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LABCITIES
13 hours ago
LABCITIES
By Joan Torres

Earlier this year, Dubai announced its intention to turn itself into the first blockchain-powered government in the world by 2020.

These ambitions are part of the emirate's goal of becoming a global business hub, with next-generation technology playing a key role in delivering this vision.

Although most blockchain initiatives are still in their early phases, Gartner's annual Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies report, predicts that in the "long-term... this technology will lead to a reformation of whole industries".

It's an optimism that has spread to multiple businesses, governments and entrepreneurs in Dubai.

In 2016, more than 30 government entities and international companies came together to launch the Global Blockchain Council.

Its members later announced various proof-of-concept projects, covering everything from health records and shipping, to business registrations and efforts to use blockchain technology to try and reduce the spread of conflict diamonds.

LABCITIES
3 days ago
LABCITIES
By Joan Torres

Smart cities, which were once confined to the realms of science fiction books, are rapidly becoming a reality all around the globe. Unfortunately, like all revolutionizing innovations, smart cities are developing their own unique challenges alongside of their perks. So what are industry insiders and tomorrow’s city planners doing to face these challenges?

The security issues facing smart cities are unlike anything ever before seen, and solutions to these problems haven’t yet sprung up en masse, meaning many different interest groups have proposed their own respective plans. By combing through some of today’s proposed solutions, we can identify some of the leading trends that will come to dominate the future of smart city security.

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Jason Black
Project Manager

The modern trend towards urbanisation is steadfast, writes Haider Iqbal, the director for IoT in Public Services and Transport at Gemalto. Today, 54% of people worldwide live in cities, a proportion that is expected to reach 66% by 2050, according to United Nations projections.

Urbanisation combined with the overall population growth will add another 2.5 billion people to cities over the next three decades. To keep pace with expansion, sustainability is must. More than 190 countries have pledged to meet agreed goals for sustainable growth and the smart city concept holds the key to success.

While there are many definitions, a smart city is essentially an intelligent and complex framework encompassing connected objects and machines that send data to the cloud where intelligence is managed and analysed to help municipalities and businesses make better decisions and improve citizens’ lives. Municipalities and their private sector partners are launching smart street lights, parking m...

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LABCITIES
2 weeks ago
LABCITIES
By Joan Torres

Any city with data initiatives faces the same questions: How much information should the government release, and in what form? Seattle’s proactive but cautious approach could provide the answer.

You don’t have to dig deep to find out what can go wrong with open data initiatives. Just look back to 2014, when the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission released hundreds of millions of records on taxi trips in the city, with data anonymized to protect identifiable details—at least in theory. In reality, the data was recorded in a format that allowed a software engineer to re-identify the license numbers of the taxis and drivers. A Gawker journalist then linked this to celebrities taking cab rides across the city months after the initial release, speculating on the routes they had taken and even how much they tipped.

It’s certainly not the most sensitive data to ever be leaked or hacked, but it is an important illustration of the risks cities face in releasing data from their many constituent agencies; the implications aren’t always apparent until long after the information is out in the public domain.

Darshan Kalsariya
3 weeks ago
Darshan Kalsariya
Smart City Expert

With IoT applications in manufacturing sector, manufacturers can monitor the condition of machinery and look for indicators predictive failure, for example – vibration, temperature or pressure outside threshold limits. This means that the technician needs to make fewer visits, reducing costs and resulting in faster recovery.

IIoT brings radical changes in the manufacturing process and can make the entire process flow and people more informed, efficient and productive. Smart manufacturing builds an environment where all information is available from within plant floor to supply chain.

Connecting Production line Systems:

By Connecting production line systems, manufacturers can move to predictive maintenance, making better use of resources and reducing unplanned downtime. It can improve equipment utilization and plant output overall. Manufacturers can also track pallets, shipping containers and equipment, both on and off site using location aware IoT devices. Using a mix of con...

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