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First International Workshop on Smart Cities: People, Technologies and Data

Panel Session Summary by @rodgerlea Panelists Levent Gurgen. CEA-LETI France. Naonori Ueda. NTT Communication Science Labs, Japan. Daniel Gooch. Open University, UK. Salvatore Longo. NEC Europe Ltd. Germany. Masahiro Mochizuki. Ritsumeikan University, Japan. Rodger Lea. University of British Columbia, Canada. (Moderator) Background As part of the 1 day Smart Cities workshop held at the 2015 UbiComp conference in Osaka, Japan, a panel session was organized to discuss some of the key issues that had been raised in the workshop papers (See:…

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Node-RED tutorial

  Update May 16: We’ve added a new lecture covering Dashboards/UI techniques to the lecture series on Node-RED – check it out at: http://noderedguide.com/. They complement the tutorials described below and offer a step by step guide to learning how to program using Node-RED. Roberto Calderon over at Sense Tecnic (www.sensetecnic.com) has been busy over the summer creating some excellent tutorials for Node-RED as well as for the WoTKit which is the IoT platform sitting underneath the Urban Opus data hub.…

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Smart cities: engagement, innovation and lessons from several deployments

  Follow @rodgerlea We’ve been building Smart City applications and services for a number of years – most notably via Urban Opus in Canada and Smart Streets in the UK. During that time we’ve been exploring how best to foster a vibrant Smart City ecosystem. In particular we’ve seen time after time how Smart City projects get started in a burst of enthusiasm, and then wither when something new comes along. They wither because they are not self sustaining, perhaps because…

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Smart City Datahubs – an innovation ecosystem enabler

Follow @rodgerlea One of the most significant issues facing Smart Cities is how to use OpenData and City Data, especially citizen contributed data, to facilitate new innovative city services. Pushing Opendata to city websites has certainly opened up data for access, but it’s still the case that most Open Data is hard to use – partly because of data formats and partly because of the lack of consistent access. These issues become even worse when you want to add in data…

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House prices in Vancouver – what can you afford?

One the the biggest issues facing Metro Vancouver is housing affordability. We have some of the most expensive housing in the world and we are low on any of the affordability measures used worldwide. A lovely visualization I cam across recently, by Chad Skelton of the Vancouver Sun, shows how you can take a public data set – in this case the National Household survey of 2011, and use a free data viz tool – in this case Tableau public,…

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Smart Cities: technology challenges

 As part of our recent hackathon, a series of questions were asked to the local organizers of the cities involved in the Global Urban Datafest. The questions and answers give some useful insight into the main issues we are trying to address and my thoughts on how we at Urban Opus can tackle those issues. —- As a faculty member at the University of British Columbia and President and CEO of Internet of Things platform company Sense Tecnic, you spend…

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Hackathon results

Results from the March Smart City Hackathon We had  a fantastic turn out for our Smart City hackathon – 45 people and 9 teams competed for our local prizes (6 Pi’s, 6 lego kits and 6 gift cards) as well as the larger Global Urban Datafest prizes. A full list of the projects and teams can be found here: http://www.global.datafest.net/projects     –     Look for the Vancouver projects. Some thoughts about Smart Cities and technologies arising from the Hackathon…

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