Are we smart enough for future Smart Communities?

smart communities

All Communities need to be Smart…

The concept “Smart …” in association with technologies is not anymore new. Smartphones, smart watches or smart (intelligence) software are already part of our lives. Accelerate urban development, fast growing global population, limited energy resources and aging infrastructure are among the most critical challenges that the new wave of digital technology has to solve.

More than 50% of the today World’s population lives in urban areas and contributes with more than 80% of the World GDP. According IDC the concept of Smart Cities “is a construct in which to frame local government transformation. Cities need to transform in order to develop sustainable, improve resilience, meet citizens’ rising expectations, and attract investment, new businesses, and talent.”  As result public government structures are looking to invest in emerging technologies such as Cloud Computing, Big Data and Analytics, Mobile Solutions, M2M, and Internet of Things.

But 50% of global population live in villages, farms, and isolated communities. Many academic, business and industrial activities are developed outside the big cities. What are their needs? Practically the same like the metropolitan area: infrastructure, energy sources, transportation, communications, pollution, or public safety. This is the main reason we prefer to look to “Smart Communities” problems, keeping “Smart Cities” as a general frame.

IoT and M2M technologies drivers for Smart Communities development

smart cities AgoraWe can find Smart Cities punctual projects starting a long time ago. The first issues generated by energy and overpopulation needed solutions. One good example is the Smart City initiative developed by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry from Japan in 2011. Watch the movie from the link. It’s really interesting for the energy solutions. The Smart Community concept was first used in 1993 in Silicon Valley – California during the post recession.  Looking to alternative solutions to next development, Silicon Valley officials, business leaders, academic and other communities members decided to find a common plan to help the region jump-start.

But old smart initiatives was local, based on legacy technologies, budgets limited, and lack of alternative energy solutions. The real explosion of Smart Cities projects is accelerated by fast and large adoption of Internet of Things, Machine 2 Machine and other emerging technologies and alternative energy resources that generated digital revolution.

According to Gartner, smart cities will use 1.6 billion ‘things’ connected in 2016, an increase of over 39% compared to last year. Commercial buildings will be best equipped with IoT systems until 2017, after which Smart Homes will dominate with a market of over 1 billion objects connected by 2018.

Smart energy alternativesDigital transformation influences every component of our life: how we leave, how we work, how we travel, how we communicate, how we learn, how we relax, how we defense. In any quality: citizens, employees, employers, parents, friends, or any type of community members…

A Smart Community vision should address a population able to accept and integrates a multitude of disruptive technologies and solutions aimed to improve the quality of life by increasing the efficiency of essential services: housing, jobs, public spaces and retail, transportation, infrastructure, utilities, communications, mobility, knowledge, recreation, administration, education, health, safety.

A simple but comprehensive definition for Smart Community could be find in Smart Communities Guidebook made in 1997 by California Institute for Smart Communities from San Diego State University: “a community in which government, business, and residents understand the potential of information technology, and make a conscious decision to use that technology to transform life and work in their region in significant and positive ways.”

The main goals of any Smart City project should be based on:

  • Public services redesigning
  • Critical infrastructure efficiency
  • Transportation and public utilities calibration
  • Excessive consume and cost reduction
  • Optimal allocation of existing resources

First Smart Communities conference in Romania

Having a long experience in new technologies adoption and know-how transfer on the market, Agora Group – Romanian media leader in IT business and technologies and cloud☁mania – independent Digital Transformation knowledge platform, organised for the first time in Romania a dedicated conference to “ITC Infrastructures & Solutions for Smart Communities”.

smart_cars_300This initiative was a direct reflection of local organization and industries interest for smarter technology and business solutions to better deserve the digital transformation progress. Considering the valuable solutions and services diversity provided on the Romanian market we offered to participants some very interesting solutions showing how actual technologies could help the development of tomorrow smart communities.

Looking to the large coverage of the subjects proposed by important players on the IT&C market, and the real interest and interactive participation of the audience, we can consider this first „Smart Communities” conference as a real success.

In my opening presentation “How can current technologies to help the development of tomorrow smart communities”, I made a general review of the actual technologies and why is important to extend the “Smart Cities” definition to more complex “Smart Communities” concept. Many parts of the speach ideas was developed in the first part of this article.

In his “ICT solutions for corporate customers and SMEs presentation Catalin Rasturnoiu – Presales and Technical Solutions Manager Business to Business at Orange Romania referred to the wide range of solutions offered by Orange Romania for fixed data & voice and mobile services. A special focus was made on the LoRaWAN services with applications in Smart Metering, buildings monitoring, intelligent agriculture services for Smart Cities and Smart Home. Other solutions presented were: the Orange concept for smart class, Wi-Fi zones in public buses transportation and Insurance mobile solution implemented at Uniqa.

“Improving the urban experience through augmented reality (AR)” was a very interesting presentation sustained by Mitu Morega – Business Developer at High-Tech Systems & Software (HTSS) who illustrated how virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are already used in urban projects, arguing that “both the young, and those not so young, have some personality who loves playing, interacting, color and movement, being it virtual. Increasingly more companies adopt to this trick to attract more customers. „But VR & AR are not just for sales, offering opportunity to develop smart applications for interactive tourists’ guides, increasing interest and interactivity, and having the ability to simulate projects development with virtual integration into the urban landscape.

Elena Paun Telekom

Elena Paun, BDM ITC Telekom Romania

Very interesting and well received by participants was the “Smart Street” key study presented by Elena Paun – Business Development Manager ICT at Telekom Romania. We had opportunity to hear details about the Smart City pilot project implemented by Telekom Romania in the Children’s Playground from Bucharest, in partnership with City Hall of 4th District, officially launched in April 2016. The pilot project includes a smart parking solution (automation of 129 parking seats), an intelligent dimming solution (automation and dynamic configuration of light intensity), a public safety solution (advanced video monitoring and analysis of the parking area), and a Wi-Fi network communication platform for park visitors, all integrated on a “Smart City” dedicated platform.  Telekom Romania implemented this pilot project in partnership with Cisco – strategic partner and supplier for IoT platform, Sensity – smart lighting solution provider, Kyunsis – smart parking solutions provider, and Kiwi Security – public safety solution provider.

“Bitdefender GravityZone – Unfollow the traditional” was the security solutions presented by Andrei Ionita – Bitdefender Business Development Manager. Bitdefender ia a Romanian company with global recognition, recently included by Gartner in the Visionary Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms (February 2016): Bitdefender provides very good malware detection capabilities, including a sandboxed application emulation environment, automatic unknown file analysis and continuous behavior monitoring, resulting in very good public test scores. The agent performance is very good, too, with low overhead.” Bitdefender GravityZone solution for companies is available in 3 versions: Business, Advanced Business and Enterprise, being developed in both Cloud and on-premises models.

RobotiiFew serious reflection subjects were opened by “Future knocks at the door,” visionary debates opened by Daniel Gruia – Knowledge Explorer and CIO at Transgaz, Romanian CIO Council member. Daniel offered us an incursion in a not too distant future of a Robots’ World. It is not too late to serious reflect and to prepare us for a scenario in which all routine tasks will be taken by robots. There are applied researches which show the realistic possibility that 50-70% of the actual workforce to become jobless. 20 years from now, labor demand for lots of skill sets will be substantially lower. I don’t think people have that in their mental model,” said Bill Gates in speech made in 2014 at The American Enterprise Institute Economic Think Tank.


A aparut Catalogul Cloud Computing Romania – editie speciala IoT!

Primul Catalog IoT din Romania! 

Iată-ne la a 4-a ediție a Catalogului Cloud Computing Romania, dedicat sistemelor Internet of Things, o alta realizare a colaborarii dintre grupul de presa Agora si platforma de knowledge cloud☁mania.

De ce IoT? Pentru că ne aflăm într-un adevărat boom al interconectărilor.

CCC$ CoverIndiferent de natura acestor conectări, senzor-terminal, mașină-mașină, mașină-om, om-om, brusc ne-am dat seama brusc că de ani buni acumulăm o grămadă de date pe care nu prea știm cum să le valorificăm. Într-o paralelă cu ce se întâmplă în minerit, pe măsură ce instrumentele de explorare și exploatare se perfecționează, crește și procentajul de minereu care poate fi separat de gangă, existând premisele ca haldele de steril să ofere resurse minerale mult mai valoroase și mai ușor de obținut decât zăcămintele în sine… S-a constatat că în multe cazuri datele provenite de la sistemele IoT existente nu sunt suficient valorificate, dar tehnicile moderne de analiză ne permit să decantăm noi resurse de valoare din informația existentă. Valoarea datelor se transformă în valoarea informației, care migrează în valoarea cunoașterii, care la rândul ei aduce valoarea de piață…

Gartner crede că aproape 21 de miliarde de unități IoT-ready vor funcționa  în anul 2020. Asta înseamnă o medie de 3,3 dispozitive pentru fiecare bărbat, femeie sau copil de pe Planetă… Uriașul volum de informații generate de oameni sau lucruri poate fi stocat, analizat și utilizat pentru a fi returnate într-o formulă customizată către fiecare receptor sub formă de VALOARE.

În cazul nostru, sperăm ca ce-a de-a 4-a ediție a Catalogului Cloud Computing să vă ofere o adevărată valoare de informații care să vă ajute la mai buna înțelegere și, de ce nu, la optimizarea sistemelor IoT de companie.

Cu atat mai mult, cu cat proiectul nostru reprezinta si primul Catalog IoT din Romania.

Le mulțumim partenerilor noștri din induwtria de IT&C  care au realizat valoarea proiectului și valoarea momentului, oferind informații de cea mai mare valoare despre soluțiile și platformele IoT , IoE sau M2M pe care le oferă la ora actuală.






Realitatile momentului implică o schimbare de abordare a arhitecturilor de infrastructura si implicit a Centrelor de Date. Mai mult ca oricand e nevoie de reducerea costurilor, de simplificare si de cresterea scalabilitatii. Centrele de Date vor înregistra o dezvoltare explozivă în perioada următoare, tendință stimulată și de fenomenele Cloud Computing, Mobilitate și Big Data.


Conferinţa Agora dedicată centrelor de date își propune o radiografie a situației actuale din România, a celor mai noi realizări și tendințe din domeniu și are ca scop prezentarea, de către specialist implicaţi în acest fenomen, a elementelor fundamentale care compun o posibilă strategie de planificare și achiziţionare a unor astfel de servicii de către potențialii beneficiari.

  • Unde: Hotel Marshal Garden, sala Panoramic

  • Când: 22 mai 2014, ora 10:00

  • Info: Înregistrarea participanților: 09:30

  • Participarea este GRATUITĂ.

Agenda completa a evenimentului poate fi consultata pe pagina dedicata


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Conform celor mai recente rezltate de cercetare publicate de Gartner, piața serviciilor publice de cloud va creşte cu circa 18,5 la sută în 2013, până la un total de 131 miliarde de dolari la nivel mondial, de la 111 miliarde de dolari în 2012, conform Gartner, Inc. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) continuă să fie segmentul cu cea mai rapidă creștere din piață, în creștere cu 42.4 la sută în 2012 ajungând la 6.1 miliarde de dolari și se așteaptă să crească cu 47.3 la sută în 2013 la 9 miliarde de migration

Advertising în cloud rămâne cel mai mare segment al pieței serviciilor de cloud, reprezentând 48 la sută din totalul pieței în 2012. Gartner estimează că din 2013 până în 2016, 677 miliarde de dolari vor fi cheltuite pe serviciile de cloud la nivel mondial, dintre care 310 miliarde de dolari, care vor fi cheltuite pe advertising în cloud.

Dinamica pieței variază considerabil atunci când se analizează dimensiunea pieței de cloud și creșterea pieței în diferite regiuni ale lumii. În general, piețele emergente din Asia / Pacific, America Latina, Europa de Est, Orientul Mijlociu și Africa de Nord prezintă cele mai mari rate de creștere, fiind în același timp cele mai mici piețe globale. “Deși previziunile de creștere sunt în general ridicate pentru toate regiunile, adoptarea serviciilor cloud variază în mod semnificativ în funcție de țară. Furnizorii nu ar trebui să presupună că o strategie aplicată generic în anumite țări sau regiuni ale lumii va produce același rezultat atunci când se aplică în alte țări, chiar țări cu caracteristici similare de piață”, a declarat Mr. Ed Anderson, research director Gartner. “Factorii economici locali, aspectele de reglementare, climatul politic local, peisajul divers al furnizorilor globali și locali, inclusiv furnizorii non-cloud, și alți factori specifici ai fiecărei țări asigură o piață unică în fiecare țară și regiune.”

Surse: Raport Gartner “Forecast Overview: Public Cloud Services, Worldwide, 2011-2016, 4Q12 Update”.

Articol preluat din pagina de Stiri a site-ului Agora Group, din 28 Februarie 2013.

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