Traffic management, congestion and parking are all major challenges and they are not going away. Cities will play a central role in the world’s future growth, but traffic congestion and energy use could limit their potential. This is where smart cities and intelligent transport systems could help.
July 30, 2014
July 18, 2014
Connecting a device or sensors to a network is not enough to create an awesome new experience. The most exciting products on the market are set to disrupt what we know about technology and innovation, just as the iPod and iTunes changed the way the world buys and listens to music.
June 17, 2014
If we ask why we have traffic, we find that studies show roughly 30% of all traffic congestion in urban areas is caused by drivers circling and struggling to find a parking spot. With cities growing at an estimated 10,000 people per hour, the situation isn’t going to get any better unless cities make some critical changes to the way they handle parking and traffic.
June 15, 2014
An interactive infographic snapshot of the impact that big data has on our lives.
May 28, 2014
Montclair State University is partnering with CASE Parking and Streetline to provide campus parking garage occupancy and guidance information for students, faculty, staff and visitors.
May 23, 2014
Google and General Motors will soon be teaming up for a ride-sharing pilot program which will utilize Chevrolet Spark EVs, according to recent reports. The program will be based around Google’s Mountain View, California, campus, and is — at least partly — intended to help General Motors (GM) develop strategies for the deployment of other ride-sharing programs elsewhere.
May 23, 2014
As a designer, I love the Internet of Things. I’ve been collecting ideas and inspiration from the Internet of Things for the past year for my website, IoT News Network, and thinking a lot about how to create meaningful experiences when designing smart objects.
May 23, 2014
It doesn’t really matter why you download a parking app this weekend. You might get a perch at the parade faster, make it to the grocery store before the steaks sell out or get that much closer to the restaurant front door. Using any parking app can reduce your driving around time, and, therefore, reduce the emissions from your car.
May 21, 2014
Standards, pre-standards and potential future standards relevant to the smart cities of the future are emerging — through new paradigms, city-centric networks, alliances and consortia and certification bodies.
May 19, 2014
Cisco and Streetline Innovate for Smart Parking: Introducing Camera Based Detection and an Integrated Streetline IOT Gateway with Cisco WiFi
Parking is one of those universal challenges most people can relate to. Parking causes congestion on our city streets, contributes to pollution, and causes motorist frustration in most cities around the globe. As we look at ways to apply technology to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing our cities today, parking is ripe for innovation.
May 16, 2014
City governments, universities and transit agencies can now add real-time parking location information to their applications with Streetline’s ParkerData Availability API.
May 15, 2014
In a time of constrained budgets and efforts to do more with less, cities around the world are investing in new technologies that can help manage the growing challenges of urbanization. From connected vehicles and the explosion of mobile apps, to smart meters, roadways, sensors, and grids, connectivity to the Internet is the driving force behind the intelligent transportation industry’s biggest breakthroughs and advancements when it comes to creating smart cities.
May 6, 2014
You’ve heard the term and probably read stories about smart homes where the toaster talks to the smoke detector. But what makes it all connect? When will it become mainstream, and will it work? These frequently asked questions help explain it all.
April 23, 2014
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects accessed through the Internet, as defined by technology. These objects contain sensors and other components to interact with internal states or the external environment. When those objects are connected and can sense and communicate, it affects how and where decisions are made, and who makes them.
April 22, 2014
New modes of transportation, new traffic patterns, and high-speed railways are changing the way we navigate a city. Watch this panel, moderated by Andrew Revkin, The New York Times with panelists Janette Sadik-Khan, former Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation; Zia Yusuf, President and C.E.O., Streetline; Bradley Read, President, TIG/m; and Kaye Ceille, President, Zipcar.
April 21, 2014
Communities invest in intelligent infrastructure to improve everything from transportation to conservation.
April 7, 2014
Some of life’s biggest sources of frustration often seem trivial. Take, for instance, the process of finding a parking spot. When you can’t find one, few things can be more stressful. Fortunately, one company is using technology in an effort to eradicate parking nightmares.
March 26, 2014
Streetline, smart parking solution provider, has announced the ParkerData Availability API. The API allows developers and Streetline customers to incorporate real-time parking data into third-party applications. Mobile apps, digital signage, in-vehicle navigation systems and web-based tools all sit as prime candidates to integrate with the parking data.
March 25, 2014
Cisco estimates the value that the entire public sector could generate through the Internet of Everything (IoE) at more than $4.6 trillion. So how does your city or community grab a piece? To gather more detail, I spoke with Joseph Bradley, managing director for the IoE practice, in charge of the Cisco consulting engagements team that has designed and deployed smart city solutions in places such as Nice, France, and Barcelona, Spain.
March 21, 2014
Cisco is basically everywhere, but I bet you didn’t know that. If you did know that, perhaps you underestimated how much Cisco is everywhere. Follow? In addition to Cisco products and services being everywhere, the company is leading the charge in new growth areas, such as smart cities.
March 20, 2014
Endlessly circling around congested city streets trying to find a place to park is no-one’s idea of fun. And it’s even more frustrating if, unbeknownst to you, there are plenty of spaces just a few blocks away. But what if your car could “talk” to city streets and find out where the nearest free space was, thanks to smart sensors embedded in the road surfaces?
March 17, 2014
Data-backed decisions in our day-to-day lives are becoming more common and are helping us confidently make decisions to improve our lives. Real-time traffic lets us know the best route to take, or suggests we run that errand later so we ultimately don’t waste time, gas… and patience.
March 8, 2014
Citi is helping local governments to modernize their transportation networks by investing in new technologies and infrastructure.
March 6, 2014
Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of this Midwest metropolis, spoke of opening parks and libraries and renovating playgrounds. Eric Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles, boasted that he monitored Hollywood parking spaces in real time on his iPhone.
February 26, 2014
The development of the Interstate Highway System in the 1950s made the car the preferred individual mode of ground transportation. This upended residential patterns, creating suburbs and exurbs, and relegated rail to the background.
February 24, 2014
Cisco says the Internet of Everything (IoE) represents a US$4.6 trillion opportunity in cost savings, new revenues, employee productivity and enhanced citizen experience to public-sector organizations over the next 10 years. Last week I moderated a TweetChat on behalf of Cisco Systems of Canada about the public sector value at stake (at #WhyIoE). So, like the hashtag says, why IoE?
February 20, 2014
Do you remember the last time you struggled for what seemed like an eternity to find a parking spot? One way streets. No right turn signs. If only there was a better way to find a parking spot. Well, Streetline believes they have the answer. Streetline uses sensors to deliver parking availability data to their app, informing users not only about the location but also the cost of available sensor-enabled parking spots.
February 14, 2014
On Tuesday, February 11, 2014, the Committee on Small Business held a hearing titled, “Building on the Wireless Revolution: Opportunities and Barriers for Small Firms.” ITS America’s Senior Vice President for Technical Programs Leo McCloskey testified at the hearing. McCloskey specifically discussed wireless technologies and transportation in two distinct areas. The first was the importance of transportation technologies for businesses of all sizes, and why deploying technology within the nation’s transportation system is a smart investment.
February 12, 2014
Imagine waking up on a Monday morning in the year 2025 to the sweet voice of your digital assistant called Leyla. Leyla already woke you up 10 minutes early as she just learned from the Google Connected living home black box that syncs her with the outside world and all the devices at home that the M25 (the orbital ring road in London that some also call the city’s largest car park) is slow on junctions 10 and 11 due to an accident.
February 5, 2014
How much easier would your life be if you never had to look for a parking space? Zia Yusuf is disrupting an industry that has not changed in over 60 years. Learn how his technological advances are not only making cities smarter, but residents’ lives easier too.
January 29, 2014
If you want to build your own Internet of Things, try the toy monkey hack. Digi International, a company that makes software and hardware systems for the Internet of Things (IoT) has a step-by-step guide to create an alert device using its postage stamp-size XBee wireless radio.
January 21, 2014
Parking is one of the few pains that people and cities share. When you need a space, you can’t find it. Or if you do find one, it’s too far away. Or it costs too much and you’re running out of time. All the while, you’re burning gasoline and boosting your carbon footprint. Meanwhile, municipal planners take the heat when businesses want more parking to attract shoppers. And developers throw their hands up when zoning officials claim they don’t see enough parking in a plan.
January 11, 2014
Mobile applications (apps) have the possibility to enhance public participation in local governance and planning, as well as the ability to improve efficiency and data collection for planners.We annually survey a cross-section of planners to understand their app use habits, and in doing so developed a comprehensive list of the most effective mobile apps for planners. During December of 2013 we surveyed planners on their use of mobile apps in the planning profession.
January 6, 2014
The fictional writings of HG Wells, Jules Verne and Isaac Asimov are coming true in so many spheres. The submarines that Verne envisaged and video conferencing that Asimov spoke about are reality today. HG Wells’ Time machine may take a while, perhaps. But there is plenty of geeky stuff happening that makes the present look like the future they talked about in science fiction stories. And the year 2014 seems to be very, very special: it may go down in history as the year when the “Internet of Things” evolved from a buzzword to reality.
December 26, 2013
First it was our phones, then it was our homes, gadgets and cars. Now, it’s our cities. I’m talking about the transforming from “dumb” to smart. Smart cities are following the lead of connecting to the Internet to enable more productivity, features and efficiency in our everyday lives. Cities need to get smarter to keep up with the growth of the world’s urban population (predicted to double by 2050), and the demands for high-speed connectivity and access.
December 20, 2013
Car design cycles move at predictable four-to-five year intervals, but the world of mobile electronics is rapidly gaining speed as automakers strive to keep up with consumer demand and ever-evolving technology. At the recent LA Auto Show and affiliated Connected Car Expo, I had the opportunity to meet representatives from many high-tech companies, each introducing their next “big thing” and talking about what’s around the corner.
December 18, 2013
The idea of the Smart City focuses on creating an urban competitive advantage by developing a sustainable, integrated economic plan for each city, while addressing key challenges in the areas of economic development; water, energy and environment; health and social services; transportation; and public safety, as well as improving municipal services.
December 16, 2013
And next here tonight, our real money team is back, if you’re doing holiday shopping this weekend, or driving to the airport, you’ll be in that amazing race for a parking spot. The average American family spends almost $1300 a year on parking, more to park our cars than insurance and maintenance. ABC’s Paula Faris shows you how to keep the money in your pockets.
December 11, 2013
On December 11, the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings hosted an event on the impact of the mobile revolution on changing models of service delivery as part of the Mobile Economy Project. Panels of experts discussed the sociological, governmental and economic effects of mobile technology’s rapid expansion in the United States and around the world.
December 11, 2013
Nobody enjoys sluggishly searching for an open parking spot in the busiest parts of Boston, as drivers stuck behind them lay on the horn in frustration. City officials hate it, too. Mostly because it causes traffic congestion and brings things to a standstill. To eliminate the annoyance of drivers cruising city streets looking for a place to park their vehicles, Boston’s Department of Transportation rolled out a new app that is triggered by a ping sent from spots where parking is available, so motorists can keep a steady pace as they prey on available spaces.
December 11, 2013
December 10, 2013
Back in October BostInno reported that the City of Boston would bestow upon the Innovation District the means in which to curtail traffic through real-time ‘Time to Destination’ signs and parking availability updates. And now, in respect to the season of giving pressing ever forward, the Boston Transportation Department is proud to announce that these initiatives are complete, to be fully utilized on Wednesday, December 11. Come at me, traffic.
December 9, 2013
There’s no American family name more associated with the automobile than Ford. In a wide-ranging interview, Bill Ford — Henry’s great-grandson and executive chairman of Ford Motor Company — says car companies need to be more like tech companies.
December 4, 2013
In 2005 an article in Conservation Biology caused Deb Niemeier to reevaluate the goals of her research. Until that time the professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Davis, had presented her research through the typical academic channels: she had attended conferences, published articles in academic journals, and discussed her work mainly with other researchers. But her research rarely found a more public audience.
November 20, 2013
City dwellers know that searching for a parking spot is a major pain point, and it’s an issue that’s poised to worsen as more people flock to urban areas. Circling for a spot consumes time and gas, and it’s a major cause of gridlock in cities. In fact, approximately one-third of moving cars in cities are searching for parking.
November 19, 2013
The concept of a “smart city” that connects city street lights, parking spots, power and water meters, municipal transit services and other such nodes into a networked whole is a fascinating concept. But do city governments really want to take on the role of paying for the technology to make it happen and keeping it running for the next few decades?
November 15, 2013
Driving downtown and frustrated? City officials heard your woes and Thursday, unveiled a new parking app that is expected to help Downtown drivers. The app is called “Streetline Parker Mobile” and can be downloaded to any smartphone. The purpose of the app is to identify those open meter parking spaces and parking lot spaces so drivers can easily get to them.
November 13, 2013
M2M For Cities: What it Means, and Why City Leaders Will Have the Biggest Impacts They’ve Had in History
When you hear the phrase M2M (Machine to Machine), what do you think of? If you’re like me, the first time you hear it you might picture a complex futuristic-like factory with machines interacting and connecting with one another. And although M2M is about the communication between machines, it’s so much more than the name suggests. With the name M2M, you have to read between the lines (or in this case, the machines): the power behind M2M is the data that enables insightful, actionable information. And, perhaps the most life-changing M2M impact is that of our cities speaking to us.
November 11, 2013
Cities are epicenters of creativity, innovation, adventures, energy, and life. They’re moving, breathing, and living. Cities have a heart, personality, and looks. But a city lacks one thing: a voice. Every inch of a city has a story to tell. It hosts a park, a sidewalk, a café, a dark alley, a parking meter. It hosts a baby to be born, a streetlight to burn out, a traffic jam, a farmer’s market, a crime about to happen.
October 29, 2013
How can technology that is being developed today provide us with new opportunities to connect to the places where we live, work and play? On Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, Chicago Ideas Week brought together six thought leaders who understand that the solutions we need for our cities moving forward should be focused on efficiency and convenience, and address our engagement and interaction with the environments we move through each day.
October 24, 2013
Dan Hofmann has been working for years to make parking about more than just painted lines, structures, and tickets. From city government positions to parking operations management at Harvard University to his current role as director of parking and transportation services at Clemson University (Ga.), he has been a champion for parking efficiencies. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say he makes parking cool. He still didn’t expect the applause. At Clemson, Hofmann’s work incorporating “smart” technologies into parking earned kudos from campus stakeholders and provided him, for the first time, the opportunity to present to the university’s Board of Trustees. He spoke about this goal: To align sustainable, cost-effective parking and transportation management solutions through technology with Clemson’s sustainability goals.
October 20, 2013
Los Angeles County has over 7.4 million registered cars, but only a fraction of that number of parking spaces. Streetline, Inc. has developed a solution: technology that helps people find parking spaces with a free app. But cities need funding to make it practical to adopt. Streetlines idea was so innovative, Citi collaborated with them, creating a cash infusion that reduces up-front cost. As a result, Streetline is expanding to cities around the globe.
October 20, 2013
[Expanded, 2 minute version of Citi: Streetline - Remaining Parking Commercial] Los Angeles County has over 7.4 million registered cars, but only a fraction of that number of parking spaces. Streetline, Inc. has developed a solution: technology that helps people find parking spaces with a free app. But cities need funding to make it practical to adopt. Streetline’s idea was so innovative, Citi collaborated with them, creating a cash infusion that reduces up-front cost. As a result, Streetline is expanding to cities around the globe.
October 10, 2013
This is the fifth year of the Global Cleantech 100. The changes we see each year, and even more markedly between the 2009 and the 2013 editions, capture well the shifts we are seeing at the innovation end of clean technology. What is working, what is not, what is hot, what has cooled, which companies are progressing, which are stalling, which have outright failed and which have graduated on to the next stage of their journey, either as a public company or as a subsidiary of a larger company.
October 8, 2013
In my keynote today at the National Parking Association Convention (NPA) in Chicago, I addressed the traffic problems caused by those looking for parking. Today, 30% of all traffic congestion in urban areas is caused by drivers circling to find a parking spot. Cisco believes that the Internet of Everything will solve this problem through the use of a connected parking solution.
October 8, 2013
Take a ride in Downtown San Carlos, California along with City Planner Lisa Costa Sanders to learn how the City has partnered with Streetline and Cisco to deliver smart parking solutions to motorists, merchants, and the City – and how one day this network may allow for additional sensing devices to detect when issues in San Carlos before they become a problem to dispatch crews out to repair things like sewer or traffic light outages.
October 1, 2013
Praveen Chandrasekar, Program Manager, Neelam Barua, Industry Analyst and Zia Yusuf, CEO innovative parking management company Streetline, Inc. talk about key trends, current happenings and market size of Vehicle Parking Management systems.
September 27, 2013
Smart parking is rapidly emerging as a popular term for applying new technology to an old problem: the urban parking crunch. Virtually all city drivers have suffered through the truly miserable experience of circling downtown blocks over and over in search of an open spot.
September 27, 2013
Cisco has big hopes for its Smart+Connected Communities program. It envisions municipal mesh Wi-Fi networks supporting innovative services and applications ranging from smart cars to smart trash cans. When it came to piloting programs for the new platform, “parking, we thought, could be the first use case,” said Hardik Bhatt, director of business development for the program.
September 26, 2013
Take a read at what’s on the verge of game changing possibilities from thought leaders including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Cisco CEO John Chambers, SF 49ers CEO Jed York, to our very own Zia and more innovators in Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s fascinating Game Changers 2014 booklet.
September 25, 2013
The Silicon Valley city of San Carlos has wired about 250 downtown parking spaces with sensors connected to a municipal mesh Wi-Fi network to support a mobile application that gives motorists up-to-the-minute information about available parking. The immediate goal of the one-year pilot is to see if access to information can ease congestion for downtown businesses and their patrons, improve parking enforcement and maybe spur economic development in the city of 28,400.
September 16, 2013
Cities are epicenters of creativity, innovation, adventures, energy, and life. They’re moving, breathing, and living. Cities have a heart, personality, and looks. But a city lacks one thing: a voice. Every inch of a city has a story to tell. It hosts a park; a sidewalk; a café; a dark alley; a parking meter. It hosts a baby to be born; a streetlight to burn out; a traffic jam; a farmer’s market; a crime about to happen.
September 12, 2013
If you thought auto technology was all about new smartphone-powered entertainment systems and fancy in-car apps, think again. A meeting of car tech minds in Silicon Valley this week revealed automakers, industry suppliers and startups in the field have a much broader view of the new ways people will soon drive and shop for their cars.
September 8, 2013
As I’ve worked with cities over the past two years developing their “Smarter City” strategies and programmes to deliver them, I’ve frequently written articles on this blog exploring the main challenges they’ve faced: establishing a cross-city consensus to act; securing funding; and finding the common ground between the institutional and organic natures of city ecosystems.
September 6, 2013
Molly Wood, executive editor of the tech news site CNET, has filmed an episode of her video series “Always On” about apps that help users find parking on city streets. Wood focuses on Streetline, a company that embeds sensors in parking spots and sends data to users, via smartphone, showing them where a spot might be available at any given moment.
September 3, 2013
CNET Always On – Park and pay with your smartphone to eliminate stress, traffic, and help the economy
New high-tech parking innovations help eliminate stress, traffic congestion, and even help the economy.
September 3, 2013
If you live and drive in the city, you’ve probably suffered at least one of the many perils of parking. But the tech world is approaching the perennial parking problem full force. Molly Wood, executive editor at CNET, says there is plenty of innovation happening in that sphere – from doing away with parking meters that require change to apps that locate parking spots in real time.
September 2, 2013
Application programming interfaces (APIs), were once the domain of IT departments and developers who relied on them to share data. Just like the human body, which uses veins and arteries to transport blood, APIs hid beneath the surface of every business, transporting streams of information vital to the health of the organization.
August 29, 2013
More free parking is coming to Ellicott City, County Executive Ken Ulman announced Wednesday morning. All 234 spaces in Lot D, located off of Main Street next to the tourism center, are now free, effective immediately, officials said. Previously, 58 of the parking spots had been metered. Lot D is the largest of Ellicott City’s six parking lots.
August 21, 2013
Detroit automakers General Motors Co and Ford Motor Co, trying to shake off decades of insularity, are looking to California’s Silicon Valley and beyond for innovative ideas and technology that could disrupt and even transform the car business. Yet neither company appears to know what such a transformation would look like, nor are they close to commercializing a new product or process that longtime Valley venture capitalists would consider game-changing.
August 19, 2013
An engaging, thoughtful, and honest interview as Zia reflects on past positions at Goldmann Sachs, the World Bank, SAP, to why and how he chose Streetline. Zia also reveals the true definition of what it means to be an entrepreneur; the non-tangible values from working at a startup; how important a good team and manager are; how to produce the optimum value given limited resources; and overall great career insight and advice.
August 6, 2013
Latest predictions suggest there will be 24,000,000,000 connected devices by 2020. According to recent research, carried out on behalf of SAP, mobile, big data and the cloud are enabling the emergence of more effective information and data management through Machine to Machine (M2M) integration. That means pretty much every device can be connected so it works together.
August 5, 2013
Looking for the best industry for launching a business? You may want to keep an eye on smart sensors. These devices don’t just collect data; they curate and filter it. For example, the Nest thermostat will learn your preferences and adjust its settings accordingly. Colorado Micro Devices Inc. has developed a sensor that tells you if you locked your door, and Streetline’s Parker is using such sensors to let users in 35 cities know when street parking spots become available.
August 4, 2013
In February, six students on snowshoes battled as much as 12 feet of snow to penetrate into the heart of the American River basin. The American River, or Río de los Americanos in California. Moving through dense forests and meadows, they mounted 90 iPhone-sized machines, designed to measure everything from soil moisture to temperature and relative humidity, onto 16-foot poles that beam data to researchers like Steven Glaser, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley.