The next Silicon Valley is emerging everywhere

When we first started The Next Silicon Valley several years ago, it was based on places trying to create their own Silicon Valley like innovation ecosystem. Now, it’s no longer about the label or the question that we are often asked, ‘where is the next Silicon Valley’. Instead, the debate has moved on.
One of the key aspects of creating successful innovation ecosystems is the collaboration aspect. The Economist Intelligence Unit has articulated this well in a survey ahead of its own innovation conference in Chicago. In its report, ‘Innovation Clusters: Why companies are better together’, it talks about the success factors that have shaped five key clusters – London’s silicon roundabout, Singapore, Estonia, Boulder (USA), and Bangalore (India).

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Big cities need to be smarter.

The cities we live in are about to be transformed. More than half of us live in urban areas. By 2050, the population of the world’s cities will increase by roughly seven billion – the size of today’s global population.

Take London. In February 2015, the population was about 8.6 million and, according to the mayor’s office, it will reach nine million before New York City does.

This growth means cities have to evolve to keep up with the inevitable overcrowding, climate change, traffic gridlocks and housing crises.

The solution: using digital technology to plan, operate and develop our urban sprawls. In 2016, countries ranging from South Korea to Saudi Arabia will experiment with “smartifying’’ their cities: some will be born digital, such as Songdo in South Korea, while others, including Amsterdam, will be updated road by road, with intelligent infrastructure.

Singapore is testing the most advanced inventions, from self-driving cars to city-wide flood sensors. In the UK, Crossrail will be a digital railway, and innovative local data projects such as Bath: Hacked are using open data to track areas of local deprivation, find a parking space or rent a bicycle in town, and report on air quality.

In China and India, almost 300 smart-city pilots are planned, and Arup predicts a global market for smart-city technologies and services worth $408bn by 2020. David Cameron recently announced a five-year, £10m partnership with the Indian government to develop three smart cities: Amravati, Indore and Pune.

Technology will not be the answer to everything, but it must be part of the answer

Currently, 80pc of the world’s megacities – those with a population of more than 10 million – are in the South: Asia, Africa and South America. These cities don’t necessarily have the infrastructure for high-powered sensors and complex control systems.

A lab led by Professor Gerhard Schmitt at ETH Zurich, Switzerland’s premier technical university, has projects running in 20 of these cities, including Addis Ababa, Lagos and Jakarta, working on projects such as digital energy grids.

As Ed Vaizey, the digital economy minister, told the Telegraph’s Britain’s Smart Cities conference in October, “If we, and our children, and their children, are to live well and prosperously, we have to get cities right. Technology will not be the answer to everything, but it must be part of the answer.”

This article was posted on on 4th Jan 16, written by Madhumita Murgia – Telegraph head of technology. Amongst the many sharing possibilities provided by the newspaper, WordPress is unfortunately not listed.

Industrial Internet of Things or Industry 4.0 ?

Last week I visited the Internet of Things Solutions World Congress in Barcelona -IOTWC- with the intention to learn more about the ” connected supply chain” or ” Smart Factory” .  The congress itself was quite interesting as it went beyond the Industry 4.0 concept I expected. Basically it was more about a different approach known as the Industrial Internet of Things“. The IIoT  is basically about everything that can be connected in the industrial space and therefore is wider than Industry 4.0 even though, in many cases, both terms seem to be used indifferently.

So where are the differences?

  • Industry 4.0 is a German initiative to spur a fourth industrial revolution. The term “Industry 4.0”  actually was originally used by the German government to describe a potential fourth industrial revolution. It is is focused specifically on the manufacturing industry and the goal of ensuring its competitiveness in a highly dynamic global market.
  • The concept of the Industrial Internet of Things is an industrial adaptation of the Internet of Things and has many industry variations and was perfectly reflected in the IOTWC program as it included a wide range of applications, from Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics, Healthcare to Energy and Utilities, Technology or Innovation. One of the more prominent organizations identified with the Industrial Internet of Things is the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), which was formed in 2014 with the support of GE, AT&T, Cisco, Intel and IBM. The IIC is a non-profit organization that aims to provide resources, ideas, pilot projects, and activities about IIoT. While visiting the IOTWC Barcelona, I had the pleasure to meet two IIC guys, John Edmondson ( Director Business Development) and Steve Gillis ( Sr Account Executive), they clearly explained to me that  their organisation is more focused on enabling and accelerating the adoption of Internet-connected technologies across industries.

What is the best initiative? I am certainly not the right person to give an answer, howhever I like the IIC approach of working with key actors in order to enable and accelerate the adoption of Internet-connected technologies across industries, both manufacturing and non-manufacturing. In any case, whether Industry 4.0 or IIoT, it is bound to be big in a short period of time as suggested by in a recent article.

¡Faltan dos días para el Internet of Things Solutions World Congress en Barcelona!

El Internet de las Cosas llega a la Industria

A continuación del post  ” The Internet of Things is here to stay and Barcelona is whre you’ll find it” que escribí hace un mes, aquí viene más información sobre el  Internet of Things Solutions World Congress (IOTSWC) que abre sus puertas a partir del 16 de Septiembre en el recinto ferial Gran Vía 2 de Barcelona.

120 ponentes, 86 empresas

En su primera edición, el IOTSWC contará con más de 120 ponentes  y 86 empresas para hablar estrategias de implementación y mostrar las aplicaciones más que el internet de las cosas ofrece en entornos industriales.
El IOTSWC contará también con un completo programa de conferencias temáticas -Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics, Healthcare, Energy and Utilities, Technology, e Innovation-, realizadas por unos de los mayores expertos mundiales ( Jonathan Ballon, vicepresidente de Intel y máximo responsable de la estrategia IoT de Intel; Colin Parris, vicepresidente de investigación en software de General Electric; Joseph Durham, responsable de investigación y desarrollo de Amazon Robotics; Michael Raynor, Director de Deloitte Services LP; Ron Zahavi, Microsoft Senior Enterprise Strategist y responsable mundial de IoT Architecture Community), así como una zona de exposición y actividades de networking.

11 Casos prácticos

Con el objetivo de fomentar el uso del IoT por parte de la industria y el desarrollo de nuevas aplicaciones prácticas de esta tecnología, el IOTSWC también contará con un área de Testbeds -bancos de pruebas- que mostrará 11 ejemplos de usos totalmente funcionales del internet industrial. Entre ellos destacan tres casos.

  • El primero de los cuales muestra cómo Bosch, Cisco, National Instruments y Tech Mahindra han aplicado el IoT para mejorar la línea de montaje de Airbus.
  • Otro banco de pruebas mostrará cómo Rti, National Instruments y Cisco han utilizado las soluciones del internet industrial para optimizar la generación de energía a través de microrredes.
  • Una tercera aplicación IoT presente en el IOTSWC mostrará el proyecto Infinite (International Future Industrial Internet Testbed). La iniciativa pretende reconfigurar una red sin cambiar la infraestructura física a la vez que permite la conectividad a través de múltiples puntos de acceso.

Un mercado de la innovación

En su primera edición, IOTSWC contará con un “innovation marketplace” que reunirá a las grandes multinacionales del internet industrial con empresas emergentes, innovadores y centros de investigación. Se han preseleccionado un total de 50 proyectos de alto potencial que tendrán la oportunidad de entrevistarse con grandes compañías e inversores.

¿Cuando? Del 16 al 18 de Septiembre

¿Donde? Gran Via Venue -Avinguda de Joan Carles I- L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona)

Trash talking, smart cities and the IoT – M2M Now – News and expert opinions on the M2M industry, machine to machine magazine

Many of the things happening in today’s Smart Cities could more honestly be labeled as “progress”.  Smart Parking, Smart Homes and the like are just the next steps on a journey that perhaps began by replacing the cry of “gardyloo1 with city plumbing.

What will make a city actually become smart is the integration and analysis of data from otherwise potentially disparate initiatives.

Source: Trash talking, smart cities and the IoT – M2M Now – News and expert opinions on the M2M industry, machine to machine magazine

From Amsterdam to Beijing: The Global Evolution of Bike Share | TheCityFix

Source: From Amsterdam to Beijing: The Global Evolution of Bike Share | TheCityFix  A great article, Despite being nearly 50 years old, bike share is only recently seeing widespread international growth. However, with better data and improved models, bike share’s future looks extremely bright… Sustainability is also about sharing. A good complement to my post about the Bicing System in Barcelona.

Smart Cities, please bring the Internet of Things to public bins!

This is not a picture from the past, but an ordinary street panorama we usually enjoy here in Barcelona…Yes, in one of the top ranked Smart City in Europe we still have to cope with this. How is it possible? Well I have my opinion that I keep to myself for the moment.

Barcelona seems to have a good waste and cleaning service, everywhere you can see people sweeping the streets and trucks collecting garbage.

According to the local authorities,” Uninterrupted maintenance and respect for the environment are the priorities of Barcelona’s cleaning service”. It is true that the waste containers are distributed around the in a way that makes it easy and accessible for everyone, I have at least 5 disposal points at less than 5 mn walking from home, with all the possible containers I may need:  those for general household waste (grey), glass (green), paper (blue) and plastic packaging, tetra paks and other polycoat cartons, cans (yellow). All of them being user friendly, accessible, easy to open (well sometimes not that easy…), with tactile symbols that indicates the container’s waste type to blind people.

If having a perfectly planned selective waste disposal systems is not enough to make sure we do not end with overfilled and not always carefully selectively sorted containers, what is the solution?

Some cities and specialists say it may be better to implement a one-bin recycling system, mainly arguing that it would reduce city waste management cost… I am a bit skeptical in the case of Barcelona.

An alternative would be a “Smart Bin System”, with containers integrating sensors and, why not, cameras…, In short implementing the Internet of Thing technology to our good old containers network. With such a systems local authorities would know which containers are full, and where they are located. This would help the city to optimize the collection trucks fleet daily job and routing, and reduce the municipality cost of collection while improving service. This has already been implemented in various cities such as Cascai in Portugal.

Personally I would choose a “smart bin” kind of systems, no doubt it will come, it is a matter of time and money.  In the meantime I still think the key to effective waste reduction and management is EDUCATION…. Barcelona has put in place various programs and launched several campaigns. here again it is a matter of time….. and mentality.