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).
One of our favourite sensor companies had a big announcement last week/ Wireless sensor networks platform provider Libelium has launched Waspmote Plug & Sense! a new line of Libelium encapsulated wireless sensor devices allowing system integrators to implement scalable, modular wireless sensor networks and reduce installation time from days to hours. “We have reduced the complexity of installation with a solution that provides low-cost maintenance and a high degree of scalability, ensuring the shortest time to market for system integrators and end users.” Waspmote Plug & Sense! models are pre-configured to create such widely applicable services as Smart Cities, Smart Parking, Smart Agriculture, Air Quality, Smart Security, Ambient Control and, Radiation Control, out of the box. Unlike other platforms, Waspmote Plug & Sense! sensor nodes are ready for deployment anywhere in the world, in terms of available radio frequencies (2.4GHz, 868/900Mhz) and certification (CE, FCC, IC). Plug & Sense are set to send information to Meshlium, the sensor gateway that uploads data to the Cloud, making the data accessible from anywhere and easy to integrate into third-party applications.
ARM, Neul and CSR have joined hands with Cable & Wireless Worldwide to push adoption of the Weightless wireless standard. Meanwhile, ARM and Neul are also backing an internet-of-things accelerator program, with the help of Unilever and Raspberry Pi.
Technology researcher-advisor Gartner Inc. peered into its crystal ball and identified 10 strategic trends almost certain to keep corporate technologists and IT specialists wide awake at night, including the Internet of Things.
Researchers at Telefónica Digital have unveiled some of the innovations they have been working on in the field of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, with the aim of establishing an Internet of physical things.
As the deadline for the Craft + Technology Residencies approaches, Autonomatic's Katie Bunnell and Beatrice Mayfield of the Crafts Council (RT @CraftsCouncilUK: What could the Internet of Things mean to makers?
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.
Announced today at Smart Cities Expo in Barcelona, Telefónica will integrate Libelium's wireless sensor platform in its portfolio. Libelium's Waspmote Plug & Sense is certified to operate with Telefónica’s M2M technology. This will allow integrators to create M2M applications based on real-time information flows quickly and at low cost.
Thanks to this integration, Telefónica’s Smart City offering currently has 27 different applications, including traffic management, Smart Parking and environmental and agricultural monitoring.
Profile of Libelium, wireless sensor network platform provider. With its innovative hardware integration design and horizontal approach, Libelium’s Waspmote product has the potential to be the standard, universal platform for the upcoming technological age of the Internet of Things.
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