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James Bell
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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)

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.

LABCITIES
5 days ago
LABCITIES
By Joan Torres

The wait for the self-driving future is coming to an end. The earliest real-world applications of autonomous vehicles will arrive in 2018.

Starting in Phoenix this year, a small number of commuters will be riding in driverless Chrysler Pacifica minivans as part of a trial conducted by Waymo, the self-driving car unit owned by Google’s parent company. For the first time, ordinary people just trying to get to work will be interacting with autonomous vehicles. Waymo has promised to broaden the test to a wider market soon.

Other major players will spend this year preparing for the imminent introduction of driverless vehicles. By 2019, General Motor Co. expects to deploy electric Chevy Bolt robot taxis in big U.S. cities. Uber Technologies Inc. has also pledged to launch a fleet of self-driving Volvo XC90 sport-utility vehicles in that time frame. Tesla Inc. missed a self-imposed deadline for a coast-to-coast driverless excursion by the end of 2017, but Chief Executive Officer Elon Mu...

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LABCITIES
By Joan Torres

As global markets hurtle towards a 2018 that’s shaping up to possibly be one of the most innovative years on record, eager onlookers who are tapped into the tech-scene’s pulse are wondering what the next trends will be that drive the IoT forward. After a crazy 2017 that saw the IoT become a household name throughout the world, some are wondering what 2018 could possibly have in store that could still surprise us, but you’d be surprised at what’s yet to come.

Brush up on 7 of the leading IoT trends that will come to define 2018 and reshape the world as we know it, and you’ll be setting yourself down the path of success well before the new year even begins.

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