The Spanish startup's wireless technology is being used by winemakers for improved agricultural production.
As Heather Clancy writes in GreenBiz.com, if Libelium co-founder and CEO Alicia Asin has her way, smart systems enabled by her company's sensor networks eventually will swarm the world around us, enabling and automating more sustainable business decisions.
Sensor technology is now appearing everywhere, from kerbsides to kitchens, wheelie bins to robotic jellyfish and sensors are increasingly proving themselves to be the critical interface between the virtual web and the Internet of Things.
Cities need to grasp new app technology to not only help improve the public good but also to earn valuable new revenue, 800 invited guests heard at Cisco’s inaugural two-day Internet of Things World Forum in Barcelona.
Also, education being an important hurdle to IoT adoption, Cisco said it will set up a Global STEM Alliance to link the New York Academy of Sciences' programs with other cities around the world. Barcelona is set to join.
The so-called Internet of Things could be with us today - if we want to do the easy things first
Jon Collins is someone you should talk to -- he has a very practical outlook on life and IT, gained from experience in both.
When you read this you'll see what I mean.
Jon says there's no need to try to boil the ocean with a visionary take on this topic that is riding high on the hype curve at the moment : "...simply look around you and think about what you could do better with some sensors, some remote switches, some clever apps. Perhaps one day we will all be living in smart cities but right now, already, we are seeing a groundswell of smart, as prices fall and capabilities grow. It doesn’t cost much to participate and the benefits can be immediate. Even as we look to the future, let’s not forget the benefits of IoT can be found in the here and now."
The city of Santander boasts 20,000 fixed and mobile sensors throughout the city – on buses, in parks, waste bins and in buildings. These sensors capture bus locations, humidity in the air and soil, pollution etc.
The title of this piece alludes to the problem of real sustainability for a Smart City. The technology works, the business case is logical and shows value. How long does it take to get the citizen engagement and buy-in?
As the internet of machines matures, companies seeking ways to connect devices directly to the cloud instead of through a smartphone or a computer, are adding support for 6LoWPAN — an ugly acronym with a big purpose.
Stacey Higginbotham of GigaOm gives us the lowdown on why 6LoWPAN matters in the Internet of Things...
Tomorrow, political theorist and author Benjamin Barber is due to join Future Cities for a live digital audio show to discuss his book If Mayors Ruled the World.
Mr Barber makes the case for a "parliament of mayors" that would share best practices and tackle issues common to everyone. He argues that city leaders have to keep their cities funning and therefore act pragmatically, unlike politicians, who get bogged down in ideological debates and politics. Would the world make progress faster if mayors were more involved?
In this funny and thought-provoking talk, Janette Sadik-Khan, transportation commissioner of New York City, shares projects that have reshaped street life in the 5 boroughs, including pedestrian zones in Times Square, high-performance buses and a city bike sharing service...
From Dreamforce 2013 in San Francisco, an interactive panel discussion with industry leaders and experts from Axeda, Thingworx, Digi, Libelium & Deloitte. The panelists discuss the challenges and opportunities they see in a connected world.
A discussion of challenges and opportunities in the connected world -- sensors, communication, Cloud -- in an expert panel at Dreamforce 2013.
The talk brings together Alicia Asin (Libelium), Bill Zujewski (Axeda), Joel Young (Digi), Russ Fadel (ThingWorx), Bill Briggs (Deloitte), Peter Coffee (Salesforce) and the moderator Dipen Dhruv.
According to Rich Heap of Future Cities, it isn't just the "smartest" (i.e. ICT-mature) cities that have the smartest ideas, with regard to sensors and connectivitity. Technology company Ericsson has published its 2013 list of the world's cities with the best ICT networks. With cities such as Stockholm, London and Singapore at the top of the list, there are many good things happening in the cities with the least developed networks.
According to Rich Heap of Future Cities, it isn't just the "smartest" (i.e. ICT-mature) cities that have the smartest ideas, with regard to sensors and connectivitity. Technology company Ericsson has published its 2013 list of the world's cities with the best ICT networks. With cities such as Stockholm, London and Singapore at the top of the list, there are many good things happening in the cities with the least developed networks. Here's where the cost of hardware and networking play in a number of ways.
As cities grow to tens of millions strong, accelerated urbanisation coupled with concerns for water security is energising the "smart" water tech market
Accelerated urbanization in the developing world and concerns about water security might be the drivers of smart urban water networks -- and present new opportunities for automation and IT. Think of it this way: how will we provision a 50-million person city with water?
This is a wonderful and savant essay by Shannon Mattern, a faculty member in the School of Media Studies at the New School in New York.
Lest we forget, Ms Mattern brings us back to the evolution of cities, over centuries, stating that this Smart Cities "computational vision" isn’t entirely new. She asks us to trace today’s smart cities back to the durable metaphor of the city-as-machine. Far from a modernist invention, she says cities have long relied on machinic modules; the grid plan, for instance, has for millennia served as a “machine” for efficient circulation. Urban historians have also conceived the city as a machine for information management.
The Big Apple will save $14 million with lower energy and maintenance costs, and residents will see their streets in a whole new light.
LED lighting officially has made the list of technologies for smart cities of the future. New York City will convert 250,000 streetlights to LEDs, a move that will save the city $14 million a year and literally change how residents see their city, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced last week.
Several cities, including Los Angeles, Seattle and Boston, already have committed to phasing out the traditional high-pressure sodium lights used in streetlights to LEDs. Bloomberg's office expects New York to be the largest conversion project in the U.S., marking a significant milestone for the adoption of LED lighting technology. The project, which began with pilot tests in 2009, is set for completion in 2017.