob Emmerson has written and published a 27-page, vendor-neutral paper, ‘The Wonderful World of M2M Communications’ comprising numerous short takes on machine-to-machine communications and applications, a development that is reshaping our lives and our society in numerous ways.
The report’s objective is to paint the big, multi-faceted picture in a way that is clear, concise and easy to understand.
Smartcity Málaga integrates a wide range of technologies into the city's electricity distribution network to analyze how the current energy model can evolve toward sustainability while enabling energy savings and reducing the environmental impact...
ARM’s future is tied to more devices with computing and connectivity trying to share data on a variety of networks. Call it the internet of things or just the obvious direction we’re heading as society.
Smart Cities Global Platform: SmartSantander Project, A Success Story
Speaker | Fernando Tomas | Project Manager | IDOM Speaker | Javier Martinez | CCO - Sales Director | Libelium June 5, 2013 | 11:10 am - 11:50 am
Libelium's Smart Cities Global Platform provides all the services a city needs with the same wireless network. In the SmartSantander project, one of the largest Smart City projects in Europe, a network deployment of more than 1,200 wireless nodes provides smart parking, environmental monitoring, water monitoring, and emergency response applications.
At a case study presentation this week at Sensors Expo, attendees will:
Learn how to deploy a wireless network with more than 1,000 nodes within a city, while minimizing both the time and money invested
Understand how to manage and use the massive amounts of information gathered from such a huge city-wide network
Learn how this case study can be re-applied to other cities or similar scenarios
Last week, representatives of many of the world's leading cities - including London, Boston, Mexico City, Barcelona and Christchurch - came to San Francisco to learn from Silicon Valley entrepreneurs about how to make their cities smarter.
Many transit agencies subscribe to the idea of "Open Data", publishing bundles of information on the system. These feeds contain data on stops, routes, arrival times, fare information, headways, and other pieces of useful data.
According to Jarrett Walker, author of the Human Transit blog, viewing the shape of the transit network is a breakthrough for citizens and transit agencies.
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