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Android Bus Demo

Transport and the Internet of Things, a very common combination as companies all over the world are inventing technology to make transport systems smarter and easier to use. After our blogs on Libelium – the Spin Off company from the University of Zaragoza, which is very much into Internet of Things innovations – and Michigan’s pilot of connecting vehicles to enhance road safety by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT), we now like to share a video about the Digi Embedded Development Kit for Android.

This technology is created for the public transport system and provides bus operators with a screen that shows his/her position in route, the total number of bus stops, his/her ticket sales, a camera interface and the ability to change the music channel. Additionally, it provides a passenger display showing its position and the next bus stops to approach like we know from our tube systems. The technology also runs on smartphones showing citizens the bus’s position in real-time. In short, it has some interesting features around the concept of enhanced transport systems.

Have a look and enjoy…

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Europe’s Smart City Initiative

Last year, Europe has set up an Initiative on Smart Cities. The Initiative fosters the dissemination throughout Europe of the most efficient models and strategies to progress towards a low carbon future. European countries should be progressing towards the energy and climate objectives at a local level while maintaining or improving the quality of live. Investments in energy efficiency and reduction of carbon emission can be used to improve local economies.

The Initiative wants a 40% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 (with start year 1990), which is very ambitious. This reductions can be obtained by using and producing sustainable energy. The Initiative will support cities and regions in creating a systematic approach and organizational innovation to encompass energy efficiency, low carbon technologies and the smart management of supply and demand. The main components of the Initiative is the measures of buildings, local energy networks and transport. Local authorities have to propose and implement holistic problem-solving approaches that use appropriate technology and policy measures.

Things that have to been done is for example the refurbishment of existing buildings so they use as less energy as possible while increasing performances and comfort. A good example of these sort of buildings are passive buildings, using vacuum insulation, windows, cool roofs,… New buildings have to be build with zero energy requirements or net zero carbon emissions.

In terms of energy, smart grids, smart meters, energy management systems, smart appliances and equipments can be used. And when thinking about transport, we think about sustainable mobility. Advanced smart public transport, intelligent traffic management and more encouragements to walk and cycle.

And all these objectives have to be turned into actions. The Initiative helps with this according to a city’s ambitions and the risk that’s involved. So ambitious cities could get funding for technical assistance to facilitate access to loans and risk sharing loans. And pioneer cities, taking much greater risks because they use radical technology and organizational transformations, could in addition receive grants to support the implementation of the proposed package of technologies and measures.

For more information about the Initiative, its objectives and the actions that will be taken: http://setis.ec.europa.eu/about-setis/technology-roadmap/european-initiative-on-smart-cities