Posts tagged ‘MIT’

The Cloud, Sensors, Smart Phones and Predictive Diagnostics for Man and Machine

What a combination?

Take the following

  • The Cloud
  • Sensors (Temp, ElectroChemical, Optical, Pressure, Flow, vibration, sound etc.)
  • Smart Phones
  • Apps
  • Engineers and Dreamers

What do you have

  • Input data from sensors
  • Analysis in Apps
  • Storage in the Cloud
  • Diagnostic solutions on your Smart Phone

I believe we are just looking at the tip of the iceberg here.

Go ahead and Google whats happening at Barcelona with TI and ANT

 

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Smart Cities – Traffic Signal Timing – Benefit Study

We talked earlier about Smart Cities and benefits of traffic signal timing study and optimization. Kindly read the following link for a more detailed explanation of conducted studies.

It is done by SRINIVASA SUNKARI,P.E., is an associate research engineer at theTexas Transportation Institute in College Station,TX, USA, where he conducts research in traffic operations and intelligent transportation systems applications

http://www.spcregion.org/downloads/ops/Other%20Studies/BenefitsofRetimingTrafficSignals.pdf

Next is a link to RITA , Research and Innovative Technology Adminstration, Intelligent Transportation Systems. Quoting from their summary information below as a low hanging fruit strategy for Smart Cities

http://www.itsbenefits.its.dot.gov/its/benecost.nsf/SummID/B2007-00393

Optimizing traffic signal timing is considered a low-cost, high-benefit approach to reducing congestion. Signal timing strategies include the minimization of stops, delays, fuel consumption and air pollution emissions and the maximization of the traffic progression through the system.

Looks like it does not take much to make Smart Cities

Smart Cities – An introduction – IBM, MIT et al

What is a smart city? In essence this is a city which has efficient and innovative use of its people, infrastructure, transportation, energy, education and recreational with a view to having a safe and sustained environment.

Let us see what MIT is doing here in terms of transportation among others.

http://www.media.mit.edu/research/groups/smart-cities

Here is IBM’s take on it which is safe neighbor hoods, quality schools, affordable housing and traffic that flows

http://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/us/en/sustainable_cities/ideas/

Let us take a simple example. That is the flow of traffic.

We live in a suburb of Fort Lauderdale in Florida. I am still gainfully employed and as such make my daily commute of 10 odd miles to and back from my place of work.

The lanes are always crowded whether it is the morning or evening. My commute time is 30 minutes one way. The normal wait time at an intersection with lights is 1.5 to 2 minutes.

The irony is that the lanes are not crowded on the other side

I am not sure whether Fort Lauderdale can in any way be classified as a Smart City.

What would it take to make it a smart city?

Let us work in modules in this article to take the simplest area to “Smart”

We could collect traffic data and modulate the traffic signal timing. Let us see the gain here. We save in fuel cost and will increase out efficiency. This sounds so simple and I always wonder why we don’t do it. I am sure forward-looking cities are doing it.

I believe Smart Cities are doing it for in innovative ways

  • Parking
  • Transportation
  • Health Care
  • Education
  • Recreation
  • Manufacturing
  • Buildings
  • Infrastructure
  • Energy
  • Airports
  • Taxis

As usual I invite reader comments as we move on and explore other areas for making “Smart”

Innovation, Entrepreneurship & the Evolution of Cities

Excellent article by http://blog.irvingwb.com/blog/

Irving Wladawsky-Berger on why is it that only a few cities and regions around the world have become successful innovation hubs, even though many have tried?

http://blog.irvingwb.com/blog/2009/10/innovation-entrepreneurship-and-the-evolution-of-cities.html

The Copenhagen Wheel for the Senior Citizen pemmPOD

I recently read about a very neat motorized bike hub from MIT.

http://tiny.cc/q9zcE

The gave rise to some lateral thoughts for outfitting the pemmPOD with this motorized hub. The idea is to have a 3 wheeler version of the pemmPOD for senior citizens and the visually impaired. Lets call this the goldenyearsPOD

This would be perfect for a senior citizen complex like Kingspoint in Tamarac, Florida to use as an example but would have applications all over the country. Florida is sunny throughout the year to warrant the solar panels

Lets look at specifications.

  • Inkjetted Solar panels integrated with a capacitor pack
  • 3 wheels
  • Pedal power
  • Battery assist with capacitors optional
  • MIT motorized hub
  • Air bag chassis
  • guidePOD optional for line following
  • iPOD & iPhone enabled
  • Optional nano ink impregnated battery pack chassis
  • Optional PC
  • Optional monitor
  • Optional media station
  • Optional wi-fi
  • Optional auto navigation
  • Optional castor wheel in front

Lets prototype 🙂