Smart Cities Need Sensors

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Smart Cities have arrived. Smart Cities projects are beginning to grow footprint and increase in complexity as the number of sensors and diverse companies collecting and sharing data increases exponentially. smartLINK is the worlds smartest kiosk vendor and will help your city move its smart city project forward. Findings Sensors Types by Domain 1. Water a. Water Quantity – How much rainfall is occurring b. Water Quality – Is water quality enough to drink and what is quality from rainfall 2. Transportation a. Car Counting – Infrared, lidar, computer vision b. Car Communication – 4g, 5g, WIFI, more. Lidar – Understanding of how the real world is moving. d. Computer Vision – Where are cars coming and how Control system with wired / wireless handoff Remote controls and automatic functions 3. Environment a. Gases – C02 and many others. b. Pollutants – Gases, material and more. c. Decaying metal – Harsh Pollutants d. Sound – Understanding of environment e. Light – Light output & type 4. Physical world understanding a. Computer vision – Understand how the real world is moving with additional context. b. Lidar – Understanding of how the real world is moving. c. WIFI – Understanding how real world is moving by device d. Cellular – Understanding how real world is moving by device 5. Safety and Security a. Computer vision – Understand how the real world is moving with additional context. b. Lidar – Understanding of how the real world is moving. c. Sound – Gun Shot Triangulation What Sensors Need Very simply sensors need 2 things. 1. Power The type of power can be directly tied to the type of connectivity. * Battery * Direct power 2. Connectivity * Cellular – Okay for battery with low years * Low Power WAN (Ingenu, Sigfox, Lora) – Best for Battery * WIFI – Direct Power * Wired – Direct Power If we have the proper connectivity which supports the required power we will then have the physical layer of the network deployed. Challenges * Site Acquisition – Where can I place my sensor? * Can I fit it into an existing box? * How do I protect from the sensor from the environment? * Do I have to stick my ugly box on a city pole? What Data needs Now we have a tremendous amount of data flowing into our single or diverse databases it can be a major challenge. When we have data streaming to multiple databases we have a challenge of bringing all back together on the back side. We envision the data flow and structure to look a little bit like this diagram. These diagrams are the property of my work with “Venture Smarter” as Chief Technology Officer. This diagram is backed by a brain trust which tracks all connectivity options, attributes of connectivity, as well as protocols & attributes as well as authentication methodologies. Things to focus on when it comes to data 1. We need to under with baseline information. 2. We need to focus on rules engines and AI that can work through the data to find value. 3. We need to focus on insights and the ability to create actionable objectives from the noise. 4. When we make an adjustment we need to ensure that we have an understanding of the measurable effect. How best to achieve a cohesive infrastructure? We believe that standards and best practices have to be introduced. Create your high-level architecture that will ensure you have the outcomes desired. From that, you drill down into the devices needed and connectivity requirements/power. From that, you will have built yourself a nice IoT / smart city network. Also, demand that each vendor working with you will send data to your ingest platform like http://www.pentaho.com/ Finding conclusions (Perspectives) 1. Connectivity, standards, and framework need to be adopted first! 2. Sensors all over without a strategic well thought out mindset will result in chaos and non-trackable improvement. 3. Introduce baseline analysis tools which allow us to properly measure successes in future projects. I cannot believe how much I am seeing surveys as a primary success indicator. So many other tools exist to allow for this to be qualitative. 4. Ensure that every solution that goes into place offers value, revenue, or is an overall cost reduction. 5. We can house your sensors in our specially made box which does not make for an ugly city environment. We create intelligent beautiful cityscapes. How smartLINK helps smartLINK solves a lot of the perspective issues by its very nature and here is how: 1. We are completely interactive and drive experience. 2. We have a ton of sensors for baseline and trend analytics. 3. We pay for increased connectivity. 4. We offer a new revenue source to the city. 5. We come with a smart city framework which has been adopted by IEEE and shown above. It’s amazing to work on a product with aforethought that you will solve so many challenges. Its more amazing to see validation in the market state through dialogue with hundreds of Cities, technologists, Universities, and citizens. Engagement We have a multi-step engagement process with our clients which includes multi-phase approach. Phase 1: Urban Strategy smartLINK works with the country’s premier Urban Strategist who has tackled very challenging complex and broadly scoped urban projects to ensure our clients entire cultural and urban environment will be satisfied by our solution stack. Phase 2: Technology Assessment / Infrastructure smartLINK follows this study with a technology deployment survey consisting of wireless, wired, and IoT infrastructure. We want to understand the proper standards in place to ensure we fit our technology into the city in a way that is cohesive and beneficial to the citizens and the data analytics platforms in place. We also work on route planning and key waypoints that will make the kiosks more useful to the public. Phase 3: Financial feasibility / Marketing Study smartLINK then provides business cases for each kiosk that is laid out across the city. We propose the marketing study to 1 of our national media purchasing partners and ensure the city is represented from the lens that best fits its culture desired revenue outcome and local business growth. We also accompany our launches with marketing and citizen training campaigns to ensure our product is known and well used. Phase 4: Delivery Execution and delivery are extremely important to get right from the beginning. We ensure we have multiple Quality assurance points throughout our entire process. * Permitting * Easements, * Content strategy sign off / execution * Wayfinding with priority routing * Custom Branding of kiosks * WIFI implementation * Lastly the Marketing Kick off Phase 5: Continuous improvement As a technology firm first, finding problems and providing solutions is in our DNA. We are constantly analyzing and working to improve our technology ecosystem to maximize value to the community, citizen, city and media buyers in a seamless fashion. At our core, the value is driven from what we provide to the user/citizen. If we are providing value to our user base the rest is built on a solid foundation. We will continue to push forward to provide more value with the same infrastructure through stringent product improvement processes led by industry leading innovators.

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