Google to Measure Air Quality through Street View

Problem:

Increasing polluted air from car driving at urban environments have caused direct negative impacts on health.

Article link: http://www.gizmag.com/google-aclima-street-view-air-quality/38703/

Summary:

Google has teamed up with Aclima to incorporate vehicle-mounted sensors into its Street View cars, which will significantly improve our understanding of urban air pollution at a street level,

This new project will see Street Views cars equipped with sensors to help the public and government assess the quality of air at a street level.

The goal of this project is to create high resolution maps of air quality across cities.

Stakeholder:

Google,

Aclima,

US Environmental Protection Agency,

California State government,

National and international NGOs,

Local and community organizations,

Public.

Implementation:

Project to carry out for San Francisco Bay Area this Fall:

1) This project achieved Initially tested on three vehicles in the Denver metro area, the partnership will help to lead to a better understanding of overall air quality in urban environments.

2) Implement the same concept to implement the sensors to cars for a month long test in San Franciso Bay Area, the vehicles will clock some 750 hours of drive time and gather 150 million data points.

3) Vehicles and buses that drive repetitive routes through cities will implement Aclima sensing technology, which the vehicles to take community-scale snapshots of pollution and greenhouse gases.

4) An interconnected urban system comes into focus within few days of driving.

5) Processed data streams are accessed through Aclima’s advanced analytics and visualization tools. Aclima finds the signal in the noise, delivering actionable data to inform decision making and continuous optimization.

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Singapore: The Smart Little Red Dot.

Problem: Use technology to allow commercial buildings to grow vegetables to overcome its resource constraints to become the world’s first Smart Nation.

The article: http://www.eco-business.com/news/singapore-the-smart-little-red-dot/

Technology:

Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) students created a solution called CorpCrops, which uses a combination of software and sensors to create a vegetable planter which can automatically control the temperature, light setting and nutrients required to grow greens in offices.

Replacing ornamental plants with these mini vegetable farms will enable the city-state to produce up to 76% of the vegetables it consumes, up from 6% today, which allows Singapore to become “less reliant on vegetable imports for the national survival, minimizing risk to food security.”

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Stakeholders:

Singapore government

Smart Nation Program Office (SNPO).

City-State’s Infocomm Development Authority (IDA)

Commercial Buildings

Universities.

Steps for deployment

  • Government funding to receive funds for the technology, services, data analytics and other tools for initial program to set up.
  • Carry out the project for short-term nine to twelve months phase plan given location by SNPO.
  • Analyze test results and feedbacks.
  • Carry out the project to other locations and expand the project with private sectors throughout Singapore.

Smart Sensor Pills-Hellius

Problem: 50% of prescribed medication is not taken as directed, potentially limiting the therapeutic effectiveness of the medicine due to an unnecessary escalation of treatment.

Article title: Smart Sensor Pills: Helius – Support care delivery throughout the treatment cycle

Link: http://postscapes.com/smart-sensor-pills-helius

Summary: Helius is an example of a unique technology in health care service industry. It is a new “Digital Health Feedback System” created by Redwood City based Proteus Digital Health that uses a small patch worn on the body working together with 1mm sensor-enabled pills and a backend cloud service to provide real-time information on a users medication adherence.

How it works?

The technology connects patients with their medical providers using novel ingestible sensors powered by the body’s natural compounds. A specialized wearable sensor attached to the body and then connected by Bluetooth technology to a smartphone or a tablet can then provide real-time feedback relative to the effects of specific medications (heart rate, activity level.)

Result:

To integrate medicines that treat chronic conditions with mobile technology – via ingestible sensor to make healthcare more accessible, manageable and innovative.

Stakeholder:

  • Insurers,
  • Healthcare companies,
  • Physicians,
  • Patients, patients with chronic medical illness, such as emphysema, diabetes, or congestive heart failure.
  • Pharmaceutical developers.
  • Other Healthcare stakeholders
  • Hospitals and healthcare centers

Steps for deploying the technology:

  • Partner with health science medication centers to enable clinical trails for a period of 3 – 6 months testing.
  • Record the results during clinical trails.
  • Analyze and study data collection and captured accurate medication ingestion information.

Company Website:

http://www.proteus.com/

Additional relative articles:

http://www.newelectronics.co.uk/electronics-news/sensor-enabled-smart-pill-to-revolutionise-healthcare/39653/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertglatter/2014/11/20/wearable-technology-and-digital-healthcare-strategies-should-shift-focus-to-chronic-medical-illness/

Google’s Next Moonshot: Lining City Streets with Wi-Fi Hubs

Google’s Side Walk Labs kicks off with Project to Bring Free Wi-Fi to New York City.

The article link: http://www.wired.com/2015/06/google-next-moonshot-wifi-hubs-sidewalk-labs/

http://www.digitaltrends.com/web/googles-sidewalk-labs-kicks-off-with-project-to-bring-free-wi-fi-to-new-york-city/

Problem: New York to offer free wireless Internet access and local services and information on wireless hubs to replace New York’s derelict pay phone booths, the project is named as LinkNYC initiative.

Technology: Google X experimental research lab to build free Wi-FI wireless hubs in New York City. The overhauled kiosks will offer free 24/7 gigabit Wi-FI within a 150-foot radius, free calls to anywhere within the U.S., a touchscreen tablet interface offering information on city services and attractions, charging functionality for mobile devices, and a digital display showing ads and public service announcements.

Summary: Google recently launched Sidewalk Labs, a new company “will help make cities connected places where you can walk down any street and access free ultra high-speed Wi-Fi, find transit and way finding information, access information about city services in NYC.”

Stakeholders: New York City government, Google’s Sidewalk Lab, the New York Sustainable Business Council, and the public.

Implementation of Technology: 

  • Choose few areas throughout the city below 70th street, where most tourists and population density are located, and  partner with city department of transportation (DOT) distributor and deploy the solution as a one-year pilot project on its more touristy regions and streets.
  • Measure and promote the cost of living, efficient transportation and energy usage, and public services.
  • Scale-up the initiative simultaneously throughout NYC and celebrate results in terms of energy usage and positive feedbacks from city’s residents and tourists.
  • Public education and PR campaigns: Government relations campaign office to promote LinkNYC initiative, press releases on NYC will transform thousands of city’s payphone kiosks into Wi-Fi hotspots, with the aim of improving life in cities for everyone through the application of technology to solve urban problems.

Smart City Building with Huawei

Issues:

While the city has the ultimate responsibility for developing the systems of the future, technology and innovation play a key role in building smart cities. Better communications between local government leaders and technology vendors can encourage the development of connected, resource-efficient urban areas.

Huawei, leading ICT solutions provider, sees the following four areas of opportunities where technology and innovation play a key role in the building of smarter cities, here is the link:
http://www.realwire.com/releases/Smart-City-Building-with-Huawei
Additional video:
http://www.itwire.com/your-it-news/internet-of-things/68044-video-huawei-says-iot-smart-cities-the-right-way

Proposed Solutions:

While the city has the ultimate responsibility for developing the systems of the future, technology and innovation play a key role in building of smarter cities for the future. This includes applied innovation, better planning, a more participatory approach, higher energy efficiency, better transport solutions, intelligent use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), etc.

(1) Smart transportation
Huawei sees Smart Transportation categorized into the following: Better utilization of existing infrastructure, vehicle reduction and changing the mix of vehicles.
To innovate solutions such as smart sensors that are capable of constantly measuring and optimizing vehicle resources to lower current vehicle carbon emissions leading to lower carbon emissions and extending vehicle lifespan and smart traffic diversion, which reduce road traffic.

(2) Smart Education – Virtual Knowledge & information Transfer
Huawei provides a range of solutions that speak to content access (with E-Course), to enabling students with physical and virtual classroom presences (with E-Class) and eases in management of resources and lecture materials (with E-Management).

(3) Smarter Home Living to enable consumers’ digital life.
Huawei is at the forefront of the provision of innovative solutions which enable families to improve their digital life, which Huawei have developed a range of products which seek to address key components of an holistic Smart Home and family digital life, which seek to address key components of a holistic Smart Home and families’ digital life that enables connectivity with high-speed fiber optic broadband to support HD TVs, and a tool to manage multiple devices with the Smart Home Controller.

Organization Stakeholders:
Huawei work closely with both public and private sector partners in developing innovative solutions that address environmental and climate change issues.

Steps in deploying this technology:
(1) Smart city planning with adaptation in smarter transportation options with a commitment to strengthen energy management and smarter city initiatives of central government.
(2) Educational institutions adopt virtual classroom and E-learning resources and management.
(3) Work with apartment builders or cable companies in partnerships to build high-speed fiber optic broadband that support HD TVs to improve customers’ digital life.