IDC Smart Cities

Global spending on smart cities initiatives will reach US$189.5 billion in 2023, according to the latest report published by market research firm IDC.

“Although smart grid and smart meter investments still represent a large share of spending within smart cities, we see much stronger growth in other areas, related to intelligent transportation and data-driven public safety, as well as platform-related use cases and digital twin, which are increasingly implemented at the core of smart cities projects globally,”said Serena Da Rold, program manager in IDC’s Customer Insights & Analysis group, in the statement.

The research firm is expected to see five cases account for over half of all smart cities spending in 2019: smart grid, fixed visual surveillance, advanced public transportation, smart outdoor lighting, and intelligent traffic management. However, their share in investment will somehow decline by 2023, the firm said.

Strong vertical applications drive the investments in smart cities, but with horizontal platforms and digital twins picking up speed.

The Two Big Reasons That Digital Transformations Fail – Harvard Business Review

Results from a study of 1,350 companies.

Plenty of cash is flowing into digital initiatives at large, industrial companies. In fact, the executives we surveyed recently at 1,350 of these businesses globally reported investments in digital reinvention totaling more than $100 billion between 2016 and 2018.

The problem is that the expected results often fail to materialize. Most of the leaders we surveyed (companies representing 17 countries and 13 industries) reported poor returns on their digital investments. The primary reason: unsuccessful efforts to scale digital innovations beyond early pilot work.

Digitalization is all about interoperability. Between managers, employees, old and new processes, innovation and optimization, and tech. Going from vertical silos (organizations, departments, business as usual) to horizontal co-operation.

SOM fortsätter med cyklar, laddplatser och lugna miljöer

Digital Humans – Sista fasen av SOM-projektet har inletts och en rad nya projekt är i uppstartsfasen. Att Lund är en cykelkommun märks tydligt genom att det blir ytterligare två projekt med cyklar – men det kommer också bland annat att handla om förbättringar av laddplatser och störningsövervakning av elnätet.

IoT handlar om att göra nytta mha data och uppkoppling. Nya spännande och nyttiga projekt i SOM-projektet.

These Are The Top Real Estate Tech Trends In 2020

Real estate is no longer about “location, location, location;” it has evolved into a new mantra that we have termed, “location, experience, analytics.”

“Data and the ability to access it, while presenting many questions and challenges – such as data ownership and privacy concerns – represent a tremendous opportunity for the commercial real estate industry to enhance operations and improve the tenant experience.”

This doesn’t highlight the huge challenge of legacy systems and data locked-in into incompatible system silos in older buildings. Constructing a new building makes it quite straight-forward, you just install systems that are open and can be integrated. These high standards will be norm and tenants in older buildings will request the same services, or they will move out.

SACC Summit 2019 – November 7-8  Washington DC

Welcome to the premier networking event, SACC Summit 2019, presented by SACC-USA and SACC Washington DC in collaboration with the Embassy of Sweden in the United States. The theme of the meeting will be disruptions in business and politics.

Sensative is a sponsor of SACC Summit 2019 and will also be hosting a panel discussion about sustainable buildings. Visit the link and scroll down to find an interview with Mats Pettersson, CEO of Sensative.

SACC-USA is a key facilitator in the development of trade relations and investment opportunities between the United States and Sweden.

SOM har redan gjort stora avtryck

Digital Humans – SOM-projektet har pågått i två år och redan har många delprojekt avslutats eller befinner sig på upploppet. För undersökningen av cyklisternas cykelvägar med hjälp av ny teknik och av hur sensorer kan förändra sopbranschen är redan forskningsrapporter gjorda. Vi har också bland annat arbetat med sensorer i stadsodling, sensorer för att övervaka kritisk infrastruktur i staden, en smart by, lösningar för att visualisera sensordata samt undervisningspaket för sensorer i skolan. Här är en summering av vad som hänt hittills.

An update from the SOM project in Lund, where Sensative provides the Yggio IoT platform.

Open standards: The answer to the smart city data dilemma | Smart Cities Dive

Many organizations involved in smart services are privately owned and use their own proprietary service platforms. This approach tends to discourage competition for more cost-effective services.These complexities mean we are at risk of a smart cities stalemate, with potential technological or monetary barriers rendering services inaccessible for residents.

First of all, we need to have standards. The next step is to have these standards interoperable.

We remember those early days of mobile phones. Every supplier had its own tech and joining with other suppliers in creating standards. We had GSM, TDMA, CDMA to mention a few, and they were all incompatible. You couldn’t bring a phone on a trip since it just didn’t work in another country. In the end, GSM ate them all. Without interoperability, you will have fierce competition to the death. And to a huge cost. All phones had to be replaced to the winning standard, all losing networks had to be replaced.

Open standards with interoperability with “fellow standards” and legacy technologies are the way forward for a future proof smart city.

Or anything IoT for that matter.

Amazon announced in-house wireless protocol for smart home – “Sidewalk”

At its annual smart home hardware event, Amazon announced a new wireless protocol called Sidewalk, developed in-house by the e-commerce giant.

And here comes another one…

What IoT and Smart Homes need are less and not more standards. The users want one single and easy to use app for anything in their home, not one per standard or supplier. They also want to be able to pick and chose the best sensor or device from their need and point-of-view from a variety of suppliers.

Read more about this in our blog post: What’s preventing the IoT market from really taking off? IoT must be de-cluttered to get commoditized

The Connected Ship | Nordic Innovation

This project will support a more sustainable, digitalized and connected maritime industry.

Ships are increasingly being automated and maritime equipment is often controlled by software and programmable devices. However, these control systems on-board are isolated vertical systems dedicated to specific tasks that are not able to communicate with each other or share data.

The goal of the Connected Ship project is to develop and implement a horizontal ship digitalization platform to connect the different digital automation systems and sensor networks across different communication standards on board a ship. This will allow for the shipowners to access and analyze more relevant data to improve vessel performance and reduce costs.

Sensative part: The IoT platform Yggio and all related activities.

Interested in Sensative R&D projects? Read more here