A £24m prize to create a city of the future has been won by Glasgow, which will now become a test bed for smart technologies.
This will mean improved services for Glaswegians, with real-time information about traffic and apps to check buses and trains schedules.
With the funds, the Glasgow council plans to develop an app for reporting issues such as potholes and missing bin collections, and other services that include linking up the CCTV cameras across the city with its traffic management unit in order to identify traffic incidents faster.
It will use analytical software and security cameras to help identify and prevent crime in the city and monitor energy levels to find new ways of providing gas and electricity to poorer areas where fuel poverty is a big issue.
The connected vehicle is leading the automotive industry to its most significant innovation phase since the creation of the automobile itself.
Good points from Thilo Koslowski (Gartner) -- As our connections to networks and devices evolve, new uses for sensor networks naturally become possible. The car as a mobile device -- driven by people who consume, create and share digital information.
"As these vehicles become increasingly connected, they become self-aware, contextual, and eventually, autonomous." Mobility will run on the technology of sensors, on-board/off-board computing, in-vehicle OS, wireless, machine learning, analytics, speech recognition (et j'en passe...). Koslowski also shows us the user's point of view, interested in safety, maps, car diagnostics, traffic conditions. Smart Cars, Smart Cities, Smart Roads.
If you’re dazzled by all the high-tech innovations found in new cars today—such as Bluetooth, Blind Spot obstacle detection, Active City Safety, Active Cruise Control radar, Collision Warning with full auto brake and pedestrian detection, Attention...
In Wired, Clive Thompson talks about how the Internet of Things -- the long-prophesied phenomenon of everyday devices talking to one another—and us—online, has created new behaviors and efficiencies.
After the Fukushima nuclear disaster, many Japanese worried that the government wasn’t providing adequate data on areas outside the evacuation zone. So some hackers designed customized Geiger counters that automatically updated radioactivity levels on an online map. Soon there were more than 300 jury-rigged all over the country, so the public could see real-time radiation levels. “It was the largest nongovernmental radiation-monitoring network in Japan,” says Chris “Akiba” Wang, one of the hackers.
Cooking Hacks, the open source hardware division of Libelium, designed and manufactured the radiation sensor board for Arduino and sent a number of them to Japan to the Tokyo Hackerspace and other working groups, to help citizens measure radiation levels autonomously.
Boyd Cohen weighs in on the top ten North American Smart Cities."Some cities are adding high-tech infrastructure. Some are implementing revolutionary sustainability plans. Others are fostering innovative business and science developments. But which city combines these qualities and others to be the smartest city?"
In Fast Company's Co.Exist, Boyd Cohen submits two sets of smart city rankings, based on a holistic model of smart cities around the globe. Here is the European top 10 (the North American top 10 ranking will be published in December 2012).
We've been talking about connected homes and the internet of things for at least a decade, but why is there so much suddenly happening in the connected device space? Stacey Higgenbotham thinks its down to smartphones (and critical mass).
The Internet of Things will consist primarily of machines talking to one another, with computer-connected humans observing, analysing and acting upon the resulting 'big data' explosion. Here's how the next internet revolution is shaping up.
The Internet of Things means everything will be connnected
IEEE takes up the IoT mantle and talks about the importance of interoperability -- essential for building an ecosystem -- and cites a movement of global collaboration underway among companies, universities and industry. And of course, IEEE is in the business of standards, bringing forward the process of creating partnerships and consensus.
“The pervasive connectivity and distributed intelligence of the IoT will play increasingly important roles in our daily lives,” says Logvinov, IEEE Senior Member. “And standards are key to the IoT’s success.”
“Standardizing on a common architecture will help ensure interoperability, compatibility, and reliability, enabling the IoT to truly become a change agent for continued technology advancement,” says Mary Lynne Nielsen, director of corporate programs for IEEE-SA.
Cities are a lot like brains, says evolutionary cognitive scientist Mark Changizi, who means it in a sense stronger than mere metaphor. In this first of a series of “city-brains” pieces, Changizi discusses some of the false signs of a smart city.
Thanks to the internet, almost anything consumers might want is just a click away. But for businesses, the gains have been much less dramatic. That is about to change, with the arrival of the Imdustrial Internet. x Jeff Immelt of GE -- in GigaOm.
GigaOM - Shocker: GE sees huge upside for internet of industrial things - by Barb Darrow of GigaOM.
The industrial internet is the manufacturing giant's take on the “internet of things” in which myriad devices — from smartphones to sensors in everything from wrist bands to sensors in everything from wrist bands to traffic cameras — communicate with each other without requiring human intervention.
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