One of the challenges with achieving smart city goals, especially involving¬†citizen participation, is that it isn’t yet easy, or cheap, to get everyday urban things to talk to the Internet. ¬†There’s a variety of staging technologies including Bluetooth, NFC, RFID, WiFi and cellular, but each has a significant range, reliability, or cost limitation. For example, if I’m a citizen and for whatever reason I want to talk to my bicycle over the Internet, or I run a small company and…

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