Smart City Application Use Cases and Software

Search and discover innovative IoT smart city applications and case studies as well as smart city Android and iOS apps for Amsterdam, NYC, London and Barcelona.

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August 15, 2018

The following Channel Guide:

  • Gives an overview of deployed Smart City IoT projects/products and the companies that have created them.
  • Lists out a range of available smartphone apps for major cities and their features.

 

Featured Provider

URBIOTICA

Barcelona Spain
URBIOTICA designs and develops smart city solutions including parking and noise monitoring.

Smart City Vendors

Placemeter (Acquired by Netgear)

New York United States
Placemeter (Acquired by Netgear) provides a a retail and traffic analytics solution.

Kiunsys

Campochiaro Italy
Kiunsys offers solutions for smart city parking, payments and logistics.

Libelium

Zaragoza Spain
Libelium is a hardware provider offering sensors, motes and gateways along with cloud integration partners.

Enevo

Enevo provides a waste management solution.

Wearables / Citizen Data Sharing

  • TZOA
    "TZOA uses internal sensors to measure your air quality, temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, ambient light and UV (sun) exposure all in one wearable device. "

Climate

  • EverImpact
    "We help Cities track their greenhouse gas emissions in realtime and monetize their reductions with Carbon Pricing Instruments."

Smart Street Lighting

Transportation

  • BestMile
    "BestMile offers an ecosystem to manage autonomous vehicle fleets: a fleet management software, a smartphone application, a system for traveler information and solutions for the control of smart infrastructure."
  • Kiunsys
    "INES App, a product of Kiunsys, is full stack solution to deal with all aspects of parking including high level tools for management and analytics software down to street level occupation sensors and enforcing tools."
  • Anagog
    "We collect and analyze in real-time raw signals from multiple smartphone sensors in order to determine and predict the user mobility status "

Smart Parking

Waste Management

Wastewater Management

Data Management

Data Visualization

  • CityZenith
    "The company's software platform maps and visualizes the torrent of data produced by modern cities to an intuitive real-time 3D simulation that anyone from the mayor to the engineer in the field can easily use."
  • G Element
  • Solomon
    "Solomon is a growing ecosystem of hyperlocal technologies, easily combined to create powerful tools and projects for use on the web."

Smart City Case Study Projects

ARRAY OF THINGS

ARRAY OF THINGS

Urban-scale sensor and embedded systems pilot project. Brought to you by @UrbanCCD

HELLO LAMP POST

HELLO LAMP POST

Official website of Stephen Wolfram: Founder & CEO of Wolfram Research, creator of Mathematica & Wolfram|Alpha, author of A New Kind of Science.

smartcitizenkit

SMART CITIZEN KIT

This website documents the work, ideas and experiments of artist and designer Dominic Wilcox

AIRBEAM

AIRBEAM

AirCasting is a platform for recording, mapping, and sharing health and environmental data using your smartphone.

TZOA

TZOA

TZOA is a wearable enviro-tracker that monitors air pollution and UV exposure to help you stay healthy and explore your environment.

HI-PARK

HI-PARK **CLOSED**

Hi-Park offered a smart parking solution using a mobile phone app.

COMPOLOGY

COMPOLOGY

Compology offers a waste management solution.

Smartphone Apps

SMART CITY VADODARA

SMART CITY VADODARA

"Smart City Vadodara is an app which provides a platform to citizens of Vadodara to take part in Swachh Vadodara Mission (SVM) by complaining...

HUMAN APP

HUMAN APP

"Every day, people track over 3 million activities with Human. We keep track of daily activity in 900 cities all across the globe to learn about...

LOCALDATA

LOCALDATA

"LocalData is a cloud-based mapping platform that helps cities and communities make data-driven decisions by capturing and visualizing...

SENTILIO

SENTILIO

"The main objective of the Sentilo platform is to provide a functional, open, interoperable, easily expandable platform for any city in the world...

General

Citizen Sensing

  • Improve My City
    "The application enables citizens to report local problems such as potholes, illegal trash dumping, faulty street lights, broken tiles on sidewalks, and illegal advertising boards. "
  • StreetBump

Pollution

Goods

Prototypes

Case Studies

A dive into some smart city projects in action

array of things

Array of Things

City Environmental Sensors

Created by researchers at Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago, Array of Thingsis a network of sensor boxes that will be mounted to lampposts and other infrastructure around Chicago.

With the city government’s approval, each “node” in the network will collect block-by-block environmental data about temperature, humidity, light, air quality, and eventually even wind and precipitation. The nodes will also use a combination of noise levels, vibrations, and proximity detection of Bluetooth- and WiFi-enabled devices to get a rough measurement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Captured data will then be reported via cellular connectivity to an open database.

The researchers are quick to point out that no personal or identifying data will be collected in the process, and the entire project will go through multiple levels of public, academic and governmental review to make sure security and privacy are protected. The hardware and software are all open-source, and will be released on GitHub once the initial designs are finalized.

City Environmental Sensors: Array of Things

City Environmental Sensors

With the data the Array of Things generates, researchers, residents, city planners and other groups will have an unprecedented window into the life of Chicago’s urban environment. Weather forecasts could be improved based on the “microclimate” of specific neighborhoods. City managers could analyze traffic and weather patterns to better predict which streets need maintenance. Navigation apps could suggest more- or less-trafficked routes for both cars and pedestrians, or pick routes based on current air quality measurements.

Outside developers will be free to integrate the data into other apps, alongside the data already made available to them through the Chicago Data Portal that currently has 200 datasets and an API.

The first set of nodes will spend the winter on the Argonne National Laboratory and University of Chicago campuses for reliability testing. Researchers are working with the city on a pilot project agreement that would place additional nodes along Michigan Avenue in spring 2015, with the eventual goal of placing 500 or more nodes throughout the city by 2017.

Learn more at ArrayOfThings.github.io.

Strawberry Tree

Strawberry Tree: Smart Public Spaces

Serbian startup Strawberry Energy makes solar charging installations for city parks, school and corporate campuses, and other public spaces. Its products provide renewable, off-the-grid energy in places that wouldn’t normally support device charging or wireless connectivity.

The Strawberry Tree is an angular, dendriform sculpture topped by a large, square solar panel. Sheltered below is a bench that doubles as a mobile charging station, offering a plethora of cords to suit any type of device. The installation also provides a WiFi hotspot and records environmental sensing data like temperature, humidity, and carbon dioxide and noise levels. With a large battery capacity that can provide thousands of quick charges (10 minutes or so) in the absence of sunlight, Strawberry Tree is designed to operate 24 hours a day, year round, no matter the weather.

Smart Public Spaces: Strawberry Tree

 

Smart municipal charging stations
Strawberry Mini and Strawberry Rural are mobile versions of the solar platform. The Mini is suited for convention centers, festivals and other flexible outdoor event spaces, with fold-down seats and a touchscreen that can display customizable content. The Rural strips out the seats and other niceties, resembling a rollerboard suitcase that lays flat to expose its solar panel to the sky.
Smart Public Spaces: Strawberry Tree

Beyond its commitment to renewable energy, Strawberry takes the overall environmental lifecycle of its products into account. Strawberry Trees are built with recycled steel, and are designed to be easily disassembled so that 98 percent of the installation can be recycled or reused. This is especially important for the charging cords, which are clearly the most vulnerable part of the device to the stresses of weather and human misuse — Strawberry makes an effort to repair and refurbish damaged cords whenever possible, and they can be easily replaced.

Strawberry Trees and Minis have been in the wild for a few years now, mostly in Serbia, where they’ve reached more than 350,000 users. In April, the company received $125,000 from Bulgarian venture accelerator Eleven, and earlier this month it was a winner at the Verge Accelerate competition in San Francisco. In the wake of that success, Strawberry will continue to exhibit its technology in the U.S. and has begun negotiations to place Strawberry Trees in cities in California and other states.

Learn more at Senergy.rs

coolNYC

coolNYC

Community Smart Grid AC Control

At the intersection of the Internet of Things and the power industry is the smart grid — a 21st-century update to our electrical infrastructure that can link generation, demand, pricing and users in real time. Residents of New York City can get an early taste of this technology by joining the coolNYC program, which offers automation products and cash incentives to cut down on the use of air conditioners when the grid is straining under peak demand.

A collaboration between power supplier Con Edison and ThinkEco, an NYC startup that makes wirelessly-connected plugs and outlets — called “modlets” — that can turn appliances on and off through the Internet. The company’s smartAC kits add a remote thermostat, which senses the ambient air temperature in a room and communicates with a modlet hooked to the AC unit to keep the room at a desired temperature.

Residents who join coolNYC receive one of these smartAC kits free of charge, in exchange for allowing Con Edison to remotely lower the temperature or shut down the AC when there’s too much demand on the grid — typically for a few hours, and only on excessively hot days, which occur a few times each summer. Those who already own a Wi-Fi enabled AC unit (specifically the Friedrich Kühl and theFrigidaire Cool Connect) can also enroll in the program.

 

Community Smart Grid AC Control: coolNYC

Folks who find other ways to beat the heat will be rewarded through a point system, which can be redeemed in the form of gift cards.

In addition to helping maintain the reliability of the city’s electrical grid, coolNYC participants get all of the benefits of a smart, Internet-connected AC unit: automatic temperature adjustments, remote control through the ThinkEco app, and a cloud-based dashboard to track energy reductions and savings that will be reflected in lower energy bills.

Check out the program at coolnycprogram.com, and watch the video below to learn more about ThinkEco.

Related: Smart AC Retrofits

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