Data furnaces arrive in Europe: Free heating, if you have fibre Internet

  1. The sustainability problem is Energy and Waste Management
  2. Summary of Data furnaces arrive in Europe: Free heating, if you have fibre Internet
    1. Nerdalize is offering 1000 watz of free heating through distributed data centers
    2. Heat is provided from their data unit distributed across housing in the Netherlands
    3. Requirement is for a fibre optic internet connection
    4. Initial setup cost by household is between €400 and €500
    5. Many problems with this approach including security, damaging, and privacy
  3. Stakeholders involved are
    1. Nerdalize
    2. Users of Nerdalize
    3. Consumers of the Nerdalize eRadiator
  4. Deployment
    1. Step 1: Offer free installation to small town in Netherlands with fiber
    2. Step 2: Begin using the data centers and monitor performance against standard data centers
    3. Step 3: Measure peformance, modify software/hardware, and roll out new changes across all other regions

Drones to become crime fighters by aiding UK police

  1. Sustainability Problem: Safety and Health
  2. Summary
    1. Sussex and Surrey police force have begun to use drones in thier crime fighting toolkit
    2. Criminals have leveraged drones to illegally film football matches and smuggle illegal goods into prisons
    3. Drones were previously tested in Gatwick airport
    4. Technology was found, in some cases, to be successful, cheaper, faster, and safer
    5. This is a controversial technology being used and the greater community will likely express concerns
  3. Stakeholders who will use technology
    1. Police forcers throughout the UK and potentially other locations
  4. Deployment
    1. Roll out test case deployment in pilot area (complete)
    2. Monitor the performance and effectiveness of technology (complete)
    3. Make adaptations and adjustments based on feedback from pilot (in progress)


Facebook is building a massive wind-powered data center in Texas

  1. Problem: Energy
    1. Data centers for major organizations (e.g., Facebook, Google, Amazon) require extraordinary amounts of computation power, this results in a high demand for energy.
    2. Technology Solution: Facebook is leveraging sustainable energy to expand their data centers in Foth Worth, Texas.
    3. Article
  2. Summary
    1. Data center will improve global model for desktop and mobile. Initiative will also benefit the philanthropic endeaver to give free internet to people in emerging markets
    2. Data center is going to be three 250,000-square-foot buildings sprawled across the 111-acres
    3. Data center will be 100% powered by 200 megawatts of wind energy
    4. The Forth Worth data center will be Facebook’s fifth data center
    5. Facebook plans on creating at least 40 jobs in Fort Worth to help boost the local economy and maintain the data center
  3. Stakeholders
    1. Facebook
    2. Texas local govenrment
    3. Residents of Fort Worth, Texas
  4. Deployment
    1. Continue production of data center
    2. Incorporate newer technology to ensure future modifications are “easy”
    3. Leverage additional renewable energy resources to assit in the cooling of the machines
    4. Roll out to other data centers as expansion continues

Google and the Driverless Car

1.) The sustainability problem is Safety and Health: Across major cities everywhere, thousands of people are killed every year due to wreckless, thoughtless drivers. How do we make city streets safer? 2.)

  • Google has recently doubled the number of driverless cars they have permits for in California to 48
  • The new permits are for a new fleet of cars that they are in the process of testing
  • Google has published a report listing the details of the car accidents for all of their autonomous vehicle collisions
  • All of the accidents have been a consequence of human error, and not the vehicles themselves
  • Autonomous Vehicles can be leveraged to make roads safer all throughout the world and reduce the number of victims due to unsafe drivers
  • Article Title: Google’s Driverless Car Fleet More Than Doubles In A Month
  • Website: Value Walk
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  • Brand Name: Google
  • Technology Name: Autonomous Cars

3.) Stakeholders:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Federal Motor Carrier Saftey Administration
  • National Highway and Traffic Saftey Administration
  • Major Insurance companies
  • All people using technology

4.) First 3 steps to deployment:

  • Step 1 – Complete regulatory reguirements and testing for vehicle safety
  • Step 2 – Collaborate with a select set of small, low traffic cities and monitor accidents
  • Step 3 – If the autonomous vehicles are performing safely, then roll out to other cities

New York Police Begin Using ShotSpotter System to Detect Gunshots

1) The problem is Safety. New York City has an unsustainable history of gun violence.


  • NYPD is leveraging a sensor based detection system, called ShotSpotter, that identifies location of gunfire
  • ShotSpotter is currently used in several major cities throughout US (e.g., Washington, Boston, San Francisco, etc.)
  • The two-year pilot program in NYC will cost $1.5 million per year
  • ShotSpotter’s accuracy is verified through analysts in ShotSpotter’s headquarters and by detection through at least three sensors

3) The major stakeholders that will need to use this technology are the NYPD, NY Emergency Services, and the Mayor’s Office.

4) The steps in deploying this technology are:

  • Step 1 – Decide on the optimal location of the sensors throughout the 5 boroughs so that the NYPD has maximum coverage throughout the city (i.e., the NYPD should be able to be aware of all gunfires throughout the city)
  • Step 2 – Prepare and propose budget given estimated number of sensors, expected maintenance fees, and roll out costs.
  • Step 3 – Roll out a pilot program in a single neighborhood and evaluate the performance of the devices and verify quality. After pilot period, roll out to all boroughs.