- 2/1/2016 4:44:45 PM
I think IoT has a huge opportunity in the B2B space. Big data vendors, it seems, are more excited about B2C applications since there are so many more consumers than businesses. But there are also more barriers to entry on the consumer side.
- by Broadway0474, Blogger
- 1/31/2016 2:52:41 PM
@Terry, I think the reality is somewhere in between. It's not a niche product because it has relevance across so many sectors and uses, across consumer and business applications. But it's not the world-changer ... at least not yet.
- 1/30/2016 4:18:47 PM
Yes! The IoT "turns into a niche tech concept" response is out front, where it belongs! We can debate the size of that niche, but this isn't the be-all, end-all technology the big vendors want us to think it is.
- 1/23/2016 5:45:08 AM
I didn't vote for the first option. The reason? There are some physical and security limitations to IoTs that I know that you may not know. So adoption of business and consumer apps are not so broad like Terry said.
- 1/23/2016 2:09:01 AM
I'd still like to hear from anyone who voted for the first option in the poll, "Broad adoption of business and consumer apps," which at this writing is the leading response.
Internet video is experiencing broad adoption. Backup cameras and GPS in cars are experiencing broad adoption. IoT apps? Not so much.
- 1/17/2016 1:41:47 PM
@Lydon, thanks for the information. I knew you would answer my query. I didn't think IoT-based urban transpotation system has been implemented in the United States. i use a smartphone app to find out when the next train is to arrive at scheduled time. I think some kind of IoT sensors are used to relay information the train is expected to be late in real time.
- by Lyndon_Henry, Blogger
- 1/16/2016 10:03:19 AM
Jmyerson asks if there are any U.S. counterparts to Nice (France) that have similarly implemented IoT into their urban transportation system.
First, some background on Nice, which launched a "Connected Boulevard" system in an experimental "test zone" in 2012; it's currently being expanded. As it was described in a 2013 article, "All along the boulevard Victor Hugo in the city centre of Nice, more than 200 sensors, with an average lifetime of 8-10 years, have been installed on street-lights, in the roadway, and on garbage depositories."
These sensors "collect real-time information on traffic flows, public lighting, cleanliness and the quality of the environment in the city centre." The aggregated data is then "sent via a WiFi network to the city's computer centre or directly to citizens using related apps."
Benefits of the system for Nice's inhabitants include "practical services such as enabling streetlamps to light up autonomously, one by one, according to passing traffic flows; making suggestions to car drivers on where to park in the neighbourhood; and signalling the amount of rubbish and the temperature inside the public garbage depositories so as to prevent fires breaking out."
Another article (PDF) on Nice explains that
The initial phase of the project involved the development of a Smart Parking system to allow drivers to make informed decisions on their movement by combining traffic information and parking availability (on street and garage), as well as alternative transportation (public transportation, bicycle sharing and electric car services). Smart Parking increases parking efficiency, safety, and reduces pollution.
This article also quantifies some of the benefits:
By having real-time access to car park space availability data via mobile devices, drivers are taking much less time to park and parking income from reduced fraud is up by 35%. This in turn is helping improve traffic flow and has reduced congestion by 30%. Air pollution and noise levels have been reduced by 25%. In the future better city management will see savings of between 20-80% in areas such as street lighting and waste management while improving overall environmental quality.
I might mention that Nice's public transport was considerably revved up in 2007 with the installation of a brand-new light rail transit system.
I'm not immediately aware of any U.S. city that has implemented an IoT-based urban transport system on such a comprehensive basis as Nice, although cities here or there have implemented elements (e.g., San Francisco's IoT-linked parking system, discussed previously on A2).
Some U.S. public transport systems have implemented IoT-based passenger information systems, such as smartphone apps that provide real time info about next arrival time for buses or trains on specific routes (Austin'sMetroRapid bus system has this feature).
- 1/13/2016 7:16:48 AM
Did any vendor at the show mention Nice, France as a smart city. It uses IoTs in its transportation system to conserve energy consumption and manage traffic flows. Any counterparts in the United States?
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