IoT (Internet of Things): Latest News & Articles (Week 30/2017)

This week’s IoT News & Articles post will be a bit different: we picked a theme! This post will be entirely about Smart Cities.

Happy reading!


Smart Cities

‣ How Smart City initiatives really impact the lives of residents?

Here’s an interesting article (written by Chris Bousquet) about a study of how smart city initiatives really affect the lives of residents. The study is available for purchase at

Many have theorized that smart city initiatives can improve residents’ lives. However, the authors of this study actually went directly to residents to ask about it. The study was carried out in Taiwan, where many cities have pursued smart city initiatives.

What the study found out is quite motivational:

The study concluded that the more participants used smart city services, the higher quality of life they achieved. This finding justifies the implementation of smart city technologies as initiatives with real effects on human lives.

Read the full article “From Research to Results: The Substance Behind Smart Cities” at



‣ Smart City investment will double by 2021

Jason Shueh writes in his article about a recent smart city market report. The report found that the market reached $342.4 billion in 2016 and is projected to more than double by 2021. The estimation for 2021 is $774.8 billion.

The increase equates to an overall 17.7 percent growth rate. But despite this rapid growth, researchers estimate it will be years before the smart city sensor systems, predictive analytics tools and energy efficient buildings now being purchased become ubiquitous technologies.

Read the full article “Report: Smart city investment will double by 2021” at



‣ Evolution of Smart Cities

Jackie Snow writes in his article about how smart cities have developed through the years.

According to the article, smart city 1.0 was born at the start of the financial crisis in 2008. At the time, residents were stuck with upside down mortgages, and many cities launched programs to make the communities more livable. The first tentative smart city projects included smart LED streetlights and open data portals.

If those projects were smart cities 1.0, the current smart cities 2.0 relies less on this model and more on tackling projects holistically. This “second version” of smart cities is still developing, but now apps, IoT and connected sensors are defining the types of projects and pilots in the works.

How about the smart cities 3.0? There is no consensus on when and what they will be, but Snow provides some estimates in the article.

Read the full article “The progression toward smart cities 3.0 is ‘an evolution, not a revolution'” at



‣ 6 real-world examples of smart city projects

This article written by Eleanor Cummins introduces six real-world smart city projects.

Despite budget crunches and bureaucracy, cities around the world are finding ways to collect data, build digital networks, and make urban spaces downright genius.

The projects include, for example, community microgrids and data-collecting dump trucks.

Read the full article “6 Futuristic Projects That Every City Should Adopt” at


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Anni works in UI development and marketing at Trackinno Oy. She studied at the Tampere University of Technology from where she also received her MSc (Tech) degree in 2016.

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