“Injecting Intelligence in the DNA of the City.”
VIMOC Technologies, based in Mountain View, Calif., is in Chicago this week to present and promote its Smart City pilot programs implemented in Palo Alto, Calif., and Newcastle, Australia, and is a finalist in the Cisco Internet of Things World Forum for its Landscape-Computing platform and its implementation in Newcastle, the Kaooma project, where the city says has delivered outcomes linked to pedestrian counting, environmental sensing (temperature, humidity and light), and car parking for the purpose of benefitting business owners by delivering consumer behavior and offering ways to better meet customer demands.
The Kaooma Project is gaining global attention. It was entered into the Cisco Internet of Things Global Challenge, an innovation competition designed to foster the growth and adoption of Smart City technologies. The submission placed first out of 812 entries from around the world, and has qualified for the finals, which will be announced at the Cisco IoT Word Forum to be held in Chicago October 14–16.
Phase 2 of the Kaooma Project has been approved by the City of Newcastle and will enhance the existing elements, adding further applications related to CO2 emissions, interactive lighting, Smart crime prevention platforms, and Smart signage technology.
In a report to the City of Newcastle, the Director of Planning and Regulatory Services, stated in September, “The technology developed by VIMOC is currently the only process happening in Newcastle, and arguably Australia, that can actually step forward as a Smart City initiative.”
VIMOC will next present its case study of Newcastle and the benefits of Landscape-Computing at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona (November 18–20, 2014), during a talk by VIMOC CEO Tarik Hammadou entitled, “Injecting Intelligence in the DNA of the City.”
Said Hammadou: “Building the cities of tomorrow, the so-called ‘Smart Cities,’ requires new and very different modes of creativity, design and
development. Cities will need to initiate and build collaborative and innovative platforms to include technologists, entrepreneurs, academics, artists, and politicians, to initiate, and innovate in the development of community-oriented smart services. We’re privileged to have cities like Newcastle and now Palo Alto, which recognize and are able to test and implement Smart City initiatives that truly benefit their citizens.”
Cities and governments globally are backing the Internet of Things (IoT) as a way of accelerating digital innovation and economic growth. Many governments are beginning to see M2M (machine-to-machine) and sensor-based technologies as a means of boosting economic and industrial growth and establishing the foundation of smart cities.
VIMOC’s Landscape-Computing technology will enable new and unique IoT services, products and applications including entertainment, smart cities, health, security and the smart environment.
Landscape-Computing is a network of low-power, connected computing engines forming an innovative distributed computing network (wireless grid computing) to support real-time actionable analytics, processing, cooperation and data mining. It pushes processed data to the Cloud to enable a higher level of intelligence, driving web services and applications over different vertical markets and industries.