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Our world is urban: cities will be smarter, with informatics, open data networks, sensors and services
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The Internet of Things: Inspiration and Requirements

The Internet of Things: Inspiration and Requirements | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
This is first of a three-part series on the Internet of Things with Atmel's Tom Vu and Internet of Things Council member Michael Koster. Part 1: Inspiration and Requirements.
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Sensors as a Foundation for the Next Technology Revolution | Sensors

Sensors as a Foundation for the Next Technology Revolution | Sensors | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

In the past decade venture investors have overlooked hardware partly because of the perception that hardware is hard and expensive, but also because fewer active VCs nowadays have a hardware-savvy background.


Via Tony Fish
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Nat Sones's curator insight, April 17, 2013 5:46 AM

Sensors are the nerve endings of our world. Smart, responsive, connected. They will drive the development of urban environments (and all others). 

judycurtis's comment, May 10, 2013 2:26 PM
That is a great image, Nat.
Nat Sones's comment, May 15, 2013 4:31 AM
Thanks Judy! I suppose it's natural to 'biomorphise' these complex phenomena as a way of understanding them. But I do think there are real parallels.
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Wines & Vines - Wine Industry News Headlines - Conserving Water with Vineyard Sensors

Wines & Vines - Wine Industry News Headlines - Conserving Water with Vineyard Sensors | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
The voice of the Wine Industry: Wine Industry News, Wine Industry Data, Winery Directory Online, and Wine Industry Buyers Guide (RT @MoniqueSoltani: #wine #news Conserving Water with Vineyard Sensors - Experts at Napa workshop discuss reducing...
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IoT Interview Series: 9 questions with the CEO of Libelium Alicia Asín Pérez- Postscapes

IoT Interview Series: 9 questions with the CEO of Libelium Alicia Asín Pérez- Postscapes | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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...
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La innovación «made in Spain» también triunfa

La innovación «made in Spain» también triunfa | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
La empresa Libelium acumula premios gracias al desarrollo y creación de sensores que transmiten información
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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.

 

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Case Studies | Libelium

Case Studies | Libelium | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

Success stories of Smart Cities and IoT projects using Waspmote and Meshlium products, by Libelium

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Libelium has launched a new version of the Waspmote sensor network development platform, together with a new Waspmote Development Community website to support a network of over 2,000 developers.

 

Some new case studies show the incredible versatility of the IoT projects in deployment: Smart Parking, air quality monitoring, radiation detection, Smart Water, etc.  

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Qualcomm's decidedly different plan to connect your devices to the internet of things

Qualcomm's decidedly different plan to connect your devices to the internet of things | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Qualcomm doesn’t believe that everything in the internet of things should have to connect to the internet, and is building out a peer-to-peer networking platform called AllJoyn to test its theory.
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Qualcomm is setting its cap for the consumer side of the Internet of Things -- with a software platform and SDK. 

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The new land grab for chip makers: The internet of things

The new land grab for chip makers: The internet of things | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
While they may be selling the “picks and shovels” associated with the internet of things gold rush, the world of connected devices is a rich opportunity for semiconductor companies.
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Stacey Higginbotham in GigaOm outlines the opportunity for chip makers, in the realms of connectivity, control, and of course, sensors. The gold rush is on.

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Analyst Angle: The M2M sector is bigger than you thinkMobile Technology | Wireless Broadband | Wireless Carriers | RCR U.S. Wireless News

"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." 

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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.

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The medical Internet of things and the future of health care

The medical Internet of things and the future of health care | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
How will health care be transformed by smart devices, continuous patient monitoring, and tele-medicine?
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Directory: M2M vendors in EMEA | ZDNet

Directory: M2M vendors in EMEA | ZDNet | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
ZDNet's EMEA directory of M2M vendors has market, product and contact information on companies that provide machine-to-machine (M2M) communication products and services.
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Glasgow wins 'smart city' cash

Glasgow wins 'smart city' cash | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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.
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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.

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Forget the Internet of Things: Here Comes the Internet of Cars | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

Forget the Internet of Things: Here Comes the Internet of Cars | Wired Opinion | Wired.com | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
The connected vehicle is leading the automotive industry to its most significant innovation phase since the creation of the automobile itself.
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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.

 

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Ivan Begtin's curator insight, January 10, 2013 11:36 AM

Open Government? Not smart cars government first

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Qui sont les makers ?

Qui sont les makers ? | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

Frédéric Joignot : « Il y a une relation directe entre l’esprit du Web (de la création virtuelle) et la fabrication directe d’objets. D’une certaine façon, c’est la rencontre du virtuel et du réel. […] Au fond, on a l’impression que l’esprit du Web est en train d’arriver dans la fabrication des choses avec des machines qui peuvent imprimer directement des objets. Est-ce que ce n’est pas une nouvelle manière de concevoir, de créer, de fabriquer ? »


Via JP Fourcade
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Everybody's talking about makers...

The "maker" movement, the general availability of inexpensive prototyping tools--such as 3D printers--and new crowd-sourced investment opportunities from Kickstarter mark a sea change in the way products and businesses are created. Exciting times!

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Libelium Smart World Infographic: Sensors for Smart Cities, Internet of Things and beyond | Libelium

Libelium Smart World Infographic: Sensors for Smart Cities, Internet of Things and beyond | Libelium | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

Libelium's market research document "50 Sensor Applications for a Smarter World," is captured here in an infographic comprising Smart Cities, Internet of Things (IoT) and other sensing applications. 

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This is a great cross-section of the different technologies and applications that make up Smart Cities, and other applications of the Internet of Things. Easy to read and understand. A picture is worth a thousand words...

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Ovum cites smart cities as key to recovery, as Libelium launches ‘smart lighting’ sensors - M2M Now – Global news and expert opinions on the M2M industry, M2M news, M2M magazine, machine to machine...

Ovum cites smart cities as key to recovery, as Libelium launches ‘smart lighting’ sensors - M2M Now – Global news and expert opinions on the M2M industry, M2M news, M2M magazine, machine to machine... | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

Ovum cites smart cities as key to recovery, as Libelium launches ‘smart lighting’ sensor solution in M2M magazine.

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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.

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The Smart City Project in Santander | Sensors

The Smart City Project in Santander | Sensors | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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.
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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.

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Joshua McRae's curator insight, March 20, 2013 5:53 AM

This article explores a real-life IoT implementation that is being used to cut the amount of carbon dioxide emissions of a city in Spain while simultaneously improving quality of life and cutting costs. Shows how the IoT can be used by citizens and the government to improve aspects of city life and drops some useful facts along the way; 75% of Europeans live in urban areas, so developments in IoT are neccessary and worthwhile.

 

It would be of interest to know how long it took to implement the system and what the results were; has it improved quality of life and helped to cut emissions?

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Lessons from the World's Best Urban Transportation Systems

Lessons from the World's Best Urban Transportation Systems | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

Sustainable urban transportation -- sidewalks, bike lanes, and public transit like subways, buses, and street cars -- are all central to successful urban development, but no one size fits all...

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Nat Sones's curator insight, February 27, 2013 4:11 AM

As cities grow and the need to keep the lights on wars with the need to innovate, city governments must achieve a quantum leap in efficiency across every type of service. Above all (perhaps) they must keep moving despite the crowds. Cities like Copenhagen achieve this through simplicity - but can the same lessons apply to far larger urban communities? 

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N.Y.U. Center Develops a ‘Science of Cities’

N.Y.U. Center Develops a ‘Science of Cities’ | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
An initiative at New York University is joining a global drive to apply modern sensor, computing and data-sifting technologies to urban environments.
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Cell phone tracking system reveals how traffic jams start

Cell phone tracking system reveals how traffic jams start | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Drivers tracked (anonymously) in bid to analyze citywide traffic patterns.
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That smartphone in your hand (well, hands-free when you're at the wheel) is one of the key disrupters of the Internet of Things.

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Cleantech and the internet of things

Cleantech and the internet of things | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
GigaOM’s Stacey Higginbothom provides an excellent primer on the internet of things (IoT) and how sensors, connectivity chipsets, and semiconductors will figure in the trend. We’re look...
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Smart Grid: From smart grids to smart cities: Japan plays key role

Smart Grid: From smart grids to smart cities: Japan plays key role | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Smart Grid - Japan put an URGENT! stamp on its smart cities/smart grid efforts following 2011's disastrous combination of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown.
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Future Cities Report - The 10 Smartest Cities in Asia/Pacific | Future Cities

Future Cities Report - The 10 Smartest Cities in Asia/Pacific | Future Cities | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

A comprehensive look at the top 10 cities in Asia/Pacific -- comparison according to Smart Cities criteria laid out by Boyd Cohen.

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luiy's curator insight, March 11, 2013 7:40 PM

The phrase "smart cities" has only emerged in the past few years, yet conferences, companies, citizens, and cities around the globe have become enamored with the concept. After all, who wants to live in a dumb city?

Still, the field has yet to reach consensus on a definition for "smart cities," let alone on how to compare one city to another in the same country, or around the globe.

 

As a researcher and consultant, I have been working on two primary initiatives to resolve these issues. The first, as reported here in December, was the development of the Smart Cities Wheel, a holistic tool for developing and implementing smart cities strategies: .......

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M2M and the Internet of Things: A guide | ZDNet

M2M and the Internet of Things: A guide | ZDNet | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
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.
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The Next Evolution of the Internet - IEEE - The Institute

The Next Evolution of the Internet - IEEE - The Institute | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things means everything will be connnected
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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.

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