Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT)
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Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT)
Our world is urban: cities will be smarter, with informatics, open data networks, sensors and services
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Cities are a new kind of complex system: Part social reactor, part network

Cities are a new kind of complex system: Part social reactor, part network | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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.
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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.

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luiy's curator insight, June 24, 2013 3:02 PM

New research by Santa Fe Institute Professor Luis Bettencourt suggests a city is something new in nature -- a sort of social reactor that is part star and part network, he says.

 

"It's an entirely new kind of complex system that we humans have created," he says. "We have intuitively invented the best way to create vast social networks embedded in space and time, and keep them growing and evolving without having to stop. When that is possible, a social species can sustain ways of being incredibly inventive and productive."

 

In a paper published this week in Science, Bettencourt derives 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.

His resulting theoretical framework predicts very closely dozens of statistical relationships observed in thousands of real cities around the world for which reliable data are available.

 

"As more people lead urban lives and the number and size of cities expand everywhere, understanding more quantitatively how cities function is increasingly important," Bettencourt says. "Only with a much better understanding of what cities are will we be able to seize the opportunities that cities create and try to avoid some of the immense problems they present. This framework is a step toward a better grasp of the functioning of cities everywhere."

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The Cool Hunter - IBM's Smarter Cities Billboard Campaign

The Cool Hunter - IBM's Smarter Cities Billboard Campaign | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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In London and Paris, People for Smart Cities billboards from IBM are part of a social media campaign -- with a practical twist...

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PC's Telecom Blog: Libelium brings 3G over-the-air programming to smart cities sensors

PC's Telecom Blog: Libelium brings 3G over-the-air programming to smart cities sensors | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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Cities get smart: urban innovation - in pictures

Cities get smart: urban innovation - in pictures | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Forget flying cars and robots, the cities of the near future will be getting 'smart' using a combination of high- and low-tech solutions.
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IBM's Smarter Approach to Contextual Cities

IBM's Smarter Approach to Contextual Cities | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

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.

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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.

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The Internet of Things: Buzzword or Big Business? | Internet of Things Event

The Internet of Things: Buzzword or Big Business? | Internet of Things Event | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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2nd edition, High Tech Campus Eindhoven

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.

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Smart Cities

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

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Making Sense Of The Internet Of Things | TechCrunch

Making Sense Of The Internet Of Things | TechCrunch | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Editor's note: Matt Turck is a managing director of FirstMark Capital.

The emerging Internet of Things is experiencing a burst of activity and creativity that is getting entrepreneurs, VCs and the press equally excited.
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SC Actual Smart City - SC Actual Smart City

SC Actual Smart City - SC Actual Smart City | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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.
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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.

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The Internet of Things is Coming

The Internet of Things is Coming | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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.
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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."

 

This is an excellent read...

 

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Beyond Quantification: We Need Meaningful Smart Cities | Muki Haklay (UCL)

Beyond Quantification: We Need Meaningful Smart Cities | Muki Haklay (UCL) | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

My contribution to the first pamphleteer, which focused on ‘Future & Smart Cities’ is dealing with the balance between technology companies, engineers and scientists and the values, needs and wishes of the wider society. In particular, I suggest the potential of citizen science in opening up some of the black boxes of smart cities to wider societal control. ... The pamphleteer is not too long – 32 pages – and include many thought-provoking pieces from researchers in Geography, Environmental Engineering, Architecture, Computer Science and Art. It can be downloaded here. ...


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Opening the big city data pandora box!

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Smart Things | ZDNet

Smart Things | ZDNet | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Machine-to-machine technology is creating an ‘Internet of Things’, or smart devices that share information with each other—and you. It’s the next big thing and, like mobilization, is largely consumer-driven.
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Diarmuid Mallon of SAP Mobile Services makes a point that I think is most important in the Internet of Things discussion, and it can be applied to M2M, or Smart Cities: it's the user -- the consumer -- who will decide what information or service she/he wants. It's simple. This will weed out applications that are merely a technology "tour-de-force."

 

Let's talk about how to get input from users...

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Connecting Things to the Internet Does Not an Internet of Things Make

Connecting Things to the Internet Does Not an Internet of Things Make | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
The Internet is about shared information, and it's hard to share from inside a silo.
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Here is Liat Ben-Zur of Qualcomm's take on this fascinating ongoing discussion of what the Internet of Things will be.

 

In practical terms, how will smart applications/smart devices evolve?  Collecting data is one part, universal connectivity is another, sharing control across devices is a challenge to be met, as is privacy, while openness and flexibility are issues to address.

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MTD's comment, May 10, 2013 3:57 AM
Gosh, what a wonderful article. I think it represents a good analysis of the tipping point between a highly connected but 'unintelligent' infrastructure and the goal of context-aware, smart networks that respond to change in a truly dynamic way. However, I question in a way whether one state or the other is the 'Internet of Things'. The Internet as it current is does not truly mirror context or respond dynamically - in a controlled way - to changed circumstances. It's self-ordered chaos. I suppose my point is that I'm not sure whether the change state from 'un-Smart' to 'Smart' IoT is something that must be engineered in, or whether that kind of smart adaptation and control will be emergent from the system (and from individual change and shift within individual devices and isolated networks).
MTD's curator insight, May 10, 2013 4:03 AM

Very interesting article on the necessary conditions for the Internet Of Things. Fascinating. The question is - does the IoT need to be intelligent, can it handle silos, and what level of context intelligence will make it truly connected, and therefore useful, to mankind? 

Nat Sones's curator insight, May 10, 2013 4:05 AM

Powerful piece here. What wil make the Internet of Things go beyond a vague term for 'things that have connectivity' to being a smart, aware, useful (and marketable) phenomenon? 

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L’Inria nous dévoile ses recherches sur les « Smart Cities »

L’Inria nous dévoile ses recherches sur les « Smart Cities » | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

Lors du festival numérique, Futur en Seine, l’Inria a présenté ses recherches sur les « Smart Cities » au sein de l’Archipel des Projets.


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The next era of computing is coming, and ARM's Simon Segars is ready to profit from it

The next era of computing is coming, and ARM's Simon Segars is ready to profit from it | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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.
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'Smart' Santander, Spain is what future cities may look like.

'Smart' Santander, Spain is what future cities may look like. | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
What happens at this government sponsored experiment in Santander, a tiny village in Spain could impact the future trajectory of cities.
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Smart Cities Global Platform: SmartSantander Project, A Success Story | Sensors

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

 
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How an Army of Sensors Helps Us Track Tsunamis and Score Parking Spots | Wired Science | Wired.com

How an Army of Sensors Helps Us Track Tsunamis and Score Parking Spots | Wired Science | Wired.com | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
The rumble of volcanoes, the shock of a concussion, the action of waves. Connected sensors are translating it all into data.
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Keen On… Peter Hirshberg: Why Smart Entrepreneurs Should Care About Smart Cities | TechCrunch

Keen On… Peter Hirshberg: Why Smart Entrepreneurs Should Care About Smart Cities | TechCrunch | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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.
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Human Transit: real-time transit mapping: watch your system in motion

Human Transit: real-time transit mapping: watch your system in motion | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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.
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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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Interview with Javier Martínez: Sales Director, Libelium

Interview with Javier Martínez: Sales Director, Libelium | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
“There is a clear will to combine skills and expertise with complete global solutions that are relevant and reliable as well as being efficient”. 
“R+D are at the heart of Libelium.
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Javier Martinez of Libelium talks about M2M and IoT markets, citing the Smart Santander project as one of the most relevant illustrations of Smart Cities. "M2M technologies will be used to build valuable, intelligent solutions for the end user from the collected information, whether this is for use by the individual citizen, or from a more general perspective--by the city."

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New Cities Summmit 2013 - The Human City | 4-6 June 2013 | SÃO PAULO

New Cities Summmit 2013 - The Human City | 4-6 June 2013 | SÃO PAULO | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
New Cities Summit is the leading global platform for urban innovation and exchange. Hosted by The New Cities Foundation this year 2013 in SÃO PAULO.
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Great event coming up in Brazil, hosted by the New Cities Foundation, that looks to put citizens and community at the heart of the cities of the future -- those that are in planning **now**. 

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MTD's curator insight, May 17, 2013 4:18 AM

Exciting event focusing on how cities are steering development in every sector. Focus on humanity is absolutely right. 

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'The Internet of Things is already here' - Business Today - Business News

'The Internet of Things is already here' - Business Today - Business News | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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Roberto Saracco, of the European Institure for Innovation and Technology (EIT) Italy talks about IoT in terms of a "communications fabric" rather than the traditional communications infrastructure that is owned by different parties. He says that software will play the role of inter-mediator, so that systems are able to exchange information with one another.

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Nat Sones's curator insight, May 15, 2013 4:34 AM

Is this true? It all depends on the necessary and sufficient conditions of the 'IoT' as we understand it. At the moment, it's all in play - is the IoT going to simply describe things that are connected, things that are controllable, or things that interconnect and interact with each other? Or does it describe an 'infosphere' that takes in all these things and becomes active and alive?