Software AG’s 2017 IoT predictions: Chatbots, smart buildings, and more

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2017 will be the year of the chatbot while architects will need to turn to hardware and software vendors to gain a better understanding of their needs, according to predictions issued from German firm Software AG.

Bart Schouw, Internet of Things solution director at Software AG, said, “There is a lot of buzz around the Internet of Things and especially increased device-to-device communication. Much of this mobile, virtual and instantaneous connectivity is built on seamless...

By IoT Tech, 16 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Smart Cities.

Brazil to focus on smart lighting with Gooee and Lumicenter partnership

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US-based smart lighting start-up Gooee is going international by partnering with Brazil’s Lumicenter Lighting Group that will allow the latter to integrate and further develop Gooee’s IoT-enabling technology within its lighting products.

Lumicenter’s clients in corporate, industry, shopping malls, retail outlets, hospitality and the home, will have a range of internal/external lighting solutions that offer better value for money and increased functionality...

By IoT Tech, 13 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Why building smart cities in 2017 will begin with transportation infrastructure

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The smart city concept is not a new one. The main attraction at the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair was the General Motors Pavilion’s Futurama ride that ferried visitors past incredibly detailed models, accompanied by the narrator’s welcome “and now, we have arrived at this wonder world of 1960.” Of course, because GM was the sponsor, the focus was on transportation. But if the entries to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s 2016 Smart Cities Challenge...

By Laetitia Gazel Anthoine, 10 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

How public sector infrastructure can support IoT growth

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Infrastructure is an essential building block of our digital networks. Without robust and functioning infrastructure in place it is not possible to deliver the connected services that businesses need to operate and grow and that residents have come to expect.

Digital infrastructure does support economic growth and social inclusion, and therefore it must function correctly, be able to handle the demands of future capacity, and be economically viable.

Although the telecommunications...

By Jean-Donan Olliero and Robin Bosworth, 22 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Smart Cities.

When are we going to have a fully driverless world?

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A 12-year-old boy recently asked me, if driverless cars are so safe, why aren’t we using them already?

It’s a good question when there is so much media coverage about Google bubble cars crisscrossing town centres, and high performance saloons gliding around car parks, yet the notion of us letting go of the wheel seems just too ‘unnatural’. Are we really happy to let big brother take over?

Only last week the headline ‘Look, no hands!’ was pasted across a Dubai...

By Roger Cruickshank, 14 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Smart Cities.

Lack of framework-based approach delaying Indian smart city projects, says Gartner

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Research firm Gartner says less than 10% of large-scale, city-wide smart city projects will be implemented across India by 2020.

Currently, the lack of a holistic, framework-based approach and a viable revenue model have delayed such projects in the country which is why many small pilot projects are underway instead of larger scale efforts.

Ganesh Ramamoorthy, research vice president at Gartner, said: “While many Indian cities have announced smart city projects, a structured...

By IoT Tech, 29 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Can geographic information system technology and IoT be a match made in heaven?

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As our cities and rural areas get smarter and the volume of data generated by IoT-enabled devices increases, so does the potential for Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to transform project planning and service delivery and business strategy across many sectors.

The beauty of GIS mapping technology is not just the ability to provide visual representation of datasets in an easy to digest format, but the potential to combine or correlate this information with all kinds of...

By Jean-Donan Olliero and Chris Bond, 31 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Smart Cities.

Tech giants including Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and IBM form Partnership on AI

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The world's biggest advancements often come from talented individuals putting their minds together with a common goal. Today's giants of tech started with humble beginnings – such as in a garage or dorm room – but are now brimming with talent looking for the next big thing. 

A collective of the world's biggest technology pioneers has joined forces in a historic...

By Ryan Daws, 29 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes, Standards.

Verizon to acquire Sensity Systems for greater smart cities push

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American telecom giant Verizon Communications has signed an agreement to acquire California-based Sensity Systems as the company aims to add a suite of comprehensive smart city solutions enabled by its ThingSpace IoT platform.

Sensity Systems taps LED lighting conversions to create a sensor-based, high-speed multiservice IoT platform. It currently has 42 smart city installations worldwide, supplied through its ecosystem partners. These installations enable municipal and facility...

By IoT Tech, 14 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Smart Cities.

Come back Project NOAH: Smart city award for Philippines initiative

Project NOAH, the Philippines’ key disaster risk reduction and management system which was launched in 2012, has won an IDC award for the top smart city initiative in public safety at the analyst firm’s Smart City Asia Pacific awards (SCAPA).

For the awards, IDC Government Insights conducted a six-phase benchmarking exercise that involved identifying and cataloguing the key projects, online voting for public opinion, and assessment of an international advisory council.

Jubert Daniel Alberto,...

By IoT Tech, 24 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

How brands can leverage the IoT and connected tech to become public servants

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As we all know, the Internet of Things (IoT) holds great promise to connect the physical and digital worlds, bringing previously inaccessible data to the city and returning pertinent information to the citizen.  Thus far, IoT has been predominantly deployed in private applications for specific purposes. But more and more smart city initiatives are sprouting up where cities and private industry are working together to forge public private partnerships (P3), in order to solve...

By Laetitia Gazel Anthoine, 08 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

Philadelphia looks to take forward vision of smart city by inviting ideas to leverage IoT

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The city of Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation and Technology is inviting technologists, telecommunications specialists, advertising agencies, social entrepreneurs, engineers, architects, designers, NGOs, and general city enthusiasts working locally or internationally to submit ideas to leverage the IoT and further the city’s future as a smart city.

Philadelphia is looking to undertake projects using a revenue sharing, public private partnership model in order to deliver...

By IoT Tech, 20 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Anglian Water looking to smart metering in new trial

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Anglian Water, one of the largest water recycling and water providers in the UK, is working with communications infrastructure provider Arqiva to trial out a smart water metering service.

The move is in partnership with utility technology provider Sensus, whose smart water meters in residential and non-residential properties will record hourly usage readings and then report back to Anglian Water. The proposed move will enable Anglian to better identify potential leaks or any other...

By James Bourne, 07 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Netherlands beats South Korea to the punch in rolling out nationwide IoT network

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It was a close run contest – but the Netherlands beat South Korea to announcing a nationwide network for the Internet of Things (IoT) by four days.

On June 30, KPN announced the deployment of a network based on the LoRa standard, which went live in November 2015 in Rotterdam and The Hague, with a rapid rollout beginning in early 2016, while on July 4 SK Telecom unveiled its grand plans for a nationwide LPWAN (low power wide area network) LoRa IoT network.

For the...

By James Bourne, 05 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

How smart street lighting and residential energy efficiency is coming to Mayo

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Silver Spring Networks has announced a smart city and energy efficiency programme in Crossmolina, County Mayo, with an aim to increase asset management and energy efficiency, improve public safety, and accelerate Internet of Things (IoT) opportunities in the West of Ireland.

The company has deployed an Internet of Things (IoT) network canopy for Mayo County Council for smart street lighting and a residential energy efficiency project, which is partly being funded by the Sustainable...

By IoT Tech, 27 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

IBM collaborating with Cisco for IoT analytics

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IBM is collaborating with Cisco to provide customers with IBM’s Watson IoT and business analytics technologies and Cisco’s edge analytics capabilities.

Certain businesses are unable to benefit from the interconnectivity of devices and sensors, which generate real-time data, and the storage capacity of cloud computing. This is on account of their presence in remote and autonomous locations. However, the new IBM and Cisco partnership aims to change this.

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By IoT Tech, 07 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.