No more circling the block 10 times to find a spot

Problem: Safety and Health

A large contributor to traffic in Rome is caused by those seeking to park. Increase in traffic causes more emissions and pollution as well as delays in public transportation. This also leads to long queue’s at bus stops, lowering the citizen’s journey experience. 

Tech: Image sensors with AI processing technology

  • Rome is adopting image sensors from Sony Europe with AI processing functionality to cut city’s transport related pollution and public transportation efficiency.
  • One of the trials will deliver a smart parking system. Using the Genius smart tip sensors, it can identify free parking spaces and stream the exact location. 
  • The location is then sent to Envision, their cloud software partner, and then displayed on a mobile device used by the driver looking for parking. 
  • The Genius smart tip can also identify the amount of people waiting at a bus stop. This data will be sent to the public bus manager in order to enhance the planning and scheduling of bus network
  • The technology will not store images, in line with privacy requirements


  • Drivers looking for parking
  • Public transportation company managing the network
  • Citizens taking public transportation
  • City traffic department


  • Plan the optimal amount of sensors required and install them
  • Integrate the system with the cloud software partner to ensure the data is accessible to the targeted stakeholders
  • Begin testing the use of the mobile app where drivers can see the free spaces.


Using Blockchain to improve health access to unhoused people

1) Sustainability Problem (Safety and Health): Unhoused people (aka homeless) are part of a systematic cycle that hinders their safety and progress. Many displaced individuals lose their personal documents including birth certificates, licenses, social security card, etc. This makes it extremely difficult to rent, get a job, and receive medical attention.

2) Dell Medical School developing technology to improve access to health care for homeless population

  • The question posed by Dell Medical School is “How do you get more access to health care and social service resources for people experiencing homelessness in Austin?” In a study, the school found that 1/3 of people trying to get medical attention did not have documents to prove their identity.
  • Dr. Tim Mercer, director of the global health program at Dell, and his colleagues are trying to use Blockchain technology to create a system in which information and identity documents can be stored and used across different platforms and institutions.
  • The technology would store the data provided in one medical provider the information would be updated and stored so that if the person goes to another provider or tries to obtain human services their information is already available.
  • This blockchain system would help not only those experiencing homelessness, but also allow those trying to provide services to more efficiently do their job
  • This blockchain technology is being developed and is in it’s initial steps through student led research and testing.

3.) Stakeholders

  • People experiencing homelessness
  • Doctors/Nurses/etc.
  • Human Services providers
  • Health/Human Services office staff

4) Implementation Steps:

  1. Further research: testing and trying to perfect the blockchain further in every attempt to ensure the system speaks to each other but also is ethically ran
  2. Securing further funding via grants, investment, etc.
  3. Community involvement: Speaking with the populations that will be directly affected by the technology (i.e. stakeholders) and ensuring this meet their needs


Twitter-Like Tech For First Responders

Area: Health


Hospitals and First responders tend to have communication problems due to poor connection and surrounding noises at incidence scenes.

Twiage is a web-based app that enables first responders to easily snap and send photos to hospitals, as well as communicate important information regarding patients. This helps hospital better prepare and evaluate situations before patients are transported or before they arrive at the hospital.

In the latest version, the app is connected to Google glasses which makes the process even more user-friendly responders don’t need to use their hands to activate the function. They can easily send photos or messages using a voice-controlled option.


Stakeholders: Hospital / First Responders / Google


  • The company needs to contact hospital that are early adopters of technology to have them try Twiage
  • In parallel, the company needs to start working with major ambulance companies
  • The company should work with Google to help market their product and join they R&D efforts regarding Google glasses


Comment on other technology :

This technology has an interesting feature: the leaves are not static which means that they can get solar rays coming from more directions than regular panels.

1: Area of sustainability category: public health & safety

For the second year in a row, violent crime is up in Los Angeles. The crime was up even in some parts of the city that are traditionally considered safe. In West Los Angeles, robberies were up by 16%, and motor vehicle theft was up by 31%. The LAPDs Topanga Division saw a 41% increase in robberies and a 21% increase in motor vehicle theft [1].


2: Parking Lot Attacker Wasnt Expecting This

  • Uses ear piercing sound to deter bad guys
  • The sound is so loud that it has been compared to the same loudness as a football stadium or a military fighter jet taking off
  • Requires no training or skill to operate
  • Is legal to carry everywhere including airplanes

3: Implementation

  • Receive feedback from the users and collect as more successful cases as possible
  • Participate in the related exhibitions to build the brand name
  • Invite users to share their successful experience on the SNS
  • Cooperate with schools and give free samples

4: Stakeholder

  • Municipal who want to lower the crime rate
  • Potential robbers who may have less motivation to conduct the crime because of this technology
  • City residents who want to secure their lives and properties


Comment on “Communicating without Internet Access Using Mesh Networks

I find that the company will charge app developers based on how many users engage with their apps because of its technology. I am wondering how they could know that number exactly.

Communicating without Internet Access Using Mesh Networks

1. Sustainability problem: Communications without internet access

Having an internet connection is key for communication these days. However, natural disasters can disrupt existing internet connection and many places don’t have reliable and wide-spread internet coverage to begin with. Furthermore, some people simply cannot afford to connect to the internet.

Category: Safety and Health 

2. Technology summary

Source: “Bridgefy lets developers build mesh networks into their apps”, Techcrunch (

  • This article discusses Bridgefy, a company that created a software development kit (SDK) for developers to integrate mesh networking capabilities into their iOS and Android apps
  • The mesh networking functionality allows smartphones to communicate even when there’s no access to the internet by creating a network of phones connected by Bluetooth
  • Phones can communicate directly with each other (across a distance of no more than 330 ft) or with phones further away as long as they are indirectly connected through other Bluetooth-enabled phones
  • Other companies, such as Open Garden, have tried to do similar things but have had difficulties making the technology work seamlessly
  • This technology has many use cases, ranging from disaster relief efforts and providing arriving refugees with connectivity to enabling education applications

Tags: #smartcommunication #internet #meshnetworks #bluetooth

3. Organizational stakeholders

As mentioned, there are many different use cases and, therefore, stakeholders for this technology. Across the board, developers are the key stakeholders as they need to use Bridgefy’s SDK to build or update their apps. Next, users of apps that include Bridgefy’s functionality need to be made aware of the mesh network functionality so that they use the relevant apps, enable Bluetooth, and allow the network to form. Depending on the type of app the specific stakeholders will vary, but this could include civilians/individuals, government officials, hospital employees, etc.

4. Technology deployment

Early deployment has to focus on a) making sure the technology works seamlessly from a technical perspective and b) creating a large enough mesh network for the technology to work from a practical perspective.

  1. Educate the public about the mesh network functionality of the app and its reliance on Bluetooth (the mesh network has more value when more people enable Bluetooth and use apps using this feature)
  2. Partner with app developers/companies that already have a large network of users and provide them with the feature at a discounted price, e.g., Uber (the company has a broad network within cities and has a use case for this technology, e.g., when users are traveling abroad and want to use the app but don’t have access to internet)
  3. Work with / advocate for hardware providers to improve their Bluetooth technology

5. Comment on another post

I commented on “Truck Platooning” (DCT2131)

This platooning technology has implications beyond the trucking industry. These connected vehicles also collect data on the road and traffic conditions that can be shared with other connected cars and the government to improve safety and traffic more generally.



Roads Of The Future

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1) Sustainability Problem: Roadway lighting serves as a vital safety feature for busy streets and highways where visibility is essential. Roadway lights can also indicate the difference between a pedestrian and a car zone. However, light pollution and meeting today’s demanding energy reduction ambitions is getting challenging. Forecasts indicate that 5 billion people (60% of the world’s population) will live in cities by 2050 and, according to the International Energy Agency, the overall demand for lighting will be 80% higher by 2030 than in 2005. Moreover, sea level rise and flooding is another major problem for future of the street lighting and everything with LEDs and cables would have died there in the sea.

2) Technological Solutions: Studio Roosegaarde is creating magic through light: Smart Highway, Van Gogh Bike Path, and  ICOON AFSLUITDIJK comprise the creation of a subtle layer of light and interaction on an iconic 32-kilometer-long dike that protects the Netherlands against flooding. Studio Roosegaarde presents three designs of light and communication, called GATES OF LIGHT, WINDVOGEL, and GLOWING NATURE.

A Smart Highway

-A smart highway that replaces energy-wasting streetlamps with specially designed “Glowing Lines.”

-Proven the feasibility of N329- Road of the Future, perhaps Roosegaarde can begin developing a plan for the dynamic paint, electricity-generating windmills, and motion-sensing lights

Van Gogh Bike Path

-The path is illuminated by thousands of twinkling stones that feature glow-in-the-dark technology and solar-powered LED lights.

-The entire route is 335 kilometers (208 miles) long


Icoon Afluitdijk 

-For the GATES OF LIGHT entrance at both sides of the dyke, they applied retro-reflective prisms to the buildings, which light up by the headlamps of passing cars.

-After sunset Drive through GATES OF LIGHT after sunset and bring the floodgates to life through the headlamps of your car, as an alternative to polluting street lights!”

– Each WINDVOGEL kite generates 20 to 100 kW, supplying energy for 200 households.

-GLOWING NATURE shows the beauty of nature  Studio Roosegaarde works with live algae, one of the oldest microorganisms in the world. They created the world’s largest luminous algae site!”

-Moreover, all of them are art installations of the 21st century

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Beckett Mufson, “Roads Of The Future Are Here… And They Glow In The Dark”, Creators, Apr 14, 2014

Veerle Devos, “Daan Roosegaarde Does MAgic With Light,” November 2017

CNN Staff, “Bike path inspired by Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ opens in Netherlands,”  November 14, 2014

#smartcity #futureroad #lightpollution #smartart #smarthighway #lights #energyefficiency #flooding #safety #health #sustainability #smartcity  #BT2443

3) Key stakeholders and their role in the implementation:

–City, state, and government municipals support and include their plan for the new highway and innovation of the road, dams and bike paths encourage private sectors and local artists partner with innovators-Financial Institutions-Financing future road projects

-Educate youth through art and technology on the road safety and light pollution and smart energy consumption

4) Steps Deploying Technology:

-Build prosperous environment for the utility companies to use technology and art and financial institutions finance utility companies

-Within Public Private People’s Partnership educate each stakeholder how to avoid light pollution that could influence our health and at the same time save energy and money

-Educate youth road safety and art through future roads.

I recommend cities across the globe duplicate projects. Moreover, music festivals could use innovations to decrease their GHG emission and light pollution. 

Other Sources:

Click to access roadlighting_int-10_lr.pdf


A Pill That Won’t Let You Forget To Take It

The Problem

Category: Health

A common issue amongst medical patients with prescribed medications is that they sometimes forget to take their pills or misremember whether they’ve already taken their pill.  This can result in unhealthy medical doses being administered.

 The Tech

Proteus Digital Health has invented a microscopic edible sensor that attaches to pills.  Once the oral pill is swallowed and enters a human’s stomach, it interacts with gastric juices.  This interaction triggers a signal being sent to a wearable patch.

The patch logs the date and time of the signal (which correlates with the digestion of the pill) and some other basic health information that can be transmitted to a mobile device via Bluetooth.

The FDA approved this sensor being attached to Abilify – a long-standing schizophrenia drug – with the new name of Abilify MyCite.  Despite the approval, this new pill is being criticized for its pairing with a drug taken by people already prone to paranoia, hallucinations, delusions, and hearing voices.


Article Title: Experts raise eyebrows at digital pill to monitor patients with schizophrenia
Website: Ars Technica

 The Stakeholders Using The Tech

Medical patients with schizophrenia

Clinical trial participants

Doctors prescribing the pills

Pharmacists fulfilling prescription orders

Friends/Family/Doctors monitoring a loved one’s health


App Developers

The First Three Steps

  1. There’s still work left to be done despite expectations of the new pill hitting the market next year.  First, the Abilify MyCite team needs to ease the public’s concerns around the sensor potentially amplifying Abilify patients’ side effects (i.e. hallucinations & delusions).
  2. They should immediately continue conducting testing and gather data that supports the sensor does in fact increase a patients’ likelihood to remain on their prescribed pill-taking schedule.
  3. They should promote their insights to families and doctors of patients with schizophrenia in order to gain public trust and build up demand for the product.

UNI: gm2778

Comment on Compostable Diapers

“It can take 50-150 days for the diapers to break down – that’s a lot of used diapers on hand at any given time.  Furthermore, you need proper ratios of greens (i.e. grass clippings) to browns (i.e. dried leaves) to help compost the diaper.  I’m skeptical that parents will try this if their own baby’s natural browns can’t be composted, as the article suggests (“do not compost poopy disposable inserts”).”

Next generation disease/cancer detection

1) Sustainability Problem:

Medical technology has made great leaps in disease detection, but proper diagnosis still requires well-equipped labs and significant waiting time. Extended waiting time raises risk factors and allows diseases which could have been caught and addressed earlier to grow to worse problems. In addition the resource and cost barriers to sophisticated labs ensure that not all populations will have equal access to potentially life-saving information at the time when it can be most useful.
New diagnostic technology from QuantuMDx could change that scenario. Their Q-Poc “handheld lab”, the size of a smartphone, can diagnose a range of infectious diseases and cancers in minutes. This can have disproportionate advantages in the developing world where access to infrastructure is a barrier to quality health care.
From article:
Q-Poc differs from most conventional point-of-care diagnostic tools in that it analyses the DNA of pathogens rather than the proteins within the sample. 
This brings us one step closer to the Star Trek medical tricorder.
Category: Health

2) Technology Summary:

Article: This smartphone-sized device can diagnose cancer in 20 minutes
Website: The Guardian
Tags: #health

3) Organizational stakeholders

  1. National health regulators
  2. Hospital & doctors employee advocacy groups
  3. Health insurance companies
  4. Device manufacturer & supporting supply chain

4) Steps in deploying this technology

  1. Ensure the device clears all safety and regulatory trials
  2. Enlist a sales team to sell technology to medical NGO’s and aid orgs in developing world
  3. Establish supply chain and procure initial batch of devices
  4. Train medical professionals on usage of the device.

Related Resources:


Uni: jz2805

Face Based ID Coming to a Supermarket Near You?

The British startup company YOTI has created an app with face-based identification. Two supermarkets in the UK are going to test the app in 2018.

  1. Sustainability Problem: Civic Engagement
  2. Summary of Article:
    1. The app is easy to enroll in and only requires a selfie with an iPhone to be registered as a user.
    2. Your selfie would be linked via the app with a photo ID, driving license, or passport.
    3. The hope is that this will help supermarkets address fraud for purchasing restricted products.
    4. The data on the app is encrypted for identity protection.
    5. This technology would be easily scalable and is capable of being widespread. Smartphone users are common and this type of technology is being used in the iPhone X, which has hit the market already.
  3. Organizational Stakeholders: YOTI employees and senior management, Police force, Identification systems, Supermarket chains, IT department
  4. Steps in Deploying Technology:
    • For this technology to be deployed, it will have to be integrated into the supermarket’s POS system.
    • It will require training of supermarket employees to understand how to use the technology correctly when selling items.
    • It will require a YOTI team to maintain the function of the application as more users register.

Click here to learn more!


Comment on Offshore Wind post.

Offshore windpower is an optimistic opportunity. The fact that popularity approach has allowed a cost reduction by 60% is impressive.


SmartSMS-NET – Soft dB’s Sound Masking System

1) Sustainability Problem – Sound Pollution at the Workplace

Average adults spend over 10.3 years (90,000 hours) at work in their lifetime and noise is one of the most common and yet least perceived occupational hazards. It causes hearing loss, anxiety, stress; it affects concentration, creativity and eventually productivity.

2) Technology – Soft dB’s sound masking system – SmartSMS-NET

According to Soft dB, the SmartSMS-NET emits a soft, inconspicuous background sound with the use of a loudspeaker system. The ambient sound level becomes more uniform and otherwise noisy distractions are muffled by the sound masking.

Soft dB’s sound masking system has three unique features:

  • Automatic Equalization Process

Masking sound level is adjusted automatically in real-time. A 340 narrow band equalization (instead of the usual 20 1 /3 octave bands) ensures the production of a uniquely smooth, regular and comfortable sound masking, irrespective of the acoustical characteristics of the workspace

  • Real-Time Adaptive Adjustment of the Masking Sound Level

The system continuously adjusts the masking sound level based on ambient noise measurement. In a busy work area, the masking sound increases, and decreases when the work area quiets down.

  • Networked System

The system is very flexible; it features small masking zones and larger masking zones. It combines the flexibility of network systems and the cost efficiency of centralized systems

The system has four main components: Speakers, Adaptive Sensors, SMS-NET Rack-Mounts and the SMS-Net


3) Organizational Stakeholders

  • Businesses
  • Schools
  • Courts
  • Counseling Centers
  • Public Institutions
  • Hospitals

4) Deploying the Technology

  • Consult with Soft DB about the specific needs of the environment at stake
  • Arrange for a physical evaluation to be conducted
  • Based on recommendation of consultants, discuss system with all relevant stakeholders and proceed to order system for installation


5) My comment on “From your plate… Back to your plate” by CG3052

“The Zera Food Recycler requires a plant-based additive made out of coconut husk and baking soda to assist in the breakdown process.”