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11 hours ago
LABCITIES
By Joan Torres

By 2050, the world’s population is expected to rise to over 9 billion, with 2 billion people above the age of 60. Governments have agreed on a very ambitious set of Sustainable Development Goals to address the challenges inherent in population growth of this magnitude.

Recent estimates by the World Health Organization published in The Lancet state that reaching SDG 3 — which addresses healthy lives and well-being — would require new investments increasing over time from an initial $134 billion annually to $371 billion by 2030 in order to address the health challenges for 67 low- and middle-income countries.

To put this number in perspective: About the magnitude of this amount, the total global development aid across all sectors reached an all-time peak of $142.6 billion in 2016, an increase of 8.9 percent from 2015 after adjusting for exchange rates and inflation.

It is clear that no single government, civil society, or the private sector can foot this bill. New mindsets, technologies, models for collaboration, financing, and delivery approaches are needed to ensure all people receive the care that they need. The good news is that we have already seen a few projects successfully tackling challenges of similar magnitude.

James Bell
yesterday
James Bell
Smart City Expert

Before having a read about what amazing transformations blockchain is making around the world, let us have a quick closer look to what exactly blockchain is with a simple example – A and B are two individuals/entities in a blockchain based parking system. A pays the parking fee to B who is the parking authority. While the transaction is on, it is represented online in the form of a block that includes data such as block number, proof of the work, transaction records and data related to the adjacent (previous) block. The block is visible to everyone who is a part the open network. Other entities verify the block and confirm the transaction after 50% of the entities have approved it. After the final step, the block enters the permanent chain and the parking fee is transferred from A to B’s account. All this happens within few minutes of duration.

This example would make it easier for the newbies who still do not have a clear picture of what is blockchain and how it could be used. So, from the example mentioned above, blockchain is a P2P distributed ledger technology that keeps account of transactions, contracts, agreements and sales. Initially, blockchain was created to underpin cryptocurrency (Bitcoin, Ethereum). But today this technology can be deployed in any kind of transaction without an intermediator (To know more about blockchain and its benefits visit the introductory blog on blockchain)

Julian Sandler
yesterday
Julian Sandler
Smart City Expert

Ford and Silicon Valley-based Autonomic will work together to build a new open platform upon which cities can build out infrastructure communications, including connected traffic lights and parking spots, called the “Transportation Mobility Cloud.” Ford CEO Jim Hackett announced the news on Monday at the CES 2018 keynote kicking off the annual conference.

The platform is designed to help connect smart transportation services, as well as adjacent connected offerings, uniting them with one common language to help coordinate all this efforts in real-time. That means tying together personal cars with vehicle-to-everything communications built in, incorporating things like bike sharing networks, public and private transportation services, including buses, trains, ride hailing and beyond.

The Transportation Mobility Cloud will support location-based services, determining routes, sending out alerts about things like service disruptions, handing identity management and payment processing...

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LABCITIES
2 days ago
LABCITIES
By Joan Torres

Each year heralds in a new wave of predictions when it comes to the trends and technology that will be sweeping over smart cities—and developing new ones. In 2017, European cities saw the rise of smart city solutions like electric vehicles, smart parking and street lighting, and free (and fast) Internet. 5G, for example, was a hot topic at tech conferences as companies partnered up with cities to get the networks in place for this high-speed service. We saw cities look to options from sustainable building to smart transportation as ways to cut carbon emissions and become smarter for long-long term success. This comes as no surprise to over half the global population living in cities over the past decade, and the UN predicting that more than 70 percent of people will live in urban areas by 2050. In 2014 there were only 28 megacities (cities with more than 10 million inhabitants), and that number is expected to multiply to more than 650 by 2030. Below, we’ll take a look at the top trends predicted to drive the smart city market in 2018 that cities across Europe should keep in mind when putting their own strategies and solutions in place.

Giovanni Silva
3 days ago
Giovanni Silva
Smart City Expert

AT&T is hooking bridges up to the Internet of Things.

At CES, AT&T announced that it's testing a new "structure monitoring solution," a system of sensors to help cities, states, and private transportation companies monitor the stability of bridges, and alert officials if they become unsafe.

The battery-operated sensors can be applied to all bridges, from foot bridges to those that support roads and railways. They will then take readings every eight hours and transmit the data to the IBM cloud via AT&T's LTE network.

The sensors will monitor a number of bridge factors including crack width and temperature, joint movement, and changes in angle.

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