Councils and governments are conscious about the significance of improving public areas. Not only to reduce costs, but also to show their commitment with inhabitants and tourists that visit their cities. This is one of the main reasons why Smart Cities are more than a phenomena, actually they are a reality and the trend that every public institution wants to follow.
Barcelona is a great example in the Smart Cities field. With different projects to ease citizens lives, it has became one of the worldwide references of innovative and technological developments. With Barcelona Council and Starlab, Libelium has worked in a smart water project to control the irrigation system in Poblenou Park Centre.
Irrigation system management with only a click
Starlab, together with other companies, has deployed a remote control irrigation system for Barcelona that will help to reinforce its Smart City status. Starlab’s contribution to the service is by soil moisture monitoring with in situ probes that use Libelium technology . The deployment is based on sensors technology and consists in allowing remote control of the irrigation system to facilitate the management of the water network.
Before starting the project, each zone of the park was studied and analyzed in order to know their specific needs. TheSmartIrrigation system is controlled and monitored thanks to different soil moisture sensors which measure humidity and water flow in strategic points of the area.
The deployed probes datalogger is based on Waspmote Sensor Platform with sensors probes from a third party. This fact gives an impression of the versatility of this device. It enables connection with a wide range of sensor probes that does not have to be from the same manufacturer.
In SmartIrrigation project soil moisture probes are located underground together with Waspmote Sensor Platform, which are put inside waterproof boxes that ensure highly durability. Besides, these devices are powered by a long-life battery with one year autonomy.
Smart Irrigation System
Data gathered by Waspmote Sensor Platform can be sent to a gateway or directly to the cloud. It can be done through several communication protocols, such us GPRS, 3G, 4G, LoRaWAN, LoRa, Sigfox, 868 MHz, 900MHz, ZigBee, 802.15.4, WiFi, RFID, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0. In this project, data is sent through ZigBee to Meshlium Gateway, also provided by Libelium, and from there to the cloud using 3G. All the Meshlium installed are located in the garderner huts to facilitate the communications.
The information collected in the Meshlium Gateway can be visualized in a platformwhich concentrates and allows knowing the state in each zone. Two departments of Barcelona Council, Urban Services and Computing, have worked with Wonderware to carry out the application which can be controlled with computers, smartphones and also tablets.
Visualizer developed by Barcelona Council and Wonderware
If your are enjoying nature, sitting on a bench or walking through Poblenou Park Centre, you will probably see some members of Barcelona Parks staff and Gardeners using tablets. This is not the way how they spend their break times, the tablets are their new work tools. The new irrigation management system allows an automatic control of the electronic valves that close or open the water flow.
Cutting down water and money
The Council of Barcelona led this project which is part of Barcelona Smart City project. Cristina Vila, Former General Manager of Water Cycle in the council, considered the deployment as a great success because “the system optimizes water consumption because it irrigates with the proper amount according to weather conditions and the plants’ needs“.
Thanks to this new management system the municipal water bill has been cut down near a 25% in the city. Moreover, this reduction is not just about money, the water usage has been reduced too. Barcelona is saving resources such us water with Internet of Things technology and contributing to enhance the environment too. For gardeners, their daily work tasks has been eased too. Controlling the irrigation system and detecting any incidents that may have occurred can nowadays be checked in real-time.
Data gathered from sensors around a city are currently held in a separate pool, characterised as a “landlocked lake” by Neimat, the company’s board member in charge of Technology & Innovation and Europe.
In the future, every city will have multiple digital applications, running concurrently, churning out data. Cities need to develop the capability to view this data horizontally, as well as vertically, she argued.
Neimat suggests operators will need to get to grips with artificial intelligence (AI) if they are to progress with such initiatives.
“The content of such data ‘oceans’ will be so massive, and the relevant analysis so complex, that only artificial intelligence will be able to carry out the relevant data processing and forwarding with the necessary accuracy and speed,” she said.
The Deutsche Telekom executive also updated about a couple of the operator’s own smart city initiatives. In Dubrovnik, the Croatian city, and in Romanian capital Bucharest, the company is testing so-called digitised city centres. The areas concerned include street lighting, safety and parking.
In smart parking, available spaces are being fitted with sensors that tell drivers if they are available. The company described the results as being “impressive”, with less traffic, as well as lower CO2 and particulate emissions. In addition, drivers save time that they would otherwise spend in looking for parking.
Deutsche Telekom is also testing intelligent parking systems in the Italian city of Pisa, which has a resident population of 90,000 and an added population of 30,000 daily commuters – the majority of whom drive into the city every day.
Source: Mobile World Live
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Nokia leverages Internet of Things and Cloud technologies expertise to implement smart city applications and improve services for Jeddah residents
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – Zain KSA and Nokia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on a major initiative that will transform Jeddah, one of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s (KSA) largest cities, into a model for smart cities in the country and worldwide by 2018.
Under the MoU, Nokia and Zain KSA will apply advanced networking technologies in the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Cloud to connect and manage a wide array of devices, vehicles, homes and applications. Use of these technologies will improve municipal services, enhance the business climate in Jeddah and create a better quality of life for the city’s nearly three million residents.
Zain and Nokia will also employ advanced network and customer experience management tools to ensure smooth and seamless operation across the objects and locations. To ensure privacy and fulfill public safety requirements, the companies will place a strong focus on the reliability and security of the network.
Over the course of this two-year plan, the companies will enhance the network capacity, accessibility and efficiency of Zain KSA’s mobile broadband network in Jeddah, eventually leading to 5G access, while also expanding the utilization of small cells and Wi-Fi to ensure continuous connectivity throughout the city.
Sultan AlDeghaither, Chief Technology Officer, said: “Jeddah is the second biggest city in Saudi Arabia – and thanks to our collaboration with Nokia, it will also be a smart city. Introducing IoT to all walks of life is a top priority for Zain KSA, and Nokia’s Smart City solutions will provide us with a framework for enriching the lives of the people in Jeddah.”
Ali Aljitawi, Head of Zain KSA Customer Team at Nokia, said: “The world is becoming more urbanized, with exponentially more connected devices. For every device connected to the Internet today, 10 more will join it in the near future. Through IoT and smart city concepts, we can automate our lives by connecting mobile devices to appliances, lights, roadways and just about everything – a shift that will improve efficiency and enable economic, social and environmental sustainability. We believe that the Jeddah Smart City concept can be a model for smart cities not just in the Kingdom, but across the region and the world.”
Sensors & the IoT Spark Cost-Efficiency Opportunities for Public Sector Organizations
Local government is a 24/7 enterprise. Constantly changing dynamics and daily emergencies have always put pressure on city governments to be both nimble and cost-efficient. In the digital age, citizens expect cities to respond to their needs and mandates even quicker than before, and they want to be able to access city services conveniently — whenever and wherever. Of course, citizens also still expect cities to make the most of their tax dollars.
Cradlepoint Smart Cities expert, Ken Hosac, VP of Business Development, to:
- Highlight some of the most impactful Smart City applications,
- Discuss where the Smart City movement is headed,
- And offer insight into how wireless and software-defined networking (SDN) help cities address their communities’ changing needs.
What exactly is a Smart City?
“It’s the idea that technology and innovation and collaboration can improve the quality of life of citizens and the well-being of its businesses; cities that are smart take advantage of that,” says Hosac. Smart Cities are utilizing the cloud and the Internet of Things. In fact, Gartner reports that more than a billion Internet of Things devices are installed in Smart Cities worldwide, and that number is projected to more than double by 2017.
“Most cities are becoming incrementally smarter all the time. You might not notice it on a day-to-day basis, but over time you see a big difference,” notes Hosac.
Popular Smart City Technologies
Public Transit: Currently, the most widely enjoyed Smart City technologies often revolve around in-vehicle connectivity. For example, many cities are using 4G LTE connectivity to provide WiFi on public transit, in order to attract greater ridership, says Hosac.
Public Safety: Many law enforcement agencies also have come to rely on wireless in-vehicle connectivity. Increased police scrutiny and a growing demand for transparency is motivating law enforcement agencies to implement body-worn and dash cameras to give the public greater oversight of their activities. “We’re seeing that not just here in the United States, but in Europe and Africa as well,” notes Hosac.
With wireless in-vehicle Internet, officers can upload footage to the cloud, stream in real time, and file reports — all without having to make an extra trip to headquarters. Less time performing administrative tasks back at the station means more time for community policing.
Pop-Up Networks: A few cities are utilizing wireless Internet to provide temporary connectivity during elections. The Board of Elections can quickly set up a wireless “pop-up” network just for Election Day, and voters use computers (which can also produce a paper ballot to guard against potential tampering) to cast their votes.
Voters enjoy the convenience and faster reporting of results, while the city benefits from a more efficient elections process.
Data Analytics: Emerging Smart City applications will allow cities to better gather and leverage real-time data. “It’s not mainstream yet,” says Hosac, but in the near future, many cities will, for example, “have sensors in trash Dumpsters that can tell how full the Dumpster is, and combine that information with temperature measurements to help cities determine which Dumpsters to empty each day.” Applications like this will allow cities to save money by limiting energy/fuel expenditures and personnel hours needed to deliver vital city services.
Smart Parking: Smart parking is another application with a promising future. Cities seeking to limit the traffic and pollution impact of drivers endlessly searching for parking use Internet-connected sensors and meters to update parking maps in real time. Drivers access data through a cloud application that allows them to quickly locate open parking spaces.
In either of the previous two scenarios, Internet of Things devices are organized on a wireless mesh network, with an Internet-connected gateway device stationed on approximately every block.
The Growing Role of Wireless & Software-Defined Networks (SDN)
Today, leading cities are using wireless and SDN to provide connectivity for their Smart City applications.
“Wireless connectivity opens up a whole new range of applications that couldn’t be addressed with wired networks,” says Hosac. “Mobile applications are especially dependent on it, but it’s also making a big impact on temporary locations and pop-up networking. The instant scalability and ease-of-management make it possible for cities to tailor the network to their exact and ever-evolving needs. These technologies provide the flexibility needed to make adjustments quickly as the city’s needs change.”
The ever-increasing prevalence of the Internet of Things in community operations is taking many Smart City ideas from dream to reality. According to projects, $39.5 billion will be spent on Smart City technologies in 2016 (SOURCE: Onvia).
Government security networks operator Nedaa selects Nokia to deliver next-generation network for mission-critical and smart city services
Aims to create safe and smart city for residents and visitors, applying Internet of Things (IoT) technologies for areas including emergency services support, e-government, transportation and healthcare
Nokia to provide a 5G-ready, mission-critical network consisting of comprehensive security solutions, core and radio access solutions, IP/MPLS, optical and microwave backhaul network, along with professional services
Dubai, UAE – Nedaa, Professional Communication Corporation, the Dubai Government security networks provider, and its approved technology provider Esharah Etisalat Security Solutions, have commissioned Nokia to deploy a smart city solution based on a 5G-ready next-generation network that will enable high-bandwidth voice, video and other data applications for mission-critical services and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
The comprehensive scope of the project includes the supply of 5G-ready, mission-critical network consisting of comprehensive security solutions, core and radio access solutions, and IP/MPLS, optical and microwave backhaul network, along with professional services.
Network resources will be shared by various government agencies and departments, enabling the provision of seamless connected services to address stringent requirements for critical communications. Nedaa has appointed Esharah Etisalat Security Solutions to oversee this mission-critical network deployment by Nokia over the next two years.
This latest project with the Government of Dubai builds on Nokia’s existing working relationship with the city. In 2001, Nokia started to work with public safety communication networks in Dubai, and the current project will be a continuation to keep Dubai a safe and smart city for its residents and visitors.
Yousif Al Ali, Chief Technical Officer, Nedaa, said: “Dubai has historically pioneered in providing exceptional quality of life, and an unparalleled business and technology innovation environment, inspired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision to make Dubai the happiest city on earth. Nokia has been an integral part of Dubai’s security communications network since 2001, and the company’s eagerness to adapt to our new, stringent security requirements gives us the confidence to make our city the safest and smartest in the world.”
Mansour BuOsaiba, CEO of Esharah Etisalat Security Solutions, said: “We are proud to have been appointed by Nedaa to oversee this strategic project. We are looking forward to working closely with Nokia to deploy a next-generation network for mission-critical and IoT services that will play a key role in making Dubai the safest and smartest city.”
Amr El-Leithy, Head of Middle East & Africa, Nokia, said: “The Government of Dubai’s vision for creating the safest and smartest city in the world is far-reaching, and something Nokia is proud to be part of. Mission-critical communications network is the foundation for realizing this vision, and enables public safety and other IoT use cases. Nokia, leveraging its leadership position in 4G and pioneering work in 5G, is well positioned to support the Government of Dubai in its vision to make the city a model for the rest of the world.”
Smart Coruña is the innovation programme which began in 2011 and whose objective is to transform the beautiful city of La Coruña into a technology hub where new services, which improve the city´s efficiency and the sustainability, are implemented. Smart Coruña has positioned the city as a benchmark for new investments and new R&D developments and has contributed to the creation of new jobs stimulating the growth of the IT sector.
A Coruña, Galicia, Spain
The project, 80% financed by European FEDER funds, provides a holistic view of the city and its services. It consists of 14 technological pilots including Libelium technology and the deployment of the Sofia2 Platform.
The urban services variety ranges from resource and environmental management to citizen and tourist services and its ultimate goal is to improve quality of life in La Coruña:
- Air and acoustic quality: This system controls the air quality and noise level conditions throughout the city. Different Libelium Waspmote Plug & Sense! devices are used to measure air conditions and noise levels at strategic points in the city. The system enables the identification of the pollutant sources and allows the decision making process regarding the implementation of corrective plans when the environmental quality or noise levels recommend so.
- Water quality Management: This area aims to remotely monitor the water supply and sewerage networks of the city, ensuring its effective distribution. It includes smart irrigation and different management systems to control water-flow, speed, rate and tubes conditions, any pressure changes due to leaks can be rapidly detected rapidly, minimising water losses. The system also has devices capable of measuring the physical and chemical characteristics of water in reservoirs, water treatment plants and city beaches. It ensures the quality of the drinking water supplied to the public is excellent and also warns about any possible anomalies.
- Energy efficiency: Implementation of an energy efficiency tool to monitor and reduce energy consumption in 55 public buildings and a system which automates the processes of the Potable Water Treatment Plant reducing its energy consumption as well. The aim is to reduce the consumption of electricity and gas to the minimum. Both initiatives generate economic savings, enhance environmental care and have positioned La Coruña as a benchmark in the field of energy management.
- Traffic control: the real-time traffic optimisation system collects information in order that citizens and managers can make better mobility decisions in real time. A series of cameras and devices have been installed in the monitored priority roads to determine and control the traffic situation. Likewise, a number of control cameras are installed at the access points of pedestrian areas. The smart parking system collects information about the free parking spaces, improving mobility as it helps citizens avoid wasting time looking for parking spaces. All the information is available to citizens and visitors through a web portal, a mobile app and dynamic information panels.
- Citizen interaction and tourism: this vertical brings together electronic administration possibilities, bidirectional citizen communication and tourism services. The electronic administration system allows citizens not only to start any official procedure through the electronic channel, but also to keep track of the status of the inquiry and attach any necessary documentation. The interaction system allows citizens to receive information about the events of the city and also participate, propose and report openly about its functioning. The guided visits system with augmented reality offer an interactive experience of the city’s main attractions.
Libelium Sensor Platform with Sofia2 Platform visualizer for Smart Coruña project
In the scope of this project, a specific Portal was published in the City Council’s website aggregating all public information to be presented to the citizens. Lots of different visualizers are accessible across the website, from traffic information to rental bike availability.
Smart City Coruña Brain
Sofia2 is deployed in La Coruña, centralizing information from various different city services and giving solution to specific needs across the whole area of the city. The combination of the information from all these verticals in one unique platform has allowed to build complex and smart solutions where each vertical, instead of working independently, can take advantage of information from the rest of the solutions to provide a better use of resources.
Sofia2 is Indra’s IoT Interoperability Platform. It acts as the middleware and repository that allows real time interoperability of multiple systems and devices, offering a semantic platform to make real world information available to smart applications (Internet of Things).
Billion LCMS successfully manages over 412 streetlights at four different street sites that are approximately 20km long. The smart streetlight project done by Billion is the largest urban installation in Taiwan that connects streetlights with IoT (Internet of Things), highlighting centralized asset management, street light failure notification, and enhanced public security
Unlike other ZigBee and GSM solutions, Billion LCMS utilizes the BPL (Broadband Power-Line) technology to overcome signal instability, elongated installation, and system inflexibility. Billion LCMS provides a strong integration flexibility that can be adopted by international LED streetlight partners who wish to invest their lighting fixtures in bidding for national smart street light tenders. For 412 street lights projects in Taipei, Billion has achieved an average of 78% decrease in utility consumption and CO2 emission while delivering a faster payback period.
“LED lighting market is extremely competitive and saturated with a few dominate LED lighting companies. We are excited to see that international LED lighting vendors can leverage our technology to impose system values onto their LED commodities. We can also help the cities around the world to modernize their street light infrastructure to lower operational maintenance costs, maximize energy efficiency and to enhance citizen safety through the open networking platform. Taipei is now given an upgrade on its public infrastructure and taking a step forward in building an intelligent, well-connect city,” remarkedMartin Chang, Product Manager of Billion Electric.
About Billion Electric
Billion Electric Co. Ltd. (www.billion.com; taiex: 3027) is the largest LED power and energy management solutions provider in the Asia-Pacific. We sustain life and the environment through combing the strength of power and ICT technologies to enable innovative, sustainable technologies. Billion’s over 1,000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximize values for our current and future customers.
PrismTech will supply its Vortex IoT Data Sharing Platform to Manchester’s CityVerve project
PrismTech™, a global leader in software platforms for distributed systems, has announced that it is part of a ground breaking public-private consortium that has won a £10m national competition for Manchester to be the UK’s Internet of Things (IoT) City Demonstrator, awarded by The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
Together with Manchester City Council, the partnership includes global technology giant Cisco UK, the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University, MSP, the UK’s largest service and property partner to pioneering science and technology companies, BT, and innovative UK SMEs including PrismTech.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is about connecting physical objects with the internet giving us a previously unimagined world of data that can be used to significantly improve our daily lives. It is envisaged that the technology could be used to improve life for residents across an entire city, and that is the aim of Manchester’s CityVerve project.
The project will demonstrate applications of IoT and services in four areas: healthcare, transport, energy and environment and culture and community.
Elements of the CityVerve project include:
- A ‘biometric sensor network’ to manage chronic respiratory conditions in patients
- A network of sensors positioned in parks, along commuter and school routes to track the physical activity of individuals and teams
- Talkative bus stops which will allow passengers to let bus operators know they are waiting
- Smart lighting to improve safety along pedestrian routes
- Bike sharing on the Oxford Road Corridor
- Smart air-quality monitoring by lamp posts on the Oxford Road Corridor
PrismTech will supply its Vortex™ Intelligent Data Sharing Platform to provide data connectivity and data management services to the project. Based on the Object Management Group™’s Data Distribution Service (DDS) for Real-time System standard, Vortex enables device-to-device, device-to-cloud and cloud-to-cloud data sharing in real-time. It is a crucial enabler for systems that must reliably and securely deliver high volumes of data with stringent end-to-end qualities-of-service. Vortex has the ability to deliver the right information to the right place at the right time – a perfect fit for Smart City IoT applications.
“We’re delighted that PrismTech is part of the winning City Demonstrator bid,” said Lawrence Ross, CEO, PrismTech. “We are sure that our Vortex technology can play a key role enabling the City’s data to flow to where it adds most value and contributing to a successful project that demonstrates real benefits to the people of Manchester.”
For more information on the City Demonstrator Project visit: http://www.mspl.co.uk/manchester-announced-as-uks-internet-of-things-iot-city-demonstrator-and-awarded-10m-investment/
Further information about Vortex is available from PrismTech’s website at: http://www.prismtech.com/vortex.