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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
2 weeks ago
LABCITIES
By Joan Torres

Throughout history and across pretty much all civilizations, windows have been a trademark architectural feature with a vital functionality. Regardless of their style and size, windows have always been used to bring in light and air, and seal out the elements.

For eons, windows were made primarily from wood, steel, and aluminum framing, with glass as the main component that ensures the integrity of the thermal envelope while transmitting brightness.

Future windows would embrace solar power, and by “solar windows”, we’re not speaking of windows powered by solar, but windows that harvest this power.

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LABCITIES
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LABCITIES
By Joan Torres

Coastal areas are exposed to various water-related hazards, including storm surges, flash floods and tsunamis. Nevertheless, these areas are highly attractive to human settlement, making them some of the most densely populated regions in the world. These factors contribute to the high levels of flood risk along urban coasts. Examples of more recent coastal floods during hurricanes Sandy and Irma, which resulted in vast inundations and tremendous damage. Rapid rates of urbanization are projected to continue in the future; combined with the impact of climate change, significant increases in flood risks in urban coastal communities are expected.

One way forward is to make informed decisions about present-day flood risk and the future impact of climate change. Here, big data and consistent analysis by computer model form the basis for preparing Danish cities for the future.

LABCITIES
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LABCITIES
By Joan Torres

For most municipalities, the option of spending millions upon millions of dollars on new technology to become a smart city is a non-starter. Budgets are always tight, and without a clear and timely benefit to taxpayers, writing a big check is a good way to get voted out of office.

Taking an expensive top-down smart city approach simply isn’t feasible for all but the biggest, wealthiest cities. The more practical – and more effective – route to making your city smart is to start with one foundational project and build upon it.

Street lights are a popular choice. Connected sensors on street lights can help improve efficiency and security. When there’s no movement, the lights stay off to save electricity. When people are near, they turn on. When bulbs burn out, the public works department is alerted to change them. The problem with street lights is that they have limited impact on citizens.

There’s a better alternative: the intersection. A connected traffic intersection not only...

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