How the Internet of Things (IoT) Will Change Everything

IoT refers to machines and devices that are able to collect data and to transmit it through the internet. In this way, they are able to communicate and exchange information, which gives IoT a wide variety of potential applications.

Considered as one of the first IoT applications that was introduced back in the seventies, are ATM machines. However, a more recent IoT application is from insurance companies; installing interconnected sensors in the car of a client in order to measure the client. The collected data can be of use when calculating the insurance rate and the risk. Another application concerns safety in an area or even a complete city; installing sensors, cameras, microphones and vibration detectors. When these sensors are interconnected with each other it is possible to achieve real-time awareness of the environment. In crimes and such it is easier to locate the suspects in an instant and a precise manner.

Sensors can be used to monitor heating in buildings as well, it captures the movements and habits of the individuals living and moving around and anticipates on this behavior. This improvement in efficiency could save billions of dollars in worldwide offices and households.

An example of a well-known brand that brought this idea to the market is Nest and was bought by Google for a staggering 3.2$ billion in 2014.

However, IoT does have an other side as well.. Besides the advantages there are some serious risks involved, think about people’s privacy. This because, since it is connected to the internet it can be hacked. Because lots of machines will be interconnected it increases the scale of possible attacks when vehicles, buildings and roads are interconnected and thus is safety an absolute priority in establishing IoT.

Since 2008 there are already more machines connected to the internet than people, imagine something like “Big Brother is watching you” and machines are willing to take over..

How should cities handle waste ?

As more cities across the world begin to inhabit more and more people. One question begins to arise, how does a city handle all of the waste that its collected? Well there are some cities in the world which are taking a very proactive approach on waste and recycling. The city of San Francisco has a vision of Zero Waste by 2020.

 

Currently, San Francisco has an 87 percent success rate on being able to divert waste from landfills. The main driver of this massive recycling initiative can be thanked to a community at large. San Francisco has always embraced a counter culture and local politicians have helped raise awareness. San Francisco was the first city in the United States to ban plastic bags in 2007. Also in 2009, the city made recycling and composting mandatory for all residents and business.

 

The company that is behind this vision is called Recology. Recology’s basic three bin system allows for residents to organize their trash accordingly by Compost, Recycling and Trash. Recology has one of the most innovative machines in the recycling industry that allows them to process over 600 million pounds of recyclables each year. It is extremely precise process which allows materials to be separated into parts such as paper, films, plastic, aluminum and various other grades of recycled material. Recology will then sell these recycled materials to various companies all over the world. Recycled goods can be made into textiles, boxes and various other products.

 

Recology pioneered the idea of composting services. They were the first company to introduce a large-scale compost facility. Today they recover over 1 billion pounds of compost annually which is then made into organic materials such as feed and fertilizer that is used throughout the California’s valley to produce fresh fruits & vegetables.

In all many cities around the world are beginning to see and benefits of recycling. San Francisco is a key example in how a change in population growth can be sustainable for the future cities.

 

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Smarties

Smart City Expo World Congress 2017

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Coming this November to the city of Barcelona is the Smart City Expo World Congress 2017 where governments, companies, entrepreneurs and research centers from all over the world will meet over 3 days. Together they will be discussing the various challenges that today’s cities face such as population growth, climate change, traffic congestion and pollution, lack of adequate and affordable housing, education and health, the integration of refugees and migrants into urban life and many other pressing issues. They will also be showcasing some of their novel solutions to these challenges.

This event is open to all who are willing to purchase a pass to the event from their website http://www.smartcityexpo.com/en/ or those who are interested in participating in the smart city exhibitions. For either parties, it is a great opportunity to network with the world’s leading minds in smart city development as well as learn much from the talks and the exhibitions.

The event is scheduled to include 3 Keynote sessions, 3 Inspirational talks, 10 Plenary sessions, 2 Dialogue sessions, 66 Thematic session and 400+ speakers.

Also, if the success of last year’s edition is anything to go by, you can expect over 16,000 attendees and around 600 exhibits. So if you’re a fan of the idea of smart cities and plan to take part in its development in the future, you just might (note the sarcasm) want to go. All the information you need can be found on their website mentioned above.

 

 

The Road to the Future

Smarties is all about Smart Cities.

Connected, relevant, sustainable, efficient.

We, bloggers, are regular citizens from Madrid, passionate about innovative technologies, sustainable mobility, circular economy and energy efficiency. We realized that data is all around us in our daily lives, so why not apply it to cities?

We decided to create this blog to gather articles, innovations and information about the rise of Smart Cities. We believe there are many roads to the future and Smart Cities is one of them.

Urban areas are getting crowded, space and clean air will be missing in the next decades. Cities make up 2% of the worlds surface and host 55% of its population. The population increase in these areas will make it unfeasible to live in a healthy environment. Smart cities are forward thinkers in a way to address the shift of population in cities, as these innovative places will enhance the quality of work, study and social relations.

Some of the key smart cities in the world right now are Singapore and San Francisco. What makes these cities so unique is the fact that they are trying to solve problems that haven’t been addressed yet. One major issue that is arising in large metropolitan cities is parking. In the city of San Francisco, the municipality is installing sensors around the city so that people know where there are free spaces available. Urban farming is being perfected in Singapore so that the city can be self-sustainable for the future by cutting down on imports of food.

We hope to give our readers interesting insights to get to know more about Smart Cities.

Cheers,

The Smarties