“We must reinvent mobility”

Some good points about #smartcity #sustainability and #health.

Transport Policy Matters

Michael_Cramer square CroppedMichael Cramer of the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport talks about the imbalance between transport modes and the lessons from “Dieselgate”.

A lot of innovation is happening in transport right now – headlines about self-driving cars and electric vehicles abound. Are we finally on the path towards sustainable mobility?

Cramer: Billions are still invested in forms of mobility that ruin our climate. And it’s still all about cars. Without reinventing mobility we will not be able to stop climate change. A veteran German politician, former Munich mayor Hans-Jochen Vogel, said it well as early as 1972: “Cars are murdering our cities. Those who sow streets will harvest traffic”. Even if one day all cars will be electric, they will still be murdering our cities. When all cars are self-driving, they will still be murdering our cities. We must reduce emissions, sure. But it’s not only about energy efficiency, we must also…

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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 http://www.telegraph.co.uk 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.

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.



The Industrial Internet revolution has begun, and is anticipated to be the most disruptive technology in industry since the Internet revolution of the 1970s and 1980s. According to a recent report by General Electric and Accenture, 80-90% of surveyed companies, across all industries, indicated that Big Data analytics is a top priority for their organization. Another survey from Cap Gemini shows that the internet of Things is top of the list of most corporations ‘priorities.

However, another report from the World Economic Forum states that 88% of those surveyed do not yet fully understand the Industrial Internet’s underlying business models and long-term implications to their industry. Organizations that do not begin implementing an Industrial Internet adoption strategy will find they are quickly falling behind their competitors.

Business Insider released a report  that looked into the future of the Internet of Things (IoT) market  and focused on three main IoT sectors: enterprise, home, and government. Enterprise will be the top investor in this growing technology, including industries like manufacturing, transportation, utilities, and construction. According to the report, manufacturing is expected to be at the top of industry investments.in fact, manufacturers are expected to spend an estimated $140 billion over the next five years. Moreover, there are expected to be an estimated 23.3 billion IoT devices in use by 2019, with 9.1 billion – or 40% – being used in the enterprise industry. To put that into perspective, the IoT market is slated to outgrow both the smartphone and tablet markets combined!

The IoT Solutions World Congress (IoTSWC) that Barcelona hosts from 16th to 18 September 2015 brings together industry leaders to discuss how the Industrial Internet can be deployed, how it is already being used, and what the various benefits are. The programme is quite extensive as it will includes different industry tracks such as:

  • Energy & Utilities
  • Healthcare and Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation and logistics
  • Innovation
  • Technology

IoT also has a lot of applications for Smart Cities. No doubt that hosting the event will help Barcelona consolidating it´s #1 position in the world Smart Cities ranking.

As the definitive agenda of The IoT Solutions World Congress is still building up, it certainly will be the topic of a next post.