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3.8.19 Connectivity Options for Smart Cities LPWANs and Cellular Networks

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.

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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.

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Nu blir elskåpen smartare i Lund – Kraftringen

Det mesta av en stads infrastruktur är i dagsläget inte uppkopplad, vilket innebär att den kontrolleras manuellt, eller kanske inte alls. Genom att bygga upp ett nät för kommunikation av sensordata och förse infrastrukturen med sensorer blir stadens funktioner både bättre kontrollerade och effektivare underhållna.

Ett första steg i detta arbete är att göra elskåpen smartare. Under två veckor kommer Kraftringen att installera smart teknik i tjugo elskåp runt Mårtenstorget.

Det är spännande att se när gemensamma utvecklingsprojekt blir till verkliga tillämpningar, då vi, som medlemmar i SOM, är mycket aktiva i detta projekt med vår IoT plattform Yggio. En viktig komponent är den innovativa kommunikationssäkerheten som behövs i denna miljö. Kraftringen vill ju få in larm och kunna kontrollera status, utan att kunna hackas eller störas ut.

Detta är bara ett första steg. Spännande utveckling följer… 🙂

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IP cameras and IoT sensors combine to make cities smarter – asmag.com

Needless to say, video surveillance plays a critical role in smart city initiatives. Now, with more and more IoT sensors being deployed, they can work with IP cameras to make cities even smarter, safer and livable.

Many reasons why our partnership with Axis Communication is so important for Axis, us at Sensative, and our customers in smart buildings and cities.

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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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Why Los Angeles decided to open source its future – TechRepublic

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation needed a way to improve traffic, so it open sourced it.

“Cities increasingly see the value in open source as a way to save money, avoid vendor lock-in, and get access to the most capable, tested, and widely-supported technology solutions. Most cities aren’t looking to eliminate vendor relationships, but rather to make sure they’re getting the best value for the taxpayer money they spend on technology.”

This is true Smart City thinking.

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Global smart city technology revenue to reach $1.7 trillion by 2028

Revenue for the global smart city technology market will reach $1.7 trillion by 2028, according to market intelligence firm Navigant Research.

Smart cities are gradually instrumenting the urban fabric at every layer, and cross-sector benefits are starting to be realized.

This is what we mean with IoT interoperability. That IoT services can communicate through a plethora of standards to any type of sensor. Across every domain or sector. Enabling cross-domain services with real-time, technology-neutral, normalized data.

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The IoT: Yesterday’s Predictions Vs. Today’s Reality

Here’s a look at some of the key predictions we at Forbes Technology Council initially had for a fully connected world, the reality we are dealing with today and how businesses can best prepare for the IoT’s continued evolution.

The biggest obstacle is the complexity of technologies, standards, silos and legacy systems. IoT requires interoperability and co-operations in eco-systems to be able to deliver on the expectations.

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What Is a Smart City Platform?

In a data-driven society, the sheer volume of data is accelerating on an upward slope.  Our reliance on human-machine collaboration to be successful will require the velocity, veracity, security and the universal interoperability of data.

The explosion in hardware vendors, the number of communication protocols, and the lack of standardization of metadata and labeling among system integrators have created an environment in which data brokering between devices may be lost in translation or broken.  The desired flow of data back and forth between databases, levels of the technology stack, applications, industries, regions, countries and freely throughout the global economy does not yet exist.  The vision of machines flowing seamlessly around us and enhancing our lives sounds wonderful, but this utopia will remain a fantasy if communication barriers remain and the data the sensors are collecting cannot be used to provide contextual awareness.

Vendors have always preferred proprietary and closed systems since these tend to garner premium prices and lock a customer into a specific vendor.  Cities should take advantage of the potential power they now have to collaborate to accelerate and institute radical changes to the market.

The EU has been working strategically with FIWARE and the Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC) group to standardize on the same open-source platform.  This standardization effort has spread to Brazil, Mexico, and most recently to Japan with its new partner, NEC.  The EU is working on setting a single standard for data brokering between countries, as the ability to pool data into data oceans over data lakes will (in theory) generate deeper and more accurate analytical insights.

If you want an open IoT for Smart City, then FIWARE is a natural choice in Europe. But FIWARE comes with some limitations. Those limitations are what we solve with Yggio. We build upon FIWARE components, data models and API standards, but we add the missing pieces and much more.

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Stakeholders need to work together to realize the benefits of smart buildings – asmag.com

Future smart cities and buildings could bring several benefits to life, such as reducing waste, driving power efficiencies and enhancing resources, but it also comes with some challenges, with security issues being the most significant.

IoT interoperability is necessary, both when it comes to legacy technology already in operation in buildings and cities and all the new IoT technologies flooding the market.

The problem with many solutions is that they are complete vertical solutions with everything from sensors to the end-user application. That solves a need in a simple way, but without any thought on the bigger picture of future needs and re-use of infrastructure and data. Complete vendor and data lock-in.

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Projekt ÖdiS uppmärksammas av EU

Stockholmskommunernas gemensamma öppna data-initiativ, ÖDIS, har nominerats till Regiostars som belönar Europas mest innovativa regionala projekt.

– ÖDIS är ett unikt regionalt samverkansprojekt och det är väldigt roligt att initiativet uppmärksammas i Europa. Förhoppningsvis kan det inspirera fler att göra samma satsning, säger Johanna Engman, Stockholms stads it-direktör.

Nomineringen tillkännagavs under en gala på EU-kommissionens huvudkontor i Bryssel under tisdagen. Vinnaren utses av en jury i oktober. I samband med nomineringen är ÖDIS även med i omröstningen för Public Choice Award som är öppen fram till den 9 september. Projektledare för ÖDIS (Öppna data i Stockholmsregionen) är Beatrice Sablone och Agust Wadström.

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Som stolt leverantör av plattforman håller vi på Sensative och Civity tummarna! Hjälp detta fantastiska projekt genom att rösta på dem: https://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/sv/regio-stars-awards/2019/finalist?r=open-data-in-the-stockholm-region

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Smart cities need to prioritize people’s needs, not technology | Marketing Interactive

Building a smart city requires technology, but prioritising technology over people could undermine effectiveness, according to a recent study.

“To fulfill the promise of smart cities, we must start focusing less on technology and more on how to use it to make lives better for people. We believe real estate can be a connector between the people who are the lifeblood of cities and the digital infrastructure that is increasingly powering our urban environments,”

A good way to do this is to focus on the services you wish to give your citizens. After that, you select the necessary technologies to fulfill that service, preferably re-using existing sensors or legacy systems to control the costs. This practical approach to Smart City projects requires you to have an IoT integration capability that to a large extent makes your processes and services technology and supplier neutral. The purpose is much more important than enabling technologies.

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