Thursday, August 13, 2015

IoT: Google + Carnegie-Mellon + ...

A Look Inside Google and Carnegie-Mellon's IoT Campus | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
"For the "Internet of Things" to thrive, all it needs is for all devices to get along—which is currently wishful thinking. Last week, however, Google announced a partnership with Carnegie-Mellon University, which is leading a collaboration of faculty from several other academic institutions on a project to jump-start the Internet of Things revolution. Their plan: Build a universal platform that lets any device talk to any other device. And fittingly, that master-key solution will be open source.
The joint project between CMU, Cornell, Stanford, Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Google wants to wipe away the private-industry middlemen that keep sensors in separate sandboxes by creating a new, open platform: GIoTTO."

“We funded the Open Web of Things expedition to encourage universities to explore various aspects of system design that could help enable the Internet of Things,” said Maggie Johnson, director of university relations for Google. “From the many excellent proposals received, we’ve chosen Carnegie Mellon to lead because of their vision for a living laboratory, validating system design through daily use. Cornell, Illinois and Stanford were selected to join based on their unique approaches for tackling critical challenges related to privacy & security, systems & protocols and HCI."

""Snap2It" lets users link to a printer or projector simply by taking a smartphone photo of it."
"...To create its living lab, CMU will saturate its campus with sensors and infrastructure, recruit student and other campus members to create and use new IoT apps, and eventually expand efforts to the wider Pittsburgh community..."

IoT: Singapore 2.0: "Smart Nation" bet

Singapore 2.0: Lee Seeks Smart City Revamp as Old Model Ebbs - Bloomberg Business
"For 50 years, Singapore has punched above its weight class, thanks to a run of political stability, long-term planning, transparency and openness to investment. Along the way, the tiny Southeast Asian nation turned from a center of colonial administration and trading into a major container port, an oil-refining hub, an electronics manufacturer, and a banking center.
Singapore’s traditional pillars of growth are cracking. Electronics exports have repeatedly declined in recent years, labor productivity fell for a fourth quarter in the first three months of the year and the economy contracted
administration committed S$16.1 billion (US $11.5) to research and development from 2011 to 2015, a 20 percent increase over the previous period

A glimpse of that vision can be seen in Jurong Lake District, a 360-hectare development area in the island’s west where the government has installed more than 1,000 sensors to monitor and control everything from vehicles to trash cans.