Insights into the Future of IoT

May 29 2015

What Internet of Things applications do you think will have the greatest impact on the future? Every time we interview someone for our #DeconstructingIoT video series, we make a point of asking that question. This week, we have insights from NYU CUSP’s Steve Koonin, who told us about one application that is already here and another that he would like to see in the future, and from Rudin Management Company’s John Gilbert, who shared an anecdote from turn-of-the-century Vienna to illustrate what he thinks we’ll see next.

What Internet of Things applications do you think will have the greatest impact on the future? Every time we interview someone for our #DeconstructingIoT video series, we make a point of asking that question. This week, we have insights from NYU CUSP’s Steve Koonin, who told us about one application that is already here and […]

Smart Buildings Make Smart Cities

May 8 2015

We’re back with Rudin Management’s John Gilbert to talk more about how the DiBOSS operating system for buildings has made the various properties Rudin manages smart, and about what sort of benefits smart buildings can bring to cities and tenants. Among other things, we spoke about how living or working in a smart building affects the day-to-day experience of tenants, why IoT technology is especially valuable for helping buildings go green, and what is so useful about an operating system that is able to learn and adapt. You can also watch the first half of this Deconstructing IoT interview here.

We’re back with Rudin Management’s John Gilbert to talk more about how the DiBOSS operating system for buildings has made the various properties Rudin manages smart, and about what sort of benefits smart buildings can bring to cities and tenants. Among other things, we spoke about how living or working in a smart building affects […]

Buildings with Brains

April 29 2015

If the heart of a building is its boiler room, where is its brain? John Gilbert, Executive Vice President, COO, and CTO of the Rudin Management Company, will point you to DiBOSS. DiBOSS, which stands for “Digital Building Operating System Solution,” was jointly developed by Rudin, Selex ES, and Columbia’s Center for Computational Learning Systems as the first operating system for smart buildings. Coupled with what Gilbert calls a “central nervous system” of IoT sensors monitoring everything from energy consumption and water usage to air temperature and elevator status, DiBOSS is conserving energy, reducing waste, and saving millions of dollars in Rudin-managed buildings in New York City. In this week’s episode of Deconstructing IoT, we speak with Gilbert about the challenges behind building and implementing a smart building system, why it is important that an IoT system be both intuitive and useful, and what benefits he sees in having a solution like DiBOSS that can learn from and adapt to its environment.

If the heart of a building is its boiler room, where is its brain? John Gilbert, Executive Vice President, COO, and CTO of the Rudin Management Company, will point you to DiBOSS. DiBOSS, which stands for “Digital Building Operating System Solution,” was jointly developed by Rudin, Selex ES, and Columbia’s Center for Computational Learning Systems […]

Aging in Place

April 22 2015

Baby Boomers are reaching retirement age, and America’s demographics are shifting with them—by 2030, one in every five Americans will be age 65 or older. At the same time, advances in medicine and healthy living practices are allowing people to live longer and to remain active later in life. Together, these factors are raising new questions about caring for a population of elderly who want to remain independent even as they grapple with the health concerns that accompany old age. Indeed, a recent AARP survey found that 87% of Americans over 65 would prefer to remain in their own homes or communities as they age rather than be forced to move due to health concerns.

Internet of Things technology has the potential to make it easier for retirees to remain in their homes and retain their independence. In this episode of Deconstructing IoT, Claire and Vaughn build a connected Arduino application that lets family members know if something is amiss with their elderly relatives who live alone. It uses Streaming to log data on sound and movement, and sends alerts with our Nexmo and PagerDuty Choreos when something doesn’t seem right. Families can have peace of mind knowing that they’ll be immediately notified if their loved ones ever need help, and the elderly can maintain their independence without sacrificing access to the care they need.

Baby Boomers are reaching retirement age, and America’s demographics are shifting with them—by 2030, one in every five Americans will be age 65 or older. At the same time, advances in medicine and healthy living practices are allowing people to live longer and to remain active later in life. Together, these factors are raising new […]

Dr. Steve Koonin on Big Data in Big Cities, Part 1

March 31 2015

Dr. Steve Koonin of NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) and his colleagues are perched atop New York City, surveying the cityscape from their Urban Observatory. Or at least, they are metaphorically speaking—the Urban Observatory is a research project developed by scholars at CUSP that uses photography to monitor broad trends such as energy use, pollution, and blackout coverage in the city. In this week’s episode of Deconstructing IoT, Dr. Koonin speaks with us not only about why he thinks the Urban Observatory will become an effective way to analyze information on a city-wide scale, but also about some of the other initiatives that new technologies have enabled for using big data to improve city life. He then goes on to describe how CUSP’s model of forming partnerships among universities, businesses, and government agencies can be especially productive for collecting, analyzing, and acting upon urban data. This is part 1 of our interview; check in next week to watch part 2.

Dr. Steve Koonin of NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) and his colleagues are perched atop New York City, surveying the cityscape from their Urban Observatory. Or at least, they are metaphorically speaking—the Urban Observatory is a research project developed by scholars at CUSP that uses photography to monitor broad trends such as […]

Urban Agriculture and the Internet of Things

March 24 2015

Urban agriculture is growing increasingly popular as a viable way to address the growing food demands of metropolitan centers. Not only do urban farms and gardens use growing space efficiently, they bring with them several secondary benefits—they reduce carbon emissions associated with food production by not requiring long-distance transportation, bring money to their communities through sales of produce, reduce pollution, provide opportunities for employment, and promote good nutrition. However, developing urban farms is not easy to do; factors such as limited space, unreliable sunlight, and high pollution can make it difficult to sustain crop growth in cities. In this week’s episode of Deconstructing IoT, we look at the problems facing urban agriculture, the benefits of vertical farms, and an IoT solution to some of the climate control challenges that urban farmers must overcome.

Urban agriculture is growing increasingly popular as a viable way to address the growing food demands of metropolitan centers. Not only do urban farms and gardens use growing space efficiently, they bring with them several secondary benefits—they reduce carbon emissions associated with food production by not requiring long-distance transportation, bring money to their communities through […]

Deconstructing IoT Mode Conditions

March 17 2015

In this week’s episode of #DeconstructingIoT, we talk about the new Conditions features we added to IoT Mode earlier this month. With Conditions, you can specify the input and output pins you are working with on your board using IoT Mode’s visual interface, and the program that you generate for your Arduino or Texas Instruments board will include the code necessary to connect those pins to the Choreos you are running. It makes it much easier to build complete, production-ready IoT apps without having to write any code yourself. If you missed it earlier, take a look!

In this week’s episode of #DeconstructingIoT, we talk about the new Conditions features we added to IoT Mode earlier this month. With Conditions, you can specify the input and output pins you are working with on your board using IoT Mode’s visual interface, and the program that you generate for your Arduino or Texas Instruments […]

Talking Smart Cities with Dr. Anthony Townsend (Part 2)

March 11 2015

The second half of our two-part interview with Dr. Anthony Townsend of NYU’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management is here! After covering topics such as self-balancing skateboards and wearable computers in part one, we moved on in part two to discuss the effects of mobile technology on urbanization, why open data requires open algorithms, and what you can do to learn more about smart city design. If you missed the first half of the interview last week, you can catch up here.

The second half of our two-part interview with Dr. Anthony Townsend of NYU’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management is here! After covering topics such as self-balancing skateboards and wearable computers in part one, we moved on in part two to discuss the effects of mobile technology on urbanization, why open data requires open […]

Talking Smart Cities with Dr. Anthony Townsend

March 3 2015

This week on Deconstructing IoT we have another interview for you, this time with Dr. Anthony Townsend of New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management. Dr. Townsend, the author of Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia, spoke with us about how digital technology is making cities “smart,” what that means for big problems such as energy and resource management, and how city designers and developers can be thinking about a more connected urban future. This is part one of what was for us an extremely interesting conversation—check back next Tuesday for part two!

This week on Deconstructing IoT we have another interview for you, this time with Dr. Anthony Townsend of New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management. Dr. Townsend, the author of Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia, spoke with us about how digital technology is making […]

Deconstructing IoT in February

February 27 2015
Our conversation with Professor Tom Igoe of NYU ITP

This month in Deconstructing IoT, we had a great time building apps, interviewing experts (like NYU ITP professor and Arduino co-founder Tom Igoe, above), and exploring the connected world of the Internet of Things.  In case you missed an episode, here’s some of what we did:

We looked at how IoT faucets can prevent hundreds of gallons of water waste.

We built a connected device that lets city dwellers track noise pollution in their neighborhoods and take steps to reduce it.

We saw how the Internet of Things can help reduce vehicle traffic in cities by as much as 30%.

We have even more exciting videos on the way in March, so be sure to check back every Tuesday for the newest episode of Deconstructing IoT!

Our conversation with Professor Tom Igoe of NYU ITP This month in Deconstructing IoT, we had a great time building apps, interviewing experts (like NYU ITP professor and Arduino co-founder Tom Igoe, above), and exploring the connected world of the Internet of Things.  In case you missed an episode, here’s some of what we did: […]
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