HereatCES: on the road to smart cities

I was invited to attend CES by the nice people at Here so I thought I’d write a little blogpost about what they are up to and what I thought.

First a little bit about them. here is a mapping company which is mostly owned by German automotive companies (Audi, BMW, Daimler) and recently sold a 10% stake to Navinfo, Tencent and GIC Private Limited and 15% to Intel. So it’s a company in transition in terms of its interest in the mapping space. It is clearly starting to invest in finding out exactly how maps and #iot can interact.

We (including Sayan who co-founded the Bangalore #iot meetup) were shown around 3-4 exhibits in their lovely 2 storey exhibit space right outside the Las Vegas Convention halls (so less crowded thank god).

The first exhibit reminded me of a Microsoft Surface or Reachable demo as it was using little units on top of a table-sized map to play with the different ‘city KPIs’ (which strangely included population level) and see how it may affect urban design decisions, upgrades in the system and general transportation decisions for city stakeholders. The data fuelling the maps was real time data that had been captured the year before and it was fun to see the extrapolated movements of the city. These changes were based on a report with projections from the city of Berlin. I think as a visualisation tool this is pretty nifty especially for city stakeholders, I can imagine them wanting to order one of these tables, but as a malleable piece of data gathering I suspect unless a city has a CTO, they won’t know how to feed this map with the right data. Population for eg. isn’t strictly predictable and may point to actions that have nothing to do with transport. The city may need to think about alternative transportation needs as older citizens lose their driving licenses in their 70s and hospitals start to engage with various ways of delivering services at home. Would the map highlight or help map this need? I’m not sure. Perhaps there is a demo version Here will invest in, some kind of SimCity way of looking at transportation as part of a broader ecosystem within the city. Showing the difference between bike, bus, delivery van and waste collection would be terrific and right now there’s no way to ‘feed’ that in unless the data is coming from a partner. That said Here is developing a developer platform which will be launched later today, so worth seeing who starts to play with what they have built.

The second showcase we were shown was the use of sensors inside cars to use computer vision and help map in real time parking lot availabilities for other drivers and also changes in the street signage and roadworks. We were shown the driver’s view as well as the ‘camera’s view’.
I’ve always been interested in construction sites as having an impact on roads, especially as a pedestrian who thankfully doesn’t have a disability. But if you’re in a wheelchair or blind and a road is suddenly obstructed overnight by new scaffolding how are you supposed to know unless the structure itself speaks to the ‘city’ and maps services like Here. Could a set of GPS units be helpful, when placed at the extremities of building scaffolding, in helping plan the anticipated change in travel for all citizens?

Lastly we were shown some Augmented Reality display which made me slightly queasy so I preferred meandering to the rest of the booth and looking at their future indoor mapping applications. I’m very interested in the edges of automation in a connected workplace so it was interesting to see that’s something Here are looking at.

There’s a lot there, so it’s worth rummaging around their site and having a look. They’ve got lots of offices around the world too and with the developer tools they’ve built and upcoming features, I’m sure they’ll want to talk to people from the London IOT Community. I’ll see how we can get them to come over and maybe run a workshop!

Late January Newsletter

It’s freezing in London so I’d like to think this newsletter is like a scone and warm cup of Earl Grey in your inbox. Esoteric I realise, but I’m recovering from the Startupbootcamp IoT Connected Devices Demo Day yesterday. So there.

#attend

Hardware Pioneers (Feb 8th)

Talks by Texas Instruments, Arrow and Leverage. More details.

Intel Entreprise Program (March 9th)

In collaboration with Hardware Academy these two workshops go through how to use the Intel IoT Platform. More details.

Open #iot definition 5 years later (June 16th)

Get your ticket now to the second edition of an event the community organise in 2012. More details.

 

#apply

InnovatorsRace50 (Deadline for first round in March)

CapGemini have a competition for startups in the #iot space among others. $50K equity-free funding. More details.

 

#helpthemout

If you’re working with designers or a design team, Giorgio wants to know how you work! Help him build a better online tool for product teams by filling in a little survey.

 

#crowdfunding

Aura, an indoor air quality product is on Prefundia

 

 

Happy New Year 2017!

We’re on our way to CES for a couple of days to review what’s going on in #iot in the US thanks to the nice people at Here but took the time to clean this site up a little for a new year.

You’ll find the menu has been cleaned up and you can see a digest of last year’s speakers. We’ll add past years over the next weeks.

We’ve also got a section on special events featuring our June 16th  Open IOT Definition Review where we’ll revisit the Open IOT Definition that the community wrote in 2012.

Happy New Year everyone and hope to see you at the next meetup on January 24th!

December Newsletter

#attend

IoT Techno Expo Global (Jan 23-24)

Conference & Exhibition covering the entire IoT ecosystem across 7 conferences; Developing for the IoT, Smart Cities, Connected Living, Industry, Services, Data & Security and more. More details.

#apply

Things Connected Open Call (deadline Jan 12th)

Up to £10,000 funding for successful proposals from UK business that use the Things Connected LoRaWAN network in London to solve set challenges. More details.

#jobs

Citizen-centric technologist at Intel Urban IoT (deadline Dec 16th)

You’d work on the organicity.eu­ project. They’d looking for someone who is tech aware (IoT and web) and understands co-creation and citizen engagement. Email duncan dot j dot wilson at intel dot com with your linkedin profile or portfolio link.

#helpthemout

CityCrop­ a startup which is part of Startupbootcamp #iot incubator is gathering feedback about people’s food and gardening habits. Help them out by filling in a little survey­.

Have a great holiday season and let’s hope 2017 has some good things up its sleeve.

Definitely November Newsletter

Afternoon!

Well it doesn’t seem to be getting any better out there but in the world of #iot we’re all keeping calm and carrying on. We’re also turning 5 years old next Tuesday so come and celebrate with us!

#attend

Internet of Things Europe in Dublin (November 21-22nd)

300 speakers across 8 tracks. They have a startup area called “Project Kairos”. More details.

Nominet Showcase (November 24th)

The research team who have been working on #iot applications over the last 2 years are showing their work. More details.

Medical #iot (November 25th-27th)

Create a health-tech invention & win $10k investment. More details.

Hardware Pioneers (December 6th)

Guest speakers from Ubuntu, Evrythng and Anaren. More details.

Open Internet of Things Definition – Five years later  (June 16th 2017)

Join Usman Haque and I to revisit the Open Internet of Things Definition the community wrote five years ago. More details.

 

#sponsor

OverTheAir (November 25&26th)

This lovely event (disclaimer: I’ll be speaking) are looking for lunch sponsors. More details.

 

#jobs

Researcher of #iot european Communities (deadline November 30th)

Lovely research position at the London School of Economics with Alison Powell (@a_b_powell). More details.

 

#helpthemout

On Kickstarter this month is local #iot pet startup Felcana.

At Startupbootcamp IoT | Connected Devices , toy startup Woogie is looking for feedback from parents of children between 6-12. Help them out.

 

 

Almost November Newsletter

 

#attend

Open Internet of Things Definition (5 years later) (June 17th 2017)

You’ll remember this event which Pachube’s founder Usman Haque and I put on in 2012. We’re revisiting the document 5 years later. Join us! 

Hardware Pioneers (November 15th)

Talks by Tesco Labs, R/GA, Beecham Research and Brinc this month. More details.

 

#apply

RGA connected hardware accelerator (deadline November 14th)

10 startups with get support over a 12 week program of creative support and a focus on growth and traction. Theme: IoT and connected hardware. Subthemes: B2B, A.I., connected cities, and more. More details.

 

Happy Halloween!

 

October Newsletter

 

#attend

Hardware Pioneers: Talks by AWS and Amazon Alexa (Oct 12)

A panel discussion on best practices and tools to efficiently build IoT apps for the cloud. More details.

Big Data Week, London (Oct 27)

The theme is “Big Data in Use” – practical cases coming from finance, healthcare, retail, entertainment, IoT, travel, presented from both technical and business view.
350-400 attendees and speakers from Google, Shazam, Facebook, TripAdvisor and skyscanner. More details.

Internet of Things World Europe 2016, Dublin (Nov 21-22)

Part of a series of events including IoT World event in Santa Clara. 300 speakers across 8 conference tracks in Dublin this November. There’s a startup area you can apply to called “Project Kairos”. More details.

 

#learn

IoT Time Series Data event, (Oct 5)

Discover how Intellicore is using a NoSQL time series database to collect data from FIA Formula E to drive fan engagement. Best practices in data modeling, Riak TS and Apache Spark! More details.

Intellectual Property for Tech Startups: The Deep Dive (Oct 20th)

A 3h deep-dive workshop on intellectual property when applied to technology startups. In collaboration with ClearViewIP and Carpmaels & Ransford, organised by Hardware Academy. More details.

 

#backitnow

On Kickstarter this month: Ding (October 11th) and Arduino: ESLOV IoT Invention Kit (now)

 

August Newsletter

September is right around the corner and there’s lots to look forward to including our next meetup on the 20th with speakers from Estimote, Museum in a box, Open Lab Newcastle and Studio Dott. 

Also an opportunity to exhibit your project to government types at the second edition of our showcase hosted by City Hall on October 26th. Deadline to apply is September 15th. I’ll share some exciting news about the event’s sponsors soon too, but do consider applying, it’s a wonderful venue and we’re expecting a great crowd from the GLA’s community. So lots to prepare for over the next weeks, hope you’re ready!

#attend

Disruptive Technology Conference London (Sept 19th)

Tickets £120 for public sector or charitable organisations or £300 for private sector organisations. Email rebecca at 4allofus dot org dot uk for tickets. More details.

#startups

Run an Empire who came to showcase at the meetup have launched in the UK after a successful New Zealand launch.

#jobs

Solution Architect at Data Stax

Join their consulting team in the UK. An amazing opportunity to work remotely and do a fair bit of travel as well. More details.

Electronics Engineer at Trackener

This great horse health startup is looking for someone great. More details.

 

July Newsletter

#submit

Lovie Awards 2016 (deadline Aug 29th)

There’s a category for Best Connected Products and Wearables. More details.

Intel Edison Developer Challenge (deadline Aug 31st)

Intel has teamed up with Hardware Academy to look for exciting new IoT projects that are developed and built on Intel technology. The winning *finished* project will win £1000 cash plus a £500 3D printing voucher with 3D Hubs! More details.

#attend

Hardware Pioneers Demo Night (Aug 4th)

A nice meetup putting on a night of hardware startup demos with beer and pizza. More details.

Thingmonk (Sept 12-14)

An excellent event focused on ‘Developers, Data, Design: The New Industrial’. Get 20% discount on tickets by using the code ‘iotlondon’. More details.

The IOT of Healthcare (Sept 21-22)

Organised by the Internet of Business who have organised great events around manufacturing and insurance over the past few months. More details.

#read

Seb a local interaction design wrote up his experience of building a sensor for the workplace at the Bosch Connected Experience last March in Berlin. Read on.

#jobs

Datastax are looking for a remote Cassandra Internals Engineer. More details.

June Newsletter

#news

London IOT Meetup Yellow Pages

I’m going to be publishing a compendium of the companies around London & Europe doing #iot stuff. It’s free! If you’d like to be included fill this in! (30 sec tops)

#apply

Startupbootcamp IOT Connected Devices (Deadline today!)

A full program in London, some cash, nice mentors (like me!) this autumn. Last chance to apply today!

Intelligent World Hackathon by GE (Deadline Aug 2nd)

Use the Predix platform to come up with a smart city solution that uses lighting. Lots of cash prizes. More details.

London IOT Meetup Showcase (October 26th)

We’re coming back to London City Hall in October, so if you’d like to showcase your product, fill in the form asap!

#showcase

5G World Innovation Accelerator (June 28th)

Apply to exhibit your product here­.

#attend

Samsung Developer Workshop (June 16th)

Mentors Dan Gross and Wei Xiao will cover IoT from module to cloud with Samsung ARTIK as the centrepiece, using tools including: ARTIK API, Arduino, Temboo, and Node-RED. More details.

Future of Manufacturing event (July 7th)

Organised by our friends at Hardware Pioneers. More details.