#Innovating for #Cities: #OpenData, #Sensors, #InternetOfThings
Posted on May 4th, 2015
05/04/2015 @UrbanFuturesLab, 15 Metro Tech, Brooklyn, NY
Peter Madden @thepmadden talked about the #Catapults which were set up by the British government to convert ideas into commercial products. His company within the program was started 18 months ago with four objectives:
- urban innovation centre in London
- cities lab – data, models, visualization
- cross disciplinary teams
- projects across UK & globally
They have been active in several initiatives include:
- Make city data open, accessible and simple to use. This is structured work – collecting data and making it available to entrepreneurs (not hackathons). They have a transportation API. They also just received a grant to release urban-model data in a similar fashion.
- Sensing London in which they deploy low cost sensors throughout the royal parks. The sensors include those for light, pollution, sound, etc. + usage mapping by demographics, income, etc. The data are collected to see how parks are used. One of the sensors is a low cost air pollution sensor. They include Boris bike rental data. They overlay air quality with cycling data and eventually would like to see real-time cycle-rerouting to avoid the worst quality air.
- City-wide IoT demonstration in the small city of #MiltonKeynes. Sensors and beacons in each parking space within the city transmit the location of vacant spaces using the old TV spectrum. A smart parking app would have the potential to reduce the auto-generated air pollution by eliminating up to 25% of city driving which is done in search of parking spots.
Peter emphasized that projects are collaborations and at a city scale with the goal of studying and mitigating a problem. He said that there are many other initiatives described on their web site. Some further examples are
- smart litterbins that report when they are filled
- smart lampposts – moving to LEDs, but also including connectivity
- Using EEG data to analyze how the blind view the city and to identify the environments which create the most stress.