When ordinary people make an effort to change the world for the better, something extraordinary is bound to happen. Which is why IBM’s People for Smarter Cities, in a partnership with the video crowdsourcing platform Zooppa, asked citizens around the world for ideas on making cities smarter.
So much sunlight hits the Earth each day that the world’s entire electricity needs could be met by harvesting only 2% of the solar energy in the Sahara Desert. Of course, using solar power as the world’s only energy source hasn’t been possible yet, in part because solar equipment is expensive to make (and getting the power out of the desert would be no easy feat, either). But researchers at IBM think they’re one step closer to making solar universally accessible with a low-cost system that can concentrate the sunlight by 2,000 times.
By using discarded laptop batteries, we created a device that could power lights, fans and mobile phone chargers. The specific prototype we built was able to provide around 20 Watt-hours of energy. In other words, it can power a 5W DC light bulb for about four hours before running out of charge.
In the 5 in 5 report IBM’s top scientists report on what the world, supported by smart sensing and computing, will look like in five years. Last week, Fast Company previewed the report with the physicist who heads up the research team: Dr. Bernard Meyerson, IBM Fellow, and Vice President of Innovation.
Driving the Future of Renewable Energy: The HyRef technology combines advanced power and weather computer modeling, sophisticated cloud imaging, sky-facing cameras, and on-site sensors to accurately predict solar power and wind energy output and increase the amount of renewable electricity flowing onto grids across the world.
If you’re lucky enough to drive a new luxury car, you’re probably used to the idea of the car connecting to your iPhone to play music and of web-connected dashboards that can offer you maps and weather. But that’s just the beginning for connected cars that will continue to get more comfortable and safer in the next several years.
IBM believes that city planning and design should have the citizens in mind. IBM’s “People For Smarter Cities” ads double as benches, ramps and shelter from the rain. The project aims to encourage ‘smarter thinking’ when it comes to coming up with solutions for the city. The ads also encourage people to share their ideas on how they can improve their neighborhood.
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.
“Houston Mayor Annise Parker on Tuesday will launch the city of Houston’s IBM Smarter Cities Challenge project. Parker, Department of Neighborhoods Director Katye Tipton, IBM’s Beth Tracy and Mayor’s Office of Education Initiatives Manager Mark Cueva will hold the kick-off event from 10:30 a.m. to noon at City Hall. IBM in March selected Houston for the approximately $400,000 grant. Over three years, IBM has selected 100 cities for the grant program. Houston was the first Texas city selected. Through Aug. 24, a five-member team of IBM experts will create a plan for streamlining online access to services, resources and information for Houstonians, according to an Aug. 6 statement from the city.”