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Big Data + Built Environment = Smart City

night-time-in-downtown-baltimore-marylandBig Data + Built Environment = Technology Experts & City Counterparts Working Together in Building and City Planning, Design, Construction, and Management. Yes, that’s the formula. And developing big data applications that collect data, analyze it and provide scenarios for cities is key. Recently we published a post about “That IT Guy” and this is where IT is key to the future of Smart Cities. Bridging the gap between building and city planning with the Chief IT Innovator (you have one, right?) to integrate the needs of both departments as well as engineering and architecture is essential to the development of your Smart City. Jenn McArthur’s article is insightful, extremely well written and worth a read and share.

The relationship between information and urban settings is the central focus of an entirely new field of research called Big Data and the Built Environment. Until recently, there was a knowledge gap between big data experts and their counterparts in building and city planning, design, and management. Computer scientists have expertise in cloud computing and can manage large data sets, but typically don’t understand the broader context of building performance. On the other hand, building management companies and utilities collect enormous data about their assets, but lack the expertise to develop analytics to inform operational decision-making. Architects and engineers could similarly use this data to design better buildings, drawing on the lessons learned from current building performance. Bridging this gap is essential for developing a Smart City.

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Arid Smart Cities Should Tap into This Model Incorporating IoT

Hydropolis-1-600x449With water shortages, climate change, and the advent of Smart Cities with the Internet of Things, could this be a solution for your city or country’s planning and implementation?

The aim of this project is to propose a scheme that is based in developing the biggest necessary activities for the human race around salt water: the production of energy, housing, agriculture and ecological restoration. Aquaculture will be possible thanks to the contribution of seawater. This scheme will meanwhile be reproduced to infinity in space but also in time as long as the intake of sea water is possible.

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That IT Guy – Drives Business Innovation Today

thatitguy40 years ago we saw Apple delivering its first Apple II in 1976. Atari, Commodore and yes, Texas Instruments, were the most common computers found in offices. In August of 1976 Computerland had 14 stores and Radio Shack was popular with their TRS-80 Model 1 that had just been released.

Back then, most of us working in offices eyed our computer equipment with love and a great deal of distrust. It was so easy to wipe out all your work or the entire office’s files. Companies started hiring “IT guys” to deal with the “blue screen of death” and the numerous operator and hardware induced errors. The IT guys were beloved while being mostly ignored by the corporate office and structure. To many, they were a necessary evil driving overhead costs up during this fascinating yet nightmarish scenario of early technology meeting business.

Fast forward to today. IT has become a driving force in business and personal lives. Those geeky imaginations? Just look at what they’ve done and imagine what these bright, hardworking, dedicated technology professionals may invent going forward. No longer focused solely on buying, maintaining and upgrading hardware and software, they’re seeking ways to monetize and deploy new capabilities and related innovations.

InformationWeek talks about the “new IT” transition and poor visibility holding IT teams back. However, many companies outside of the technology industry have integrated IT seamlessly into their business goals, R&D, and service or product delivery to clients. One industry that’s embraced IT is engineering.

I’m not talking about software or hardware, I’m talking about the engineering firms that design your roadways, wastewater and water treatment plants, environmental mitigation and recovery plans and more. Just take a look at Tetra Tech, CH2M, and AECOM and others.

Almost all their projects have a strong IT component. They have integrated the technology of today with strategies for tomorrow, helping to plan, design and build Smart Cities, Stadiums, Transportation Systems, and more. Their IT executives and team members are heavily involved in developing new programs and offerings for their clients, work closely with the decision makers in their companies, and are sought out by engineers, scientists and business professionals for their insights and practical application of their knowledge.

Andi Mann, author of the article for InformationWeek, is right. The technology industry is moving forward and the “New IT” leaders, as she calls them, are gaining ground and making impacts that help give their companies a competitive edge. That “IT Guy” is your differentiator and these engineering firms know it.




Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs wants to make your daily commute less crummy

The subdivision of Google's parent company looks to revolutionize the transportation landscape.

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It looks like Uber is going to be subsidized by Alphabet's subsidiary, Sidewalk Labs. The pilot, and yes I'm going to call it a pilot as it is happening because of the DOT's Smart City Challenge, will be implemented as part of the Columbus, Ohio project.


Flow, as Sidewalk Labs named it, is the platform whereby they'll improve traffic flow, change how drivers find parking, and offer (through Uber) ride-sharing for low-income people.

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Discover Seville IPv6 Smartcity Pilot – Think Big – The Innovation Blog

In this post we describe how an IPv6 end-to-end solution has been implemented in the whole value chain of a given Smartcity Pilot.

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Good comparison between the benefits and challenges for CTOs, CIOs, and smart city innovators. This pilot program in Seville maps out their process for their solution architecture.

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How Will Developing Smart Cities Integrate with Evolving Technology? |

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Smart City development has really taken off around the world. CTOs and CIOs are grappling with the real world problems of managing, planning and purchasing the right tech for their organization to move toward becoming a smart city. This post has some interesting thoughts in it.

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Columbus Named 1st Smart City | Go By Truck Global News

Columbus, Ohio, won $40 million from the USDOT for its smart transportation plans.

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Goodbye, Password. Banks Opt to Scan Fingers and Faces Instead. | :: The 4th Era ::

Some of the nation’s largest banks, acknowledging that traditional passwords are either too cumbersome or no longer secure, are increasingly using fingerprints, facial scans and other types of biometrics to safeguard accounts.

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Passwords are quickly becoming a thing of the past. We see laptops, cell phones, and now banks, moving to retina scans and fingerprint scans. I've found the fingertip scan to be less than reliable and wonder just how well this is going to work if adopted by industry.

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