The Sidewalk of the Future Is Not So Concrete | CityLab
Some cities have started to rethink the traditional sidewalk. Local governments and technology companies all over the world are considering new ways of building pedestrian pathways that go beyond the common mix of cement and aggregate we know as concrete. These materials have broadened not only how cities construct sidewalks but also the very notion of what a sidewalk can be. They can now enhance walkability, generate renewable energy, and improve public safety, even as they withstand all those tree roots that have been breaking concrete slabs for decades.

The Sidewalk of the Future Is Not So Concrete | CityLab

Some cities have started to rethink the traditional sidewalk. Local governments and technology companies all over the world are considering new ways of building pedestrian pathways that go beyond the common mix of cement and aggregate we know as concrete. These materials have broadened not only how cities construct sidewalks but also the very notion of what a sidewalk can be. They can now enhance walkability, generate renewable energy, and improve public safety, even as they withstand all those tree roots that have been breaking concrete slabs for decades.

How IBM is using big data to fix Beijing’s pollution crisis | Quartz
IBM has signed a partnership with the Beijing government, which is hoping to tap into the company’s expertise to help tackle the city’s air pollution crisis. IBM’s plan of attack involves some of the buzziest things in tech, including harnessing the processing power of “big data” as well as the “internet of things,” weather modeling, and supercomputing.

How IBM is using big data to fix Beijing’s pollution crisis | Quartz

IBM has signed a partnership with the Beijing government, which is hoping to tap into the company’s expertise to help tackle the city’s air pollution crisis. IBM’s plan of attack involves some of the buzziest things in tech, including harnessing the processing power of “big data” as well as the “internet of things,” weather modeling, and supercomputing.

Game Changer: How Rio Scored Big With Move to Become Smart City | People For Smarter Cities
As thousands of people from around the world flock to Rio de Janeiro for the 2014 World Cup, organizers can sleep a little easier. Thanks to the operations center that Rio set up with IBM, officials can effectively prepare, predict and coordinate the response to any incident. Read how Rio’s decision to become a smart city helped it rise to the top of its game.

Game Changer: How Rio Scored Big With Move to Become Smart City | People For Smarter Cities

As thousands of people from around the world flock to Rio de Janeiro for the 2014 World Cup, organizers can sleep a little easier. Thanks to the operations center that Rio set up with IBM, officials can effectively prepare, predict and coordinate the response to any incident. Read how Rio’s decision to become a smart city helped it rise to the top of its game.

Smarter Cities of the Future Will Be More Open, Social | A Smarter Planet Blog

Forward thinking city leaders are looking to embrace the opportunities enabled by technology to overcome the ever-widening range of these significant challenges. Big data and related analytics delivered from the cloud to highly mobile citizens using powerful social media means of communication are mandatory elements of meeting these challenges.

Making the Grand River Watershed Smarter using Analytics | A Smarter Planet Blog
Watersheds are complex. Traditionally, watershed research has been limited by the inability to store massive amounts of data collected from monitoring sites, merge information to evaluate trends, and capture sporadic events that could be crucial in understanding a watershed. The picture that emerges from sampling a nutrient like nitrogen in a stream, for example, can be vastly different if one looks at 5-minute intervals rather than every 3 hours. Managing the sampling frequency is a challenge.
Today, thanks to advances in both hardware and software, we are able to gather the information needed to analyze and interpret a watershed unlike ever before.

Making the Grand River Watershed Smarter using Analytics | A Smarter Planet Blog

Watersheds are complex. Traditionally, watershed research has been limited by the inability to store massive amounts of data collected from monitoring sites, merge information to evaluate trends, and capture sporadic events that could be crucial in understanding a watershed. The picture that emerges from sampling a nutrient like nitrogen in a stream, for example, can be vastly different if one looks at 5-minute intervals rather than every 3 hours. Managing the sampling frequency is a challenge.

Today, thanks to advances in both hardware and software, we are able to gather the information needed to analyze and interpret a watershed unlike ever before.

Four Transportation Ideas That Will Get You Moving | People for Smarter Cities
As city populations surge worldwide, accessible transportation is key to citizens’ well-being. But that access has become more difficult as congested roads and auto pollution take environmental and economic tolls. To help combat these issues, city and government leaders, businesses and citizens are creating unique and sustainable transportation options for the future. Here are four examples that are getting people moving in the right direction: http://ibm.co/1sym9q2

Four Transportation Ideas That Will Get You Moving | People for Smarter Cities

As city populations surge worldwide, accessible transportation is key to citizens’ well-being. But that access has become more difficult as congested roads and auto pollution take environmental and economic tolls. To help combat these issues, city and government leaders, businesses and citizens are creating unique and sustainable transportation options for the future. Here are four examples that are getting people moving in the right direction: http://ibm.co/1sym9q2

People for Smarter Cities: Urban Farming

A team of local food pioneers in Calgary, Canada have successfully promoted urban farming, engaging the community in the creation of a truly sustainable food system.

For more ideas check out -> http://people4smartercities.com/

These Massive Mirrored Dishes Could Make Solar Cheaper For All | FastCompany
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.

These Massive Mirrored Dishes Could Make Solar Cheaper For All | FastCompany

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.

How the ‘Silicon Valley of India’ is getting smarter about water | A Smarter Planet Blog
Currently, housing around 10 million people, Bangalore has been spurred by rapid growth and has acted as an engine of economic development. This unprecedented growth has led to an increased demand on the natural resources and put tremendous amount of pressure on water supply.

How the ‘Silicon Valley of India’ is getting smarter about water | A Smarter Planet Blog

Currently, housing around 10 million people, Bangalore has been spurred by rapid growth and has acted as an engine of economic development. This unprecedented growth has led to an increased demand on the natural resources and put tremendous amount of pressure on water supply.

IBM scientists in India create a device that could power lights, fans and phone chargers with discarded laptop batteries | IBM Research Blog
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.

IBM scientists in India create a device that could power lights, fans and phone chargers with discarded laptop batteries | IBM Research Blog

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.