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Deutsche Telekom eyes Artificial Intelligence to grasp Smart Cities

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shutterstock_124757719Smart city deployments collect data that is analysed vertically, a practice that needs to change if their potential is to be realised, argued Deutsche Telekom board member Claudia Neimat in a blog.

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

INRIX and Parkmobile Bring End-To-End Parking Solution to the Connected Car

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Drivers can find, route to, reserve and pay for car parking, garages and meters directly from the dasboard

  • INRIX now offers automakers an embedded, end-to-end user experience across both on- and off-street parking
  • Parkmobile will enhance INRIX’s real-time occupancy data to help drivers make more intelligent decisions while on the go
  • Parkmobile’s on- and off-street payments are accepted at more than 2,000 garages, airports and venues and 200 cities across the U.S.

INRIX, Inc., a leading provider of dynamic connected car services worldwide, and Parkmobile, the leading provider of on-demand and prepaid mobile payments for on- and off- street parking and mobility solutions, announced a strategic partnership at the annual International Parking Institute (IPI) conference to jointly develop an embedded, end-to-end parking solution for the auto industry. The partnership will bring together availability, reservations and payments for both on-street and off-street parking into a seamless in-car navigation experience.

“The ecosystem of mobile and parking solutions is complex and fragmented. To date, the industry has not consolidated all the services, capabilities and parking inventory into a single solution. Through our coordinated development efforts with INRIX, we will deliver a holistic parking solution the auto industry can deploy quickly and efficiently into the connected car. We strongly believe our partnership with INRIX will contribute to realizing Parkmobile’s vision of improving the quality of people’s lives through convenience, efficiency and immediacy,” said Jon Ziglar, CEO of Parkmobile.

Atlanta-based Parkmobile is the largest provider of mobile payments for on- and off-street parking and mobility-related services for municipalities, universities, commercial operators and transit facilities in the U.S. Parkmobile’s solutions are available in 35 of the top 100 U.S. cities, including Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Fort Worth, Indianapolis and Houston. More than four million people use Parkmobile’s services over 27 million times per year, making it the most widely used mobile parking solution in the country.

“An end-to-end parking solution is a game changer for the auto industry, and Parkmobile is a key component in ensuring INRIX is the go-to-market provider,” said Alex Israel, Vice President and General Manager – Parking at INRIX. “The entire industry – from automakers to parking suppliers to drivers – will benefit from INRIX’s extensive ecosystem of parking services.”

INRIX launched the industry’s first dynamic off-street parking service in 2013, followed by the first integrated on-street parking solution in June 2015. In August 2015, INRIX acquired ParkMe, a leader in parking location, availability and reservations worldwide. The company was recentlyrecognized by SBD for its comprehensive and accurate parking data in the U.S. and Europe. INRIX Parking currently includes street-level parking information in over 40 cities worldwide, and an off-street parking database with more than 29 million spaces in over 90,000 locations spanning 4,000 cities in 65 countries. INRIX is the preferred provider of parking information and services to leading automakers, including Audi, BMW, Lexus and Porsche, as well as transportation agencies and drivers around the world.

About INRIX

INRIX is the global leader in connected car services and intelligent movement, a new approach that leverages big data and the cloud to help manage urban mobility. By aggregating a variety of sources and applying intelligence, INRIX delivers comprehensive data and solutions to help move people, cities and businesses forward. Our partners are automakers, governments, mobile operators, developers, advertisers, as well as enterprises large and small. We are literally everywhere with over 450 customers across 60 countries. INRIX has offices in Kirkland, Seattle, Santa Monica, London, Manchester and Munich.

Source: Inrix

New Smart Parking by Libelium includes Double Radio with LoRaWAN and Sigfox

New Smart Parking by Libelium includes Double Radio with LoRaWAN and Sigfox.

New surface parking device-with LoRaWAN and Sigfox- features smaller size, higher accuracy and faster time of detection facilitating lower installation costs.

Today at Intertraffic, Libelium has presented the new version of Waspmote Plug&Sense! Smart Parking, the solution for Smart Cities that allows citizens to detect available parking spots.

The new device is easier and cheaper to deploy as it is mounted on the road surface. Unlike most market versions, it does not need to dig a hole in the ground for installation reducing installation time from 30 to 5 minutes and allowing to be replaced by another unit in case of maintenance in just 10 minutes.

The new device has a smaller size -reduced over 50%-, higher accuracy and reliability, and faster time of detection. Besides, temperature does not affect the behaviour of readings.

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New sensor system is fully compatible with LPWAN radio technologies –LoRaWANand Sigfox– to enable long range and low power consumption. It can be connected with both radios for the European 868 MHz band and for the 900-930 MHz band (US/Canada). One unique feature of the system is that it allows to use both radio technologies at the same time or change from one to another easily from the Cloud.

With the new sensor system, one base station can give service to thousands of devices around a range of several kilometers in urban environment. This fact provides lower costs of installation since the number of base stations can be dramatically reduced. Besides, the new sensor model has been optimized for really low-power operation, so the battery lifetime is extended up to 10 years easily.

The new parking node has been certified with the CE/FCC/IC marks and provides a robust software which works out-of-the-box. Developers do not need to programme the nodes but specify the values of key parameters in the firmware such as working cycle or night mode to be ready to work. Remote management and bidirectional communication allows to change several parameters of the nodes from the Cloud. This means that thousands of nodes can be reprogrammed just setting the right values from our web browser in the management platform.

With Smart Parking, Libelium global Smart Cities solution covers gas and noise pollution levels, water quality control and waste management.

Source: Libelium

Wireless Networking Expands Possibilities for Smart Cities & Smart Communities

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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.

Emerging Applications

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).

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Source: Cradlepoint

 

Telensa Smart Parking Technology Deployed in Minsk

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Solution reduces congestion and cuts cost in Belarusian capital

Telensa, which provides end-to-end smart city solutions using its low-power wide-area UNB wireless technology, today announced a major new smart parking deployment in Minsk, Belarus.

The deployment, led by Russian partner Gorizont-Telecom will lead to smart parking technology in more than 3,000 parking spaces across the capital. The solution has been built on Telensa UNB wireless technology, which combines the virtues of long range, proven scalability, low cost and very long sensor battery life.

The solution involves small battery-powered sensors set into the road surface of each street parking space. These sensors detect when a vehicle is parked above them and wirelessly communicate with laptop-sized Telensa base stations, each of which looks after thousands of sensors over a range of up to 8 kilometres. The sensors have a battery life of 5 years, even in the challenging low temperatures of a Minsk winter.

The real-time occupancy data from the sensors is used to inform three cloud-based systems. The central administration system provides the city with detailed analytics on capacity trends and bottlenecks, the phone app helps citizens find spaces and so reduces pollution, and the civil enforcement officer app reduces the cost of enforcement by directing officers to precisely where infringements are taking place in real time.

The Minsk project follows established deployments in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kazan in Russia and Shenzhen in China. Moscow is already the world’s largest bay sensor deployment and has the potential to cover 70,000 spaces. Telensa technology was chosen to replace several previous systems because of its proven reliability and low cost.

Telensa smart city solutions are built on its ultra-narrow band (UNB) wireless technology, which is the only low-power wide-area (LPWA) network deployed at commercial scale. Covering a city of 1 million people in less than a week, Telensa UNB is the ideal platform for a range of low-cost smart city control applications such as smart parking, smart street lighting and environmental monitoring. Telensa is the world #1 in smart street lighting.

Telensa CEO Will Gibson said, “Smart city applications won’t become ubiquitous until a multi-purpose wireless technology emerges that can be deployed easily, that works reliably at massive scale and that delivers a compelling business case. Telensa UNB increasingly looks like the catalyst to make all cities smart and we’re delighted to see Minsk and Gorizont at the forefront of this movement.”

About Telensa
Telensa makes wireless smart city control applications that actually work. They include the world’s most widely deployed smart streetlight solution, with integrated IoT sensors available such as traffic and weather. The company’s smart parking solution also includes some of the world’s largest deployments including Moscow and Shenzhen.

Fundamental to Telensa’s success is its Ultra Narrow Band (UNB) radio system, which has the unique combination of low cost, long range, long battery life and 2-way communication for massive numbers of devices. With over 9 million devices across 30 countries it is easy to see why UNB is fast becoming the deployment standard for smart city control applications. (www.telensa.com)

Together with industry leaders including Cisco, Accenture and BT, Telensa is a founding member of the Wireless Internet of Things Forum (WIoTF). Created to drive standards adoption and establish common wide area smart city approaches, the WIoTF is committed to uniting the growing ecosystem and accelerating the adoption of wide-area wireless IoT. (www.wireless-iot.org)

Source: Telensa

 

Parking made easy: Smarter parking project in Pisa kicks off

The lengthy search for a free parking spot will soon be a thing of the past in the Italian city of Pisa: Today marks the launch of a smart city pilot project to test an intelligent parking system and analyze historical traffic data via a big data service. The system will help motorists in Pisa to find a free parking space easier and quicker than before, as well as pay for it via their smart phone.

The city of Pisa has joined forces with Deutsche Telekom and its partner firm Kiunsys to install the new smart city service on Piazza Carrara, located directly on the banks of the river Arno. Sensors on the floor of each parking spot detect whether they are free or occupied. Several data units collect the information and send it over the mobile network to the city’s server infrastructure. The information is then displayed on indication panels which guide drivers to a free space. The solution is also integrated in Pisa’s existing Tap&Park app which drivers can choose to download to take them directly to a free parking space and even pay for it via the app.

“The new parking system integrates seamlessly into our intelligent transport system (ITS),” says the mayor of Pisa, Marco Filippeschi. “It eases the flow of traffic and helps to cut CO2 emissions.”

Pisa has been working rigorously for many years to implement a smart mobility policy as part of its Sustainable Energy Action Plan. Filippeschi underscores its importance, saying that: “the pilot project is a big stride for Pisa towards improving its traffic situation over the long term. Indeed, drivers looking for a parking space make up some 30 percent of inner-city traffic. So the easier it is for them to find a spot, the less traffic there will be.” Pisa is not only one of the main tourist destinations of Italy, but also an important university and public services city with three universities, an important hospital at European level and the main airport of Tuscany. Pisa attracts around 90.000 vehicles per day on its roads.

“We firmly believe that the right way to becoming a smart city is to have open standards and take a collaborative approach,” says Jürgen Hase, Vice President, Machine-to-Machine at Deutsche Telekom. “That’s why we are particularly pleased to be part of this joint project with our partner company Kiunsys and the City of Pisa – a leading member of the European ITS standardization network POSSE.”

Pisa has already been using a range of modules from Deutsche Telekom’s partner company Kiunsys for several years. These include the Tap&Park app for mobile payment of parking charges, 30,000 RFID parking badges – known as “PisaPass” – and INeS Cloud management software. “The modular solution can digitally map all processes relating to parking facility management and traffic in the city,” says Tiziano Di Sciullo, Sales Manager at Kiunsys.

As a result, Pisa has already been collecting traffic-related data over the past few years which will now be analysed as part of the pilot project. The partners hope to gain a deeper insight into how the traffic infrastructure is used, which will benefit traffic planning in future.

Source: M2M TELEKOM