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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.

Judy Curtis / SIPR's insight:

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?

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Rich Heap - 10 Lessons From 'Un-Smart' Cities | Future Cities

Rich Heap - 10 Lessons From 'Un-Smart' Cities | Future Cities | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

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.

Judy Curtis / SIPR's insight:

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.

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The world's new megacities must be the drivers of the 'smart' water revolution

The world's new megacities must be the drivers of the 'smart' water revolution | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
As cities grow to tens of millions strong, accelerated urbanisation coupled with concerns for water security is energising the "smart" water tech market
Judy Curtis / SIPR's insight:

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?

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An Illustrated Field Guide to Biking in 8 Major European Cities

An Illustrated Field Guide to Biking in 8 Major European Cities | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Across the Old World on two wheels.

The invention of the bicycle is easily one of the greatest human achievements, one credited with ever
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Methodolatry and the Art of Measure: the new wave of urban data science | Design Observer

Methodolatry and the Art of Measure: the new wave of urban data science | Design Observer | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

Via Rob Kitchin
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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. 


Great article, superbly researched. A great read.

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Could Sparkling Glow-in-the-Dark Pavement Replace Street Lights?

Could Sparkling Glow-in-the-Dark Pavement Replace Street Lights? | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
This energy-efficient technology to illuminate pathways is environmentally friendly and beautiful.
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Very smart and very beautiful, indeed.

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The Emerging IoT Business Landscape

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At the Internet of Things World Forum in Barcelona (Oct 29-31, 2013)  here are slides from a panel session with IoT executives from GE, Intel, Bosch and Telefonica, led by Claro Partners.


This is a snapshot of their discussion on the emerging IoT business landscape today.


A tool developed by Claro Partners maps out IoT offerings to help companies identify opportunities in the Internet of Things. 

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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. 
Judy Curtis / SIPR's insight:

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.
Judy Curtis / SIPR's insight:

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.
Judy Curtis / SIPR'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. 
Judy Curtis / SIPR'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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The real thing behind the internet of things

The real thing behind the internet of things | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
We need to think beyond technology to get value the real value from the internet of things says Alicia Asin, the CEO and co-founder of Spanish sensor company Libelium.
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Smart Cities need smarter ways of working - E & T Magazine

Smart Cities need smarter ways of working - E & T Magazine | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
Technology firms are vying to sell the Internet of things to city authorities, but Chris Edwards finds that there are legal and organisational hurdles to clear first.
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A swarm of electronic dragonflies

A swarm of electronic dragonflies | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
A Spanish startup shows how the internet of machines is changing the business world having installed their sensors into everything from space ships to koala bears.
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Apps can help cities create new revenue - Cities Today

Apps can help cities create new revenue - Cities Today | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it

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.

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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. 

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Cloud Society: Internet of Things - do sweat the small stuff

Cloud Society: Internet of Things - do sweat the small stuff | Smart Cities & The Internet of Things (IoT) | Scoop.it
The so-called Internet of Things could be with us today - if we want to do the easy things first
Judy Curtis / SIPR's insight:

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."

 We believe it.
   
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