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Giovanni Silva
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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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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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By Joan Torres

A new year tends to be a time for renewal in many aspects, with a particular focus on improvement. Whether resolutions involve kicking old habits or beginning a new activity, the changes usually all come back to advancement.

The same holds true in the smart cities space. A new year presents the opportunity to reflect on the trends that shaped cities during the previous year, while preparing for the next round of opportunities for evolution. Some predicted city trends are fresh, intimidating concepts, while others are receiving renewed attention when examined in new contexts.

Smart Cities Dive has compiled the following list of trends that are expected to influence the smart city space in 2018.

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By Joan Torres

During extreme storms, it's common for city infrastructure — from roads to subways to parking garages — to flood.

Architects from Danish firm Third Nature want to build garages that can cope with future storms. They designed a garage that could automatically move up and down as its water reservoir fills with and empties floodwater.

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By Joan Torres

Hurricane Harvey hit southeast Texas a few months ago, bringing 30+ inches of rain and devastating flood waters. This is the worst hurricane to hit the U.S. in ten years and the extent of the damage is still unknown, with tens of thousands of Texan residents displaced. While the storm itself was bad, Houston’s approach to urban planning only made it worse. In a three part series in December 2016, Pro Publica outlined how the city’s infrastructure wouldn’t hold up to a flood.

There were some technological advancements that played critical roles in relief during and after Harvey. Social media supported and expanded civilian rescue efforts. Open data became instrumental in providing residents with up to date information about flood levels and shelter locations. In the aftermath, the city of Houston and private companies like AT&T are employing IoT technology to identify damage and provide aid and information.

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