Links in the Urban IoT Chain

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Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
6/15/2014 8:45:25 PM
User Rank City Slicker
Re: Digital urbanism
You make some good points. In addition the changing price of the cost to park because the information data state it is a peak period. How can anyone have a budget with changing prices.

6/5/2014 3:03:22 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Digital urbanism
     Now the city will have a brain - not just clean water in, dirty water out while supporting the local flora.
    Will our cyborg city have privacy or transparent mind like the Borg of "Star Trek - the next generation" Toliets with an iPad app where found to be hackable. Is it ok to let city planners monitor how often one flushes so they can help plan better? If so, how can that information be shared? 

   I say the I in IoT or IoE (internet of everything) really means information, not internet. Internet is just the mechanism. Information is the commodity. Who gets it and who usese it is the task to figure out.

   BTW one thing that has not been discussed is "borrowing" and selling. What happens when one gives or sells their IoT product to another. Dos all that history disapear? Does the new owner inherrit the givers profile? We have already seen smart phone thiefs take selfies.

   Dad takes his 14 year old daughters cell phone only to find pictures of naked boys - is dad liable for child porn? In Florida the court says yes. BTW the boyfriend who had pictures of his girlfriend also got jail time and a lifetime on sex offender list. He was 18, she was 16. So far women have not been charged the same way. (just saying) 
   IoT of toasters, TVs, exersize equipment, hot tubs. Looking for a good house to steal from ? Let the IoT show you what is behind the front door.

Walter Fieuw
Walter Fieuw  
6/4/2014 12:04:48 PM
User Rank Blogger
I am spending more time on this previously mentioned CISCO report. I am learning that there exists exciting possibilities for user interfaces, and also interfaces between devises and these systems become smarter. I think this links back to your comments on Interoperability, Kim? Very interesting indeed. 

Walter Fieuw
Walter Fieuw  
6/4/2014 12:01:01 PM
User Rank Blogger
Digital urbanism
Thanks Kim. I guess I am one of those that need a "dummy's guide to..." on these topics. I looked around a bit, and see that Cisco makes reference of "digitial urbanism" as a possible eventual end to the IoT / Smart City evolution. This report says that the next steps in the IoT are: data generating devices (of which you mention parking and others here), networks (infrastructure), analytics, intervention and interaction. 

My question is: does this render the city a machine? A cyborg - half human, half machine? And if so, will people still use cities in the way that we have historically? Are there new "digital divides" that might push us further aside, or will technology be able to unite and contribute to a sharing and caring city? 

I dont see many of these discussions in the IoT dialogues. But nevertheless, interesting times indeed...

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
6/3/2014 2:05:53 PM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Hot And Cold
I'm mostly in your camp, kq4ym. But I think I'm more bullish on the public IoT (streets, traffic signals, parking, HVAC, etc.) than what I'll call private IoT, which is the domain of refrigerators and their individual contents (sensors in every milk carton! really?), lightbulb life cycles, etc. The more people who collectively benefit from an IoT implementation, the more likely it is to come to fruition, in my opinion.

But good luck, Apple, Cisco, Harris, et al!

6/3/2014 1:36:29 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Hot And Cold
I tend to run "cold" on most of the proposed IoT ideas. They either seemed a bit farfetched or not really  useful (i.e. much too expensive for the results gained.)

Looking at Harris Communications for example, I can see that Harris would want to push for it's "transit" monitoring scheme, after all Harris is big time in the public communications arena already, selling boatloads (or busloads) of radio equipment to public service agencies.

But whether the results merits many hundreds of thousands of dollars to millions is another question. Eventually we'll see some really cool and useful IoT programs but I'm not sure most of the current proposals are there yet.

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