Delivering on the Promise of Smart Cities: From Vision to Outcomes

The ultimate proof of the value of smart city initiatives is the delivery of better outcomes in priority areas such as public safety, transportation, health, social equity, and environmental quality. A new white paper, The Evolution of Smart Cities: Delivering on the Promise, from Navigant Research, a Guidehouse company, looks at the evolution of smart cities as the focus shifts to demonstrating tangible results for all communities. Commissioned by Verizon, the white paper examines the challenges cities face as they evolve their smart city programs and highlights cities that are addressing those issues successfully. It also provides guidance for cities looking to accelerate the adoption of smart city solutions.

Sensative take:

As smart cities move away from pilots and early vertical solutions, they focus more on core city challenges and operational needs. This requires new platforms for data sharing between solutions, technologies, and departments, to open data and resources for reuse and new data-driven services. The type of platform that we call Yggio.

How to Get Started With a Smart Building Technology Strategy | Propmodo

Smart building technology seems inevitable. More and more the idea of having a connected, intelligent building has been gaining attention from owners who seek to drive greater asset value, respond to expectations from tenants, and address a general desire to optimize and automate manual processes.  The benefits are pretty obvious. Smart buildings can have improved financial performance while also differentiating the assets.

But, it has become clear that not all real estate firms are making progress and adopting smart building technology at the pace you would expect. The reason is that many are unsure of where to start and how to establish a strategy to deploy these modern technologies.  […]

At Sensative we couldn’t agree more with this article and it’s conclusions. Smart Buildings represents a big change in how you manage a property. It will also change how you build your business.

Our platforms and tech are all designed in accordance with our philosophy: “Think Big, Start Small, Scale Fast”. This enables a real estate owner to start with a pilot, for instance, measure something specific in all properties, like the temperature. Or, on the other hand, test a lot of new services and technologies in a specific building.

What the first step should be is highly dependant on the owner and the portfolio. How to recommission? How to add new IoT, instead of replacing legacy and maybe aging systems? What are my operational pain-points?

This makes our offering so appetizing. Whatever the starting point for going into Smart Buildings, and vision where it will take you, our solutions provide the necessary flexibility for a successful digitalization.

Sweden Sustaintech Venture Day

The Sweden Sustaintech venture day 2020 have mature startup companies with a strong position in their respective markets. Rapid sales growth and scalable business models have been prioritized in the company selection. After a period of strong sector growth, a range of successful Swedish Sustaintech companies are ready for faster expansion both nationally and internationally.

Among them you find Sensative, pitching for investors to join us in our international expansion.

The Venture Day 2020 is opened by HRH Prince Daniel of Sweden.

Trialing OSCORE for end-to-end IoT security in resource-constrained devices | u-blox

The new lightweight security protocol to secure CoAP messages could well become an industry standard. We implemented it in a smart city project.

New security technologies tested in a Smart City project, where, among others, U-blox and Sensative co-operates. In this blog post U-blox describes the OSCORE protocol in more detail.

In the system drawing below, there is a cloud service mentioned. That is where the U-blox part of the system connects to our platform Yggio, providing full end-to-end encryption from device to cloud service.

The 5 Layers of the Smart City

Today many cities find themselves unable to truly harness the potential of the smart city technologies available. In order to maintain the orientation and focus on a practical way to make cities smarter it can help to focus on five distinct layers of the smart city that need to be understood and managed.

Sensative take:

Cities often start with a vertical use case, for instance, building systems for smart lighting. This could be considered “easier” since it is controlled by one internal department and you could let one supplier deliver all HW and SW for an immediate effect. However, this is not necessarily the best approach to build a foundation for a Smart City. It just solves one of the thousands of imaginable use cases in a city.

The city should start with a Smart Architecture like the one discussed in this article. Then it becomes much clearer what requirements to put on the different suppliers. This architecture must be open, based on standards, and horizontal to cover all use cases, departments, suppliers, and technologies. This enables data sharing between use cases and departments and opens up for the reusing of taken investments in many new use cases.

When selecting the IoT platform that perfectly fits in this architecture it is not that easy. How to select a platform that doesn’t lock you in? Where you retain complete control over all data, where you easily can add new technologies, new data-flows, new vendors, mix cloud providers, and add new internal or 3rd party services that are cross-organizational. Where you also can integrate your city with your neighbors to share services, data, and cost.

It is based upon these requirements we’ve developed the Yggio IoT integration platform.

Microsoft Wants Its Azure Platform to Become “the” IoT Cloud

…there is an obvious need for one company to step up and become the unified infrastructure on which built world IoT can connect and integrate. Microsoft thinks they can be that company…

Sensative’s view:

Is this really what the world and the society want? Having all your data managed and controlled by a monopoly company? What will that mean for competition, innovation, cost, and security? Microsoft is an American company under US jurisdiction and bound by the Cloud Act.

This is very much the same problem as the Google Sidewalk Labs project in Toronto. The citizens of Toronto are not to keen on letting Google own their IoT data too.

The way forward is Open Source and open standards, not a monopoly. That is why FIWARE is so essential.

FIWARE Marketplace

The FIWARE Marketplace showcases the best solutions and services based on FIWARE. Do you want your solution to be featured?

Sensative’s IoT platform has just been officially approved as a Powered by FIWARE-platform.

“FIWARE Platform Service Providers offer FIWARE as a Service on private and public clouds in which they are operating. Also, Platform Service Providers can deploy FIWARE platform instances on-premises for their customers. Anyone can create a FIWARE instance on their own and on their premises. But it is also possible to choose a company that offers FIWARE platform services.” – like Yggio with all the added functionality.

Yggio is now published on the Fiware Marketplace in the platform section.

The World’s Smartest Cities and the Applications That Got Them There

While the Internet of Things has permeated many aspects of our daily lives and created a torrent of useful data, when implemented on a city-wide level, that’s where things get interesting for real estate. For the property industry, the biggest opportunities within the smart city revolution lie with smart buildings, which have the potential to improve efficiency levels by 15%–20% in the first year. Connected, smart buildings can reduce energy use, lower operating costs, prompt preventative maintenance and provide more […]

Sensatives take: Everyone starts somewhere. Usually, you start with a proof-of-concept vertical solution solving a specific need. The important thing is to avoid creating a silo where everything is locked-in. The real benefits come when you can re-use data and investments in hardware, communication, and platforms. When the new innovative services can operate across organizations and departments, and when those services generate real value to the citizens.

That’s when you start creating the real smart city.

Help Keep Your Home Safe with These 4 Smart Security Gadgets | TechCommuters

Safety and security systems for homes have increasingly become necessary. They can control electronic locks for doors, windows, and the car garage from a digital panel inside the house.

If you want an undetectable intrusion sensor for easily breached home portals, consider getting the Sensative Z-Wave Plus Strips Invisible Window Sensor. The sensors are thin and seamless and use magnetic technology to detect when a window is opened. When the magnets pick up any changes, the sensor will alert you on your device.

The window sensor can be connected with an external alarm that can be programmed to go off when the system detects changes. It can be paired with home automation systems as well.