IoT goes from convenience to need in Covid-19 era, says LoRa Alliance

IoT-based technologies will become increasingly essential for tracking and monitoring location, distance, and presence, according to the LoRa Alliance.

“…companies will seek ways to prove where people have been, ways to prove cleanliness, ways to show activities in real-time to make their buildings safe for people. More and more use cases will be discovered.”

At Sensative we are developing some new interesting solutions for this, to be launched soon. Interested in a preview? Contact us for a presentation.

Wisdom Across the Board: Arjen Hof – FIWARE

A driving-force here at FIWARE Foundation, our MSCs are made up of entrepreneurs, academics, and technologists, all experts within their respective domains.

“The best way to grow businesses is to work together, be open about sharing best practices and knowledge.”

Meet Sensative friend Arjen Hof, founder and Director of our partner Civity. He is also a member of the FIWARE Foundation Smart Cities Mission Support Committee.

In this interview, he shares many interesting insights from his many years in the Smart City business.

The Swedish rural network

The Rural Network is a platform to gather and engage rural actors in Sweden. We are a membership based network and the members are representing various organisations and authorities which are important for the development of the activities and companies based in rural and coastal areas.

Sensative participates in two projects:
(Swedish)

Anpassad infrastruktur med tjänstepaket för gårdens digitalisering
https://bit.ly/3eu63r4

and

Automatisk kvalificering av sensordata
https://www.landsbygdsnatverket.se/vadgorvi/eipagri/eipprojekt/eipprojekt/automatiskkvalificeringavsensordata.4.fe0924f1720ee68d5b49c63.html

Ny testbädd i Lund ska skapa hållbara miljöer och bättre livskvalitet

Lunds kommun har beviljats 5,9 miljoner kronor av Vinnova för projektet ”Open Sensoring City”. Projektet ska skapa en öppen testbädd för ett realtidsstyrt samhälle. Målet: att hitta lösningar på samhällsutmaningar som rör till exempel miljö, personflöden och godstransporter. 

Projektet ska arbeta för lösningar som fokuserar på omedelbara utmaningar i allt ifrån utsläpp och fordonsflöden till säkerhet och resursoptimering. Det kan också handla om lösningar som riktar sig mot mikroflöden (gång, cykel, elsparkscyklar mm) som en del av att skapa en mer hälsosam och meningsfull livsstil i staden.

– Nu har vi möjlighet att använda den testbädd som vi byggt upp i SOM-projektet (SOM står för Smarta Offentliga Miljöer) och ta den vidare så att vi verkligen kan använda staden som en testplats, säger projektledare Anders Trana på Future by Lund. I projektet kommer vi att koppla fysiska platser till digitala – det kan handla om hur bilar, bussar, cyklar och människor rör sig i staden och att man genom att skapa realtidsdata kan styra dessa flöden genom till exempel trafikljus i korsningar och belysning.

FAKTA Lund Open Sensoring City

Projektet Lund Open Sensoring City drivs av Future by Lund och pågår från maj 2020 till 2023.

Inskrivna projektpartners är Axis Communications, Kraftringen, Lund Universitet och Mobile Heights, Sensative, Sony, Telia och Trivector. Projektet görs också i samarbete med Ericsson, Volvo Cars och u-Blox med flera.

‘Techlash’ at Sidewalk Labs could mean smart city rethink

Alex Ryan, head of the MaRS Solutions Lab and a consultant on the Quayside project in Toronto, said less reliance on tech and more community engagement could be the new way forward.

“I would suggest a shift from driving from a data perspective to more driving from a democratic engagement and legitimacy perspective,” Ryan said. “How do you engage citizens more as co-designers of the spaces that they live, work and play in?”

Sensative take: Smart Cities are also for the citizens, not only government and commercial interests. A top-down approach will not work in democratic societies. Bottom-up is what works. Citizen engagement with clear value propositions for the individuals. What’s in it for the average Joe?

The impact of Covid-19 on the Internet of Things Part 2

IoT Analytics has seen two extreme reactions of different companies during the current crisis. One firm that was interviewed laid off their entire digital team as one of the first cost-cutting measures.

Another company cut costs elsewhere and ensured their digital initiatives would continue uninterrupted.COVID-19 may prove to be a decisive event that further widens the digital divide between those who cut digital initiatives and those that prioritize them.

Those that were just sailing along with some digital initiatives but didn’t take it too seriously, now fall behind, while others pull ahead and may find new digital business models that put them in a leading position in their industries for years to come.

What side of the divide are you aiming for?

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