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‘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?

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“Samarbete och öppen källkod skyndar på kommunernas digitalisering” – Computer Sweden

Kommunerna måste få det lättare att dra nytta av framsteg som göra i andra kommuner, skriver Nordix vd Daniel Byström ​​​​​​​och föreslår införandet av en nationell app store för mjukvara baserad på öppen källkod.

Sensative kan inte annat än hålla med till 100%. Vi är med och driver denna fråga med vår open source-baserade horisontella IoT-plattform Yggio, för att skapa en grogrund för mängder av tjänster som lätt kan flyttas mellan olika kommuner.

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A decade of smart city projects: What worked and what didn’t

Cities have learned that residents offer an important real-world reality check on tech-centric and data-driven work.

Lessons learned: It’s not about technology, apps, and flashy buzzwords. It’s about technology that works in real life solving real problems.

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Advancing BIM: Digital Twins

It’s time to learn how to create, visualize and analyze digital twins

Since Bentley is a 3D company (CAD/GIS/Visualization, etc) they argue for the need to construct the digital twins. We fully agree, since we look one step further, how to utilize the digital twin.

The first step is the visualization of assets and historical data in a 3D model. But, the real usefulness comes when the digital twin is updated with real-time data and events from the real world, creating a digital mirror image. This is done through the integration with IoT. Then you will have a complete 3D dashboard to the real world, a control center where you can plan, act,  simulate scenarios, and optimize depending what is happening right now.

The model will never be better than the access to data.

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Allt digitalt under samma tak, Storsthlm och Lidingö stad

För Storsthlm med regionens 26 kommuner är digitalisering ett viktigt område. Genom samverkan kan kommunerna dela kunskap och dra nytta av varandras erfarenheter.

Spännande att följa Storsthlm och kommunernas arbete med öppen data. Speciellt som vi på Sensative, tillsammans med vår partner Civity, levererar plattformen till projektet.

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Amerikanskt intresse för svenskt innovationsarbete inom Smarta Staden

Sensative var nyligen tillsammans med Future by Lund med i den svenska delegation som deltog i Smart Cities Connect i Denver och kom hem med nya intressanta kontakter inom bland annat energiområdet. De amerikanska konferensdeltagarna visade stort intresse för det svenska sättet att driva samarbeten kring innovationer för smarta städer.

Vi åkte till Denver med ambitionen att lära oss hur man arbetar med städernas digitalisering i USA för att förstå hur och till vilken kundkategori vår horisontella IoT-plattform för smarta städer bör marknadsföras, berättar Mats Pettersson, vd på Sensative. Mats var dessutom en av talarna på konferensen.

Vilka lärdomar tog ni med hem från Smart cities connect?

– En stor lärdom är att USA består av väldigt många städer som alla har olika förutsättningar. Många städer är jämnstora med Malmö och Lund, och de visar ett mycket stort intresse för vår plattform och det sätt som vi jobbar med nära samarbete med både kommun, universitet och ett ekosystem av partners som levererar smarta tjänster till staden, säger Mats Pettersson på Sensative.

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Annorlunda arbetssätt ledde till goda resultat inom SOM-projektet

Digital Cities & Citizens – Hur skapar man bra förutsättningar för innovationer inom ett projekt? Anders Trana, projektledare för digitaliseringsprojektet Smarta Offentliga Miljöer (SOM) har arbetat med innovativa projekt sedan år 2000. I SOM-projektet som gjordes inom Future by Lund fick han tillfälle att prova sina erfarenheter i ett annorlunda och agilt uppbyggt Vinnovafinansierat projekt. Partners, delprojekt och finansiering bestämdes efterhand och resultatet blev att ett tjugotal projekt genomfördes och att nya produkter, tjänster och arbetstillfällen skapades. Läs om hur arbetet lades upp och vad projektdeltagare från Trivector, Sensative, Kraftringen och Smarta Byar tyckte!

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Vad tycker du om arbetssättet i SOM-projektet?

– Jag är hundra procent för det! Många projekt hade inte blivit om man preciserat arbetet från början. Vi på Sensative har samma arbetssätt i relation till alla våra kunder. Vi börjar med att tänka stort om hur den digitala miljön ska se ut och bygger sedan steg för steg, och precis så har projektet snurrat.

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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.

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Boston municipal buildings target carbon neutrality

Following an executive order, building construction must be low-energy and fossil-fuel-free, while meeting annual energy needs from a mix of on- and off-site renewable energy assets.

Boston clearly shows that the success of a (smart) city requires smart buildings that generate and share IoT data. They put the requirements on utility companies and real estate owners to share and report between each other to enable optimization and investments in carbon-free technologies.

In 2019, BERDO (Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance require the following portfolios to report their annual energy and water usage for January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018:

  • Nonresidential buildings that are 35,000 square feet or larger.
  • Residential buildings that are 35,000 square feet or larger, or have 35 or more units.
  • Any parcel with multiple buildings that sum to 100,000 square feet or 100 units.

The ambitious target:

  • 100 percent reduction in annual carbon emissions from large buildings in 2050
  • 100 percent of covered buildings reach their carbon targets or complete alternative compliance payment
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Cities go digital to survive the new normal

During a recent webinar, leaders highlighted how online municipal services and platforms will be key amid the spread of COVID-19, particularly to eliminate the “barriers of communication” with residents.

Sensative take: A connected city is easier to manage remotely but digitalization should also be driven for everyday services, especially as residents are urged to self-isolate and many government employees working remotely.

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Citizens willing to share data for better services, report suggests

84 per cent said they are open to sharing their personally identifiable information and 41 per cent would be comfortable with it being shared between government agencies in exchange for more personalised customer service.

Sensative view:

This is good news for Smart Cities. As long as data is treated in accordance with privacy laws, like GDPR in the EU, the cities and citizens will make Smart Cities happen.

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Connected street light deployments to reach 70 mln units by 2023 – Juniper Research

Smart street lighting deployments will help cities worldwide achieve cumulative energy savings of USD 15 billion by 2023, according to new data from Juniper Research.

These savings will be achieved through a combination of swapping to energy-efficient LEDs and by adding connectivity to monitor and control the status of individual lights. The research shows that connected street lights will grow on average by 42 percent per annum between 2019 and 2023, reaching almost 70 million units worldwide. 

One of the drivers behind open Smart City platforms

The research found that many cities are now moving away from point solutions, towards platform procurement. It argued that street lighting platforms would serve as the entry point for a number of cities looking to deploy smart city projects.

“The cost savings enabled by smart street lighting mean that many cities will look to this as a first-stage smart city project”, remarked research author Steffen Sorrell. “Choosing an open platform will be key here, as additional services can be launched from the same point, while simultaneously driving up third-party vendor competition.”

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