This year’s edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) has come to a close, and we can look back on a fantastic, informative, engaging, and above all, fruitful event. FIWARE Foundation headed to Barcelona in November with 16 exhibitors, the Smart World by FIWARE and a lot of motivation to show the world what we – the FIWARE Community, are doing to help cities throughout their transformation journey, by adopting common standard APIs and information models.
Being ‘hyperconnected’ boosts cities’ ROI – Smart Cities World
Hyperconnected leaders include Singapore, Hong Kong, New York, Seoul, London, Melbourne, Copenhagen and Dublin.
It is about re-using sensors, systems, and data across domains and departments in a structured and smart way. It is about having a centralized capability overseeing everything.
That is, it’s about horizontally integrated Smart City and IoT.
Removing the roadblocks to smart city ROI
“We need to find ways to fuse data from different sensors into a common data platform that will enable multiple departments to leverage shared infrastructure to deliver integrated smart city services.
Increasingly, smart city solutions will incorporate multiple device types and communication networks, all seamlessly connected in a unified platform. This dynamic ecosystem will enable sensors to collaborate, so we could have an application deployed and paid for by different departments that would create value in new ways.
For instance, smart parking is a great example of what could be achieved when data is shared across multiple city departments and applications. Today, searching for parking accounts for approximately 30 per cent of traffic on certain city streets. A smart parking solution, when viewed in isolation, can improve quality of life by reducing congestion. But if the department of health also deploys air quality sensors in these areas, they can see the impact of these investments on local air quality, which increases the return on investment by improving public health and accelerating progress towards sustainability goals. If departments continue to work in isolation, however, they will not get the insights and understanding of how these benefits accrue.”
The solution is already available and deployed in live cases: Yggio – the operating system for Smart Cities.
IDC Smart Cities
Global spending on smart cities initiatives will reach US$189.5 billion in 2023, according to the latest report published by market research firm IDC.
“Although smart grid and smart meter investments still represent a large share of spending within smart cities, we see much stronger growth in other areas, related to intelligent transportation and data-driven public safety, as well as platform-related use cases and digital twin, which are increasingly implemented at the core of smart cities projects globally,”said Serena Da Rold, program manager in IDC’s Customer Insights & Analysis group, in the statement.
The research firm is expected to see five cases account for over half of all smart cities spending in 2019: smart grid, fixed visual surveillance, advanced public transportation, smart outdoor lighting, and intelligent traffic management. However, their share in investment will somehow decline by 2023, the firm said.
Strong vertical applications drive the investments in smart cities, but with horizontal platforms and digital twins picking up speed.
SOM fortsätter med cyklar, laddplatser och lugna miljöer
Digital Humans – Sista fasen av SOM-projektet har inletts och en rad nya projekt är i uppstartsfasen. Att Lund är en cykelkommun märks tydligt genom att det blir ytterligare två projekt med cyklar – men det kommer också bland annat att handla om förbättringar av laddplatser och störningsövervakning av elnätet.
IoT handlar om att göra nytta mha data och uppkoppling. Nya spännande och nyttiga projekt i SOM-projektet.
SOM har redan gjort stora avtryck
Digital Humans – SOM-projektet har pågått i två år och redan har många delprojekt avslutats eller befinner sig på upploppet. För undersökningen av cyklisternas cykelvägar med hjälp av ny teknik och av hur sensorer kan förändra sopbranschen är redan forskningsrapporter gjorda. Vi har också bland annat arbetat med sensorer i stadsodling, sensorer för att övervaka kritisk infrastruktur i staden, en smart by, lösningar för att visualisera sensordata samt undervisningspaket för sensorer i skolan. Här är en summering av vad som hänt hittills.
An update from the SOM project in Lund, where Sensative provides the Yggio IoT platform.
Open standards: The answer to the smart city data dilemma | Smart Cities Dive
Many organizations involved in smart services are privately owned and use their own proprietary service platforms. This approach tends to discourage competition for more cost-effective services.These complexities mean we are at risk of a smart cities stalemate, with potential technological or monetary barriers rendering services inaccessible for residents.
First of all, we need to have standards. The next step is to have these standards interoperable.
We remember those early days of mobile phones. Every supplier had its own tech and joining with other suppliers in creating standards. We had GSM, TDMA, CDMA to mention a few, and they were all incompatible. You couldn’t bring a phone on a trip since it just didn’t work in another country. In the end, GSM ate them all. Without interoperability, you will have fierce competition to the death. And to a huge cost. All phones had to be replaced to the winning standard, all losing networks had to be replaced.
Open standards with interoperability with “fellow standards” and legacy technologies are the way forward for a future proof smart city.
Or anything IoT for that matter.
Uppkopplad infrastruktur för färre elavbrott och smartare soptömning – Sydsvenskan
Ska resultera i färre elavbrott och smartare soptömning.
Ett spännande projekt där vi gemensamt testar ny teknik och nya lösningar. Ur Sensatives perspektiv är det extra intressant med de nya säkerhetslösningarna vi implementerar då Kraftringen har extra höga säkerhetskrav.
Connectivity Options for Smart Cities: LPWANs and Cellular Networks
Resilient connectivity can make or break a smart city solution. This article discusses key considerations in choosing the right network for a smart city.
“All the networks are better in their own way, as explained above, and the choice of which to use may vary depending on the requirements, timelines, and budget. The conclusion is that a heterogeneous network approach is necessary for smart cities. Smart cities should be built using solutions and connecting via a wide range of wireless networks, including 5G.”
A temperature is a temperature disregarding what transport technology or sensor vendor you use, but today it comes in a variety of different formats, meaning that different services can’t re-use that data.
To make it manageable, interoperable and useful you need a middleware that abstracts the underlying technologies, a translator to and from the different technologies.
Future-Proof Smart Cities: the Case of Bordeaux
Bordeaux-Métropole (Greater Bordeaux) set its ambitions high: It aims to be a state-of-the-art smart city and community with citizens at the centre of its digital transformation strategy. Bordeaux has been…
“But when investigating how IoT applications could support other city operations, Bordeaux found that the technologies required would often rely on different connectivity and data models.
It became clear that deploying IoT in silos (e.g. lighting, mobility, waste management) would limit the ability to scale smart city solutions. It also became clear that IoT platforms based on open standards are best capable of supporting a diverse range of IoT applications, the sharing of associated data (subject to proper permissions) and avoid lock-in to technology providers.”
Then Bordeaux decided to develop their own IoT platform based on available open building blocks. This is a very common next step in the evolution of smart cities. But, not necessarily the last. There comes a time where maintenance becomes a challenge. People leave, code gets old, and it is difficult and extremely costly to keep the pace with the tech development.
The same reason why very few develops their own HR or CRM systems today. Why develop it inhouse when you can buy a much better product and at a considerably lower cost?
A better strategy is to buy that IoT capability as-a-service, from a specialized supplier that drives tech development in regards to interoperability, data quality, security, etc. Sensatives Yggio is a leading interoperability platform, based on open-source FIWARE, integrating everything, exposing all data, events, and functionality through a common standardized API. And we provide it as-a-service so that we guarantee that we always support the latest IoT technologies.
As a city, you should focus on what to do with the information, and not on data acquisition.