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Our world is urban: cities will be smarter, with informatics, open data networks, sensors and services
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PARKING TODAY - News

PARKING TODAY - News | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Parking Today Magazine and Parking Resource Center
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As today’s technology gives people the ability to work more quickly, powerfully and efficiently, it’s now beginning to do the same for our cities. “Smart Cities” projects are underway in Europe, Asia and other areas worldwide, and are making important strides in dealing with urban issues such as noise, lighting, air quality, waste management, infrastructure, traffic, and, yes, parking. 

In the case of parking solutions, wireless sensor networks can be deployed along with actuators, cameras and displays to gather data and communicate information to citizens. The benefits are easy to understand: both for the consumer and for the municipality.


The sensor nodes themselves are prime examples of sustainable, low-energy consumption “smart” devices. They rely on little power, and their communication protocols have been designed for long-term usage.


Such low maintenance makes it possible to deploy networks with hundreds of nodes relatively easily, giving cities the opportunity to ramp up smart parking solutions with widespread coverage and to add new services without the need to interrupt the network. 

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What's it like to live in a smart city?

What's it like to live in a smart city? | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

Smart cities are already here even though you may not realise that you live in one. Experts discuss what makes their city smart.

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The BBC asked a range of experts to describe life in their own smart city: London, New York, Singapore, Rio de Janeiro...

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Libelium

Libelium | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Smart parking is just one application enabled by this Spanish company's Waspmote wireless sensor technology: It is allied with more than 2,000 developers and has pilot smart city projects going on in more than 75 countries.
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How academics help make cities smart

How academics help make cities smart | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Academics are often characterized as pedants, focusing on trivial details and missing the big picture. As with most stereotypes there is an element of tru
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Hugh Aldridge thinks that research (validation and ideation) should be an essential part of any smarter city project -- to evaluate impacts, qualify benefits and bring an independent voice to the matter.


He says that universities as local employers and as corporate citizens are in a unique position to contribute to realizing a city’s vision to be smart, sustainable and successful.  Their particular combination of assets – buildings, roads, parks, etc. – with trained researchers and with their students, a ready and willing population of research ‘subjects’ and participants makes them an asset that a city and its partners can leverage to develop, demonstrate and evaluate new approaches to city management. 


Hugh Aldrige is the Director of the Cities Initiative at the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society, a research institute of the University of California, Berkeley.

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How The Internet of Things Will Create a Smart World | SmartData Collective

How The Internet of Things Will Create a Smart World | SmartData Collective | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things refers to objects that can be uniquely identified via an IP-address and all of them are connected to the Internet.
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luiy's curator insight, August 30, 2013 12:35 PM

The Internet of Things is an important trend within big data. Within a few years we will have to talk in Brontobytes when we discuss data coming from sensors in the smart world of the future. The Internet of Things refers to objects that can be uniquely identified via an IP-address and all of them are connected to the Internet. Objects (which can be anything from a car, to a chair or a bottle of soda) that are equipped with identifiers can be managed and inventoried by computers and algorithms. These objects contain sensors and the data theses sensors collect are shared with an Internet-like structure. All those devices connected to the internet will create a smart world that will change the way societies work. Libelium created market research document with 50 Sensor Applications for a Smarter World and they compiled all those sensor applications into one infographic

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Nicole Ferraro - Jan Gehl: People-Friendly Cities Are a Must | Future Cities

Nicole Ferraro - Jan Gehl: People-Friendly Cities Are a Must | Future Cities | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Jan Gehl, founding partner of Gehl Architects, shared his vision for people-friendly cities on Future Cities radio today. Read on, and listen in!
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Gehl is probably one of the foremost proponents of public spaces in the world, he was quick to clarify an important point: Cities should not focus on public spaces, but on people's behavior.


The article, video and live chat in Future Cities takes a look at how strong public policies are putting "people" back into planning, in cities such as Copenhagen, New York, Los Angeles and even Moscow.

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Design News - Electronic News & Comment - Slideshow: Smarter Cars Paving Road to Intelligent Highways

Design News - Electronic News & Comment - Slideshow: Smarter Cars Paving Road to Intelligent Highways | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Experts say that the intelligent highway will save more lives than seat belts, airbags, and electronic stability control. For sheer lifesaving capacity, nothing in the history of the auto industry will come close to it.
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I found the comments to Charles Murray's article to be a great read. 
The debate is on... 

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How Silver Spring Networks saw the light on LED-lit cities

How Silver Spring Networks saw the light on LED-lit cities | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
How many technologies does it take to change a city's light bulbs? One company is finding out.
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In the Two Steps Forward blog on GreenBiz.com Sterling Hughes explains to executive editor Joel Makower that smart lighting solutions pay for themselves quickly. With "smart lighting," the cost savings inherent to reduced energy consumption are easy to measure. But the societal benefit to "smart lighting" is just as real, even if it is more difficult to quantify them.

 

Hughes points out that in Europe, “Road classifications are based on their traffic — the number of cars per minute or per hour. Based upon that it’s either called a highway, a thoroughfare, or a pedestrian roadway. The way dimming schemes work is, essentially, if the highway at 2 a.m. has only the traffic of a pedestrian roadway, you can de-rate the road to a pedestrian roadway in terms of your lighting level, which means you can reduce the light level by 50 percent, and therefore save a bunch of energy in the middle of the night.”

 

Equivalent standards don’t yet exist in the United States.

 

And then there are the societal benefits of smarter, more energy-efficient city lighting. “The light from LEDs is massively better,” says Hughes. “I didn’t really think they were anything that special before I started looking at street lights, but the light from LEDs can actually demonstrably reduce crime. In Los Angeles, it’s reduced crime by 15 percent. In Chattanooga, certain public parks have gone from three or four gang incidents a week to none.”

 

Suffice to say, such societal benefits need to be part of the calculation for cities investing in smart lighting systems. We know how to put monetary values to social benefit, from reduced law enforcement needs to higher property values and resulting property tax revenues, not to mention resident safety and satisfaction. They are as important as the reduced energy and maintenance costs.

 

“Cities don’t quantify the societal benefit,” Hughes acknowledges. “That’s one of the things you learn right away. There’s always some societal benefit that never gets captured.”

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RE.WORK Cities

RE.WORK Cities | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
RE.WORK combines entrepreneurship, technology and science to solve some of the world's greatest challenges using emerging technology.
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Siemens launches smart city in Vienna

Siemens launches smart city in Vienna | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Located in the Aspern district in Vienna, the project will connect building systems with intelligent power grids and ICT technologies that interact.

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Claudia Correia de Araujo's curator insight, July 26, 2013 8:53 PM

Smart cities start with citizen engagement

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Pablo Valerio - Sensored City Delivers Savings & Inspiration | Future Cities

Pablo Valerio - Sensored City Delivers Savings & Inspiration | Future Cities | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
In Santander, Spain, sensors and user apps combine for savings and citizen engagement.
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Citizen engagement in municipal services shows the potential of smart cities, as demonstrated in Smart Santander.

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Urban Observatory Compare Cities

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Very interesting comparision map of our world's major cities, depicting census data, transport systems, urban footprint, new development and a host of other factors. 

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RE.WORK Cities

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RE.WORK combines entrepreneurship, technology and science to solve some of the world's greatest challenges using emerging technology.
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A new Smart Cities conference with a highly interactive format is taking place in London this year, on December 13, 2013. Speakers from around the world include Alicia Asin from Libelum, Christine Outram from City Innovation Group, Carlo Ratti from MIT's Senseable City Lab, Neil Spiller, Dean of the School of Architecture, Design and Construction, University of Greenwich --with more to come. 

 

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Can Smarter City technology measure and improve our quality of life?

Can Smarter City technology measure and improve our quality of life? | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

Can information and technology measure and improve the quality of life in cities? That seems a pretty fundamental question for the Smarter Cities movement to address...

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This article by IBM's Rick Robinson explores the relationship between urban data, technology and quality of life, in a very interesting read.

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Sensing City (TM) - Christchurch, New Zealand

Sensing City (TM) - Christchurch, New Zealand | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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Private and public entities are engaged in the rebuild of the city of Christchurch, aggregating data from public- and private assets, a sensor overlay, system integrator involvement, and not forgetting to create safeguards that ensure citizen privacy and protect other sensitive data. 

 

Also: because data sets are managed through a unified data model, public entities, companies and citizens can innovate and improve...

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The next big market for data and connected devices? Agriculture

The next big market for data and connected devices? Agriculture | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Farming is undergoing a shift as more people consume locally grown food and a younger generation of farmers are bringing technology to the field. Agriculture is meeting the internet of things.
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Enabling the Internet of Things: Q&A with Libelium CEO Alicia Asin | ITProPortal.com

Enabling the Internet of Things: Q&A with Libelium CEO Alicia Asin | ITProPortal.com | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

Before the GigaOm Structure: Europe conference in London Sept 18 & 19, here is a Q & A with the CEO of Spanish wireless sensor platform manufacturer Libelium, who co-founded the company aged just 24.

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     From www.itproportal.com 

 

Libelium is a company that is enabling the Internet of Things, with its modular open source wireless sensor platform, Waspmote.

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Car Sharing Could Be the Electric Vehicle’s Killer App

Car Sharing Could Be the Electric Vehicle’s Killer App | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

Parisians have learned to love electric cars by sharing them. Since the late 2011 launch of the French capital’s Autolib car-sharing program, Parisians have taken its fleet of 1800 electric vehicles (EVs) on more than 2 million trips using 4000 dedicated charging points. That makes Paris one of the world’s EV meccas, with more battery-powered cars on the road and more charging points than nearly any other city.


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(Interview) Gordon Feller, Cisco's Director of Urban Innovation talks Smart Cities

(Interview) Gordon Feller, Cisco's Director of Urban Innovation talks Smart Cities | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

"One of the main challenges facing cities is shaping an effective transition strategy which will accelerate the process of becoming a smart city. This requires, first and foremost, harnessing the power of the networks and technologies already in place and available...."


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When it comes to the internet of things, Europe's holding its own

When it comes to the internet of things, Europe's holding its own | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Some of the best and most innovative thinkers on the internet of things are in Europe, whether they are product designers in London or building sensors in Germany.
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Ruthbea Yesner Clarke: Using “The Cloud” To Build Smarter Cities at Cloud, Datacenter, Data Protection Services | Venyu Bl

Ruthbea Yesner Clarke: Using “The Cloud” To Build Smarter Cities at Cloud, Datacenter, Data Protection Services | Venyu Bl | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

According to Ruthbea Yesner Clarke, director of IDC's Smart Cities Strategies program, cities implementing smart technology solutions may require up to a decade or more before realizing its full transformative potential.

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 “Today’s cities know they must tackle urban challenges through coordinated and focused investments that enable collaboration across departments and agencies, leverage existing assets, engage citizens and stakeholders and tackle long-standing problems.“

The result of ‘smart city’ initiatives will ultimately enable cities to attract businesses and citizens to build more vibrant city landscapes and competitive economies,” Yesner Clarke said.

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Imagining A Future City Filled With Driverless Cars And Without Any Parking Spaces

Imagining A Future City Filled With Driverless Cars And Without Any Parking Spaces | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

As self-driving cars move from fantasy to reality, what kind of effect will they have on cities?

A research and urban prototyping project called Shuffle City investigates, and in the process, becomes a manifesto for a new kind of modern city--one that depends less on traditional public transportation like buses or light rail and more on creating a fleet of continuously moving automated vehicles to serve urban mobility needs.

Shuffle City looks at the new possibilities that could arise from cities transitioning to cars without drivers. If cars were put into some constant flow as a public good, and if people didn’t all have their own vehicles, there would be no need for the concrete wastelands and lifeless towers that serve as a parking infrastructure in the urban landscapes of car-centric cities like Phoenix and Los Angeles (Under the current ownership model, the average car spends 21 hours per day parked.)

The share of city space ruled by parking lots will shrink, making way for more green space, environmental buffers, workspace, housing, retail, and denser planning for more walkable cities...


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José Antônio Carlos - O Professor Pepe's curator insight, August 7, 2013 8:41 AM

Um desenho da cidade de nossos sonhos. Carros sem motoristas, ruas sem espaço para estacionamento, e por aí vai.

Kim Spence-Jones's curator insight, August 8, 2013 2:53 AM

Interface between cars and homes is an interesting area of R&D. Everything from entertainment synchronising to battery management.

miguel sa's curator insight, September 4, 2013 4:17 PM

Jacque Fresco has been talking about this sort of thing for awhile now, looks like its coming closer to reality~ 

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Using The Internet of Everything to Make Your Garden Grow - The Network: Cisco's Technology News Site

Using The Internet of Everything to Make Your Garden Grow - The Network: Cisco's Technology News Site | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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The Internet of Things means "connecting the real world to the Internet," says David Gascon of Libelium. The areas of agriculture and farming give rise to new applications and use cases for sensors and data collection, to give efficiencies that weren't possible before.

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1:1 interview with Rob van Kranenburg: Part 1

1:1 interview with Rob van Kranenburg: Part 1 | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
1:1 Interview conducted by Atmel's Tom Vu with Rob van Kranenburg, IoT-A Stakeholder Coordinator, Founder of Council, and Adviser to Open Source Internet of Things, osiot.org. TV: Why IoT-A? There ...
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First of a three-part interview with Rob van Kranenburg, who shines some light on the definition, the importance, the pervasive **influence** of what may be called the Internet of Things (IoT) era. 

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Streets Can Be Public Spaces Too

Streets Can Be Public Spaces Too | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
A street shouldn't just be about transportation, but also about civic definition and social and commercial interaction.
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