What’s Next for the Internet?

IoT

The rise of tiny but sophisticated sensors combined with miniaturized wireless communications modules means that almost everything in the landscape (and even things worn on our body) can or will communicate with other devices. As a result, everything will become smarter. Continue Reading →

The Rise of the Internet of Things – Infographic

How many “things,” including your body, can you communicate with through a device? And will a smartwatch become more like a wearable woven into your garments, contact lenses or implanted into your body?

Whatever the eventual device, it is manufacturers that play a lead role in translating technologies into new products for tomorrow.

 

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Seeing the Forest and the Trees: Visualizing Big Data

Big DataPhoto: Infocux Technologies

Climate. Energy. Disease. What does NASA’s National Climate Assessment, Sustainable San Diego and The Office of Science and Technology Policy’s (OSTP) Predicting the Next Pandemic Initiative have in common? They’re all large government-business-nonprofit collaborations selected by the White House. And at the center of these initiatives lies data. Lots of data. Continue Reading →

The Dawn of the Smart City Era: It’s Time for Resilient Networks

Resilient Networks for Smart Cities
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Just a few decades ago, a typical U.S. home likely contained a phone that hung from a wall with a coiled cord attaching a bulky plastic receiver, the din of its ring rattling like a woodpecker rapidly striking a metal pail. Relying on a vast network of copper cables, land-based telephones connected us to each other and the world. Continue Reading →

Smarter Cities – Preparing for Disaster

Telecommunications, FCC, Smart Grid Controllers, PowerOasis, 9-1-1
Photo: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Hurricane Sandy. Derecho of 2012. Typhoon Bopha. Over and over, disasters like these wreak havoc around the world, wiping out critical power and telecommunications systems. With the smart cities market expected to grow to over $1 billion by 2016 – and smart energy being the fastest growing segment of the smart city market, reaching $80.7 billion by 2016 – how does a 21st century global city prepare its infrastructure for the next disaster? Continue Reading →

A Foundational Approach to Building Smart Cities

On September 11, 2001, the Twin Towers of New York City’s World Trade Center fell victim to a vicious terrorist attack that stunned one of the world’s most important cities. Emergency response communication and power systems wilted under the ensuing chaos, putting emergency responders in peril as they attempted to rescue victims. Beyond the human toll, the U.S. economy was deeply impacted as well. By the end of the week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average had fallen by 14.3 percent, at the time its largest one-week point drop in history and U.S. stocks lost $1.4 trillion in valuation for the week. To put this number in perspective, it is roughly equal to the 2011 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Spain.

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Smart Cities: Improving Lives in Emerging Markets

Telecommunications infrastructure is a key economic driver for putting anything anywhere in the developing world. And it leads to some very interesting economic opportunities. In emerging markets, access to communication and smart power systems supports entrepreneurial ventures with the capability of transforming economies by raising the standard of living. And guess who holds the expertise and resources to move smart cities in emerging markets forward? Electronic Manufacturing Service companies.

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Manufacturing Smart Cities

Hurricane Sandy ravaged the northeastern United States for two days, drenching the area with rain and a storm surge that flooded major portions of New York City and shuttering the financial markets. A hospital caring for critically ill patients on life support found itself in a desperate situation without power and a failed back-up power system. City emergency crews struggled with incompatible communications as they tried to work together to respond to people and places left tattered by the storm. So how does a global city in the 21st century prepare its aging infrastructure for the next disaster? Continue Reading →