How doctors tapped into cloud to promote better health in Haiti
Post 2010 earthquake in Haiti, two American doctors created a humanitarian, non-profit program named Colleagues In Care in an effort to provide education and training to those who were affected by the earthquake.
Charging electric vehicles while they are on the move may seem a bit out-there. But, in fact, we already do it for major groups of vehicles—trams and trains, for instance. French cities have completely wireless trams, and their record is good. After 10 years and about 7.5 million miles, they haven’t reported serious problems.
In Sweden, Volvo is applying the same technology to roads, opening up the possibility that people would no longer have to fear getting stranded by a dead battery—a major hurdle to people’s willingness to buy an electric car.
Your vote matters: we want to know who YOU would choose to win this year’s London SmartCamp KickStart People’s Choice! Our judges will choose an overall winner on Oct. 5th, but we will also announce the results of this vote to crown a People’s Choice Winner. So if you think a company has the smartest start-up for Smarter Cities, cast your vote below! For more information on each of these innovative startups, read their descriptions here. Audio Analytic
Audio Analytic makes software that classify sounds by computer analysis, sounds like Aggression, Gunshots, Glass Break and Car Alarms.
MMVSENSE is a technology start-up specialising in wearable sensors and online services for the health monitoring and wellbeing market.
Quorate is developing a conversational speech recognition technology that can be used to search audio files for keywords and to automatically create transcripts of conversations.
Viewsy is a location analytics solution for the physical world. We provide a way to digitise an analogue world, turning visitor foot traffic into measurable insights that can be analysed and acted upon.
VoiceSecure have developed the UK award winning Emergency Rest Centre (ERC), software installed throughout many UK Councils and Government.
ERC has been designed to provide you with the ability to understand, manage and provide targeted resources for your emergency situations. ERC enables response personnel to predefine their emergency response logistics e.g. the Region, associated Rest and Recuperation Centres, units of water, evacuee capacity, numbers of beds etc. In the event of a disaster on-site response personnel can input numbers of categories and the associated details at each rest centre.
The information entered at the individual rest centre or rapidly established evacuation reception point is also available at any command centre that has the appropriate security clearances. This ensures that a command centre can be in full charge of the situation and manage respite resources with the best possible information.
Last week we asked our Tumblr and Twitter followers for their Big Ideas for sustainable cities. We received some great suggestions, which Scriberia ’visualized’ for us (click to view a larger version of the image). Which is your favorite?
Thanks in part to ARRA funding, solar energy capacity in New York City has increased 800 percent since 2007, with many more solar installations in the “pipeline.” This increase parallels the quadrupling of solar installation companies now doing business in NYC, demonstrating the economic benefits of enabling the solar market in this city of a million rooftops.
Six years ago, NYC had just one megawatt of installed solar power, and the local solar market faced extensive technical, administrative and policy barriers. A collaborative partnership, led by the City University of New York (CUNY), was formed that includes the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Together they are implementing a plan to systematically remove those barriers in order to support large-scale solar energy market growth. The partners have secured three consecutive U.S. Department of Energy grants, including an ARRA grant, that led to the development of five NYC Solar Empowerment Zones, NYC Solar Ombudsman, and the world’s largest LiDAR based map: the NYC Solar Map. The map utilizes 15 billion points of data to estimate the solar energy potential for every building in NYC. Since its launch in June of 2011, the map has received over 150,000 hits, serving as an interactive tool for New Yorkers by educating them about the costs, benefits, and payback periods of investing in solar installations for their properties.
City University of New York, NYC Economic Development Corporation and Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Sustainability, Solar Market Transformation