Smarter Cities Means Bigger Data

 

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We have previously discussed smart cities and how they utilize the growing Internet of Things to make living more connected than ever before. Often times, it is not the communicating devices themselves that directly improves people’s lives, but the management of the data they are constantly generating. Continue Reading →

The Internet of Things: Propelling Smart Cities

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What does Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Songdo, South Korea, have in common? The answer may surprise you. While at different stages in the process, both of these cities are making steps toward evolving their infrastructure as smart cities. Continue Reading →

Locking Down Smart Cities’ Big Data

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Information on cities, communities and people is being created faster than ever before in unprecedented quantities. In fact, 90 percent of all the world’s data was generated in just over the past two years. And the data created by smart cities can hold sensitive information about the people who live there. Continue Reading →

What’s Next for the Internet?

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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

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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

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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 →