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.

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.

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.

The next top 40+ Nordic Growth Startups – Tame

At the beginning of this year we founded  The Investor Series with the ambition of helping  Nordic startups raise Seed, Serie A and Series B rounds. Our aim at the end of the year is to help facilitate €150m into the best Nordic tech companies and now we’re happy to announce the next 50 top Nordic companies that will attend our 3rd Investor Series!

Proud to be on this list with such distinguished startups. 🙂

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.

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.

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