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Marc Van Steyvoort
5 days ago
Marc Van Steyvoort
Co-Founder at LABCITIES

A time ago i could find info on Pavement Scanner that has been specifically developed for Road Condition Assessment completely, independent from limitations regarding the speed of the mobile survey platform while offering utmost measuring accuracy in the sub-mm range :The 3D Pavement Surface LiDAR System

I wonder where this service positions in added value , where it positions in price compared to actual solutions, where the service is used already and who Haptic sees as the end customer for such a product.

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By Joan Torres

What is a smart city? The answer depends on who you ask. Solutions providers will tell you it’s smart parking, smart lighting or anything to do with technology. City officials may tell you it’s about conducting city business online, such as searching records or applying for permits. City residents may tell you it’s the ease of getting around, or about crime reduction. Everyone is right.

A smart city, built properly, will provide different value to different stakeholders. They may not think of their city as a “smart”city. They know it only as a place they want to live in, work in, and be a part of. To build this type of city, you have to first build the smart city ecosystem.

Jean-Paul Rouge
2 weeks ago
Jean-Paul Rouge
Independent professional

There isn’t one distinct thing a building can change to become “smart.” Each building and its occupants are unique and require a unique approach. However, many times occupants and owners can feel the difference intuitively when working in a smart building.

The benefit of having a smart building is hard to value, and sometimes the best way to understand that value is to make the leap and implement low-capital cost, non-invasive projects that provide small yet potent improvements. Gathering these quick wins can help sell and lead into bigger endeavors. I’ll list my top 5 IoT projects to give your building a higher education.

LABCITIES
3 weeks ago
LABCITIES
By Joan Torres

The Finnish lift’s walls are bathed by a blue luminescence; music that is not quite jazz gently tootles within. The effect is comforting. But other things are odd. The lift’s dozen or so buttons seem numbered at random and, one would think, unfeasibly: 45, 105, 215, 270. At level 350 the doors hiss open on a dark and dirty cavern, silent save for the sound of dripping water.

Germany’s highest meeting room, 1,000km (600 miles) to the south-west of that strange Finnish lift, has its oddities, too. It looks out not at a central business district, but on the bucolic edge of the Black Forest. It sits atop a skyscraper which contains no offices but 12 lift shafts. In the lift by which you reach the penthouse an indicator tells you not just what floor you are headed for, but how fast you are getting there.

Thyssenkrupp, a German engineering conglomerate, and Kone, a Finnish liftmaker, are two of the world’s big four lift-engineering companies. As such, they need places to test new desig...

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Bart Gorynski
3 weeks ago
Bart Gorynski
Smartivist | @bee smart city

Becoming ‘smart’ does not just involve investing in the shiniest new machines; municipalities looking to improve city operations at the same time as civic quality of life need to focus foremost on their communities. IoT platforms and demand-price responsive traffic meters are all well and good, but if they don’t tackle the problems at hand or actively improve citizens’ everyday lives, then they have no purpose.

This is where collective intelligence is key: cities must take a collaborative, holistic approach to making their city smarter, keeping their projects transparent and relevant through working with actors across society - from big tech firms to local community groups. read more...

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