Ovum cites smart cities as key to recovery, as Libelium launches ‘smart lighting’ sensor solution in M2M magazine.
Joe Dignan of Ovum states that after being led by IT industry stalwarts such as IBM and Cisco for the past five years, the Smart City market is at a tipping point and needs fresh ideas to take it to the next level.
He believes, as does Libelium, that it is the developer community that will provide the required impetus.
The city of Santander in Spain is the site of a large-scale Smart City test bed. As part of this project, Libelium's wireless sensor networks are used to collect data on a range of parameters important for the health of the city and its inhabitants.
In Sensors Magazine, Alberto Bielsa of Libelium gives a comprehensive view on the SmartSantander project, explaining the rationale behind it and, in practical terms, describing how the networks were conceived and implemented.
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.
A talk with CEO and co-founder of Libelium Alicia Asin Perez (RT @aliciaasin: Talking with Trevor Harwood @postscapes about the importance of modularity in the Internet of Things http://t.co/daU46EpvW2...
La empresa Libelium acumula premios gracias al desarrollo y creación de sensores que transmiten información
Smart Cities, Smart Parking and Smart Agriculture products and solutions garnered the most interest from delegates to Mobile World Congress 2013 last week in Barcelona, according to Alberto Bielsa of Libelium.
"When a technology emerges, it starts first in verticals that use positive ROI to justify the expensive 'early adopter" investment. When prices drop and technology matures, it hits the inflexion point, produces scale economies and mass market solutions are born...new winners emerge to provide baseline solutions that work horizontally across verticals."
Liz Kerton argues that the M2M sector has reached the inflexion point, and is poised to go mass market capitalizing on technology trends such as:
- Mobile data networks, as provides by cellular carriers
- Wi-Fi's advances over the past decade
- The emergence of reliable standards-based connectivity protocols for M2M (Z-Wave, Bluetooth, ZigBee, MoCa, etc.)
- Cloud computing -- always on to interact, highly scaleable to store data
- Smartphones as bridge interface devices
- Moore's Law -- the power of processors doubling every two years.
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...