Creating Smarter Communities

8/1/2013

As M2M becomes more prevalent, it’s being integrated into buildings, homes, and cities to create more connected living environments. The market is looking for examples of these technologies, showcases where people can see what’s possible and how a smarter city could actually work.

One example will soon be on display in the U.K. ARM, www.arm.com, is working with partners to create an Internet of Things-enabled campus at its offices in Cambridge. ARM says the goal is to provide a hub for partners’ Internet of Things technologies, including products from AlertMe, www.alertme.com, EnLight, www.enlight.co.uk, and IntelliSense.io, http://intellisense.io.

AlertMe supplies technology to detect occupancy in ARM meeting rooms and provides the data to an online booking system for employees. The company will also offer kits to ARM employees for use in their own homes, monitoring temperatures, energy consumption patterns, and occupancy levels. EnLight is offering a management system to monitor and control lighting around the campus. Intellisense.io will help to measure pressure and flow in ARM’s HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems.


ARM and its partners received £800,000 in funding from the Technology Strategy Board, a U.K. agency devoted to encouraging innovation. During the project, ARM says it will deploy network technology and more than 600 sensors across its Cambridge campus. The sensors will be controlled by smart ARM-technology based chips.

Some of the systems that will make use of the sensors include lighting, heating and cooling, and water management. ARM hopes to cut down on energy use through better monitoring and control of these systems.

Integrating these connected features shows how an office campus can make use of M2M technology, and the lessons learned could also be extrapolated to create smarter communities. The concept of the smart city is gaining ground, and it’s even the focus of a new degree program at Dublin City University, www.dcu.ie.

The university and IBM, www.ibm.com, are working to offer a master’s degree program in “computer science with big data, business analytics, and smarter cities.” The degree is meant to allow graduate students to develop their IT skills in urban analysis, consumer behavior, social networks, sentiment analysis, healthcare, and cyber and network security.

IBM and Dublin City University say that understanding the impact of big data is important for business today. This is especially true for cities, which can generate large volumes of data. The new degree will help students to understand and use this data, in some cases accessing actual IBM case studies from cities worldwide.

A greater understanding of how data can benefit communities could lead to more smart cities in the future. Integrating various systems—water, energy, security, and more—can help conserve resources while also saving time and money.

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