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].

[1] http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-crime-stats-20161227-story.html

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

source:

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-crime-stats-20161227-story.html

https://safelifealliance.com/safety/personal-security-alarm-3-nat.php?utm_source=tb&utm_campaign=safesound&utm_medium=native&utm_term=mashable&utm_content=56088285&c1=us_1_safesound_1_1103&c2=mashable&country=United+States&sxid=00286o676psj

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.

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How to monitor water smartly

1: Area of sustainability category: water infrastructure

Maintaining balanced water levels is critical to avoid flooding in residential areas and conserve enough water for the dry season. And the technician has to drive back and forth between 11 lakes and make sure the levels don’t get too high.”

2: “Florida city employs Sensus tech for remote water monitoring

  • Enables proactive and preventative maintenance
  • Enables quick resolution of equipment failures
  • Decreases the need to deploy field crews
  • No additional power line infrastructure is necessary

3: Implementation

  • Identify sites for installation
  • Develop contracts with building owners
  • Install sensors
  • On-site Testing and Implementation

4: Stakeholder

  • Municipal
  • Technicians
  • City residents

source:

https://www.metering.com/news/lakeland-sensus-remote-water-monitoring/

https://sensus.com/products/sensus-smart-gateway/

Comment on “Plastic Bottle Concrete

Manufacturing concrete generates 4.5 percent of the world’s human-induced carbon emissions. So far, substituting 1.5 percent of concrete with irradiated plastic has been proved to improve the mixture’s strength significantly. It means 0.0675 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions is deducted. If this technology is implemented on a global scale, the impact could be significant.

 

How about use waste o build green artificial Islands?

1: Area of sustainability category: waste

Annually, New York needs to pay $300 million in order to transform the waste from the city to out-of-state landfills. This uploading of garbage also creates extra greenhouse gas. It is urgent for the city to find a more cost-efficient and environmental-friendly way to deal with the waste.

2: “Composting park proposal keeps NYC’s organic waste close to home

  • Green Loop would consist of a network of 10 park-topped street-level composting facilities strategically built along the city’s waterfront
  • Putting a much-needed dent in New York’s garbage exporting practice while also adding a sizable amount of public green space to all five boroughs,
  • Connected to land by both a pedestrian causeway and a roadway that would easily allow trucks to deliver the locally-generated “goods.”

3: Implementation

  • Keep R&D to prevent potential odor-related issues
  • Convince city waste department and build a partnership with them
  • Locate appropriate Waterfronts where Green Loops can build
  • On-site Testing and Implementation

4: Stakeholder

  • NY citizens
  • Hub park islands management team
  • Municipals who are looking for a sustainable waste management

source: https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/recycling/blogs/composting-park-proposal-keeps-nycs-organic-waste-close-to-home

Comment on ” Small, affordable, smart multi-purpose units

I also find that the preparation for the installation is minimal. “All a KODA needs is ground with leveled footing, access with a crane, and connection points for water, sewerage, and electricity.”

 

 

Highway of The Future

1: Area of sustainability category: Transportation

Every year, there are about 11,000 tire-related crashes and nearly 200 fatalities. Besides these disasters happened on human beings. Our ecosystem is being damaged because there are around 150 tons of carbon emitted daily just on our corridor, so we needed to transform the transport infrastructure quickly.

2: “5 tech-related inspirations from VERGE 17

  • Wattway developed solar panels that can be put on top of the existing surface of roads and have skid-resistant surface
  • “PV for EV,” a photovoltaic solar array for fast-charging electric vehicle charging stations that send excess energy back to the visitor center
  • WheelRight tire safety station: Cars drive slowly over the black-and-yellow striped pavement, where sensors take measurements. Drivers then stop at a touchscreen kiosk that spits out a printed sheet or sends a text message within 20 seconds showing tire pressure and tread depth.

3: Implementation

  • Communicate with more state governments like Georgia and convince them to apply this new highway.
  • Find smart city project principal and persuade them to use this high-tech road since The Ray can not only be applied in highway infrastructure, it can also be applied to local roads which may help to build a more sustainable and safe community.
  • Find international potential partners by Attending oversea events which aim to build connections between the realms of technology and corporate sustainability.

4: Stakeholder

  • State agencies who take charge of the highway infrastructure
  • Auto manufacturers which invest on autonomous driving and acknowledge the importance of better highway condition
  • Private companies which want to implement their related technologies on this innovative high-tech highway.

source:

http://www.raycandersonfoundation.org/assets/pdfs/AJCTheRay071717TextVersion.pdf

https://www.greenbiz.com/article/heres-what-sustainable-highway-looks

Comment on ” CO2 Inhaling Plants

This technology can also collect CO2 from the air and supply it to a nearby greenhouse to grow the plant, make low-carbon fuels, and be sequestered in the ocean or underground.

A Building itself can be a power plant by waste-generated tech

1: Sustainability Problem

Area of sustainability category: Waste

Wherever you find humans, you find waste. And humans never run out of waste.  In the future, the majority of humans will live in megacities if we do not take any effective action to deal with the waste. To solve this problem, we should try to answer these questions that could we find a better way to handle the waste? Can we make waste decentralized and have it back at the building level so that nothing’s moving off-site?

2: Technology

  • SEaB energy offers a closed-loop system that essentially turns a neighborhood or business into its own power plant
  • SEaB makes waste decentralized and have it back at the building level so that nothings moving off-site
  • SEaB energy provides solutions that can eliminate a large amount of what would otherwise be thrown or flushed away and instead use the decomposition process to produce biogas that is converted into electricity

3: Stakeholders

  • Housing development
  • commercial stores such as supermarkets, restaurants which promise to generate a certain huge amount of waste every day
  • Government which aims to build a green, smart and sustainable cities

4: Process of implementation

  • Improve the technology to reach 100% energy re-production
  • publish reports on environmental-consciousness media to show the efficiency of this technology and arise the professionals’ interests
  • Attend the real estate conference to promote this technology

Reference:

http://www.wired.co.uk/article/turning-waste-into-energy-biogas

Comment on “Smart Yarn”: https://makeasmartcity.com/2017/10/09/smart-yarn/

In the article, it also mentioned that the yarn could also incorporate with a Bluetooth transmitter critical information and transmit the information to the headquarter instantly. With the development of technology, we may expect more advanced IoTs added into this smart fabric.

Can Technology Help in Gun Control?

sustainability problem: Safety

Issue: With more and more school shootings happened in the past few years, people are now more aware of the risks of having a gun in the home. In the state now, there are more than three models of personalized handguns could be bought by the public. Therefore, making sure that commercial guns are carried by the registered owner is one of government’s critical task regarding gun control.

Technology:

  • Protector XT was developed by Ben Tomb whose son was shot by another adolescent 25 years ago
  • Protector XT is a locking station that secures a firearm and provides access to authorized users with biometric fingerprinting technology.
  • It aims to provide “peace of mind” to firearms owners by designing products that enhance the safe storage of guns
  • Assures a quick and reliable access to a firearm in 2 seconds or less

Stakeholder:

  • State government that aims to improve gun safety and decrease the gunshot accidents
  • Gun owners who want to ensure no one else can have access to their guns to commit a crime
  • Gun manufacturers who want to be a more socially responsible company

Deployment:

  • Have a partnership with government’s gun control project
  • Attend SHOT Show such as the one held in LV annually
  • Launch gun safety program in communities, schools etc.

Source: 

http://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/could-technology-be-the-gun-control-2014

https://www.protectorxt.com/

Comment on Solar-Powered Toilet That Treats and Recycles Water:

When a toilet is out of order, the Seva Sustainable Sanitation automatically directs users to other nearby sanitation systems. And in the next three years, Seva team will develop and test its maintenance system in which the embedded sensors will be able to determine if there is a failure and then an operator will be notified and come to fix it.

Using New Technology on Diesel Burn to Improve Air Quality

1:

Area of sustainability category: Air Pollution

The air pollution is a severe problem for many countries including both developing and developed ones. It is worth noting that diesel emission is one of the main causes of air pollution in urban areas. Typically, in London, people have started taking actions and citizens want to change the current situation so bad that over 29 million people have signed for an action on diesel emissions in urban centers where have the highest car concentration.

 

2:

“New Technologies Which Could Improve Urban Air Quality”, website: Policy Exchange, https://policyexchange.org.uk/6-new-technologies-which-could-improve-urban-air-quality/

  • The ezero1 technology can improve the fuel combustion cycle by adding additives
  • Small amounts of hydrogen added into the vehicle air intake can provide a more efficient burn of fuel
  • This technology can be applied on existing cars and vans
  • This technology is produced by UK developer CGON and is available commercially

 

3:

  • Private car driver who wants to reduce carbon footprint and enhance fuel efficiency
  • Tourism companies such as car rental company, bus companies etc. which want to save fuel bills to lower the operation costs
  • Car manufacturers who want to enhance engine performance and provide a more sustainable car model
  • Municipalities which want to change current sever air pollution problems

 

4:

  1. The company may conduct an analysis to find where car owners are huge and people’s awareness of air pollution is high. Thus, CGON may find the best target for launching this product in the early stage.
  2. To further attract potential clients, CGON should proactively seek opportunities of attending Auto show, air pollution or energy-related conference to increase people’s awareness of this technology
  3. CGON may also seek for partnership with city governments and tourism companies. For example, CGON can take part in government’s environmental enhancement projects. CGON can offer discount and free installation if large volume orders are placed.