Posts Tagged ‘smart cities’

Stem is Trying to Make Buildings Smarter with Machine Learning


Katie Fehrenbacher of GigaOM reports, “Here’s the basic idea behind startup Stem: install batteries at a building and use software to convert the building over to battery power (instead of using power from the grid) when energy from the power grid is expensive (like a hot Summer day). Large power companies seem to think it’s a good idea, and on Monday Stem announced that it’s raised $15 million from new investors including GE and Spanish power giant Iberdrola. Stem was founded back in 2009 as Powergetics and it rebranded as Stem last year. The company launched its first battery and analytics system with a hotel in San Francisco a year ago, and now they’re working on installing about a megawatt of systems across Hawaii.” Read more

See the Trailer for Datalandia: The Small Town with Big Data Solutions

GE is having fun showing off their Big Data solutions in a very small (fictional) town called Datalandia. Katie Kaye of AdAge reports, “GE filmed a teensy town in Germany to teach everyday people about the internet of really big things. The maker of data-generating wind turbines and jet engines today will unveil the first of a series of short films that mimic summer-blockbusters to illustrate the industrial internet through scenarios involving blood-sucking vampires and extraterrestrials. ‘What if there was a little town that had the industrial internet and they were using it every day to keep the town folks happy, healthy and productive?’ asked Tommy Means, founder and creative director at Mekanism, the creative agency behind the campaign. The mini-films were shot on location at Miniatur Wunderland, a massive world of model trains and their surroundings in Hamburg that’s loaded with intricate replicas of an airport, ships, hospitals, a soccer stadium, and countless itsy-bitsy inhabitants. GE has named the realm created for the campaign ‘Datalandia’.” Read more

IBM & Deutsche Telekom Building Smarter Cities

David Meyer of GigaOM reports, “IBM and Deutsche Telekom, the carrier behind the T-Mobile brand, are to work together on creating smart city systems, the companies have announced. The smart city concept, which is closely related to the internet of things, is reliant on pervasive connectivity, drawing on what has traditionally been known as machine-to-machine (M2M) technology to hook up everything from traffic lights to public transport vehicles to the local broadband network. This usually involves the use of cellular networks.” Read more

Glasgow Wins Grant to Become One of UK’s First Smart Cities

Jane Wakefield of the BBC reports that Glasgow has been awarded a £24 million grant by the British government to make it one of the UK’s first smart cities. She writes, “[Glasgow] will use the money on projects to demonstrate how a city of the future might work. They will include better services for Glaswegians, with real-time information about traffic and apps to check that buses and trains are on time. The council will also create an app for reporting issues such as potholes and missing bin collections. Other services promised by the council include linking up the CCTV cameras across the city with its traffic management unit in order to identify traffic incidents faster.” Read more

Video: Linking Smart Cities Datasets at ISWC

Irene Celino recently shared a presentation on Linking Smart Cities Datasets with Human Computation: the case of UrbanMatch at the eleventh annual ISWC conference in Boston. The description of the presentation states, “To realize the Smart Cities vision, applications can leverage the large availability of open datasets related to urban environments. Those datasets need to be integrated, but it is often hard to automatically achieve a high-quality interlinkage. Human Computation approaches can be employed to solve such a task where machines are ineffective.” Read more

London Plans to Test Smart City Operating System

Jane Wakefield of the BBC reports that London plans to test a new “smart city” operating system. She writes, “Living Plan IT has developed its Urban OS to provide a platform to connect services and citizens.  With partners including Hitachi, Phillips and Greenwich council, it aims to use the Greenwich peninsula as a testbed for new technologies running on the system. The OS aims to connect key services such as water, transport, and energy. David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, was among the signatories to the partnership. ‘The development of smart cities in future is a crucial commercial opportunity for Britain, and London is the right place to be doing it,’ he said.” Read more