Blockchain: the next opportunity for better, safer, smarter Cities

The Internet of Things allows Cities to acquire and correlate data from urban assets, leveraging them to improve quality of public services and citizen satisfaction, reduce energy consumption, optimize costs and simplify processes for City operators and managers. Even more, it provides actionable information to feed strategic decisions about services efficiency and improvements, and take evidence-based actions where and when needed.

Far more interesting developments are possible with blockchain technology, which can make Smart Cities far more secure, transparent, efficient and resilient. As an original combination of mature technological concepts, including peer-to-peer networks, distributed consensus algorithms, validity rules, ledger technologies and cryptography, blockchain can be successfully applied in any domain where stakeholders’ relations are based on trust and may be entirely disintermediated. This is particularly true in Cities, as they rely on accurate, secure, authentic and trustworthy information exchanges to deliver services to people and businesses.

Read the article by Gianni Minetti, Paradox Engineering's President and CEO, on Insights Success

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Smart Lighting in St. Gallen: media coverage

The City of St. Gallen, Switzerland, has selected Osram and Paradox Engineering as technology partners to design and develop an innovative Smart Lighting solutions (read the press release for more details).

Here is a selection of media articles about this project:

09.01.2018 Fieldbus & Networks
08.01.2018 ET Licht
07.25.2018 Illuminotecnica
07.04.2018 Smart Lighting
06.29.2018 Luce Web
06.27.2018 Radio InBlu (radio interview)
06.26.2018 Lux Review
06.25.2018 LED Inside
06.22.2018 Industry Europe
06.22.2018 Lighting China
06.20.2018 LEDs Magazine
06.20.2018 IoT Now
06.19.2018 North America Clean Energy
06.19.2018 Ticino Live

Smart Streetlight project: IoT network building at City scale

The city of San Leandro, California, an industrial and residential community of 90,000 in the San Francisco Bay Area, is moving forward in its smart transformation. It is among the very first cities in the United States to deploy a citywide IoT network, which is based on Paradox Engineering's PE Smart Urban Network platform.

First application enabled by the 6LoWPAN network was Smart Lighting: 4,800-plus street lights were converted to LED smart bulbs and connected to the IoT infrastructure. They currently backhaul on approximately 35 strategically placed Wi-Fi access points which, in turn, connect to the city’s fiber-optic network at designated traffic signal intersections. A Control Management System (CMS) allows city staff to monitor data generated by single nodes and control every light, set policies for when the lights turn off and on, and manage proactive maintenance. Over the life of the project (15 years) San Leandro officials expect to save more than $8 million in energy costs, which more than pays for the price tag of the entire project.

However, the story doesn’t end there. An IoT network, like San Leandro’s, can effectively transform a city into a technology platform. In Summer 2017, students from Harvey Mudd College (including a San Leandro High School graduate) interned with Pilot City to develop a Smart Waste Monitoring pilot solution for street trash cans that connected to the urban platform. And many more services are likely to come out in the future.

Read the article on the IoT Institute website

Summer in the City at Harvey Mudd College

Create Smart Cities boosting community resources and talents: PilotCity is partnering with the City of San Leandro, California, and tech company OSIsoft to enroll college and university students in the development of highly innovative technologies for urban applications.

Leveraging PE Smart Urban Network - the smart platform which in San Leandro enables smart streetlights and other services - a group of Harvey Mudd College students worked on a Smart Waste project, dealing with all hardware and software components. The new smart trash cans are expected to debut in San Leandro in the next few months thanks to the engagement of the City's Public Works Department.

Read more on Harvey Mudd College Magazine

Smart meters in Gambarogno, Switzerland

Swiss utility Società Elettrica Sopracenerina joined the enCOMPASS project and is working in Gambarogno to implement a pilot project to save energy and favour sustainable behaviours.

In Contone district, two public buildings (a school and the City seat) and about 100 residential houses will be equipped with a Smart Metering infrastructure to remotely monitor energy use. Paradox Engineering will be fully supporting this step.

Energy data will be collected and analyzed in real time. Users will check them through a mobile app and receive suggestions to be more efficient without sacrificing individual comfort. School children will also be engaged in a training program.

Read more on Ticino News

Sustainable and livable Cities: two successful cases

City Managers are nowadays called to build inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable urban communities. Smart technologies can help improving quality of public services and citizen satisfaction, reducing energy consumption, optimizing costs and simplifying processes. Acquiring and correlating data from urban assets is the first step to provide actionable information to feed strategic decisions about services efficiency and improvements, and take evidence-based actions where and when needed.

Our CEO introduces Paradox Engineering's vision and two successful cases: the City of San Leandro and the University of California in San Diego.

Read more on the Italian magazine Fieldbus & Networks, we are on page 66.

Cities and factories become smart

Design and create revolutionary applications and systems is our goal. Since its foundation, Paradox Engineering has been pioneering outstanding technologies to enable what common sense holds to be paradoxical - as our company name suggests.

Read more about us on the Swiss magazine Ticino Management.

Smart Cities, is future knocking at the door?

City managers are challenged by shrinking resources and the need to provide efficient and quality services to growing urban communities. Technology can enable the implementation of future proof Smart City models, where urban development is clearly aimed at social inclusion, resiliency, and sustainability.

Paradox Engineering's vision and experience on the Italian magazine Efficiency & Environment (from page 34).

Smart Manufacturing: the great opportunity

Manufacturing companies collect and analyze less than 5% of their industrial data - think of temperature, pressure, emissions, vibration, etc. data generated by operating plants. But this information is critical to take evidence-based decisions and improve productivity and efficiency, also enhancing sustainability performance of key processes. Paradox Engineering's opinion in the dossier published by the Italian magazine Eureka!

Read the article (from page 110)

Live from #IAA2017: Smart urban networks for smarter Cities

Smart Cities need smart infrastructures to manage and control key urban services, including street lighting, solid waste collection, parking management, and more. Thanks to the Internet of Things, dumb objects such as street lamps become intelligent, switching off or dimming when full light intensity is not needed.

Watch Paradox Engineering's interview at TG5 - Mediaset (starting at about 00:30).