“Monday afternoon, the Seattle City Council announced that Seattle will aim to become carbon neutral, and explore whether it can realistically commit to hitting that target by 2030, which would make it the first carbon neutral city in the United States.”—
“The IBM system does that, too, but it relies on significantly more sources of data. In essence, it aggregates up-to-the-minute information on traffic, weather, police activity, and so on, then combines that data with factors like the time of day, the day of the week, and local traffic patterns to get drivers where they need to be as quickly as possible. If the system expects a commute to take too long, it can suggest alternate methods of transport, like buses and ferries.”—IBM Is Working To Make Your Drive Faster & More Personalized | The Car Connection
IBM’s Global Delivery organization includes more than 50,000 IBMers in centers around the world, from Argentina to Vietnam. We’ve challenged these global professionals to share their ideas and stories on the smarter cities they want to live and work in. And global citizens around the…
A neat look at the many things Zipcar does well. I’m particularly struck by how the complexity of fleet management behind the scenes is largely hidden (in a good way) from consumers. Two examples from the piece:
RFID cards and readers: These are low-power transmitters embedded into the membership cards of each customer, who, upon arriving at their car, waves the card over a receiver in the car window. As far as the customer is concerned this simply unlocks the car (which has the keys inside). But there is a complex process going on in the background. The car sends a signal back to Zipcar’s computers checking that the person, the time, and the car are all matched, and if the car gets the OK, then it unlocks the doors. This technology makes the process of connecting customers with their cars both simple for the user and secure for Zipcar. […]
Car Insurance: Is provided by a third party, and included in the membership fees so is essentially invisible to customers unless they need to make a claim.
In 2010, there are 476 urban areas with at least 1 million people worldwide. That’s an increase of 573% from 1950 when there were 83. Over half the world’s population now lives in urban areas. Transportation congestion continues to grow, wasting time and money while creating more pollution. Most of the developed world’s transportation infrastructures were designed decades ago and reflect the available technology, population and requirements at that time. Many of our transportation systems are outdated and incapable of meeting the growing demands of society and business. Transportation investment is a hot topic in Washington due to federal stimulus funding and new surface transportation legislation that Congress is working to pass. In light of these events, IBM will bring together policy makers, transportation operators, metro planners, academics and others to discuss the future of transportation and how new innovations and technology can help build smarter transportation systems to better serve society’s needs in the 21st Century.
Hosted at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington D.C. on the morning of February 25, the smarter transportation forum will examine society’s need for updated transportation infrastructures – using technology to predict demand, manage capacity, and improve efficiency. Prominent leaders from government, academia and industry will discuss powerful strategies and solutions to dramatically improve our transportation systems. We will look at what other countries are doing to improve their transportation systems, as well as technologies that are currently being used to make transportation smarter.
On the agenda will be Congressman Earl Blumenaur from Oregon, Janet Kavinocky from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Judge Quentin Kopp, former Chairman of California High Speed Rail Authority, Dr. Leo Kroon from Netherlands Railway, Gunnar Soderholm from the City of Stockholm and other distinguished guests.
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When: Thursday, February 25, 2010
Time: 9:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Where: The Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-318,
A global forum to discuss how pervasive, mobile computing, augmented reality and smart objects, sensors and devices are transforming the Internet into the Outernet. The objective: to anticipate the cultural, commercial and policy implications that the convergence of digital and physical realms will engender.
Dozens of public high schools in eight states will introduce a program next year allowing 10th graders who pass a battery of tests to get a diploma two years early and immediately enroll in community college.
Students who pass but aspire to attend a selective college may continue with college preparatory courses in their junior and senior years, organizers of the new effort said. Students who fail the 10th grade tests, known as board exams, can try again at the end of their 11th and 12th grades. The tests would cover not only English and math but other subjects like science and history.
The new system of high school coursework with the accompanying board examinations is modeled largely on systems in high-performing nations including Denmark, England, Finland, France and Singapore.
"Right now, we’re exploring the question: What kinds of sounds do you put in a children’s hospital?" Duckworth said.
Visitors need a Wi-Fi-enabled laptop or digital device such as an iPhone or iPod Touch to participate in the sound gardens, Duckworth said. Once signed in, they may use sound garden software to plant “flowers” or “ground cover,” or “prune” sounds others have left behind by raising or lowering the volume and adjusting the repetition. Wireless nodes detect where listeners are positioned, and the sounds vary depending on the visitors’ location. Most gardens have a range of two to five city blocks.
“Medical diagnostics – IBM scientists, in collaboration with the University Hospital of Basel in Switzerland, have created a one-step point-of-care-diagnostic test, based on an innovative silicon chip, that requires less sample volume, is significantly faster, portable, easy to use, and can test for many diseases, including one of world’s leading causes of death, cardiovascular disease. The results are so quick and accurate that a small sample of a patient’s serum or blood, could be tested immediately following a heart attack, to enable the doctor to quickly take a course of action to help the patient survive. The diagnostic test uses capillary forces to analyze tiny samples of serum, or blood, for the presence of disease markers, which are typically proteins that can be detected in people’s blood for diagnostic purposes”—IBM Research Solving New Problems with Chip, Materials, and Nanotech Expertise | A Smarter Planet Blog
Beyond mammography: Handheld laser scanner improves detection and treatment of breast cancer
In 2003, researchers at UC Irvine’s Beckman Laser Institute received a $7 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to standardize use of a laser imaging device they had created for better detection and diagnosis of breast cancer. The investment is beginning to pay off. http://www.physorg.com
Date: Thursday February 25, 2010 Time: 9:00 am PT / 12:00 pm ET Duration: One Hour
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According to an E&E analysis, the passenger rail lines that received stimulus cash go through more than 40 percent of all congressional districts, including those represented by a number of powerful lawmakers that will play a key role in finding the tens of billions of additional dollars thought to be needed to complete the work.
ITIF Report: Safer, Smarter and Greener Mobility with Intelligent Transportation Systems
There are dazzling technologies at work in the world of transportation, from real-time traffic information delivered in-vehicle or to cell phones, to computerized adaptive traffic signal lights, to enabling vehicles to communicate with roadside infrastructure or other vehicles. Unfortunately, the United States is lagging behind many nations when it comes to making the promise of these technologies a reality for its citizens. A new ITIF report analyses how countries have deployed ITS, why the United States lags behind the world leaders, and urges expanded federal leadership and investment to get the United States onto the road to deploying Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).
They include new technologies that provide drivers with real-time information and dynamically-plotted route navigation guidance to avoid delays due to congestion, accidents, weather conditions, or road repair work, as well as a range of new devices such as computerized adaptive traffic signals that help to fully integrate intelligent transportation systems, tying vehicles, passengers, and devices together. If the United States were to adopt ITS, sitting in traffic at toll plazas, missing trains, unknowingly driving into dangerous conditions, and other pitfalls of getting around today will become ever rarer occurrences.
But this will require significantly stepping up the federal role in advancing ITS.
ITIF recommends that Congress:
Significantly increase funding for ITS, by $2.5 to $3 billion annually, including funding for large-scale demonstration projects, deployment, and the ongoing operations and maintenance of already-deployed ITS technology.
Expand the remit of DOT’s ITS Joint Program Office to move beyond R&D to include deployment.
Tie federal surface transportation funding to states’ actual improvements in transportation system performance.
Charge DOT with developing, by 2014, a national real-time traffic information system, particularly in the top 100 metropolitan areas, with this vision including the significant use of probe vehicles.
Authorize a comprehensive R&D agenda that includes investments in basic research, technology development, and pilot programs to begin moving to a mileage-based user fee system by 2020.
In summary, intelligent transportation systems empower actors in the transportation system—from commuters, to highway and transit authorities, even down to the actual traffic lights themselves—with actionable information (that is, intelligence) to make better-informed decisions, whether it’s choosing which route to take, when to travel, or whether to mode-shift; how to optimize traffic signals; where to build new roadways; or how to hold providers of transportation services accountable for results. That vision is now within our reach, but attaining it will require bold leadership.
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When we approached the Oakland Tribune to see what project they might be interested in funding the Editor in Chief Martin Reynolds knew exactly what topic they wanted to cover: Potholes.
Oakland has a problem with potholes and rubbled streets. The Oakland Tribune already had contracted with a freelance reporter to tackle the story, we were just enabling them to do a longer more thorough piece on the topic.
But early on, we decided that just having a single reporter ask city officials about the state of the pothole problem wasn’t enough. We needed a way to illustrate the issue.
The date of the event ended up being rainy, buy we still had about six bikers from around Oakland who got together and after a light breakfast took off in different directions in search of potholes.
Together our small group of concerned bikers identified a slew of major potholes along the major arteries of the city of Oakland. SeeClickFix, of course, was used to organize our map.
Spot.Us believes in the power of reporting, but we also recognize that there are certain types of reporting projects that a single person can’t do alone.
Sean Maher produced this piece on potholes in Oakland and he did a great job. But it would have been near impossible for him to have produced a map of potholes as populated as that which was done during the “We Hella Hate Potholes” bike event.
I hope we can do a pothole hunt in other cities soon. Or perhaps you can organize one yourself?
When people ask me what SeeClickFix is, or what it does, I avoid the tech speak and instead try to get to the heart of what it has meant to my community - “SeeClickFix is an online tool that turns one citizen’s concern into a neighborhood invested in a positive action”
On our quiet, residential street, one neighbor saw a very suspicious car continually parked in front of a school - different cars pulled up, rolled down the windows and then sped off. It happened everyday for a week. The neighbor reported it on SeeClickFix “Hey this is sorta suspicious, what do you think?” - A week later, after more neighbors noticed the same thing, the New Haven Police Department spotted the activity, stopped the vehicles, and put a few drug dealers in jail. It happened that quick - one citizen’s concern, one post on SeeClickFix, one entire neighborhood made safer.
That’s the the power of SeeClickFix. Its not always drug dealers - sometimes its potholes, sometimes its tree limbs, often its just a simple quality of life concern that everyone experiences, but no one says anything about. SeeClickFix helps neighbors bring their everyday concerns into the light - it turns citizen complainers into neighborhood fixers……and it gives us all the tools we need to not only spot problems, but correct them.