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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Getting citizens involved: how cities can use smart technology and social media for improvement

Getting citizens involved: how cities can use smart technology and social media for improvement | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
How are cities using sensors, social media, and the power of their own citizens to become smarter?
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Yes -- this is the crux of Smart Cities: collaboration. Data measurement gives an objective view on city services, expenses and management and incites citizens to participate in decisions relating to city development.

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E-Health: Low Cost Sensors for Early Detection of Childhood Disease | Libelium

E-Health: Low Cost Sensors for Early Detection of Childhood Disease | Libelium | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Pneumonia is the number 1 killer of children worldwide with 2 million deaths each year. With a child dying every 20 seconds, pneumonia is a significant contributor to neonatal mortality in developing countries – more than AIDS, malaria and measles combined. The illness is treatable and preventable, but accurate early detection is key. To reduce child mortality due to Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI), the Smart Object Sensing Array invented by Guardit and licensed by Inspire Living Inc., contracted with the global NGO Project HOPE to create a device to aid in the efficient detection of tachypnea, an indication of pneumonia in children, based on Libelium’s e-Health Sensor Platform.
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The Internet of Things, through low-cost sensors and prototyping tools, has an important role to play in public health. A new sensor device to monitor infant breath rate in the third world — and to better diagnose and treat pneumonia-- is featured on Libelium's website.

 

The name of the device -- INSPIRE (inspirer, in French, also means "breathe in")-- is very appropriate for this sensor system currently in field trials. The inventor Michael Script (co-founder of Inspired Living, Inc.) describes the process and steps involved from idea to prototype to actual device.

 

The availability of low-cost sensors, from Libelium's eHealth sensor platform, contributed to this project.

http://www.libelium.com/e-health-low-cost-sensors-for-early-detection-of-childhood-disease-inspire-project-hope

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“Sensor Technologies Healthcare, Wellness and Environmental Applications” Book. | Libelium

“Sensor Technologies Healthcare, Wellness and Environmental Applications” Book. | Libelium | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
This book written by Michael McGrath and Cliodhna Ni Scanaill of Intel, is an exploration of the current state of sensor technology. Focusing heavily on real-world healthcare and environmental applications, the book discusses both technical and non-technical challenges to consider as we move toward a more connected world. Read more.
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The Internet of Things is made of sensors. In Smart Cities, citizens are taking a proactive approach to sensor technology—from radiation detection to air and water pollution monitoring to self-administered biometric sensing for home healthcare—and the future is driven by consumers. The proliferation of Smart Technology will inform and shape the next steps in this technological evolution.

"Sensor Technologies," published by Apress and written by Intel engineers, cites real-world, impactful deployments by such industry innovators as Libelium. This is a great read and very accessible to all levels of readers. 

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Smart Cities Council | They're back! IDC's 2014 smart cities predictions

Smart Cities Council | They're back! IDC's 2014 smart cities predictions | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
A year ago the smart cities team at IDC Government Insights unveiled its first-ever list of smart cities predictions. Now they're back with a new list and -- long story short -- they're making out 2014 to be a big year for smart cities. Find out why.
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Ruthbea Yesner Clarke, Research Director for the smart cities team at IDC Government Insights says that in 2014, 15% of cities in the world will be in the opportunistic stage of smart city maturity.

This sector is taking shape very rapidly.

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Smart Roads: Wireless Sensors Monitor Road Conditions - video overview

The Sensor Applications reviewed in the Smart Cities solution overview here include: liquid presence on pavement, icy road predictions, vehicle and pedestrian detection,  monitoring cracks, noise maps, pollution points

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Libelium gives practical examples of some of the sensor solutions used in Smart Cities solutions today and how they are deployed to solve problems of parking and environmental monitoring, as well as public safety, transportation and noise pollution.

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Arduino & "Makers" are creating the Internet of Things

Arduino & "Makers" are creating the Internet of Things | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

http://www.cooking-hacks.com/blog/maker-movement

 

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A new infographic shows the evolution of the open-source hardware platform Arduino and the maker movement. From rapid prototyping to finished products, the makers and inventors are using open-source hardware to create the new devices of the IoT.

 

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Internet of Things: The “Basket of Remotes” Problem

Internet of Things: The “Basket of Remotes” Problem | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

 Related columns: The Internet of Things: Look, It Must Work... For twenty-five years, we’ve been promised a thoroughly connected world in which our “things” become smarter, safer and save energy. We count on WiFi and Bluetooth in our homes, but we don’t have appliances that provide self-description or reliable two-way communication. As a result, the Internet of Things for consumers is, in practice, a Basket of Remotes.

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In MondayNote.com, Jean-Louis Gassee eloquently lays out the device management challenge of the consumer IoT space.

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Why PTC acquired ThingWorx > ENGINEERING.com

Why PTC acquired ThingWorx > ENGINEERING.com | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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PTC acquired ThingWorx in the last days of 2013, in a strategic move that makes perfect sense. If billions of "things" are to be connected to the Internet (and there's no going back now...), manufacturing itself will be linked to the use of the IoT. Product development will change accordingly, as will the way products are operated, maintained, serviced, upgraded, etc. The very definition of "product" will undergo a transformation... this is a very interesting read.

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10 trends that drove sustainable transport in 2013

10 trends that drove sustainable transport in 2013 | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Car-sharing services, EVs, self-driving vehicles, bike fleets and more helped rev up sustainable mobility over the past year. 
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Smarter parking, smarter cities, electric vehicles, car sharing, aviation biofuel, ultralight vehicles, and new emphasis on old technologies like mechanized freight transport, sail systems and "pedal power" are driving the trend for sustainable transport in 2013.

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Internet of Things: Six Key Characteristics

Internet of Things: Six Key Characteristics | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Creating Internet of Things products can place businesses and their product teams in an uncomfortable place by pushing them outside of their comfort zone.
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Look at this: Intelligence, Connectivity, Sensing, Expressing, Energy, Safety -- these can be seen as the basic building block elements for devices in the Internet of Things.

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Nat Sones's comment, December 19, 2013 7:03 AM
I love this post. I quibble slightly about expressing - but I love any work to pin down some key terms here to aid analysis and discussion.
judycurtis's comment, December 19, 2013 10:45 AM
Thanks, Nat. Yes, "expressing" would be the placeholder word for the function of making sense of the data flow. All of these concepts are crucial to design.
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Smarter Oil And Landslide Predicting: Here's How The Internet Of Things Is Changing The World

Smarter Oil And Landslide Predicting: Here's How The Internet Of Things Is Changing The World | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
IBM SmartCamps Deborah Magid on three winning technologies from Malaysia Spain and Russia--and the ways they're making the globe safe and smart.
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Deborah Magid at IBM's Venture Group counts on the fact that the world is smart and getting smarter. "Some companies use sensors or existing devices to take information and create some kind of solution for it. [Libelium] does the opposite. They’re the platform. And you, as another company, can use these devices to create a smart cities application. The kinds of applications that have been created are ‘Are these buildings emitting pollution into the air in a city?’ or ‘How’s the transportation flowing?’"

Magid helped found IBM's SmartCamp.

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Libelium pours its smart tech into wine production

Libelium pours its smart tech into wine production | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
The Spanish startup's wireless technology is being used by winemakers for improved agricultural production. 
judycurtis's insight:

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.

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Sensors - an A to Z - E & T Magazine

Sensors - an A to Z - E & T Magazine | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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.
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Libelium’s Alicia Asín Pérez: crafting an IoT leader from the ground up! | stephenson blogs on Internet of Things, data, et al. - introducing the Internet of Things to businesses and the public

Libelium’s Alicia Asín Pérez: crafting an IoT leader from the ground up! | stephenson blogs on Internet of Things, data, et al. - introducing the Internet of Things to businesses and the public | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Any time you run into a leading IoT engineer who says she draws inspiration from the early NYC skyscrapers (Why? "..Most of them were built during the Great Depression and make me think that in big crisis like the one we are living there are also the greatest opportunities for creating amazing things.
judycurtis's insight:

David Stephenson posted his interview of Alicia Asin, citing Libelium’s passion for open systems, its technical expertise at integrating a growing array of sensors and software, and its ability to partner with both big and small firms as key factors to the company's growth and success as an enabler of the IoT.  

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5 Tests You Need To Apply To Your Internet of Things Strategy | INEX Advisors

5 Tests You Need To Apply To Your Internet of Things Strategy | INEX Advisors | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
5 Tests You Need To Apply To Your Internet of Things Strategy |
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Chris Rezendes of Inex Advisors lays our a 5-part "and test" model, gleaned from actual IoT use cases and real deployments.

He says that customer experience trumps everything, and that partnerships are the motor.

 

His five questions are thought-provoking, or action-provoking ideally. Read them to help get past the hype...

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What's the best way to fund the internet of things?

What's the best way to fund the internet of things? | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
The IoT community is still debating which of three different funding models will best support development, with some favored by Europe and some by the US. Understanding these models is crucial to understanding where the technology is heading and what region will lead the way.
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Alicia Asin of Libelium talks about financing Smart Cities and IoT projects, highlighting some of the differences that exist today between public and private projects. 

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Science and the City | Smart Cities

Science and the City | Smart Cities | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

Amazingly as far back as January 1967, we were quite literally talking about ‘a science of cities’, using the cliche. Jennifer Light’s book From Warfare to Welfare published in 2003 recounts the optimism of the 1960s in which many believed that one could import the products of the space program specifically and the military industrial complex more generally into tools that we might used for solving the urban crisis. In America this was the crisis of segregation and poverty in cities as well as traffic congestion, housing conditions and endemic decay.....


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The 10 Smartest Cities In Europe

The 10 Smartest Cities In Europe | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Which European cities are doing the most innovative things with infrastructure technology and entrepreneurship?
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Boyd Cohen ranks the 10 top Smart Cities in Europe in Fast Company. He reminds us that to accomodate our growing populations, the goal of every city is to "maintain the quality of life, but also improve it. In short, smart cities are innovative cities."

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▶ Hacking, Prototyping & Smart Citizens - Re.WORK Cities Summit - London, December 2013

This panel session at RE.WORK Cities Summit in London in December 2013 brings together technologists, entrepreneurs, academia and business leaders to talk about the challenges and advances for Smart Cities in the era of the Internet of Things. https://www.re-work.co/cities-2013 The Internet of Things and sensors...

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Community-led projects, citizen involvement and open data initiatives will continue to play a role in the technology choices for Smart Cities, according to Alicia Asin of Libelium. 

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Top 10 Clean Energy Developments of 2013

Top 10 Clean Energy Developments of 2013 | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
2013 brought remarkable clean energy developments that are helping to bring us closer to a clean, prosperous, and secure energy future. Here we list our top ten.
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The Rocky Mountain Institute lists the 10 most important clean energy developments -- such as electric vehicles, the rising use of transportation apps and including several large US cities' initiatives to monitor energy use in large buildings. These are all points for Smart Cities...

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Smart cities: Opportunities for startups

Smart cities: Opportunities for startups | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
A rapid increase in urban growth and a desire to reduce environmental impact are creating new challenges for cities in areas such as energy use, mobility, security, and governance.
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City leaders, citizens and investors each play a part in the making of our future "smart cities." Startups should be able to seize the opportunities. A report by Shaun Abrahamson of Mutopo in GigaOm delves into the matter.

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How Having A "Smart" Home Could Actually Change Your Life

How Having A "Smart" Home Could Actually Change Your Life | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

IoE has the potential to transform supply chains, manufacturing plants, retail, transportation, energy megaprojects, and much more by "lighting up" dark assets of all kinds with connectivity and smart capabilities.

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Cisco calls it "the Internet of Everything"...

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Here are 120+ great European tech companies you may have heard of

Here are 120+ great European tech companies you may have heard of | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Incredibly, some people still think Europe hasn't produced any great tech companies aside from Spotify and Skype. Here are 120+ other ones, just for them.
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New ‘Smart Cities’ Guide Helps Leaders Plan for a Sustainable Future

New ‘Smart Cities’ Guide Helps Leaders Plan for a Sustainable Future | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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"Energy is the foundation of a Smart City," -- writes Kate Zerrenner in the Environmental Defense Fund blog, announcing a new Smart Cities Guide that includes best practices, more than 50 case studies, and a score of proven principles to help cities achieve smart city status. The Guide is intended to help city planners identify the best path forward for their particular city, with guidelines for creating a customized plan that will work, even if development of a Smart City plan is gradual.


- See more at: http://blogs.edf.org/energyexchange/2013/12/09/new-smart-cities-guide-helps-leaders-plan-for-a-sustainable-future/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=main#sthash.QLuR5bN9.dpuf

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Current Challenges & Opportunities in the Connected World

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.

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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.

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Nat Sones's curator insight, November 28, 2013 9:08 AM

Like any advance, the continuing connection we see across every facet of human life, business, interaction, buying and selling is continuing to intensify, become more intelligent and aware, and more automated. What that will do to the nature of organisations, and to societies. cities, cultures and even people themselves, is still taking shape. The question is how we will meet this - prepared, to the extent you can be, or completely unprepared? Which is better - to prepare for what you can't see, or to sense and respond (like connected tech itself) to emerging conditions. Can you have both? I think yes: you have to have a desired direction, preferences, strategic 'settings' even at this level. But you have to adapt and survive as well. What do you think?