Why smart cities need to become much smarter to deliver the full benefit

Deployments of smart cities need to become smarter if they are to deliver on the promise of a connected society and provide true value to authorities, businesses and citizens.

That’s the verdict from oneM2M, a global standards initiative for M2M connections and the Internet of Things (IoT), following a new whitepaper titled ‘Smart Cities Done Smarter’.

The report mentions Persistence Market Research’s forecast of the worldwide smart cities market that it will grow from its current $622...

By IoT News, 20 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

More than 250 smart city projects exist today – with focus on government and energy

More than 250 smart city projects exist in 178 cities around the world, with the majority focusing on government and energy initiatives followed by transportation, buildings and water, according to Navigant Research.

The analyst firm has released a new report titled “Smart City Tracker 1Q17” that examines the current state of global smart city development, covering the related aspects of the smart energy, smart water, smart transportation, smart buildings, and smart governments sectors, segmented...

By IoT News, 17 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Smart Cities.

San Diego gets smart(er) with intelligent lighting network

San Diego is on a path of transformation: the Californian metropolis has recently joined forces with Current, powered by GE, to power the city with smartness of IoT sensor platform.

Current specialises in creating intelligent environments for commercial buildings and industrial facilities. The company will install its CityIQ sensor nodes on 3,200 of the city’s street light poles as an upgrade to the present 14,000 light fixtures to new Current’s Evolve LED luminaires.

The $30 million open data...

By IoT News, 09 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Smart Cities.

AT&T moves further into smart cities and connected cars with two partnerships

AT&T is on a continuous run helping cities across the world to become smart with two new announcements over the past week.

The telecoms giant has signed an agreement with IDA Ireland and Dublin City Council to cooperate and exchange information around smart cities solutions, while also entering into a long-term partnership with members of Bridge Alliance to extend their global connected car leadership to new territories.

The smart cities initiative will help develop an open dialogue of IoT best practices...

By IoT News, 06 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

A day in the life of a smart city: Three ways quality of life can be improved

Many discussions on smart cities revolve around their economic and environmental benefits — but that’s not all this exciting, rapidly growing area of technology can deliver. There are also numerous social benefits for residents of smart cities, and we’ll explore three of them here:

Shorter commutes for residents

A major area where a smart city can improve the quality of life for its’ residents is reducing commute times. Studies in 2014 by Canada’s University of Waterloo revealed...

By Simon Crouch, 02 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Smart Cities.

MWC17: Autonomous motorsports will make self-driving cars safer

Here at Mobile World Congress, we've heard about the latest advancements in autonomous racing vehicles and why it will make self-driving cars safer for the rest of us.

Motorsports has always been about pushing the boundaries of vehicles to make them faster, stronger, lighter, and safer. Many of the innovations which happen in this competitive space make their way into road cars used by those of us without the nerve or skill to be professional racing drivers.

Innovations which pass from Formula 1 to your...

By Ryan Daws, 27 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

IoT botnet Mirai becomes more contagious

Mirai, the IoT botnet which caused record-breaking DDoS attacks last year, has become even more contagious due to a Windows variant.

Spotted by Kaspersky Labs, their security experts are in the process of analysing the first Windows-based spreader of the malware which is believed to have attacked 500 systems in the past couple of months. From the initial analysis, Kaspersky believes the new bot was developed by someone with a higher degree of skill than Mirai’s initial creators.

Opening up Mirai to...

By Ryan Daws, 22 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

The key to making a smart city happen: Networks, infrastructure, and more

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Modern life is demanding. Technology has taken us to a new level of connectivity and now we are almost always available. It has never been easier to follow the salient points of your life by organising it online. Whether work-related or personal, we are constantly tempted to update or plan our next move by entering a password and logging back in. Instantly. It is almost too easy.

Businesses have been tasked with keeping up, delivering the products and services required, without...

By Joy Gardham, 21 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

ARM acquires Mistbase and NextG-Com in NB-IoT investment

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Following the approval of the NarrowBand-IoT (NB-IoT) standard last summer, ARM has announced the acquisition of two leading companies in the field.

NB-IoT offers low power and wide area connectivity designed to connect multitudes of devices at scale over a long range. The approval of the standard was a landmark moment for the IoT industry and ARM is looking to...

By Ryan Daws, 21 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

The Weather Company partners with IBM to distribute alerts over mesh networks

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The Weather Company is partnering with IBM’s researchers to deliver emergency alerts to citizens without access to a mobile or WiFi network. Today’s weather apps can provide alerts of severe weather conditions, but current iterations are dependent on constant internet connectivity.

By utilising a mesh network, one device with access to connectivity is able to receive the latest information...

By Ryan Daws, 17 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.