Monthly Archives: November 2011

TicWisdom en otoño de 2011

 

Hace ocho meses que pusimos en marcha TicWisdom, y estamos logrando buenos resultados poniendo en marcha las propuestas de servicios con empresas y en los LABs en los que contamos con una dirección y coordinación fluída. También comenzamos a tener más visibilidad. En este sentido os invitamos a ver el siguiente video, en el que Olga Gil presenta TicWisdom.



Hemos actualizado la información disponible en las pestañas superiores de la web, que os invitamos a consultar y a que nos mandéis actualizaciones sobre vuestros perfiles y LABs de interés para incorporarlos. La forma de trabajo que os proponemos tras las reuniones que celebramos antes del verano consiste en dar autonomía plena a los directores de los LABs, que se encargan de la coordinación con otras personas y con empresas o instituciones en las que tengan interés -en caso de desearlo. Los directores de los LABs y sus miembros están invitados a participar en la página de TicWisdom con contribuciones propias, que pueden a la vez publicar en sus propios blogs u otros sitios. Tenemos buenos ejemplos en las participaciones anteriores de Yolanza González-Mesa o de Veerle Minner. Las participaciones son abiertas dentro de la temática de vuestro LAB: que buscáis con su desarrollo, apertura a nuevos colaboradores, cúal es el estado actual del tema que consideráis un reto…

 

 

Una definición de “Smart”: Ideas verdes, innovadoras, y creativas para DHL

En momentos en los que se están replanteando las bases de modelos energéticos en todo el mundo, un mercado en el que están interesadas las empresas de ingeniería civil, las de telefonía, las empresas de microchips (sensores), las de informática evolucionadas en consultoras… es evidente que aun nos faltaba un posible actor en la ecuación: Las empresas de logística.


Entender qué actores son importantes en el mapa futuro de los modelos energéticos nos ayudará a dibujar las posibles alianzas entre los actores de la industria.

Y un ejemplo de la importancia de empresas de logística reclamando su posición de actores en la ecuación de los nuevos modelos energéticos es el concurso convocado recientemente por DHL: Global Open Innovation Competition on City Logistics. Las bases son las siguientes, y como el plazo está abierto hasta el 28 de noviembre, también es una invitación a los interesados para que participen:

— Encourages innovative, creative and “Green” ideas to minimize the impact
of logistics in urban areas
— Available to applicants in the U.S. and abroad

DHL, the world’s leading international express shipping provider launches an “Open Innovation” competition focusing on “City Logistics” — the process whereby private companies optimize logistics and transport activities in urban areas while considering the traffic environment, the traffic congestion and energy consumption within the framework of a market economy.

The contest, introduced by the new global DHL Solutions and Innovations (DSI) division, invites businesses, academics, politicians, public authorities and citizens to share ideas and recommendations for the implementation of sustainable logistics solutions in populated, urban areas. Encouraging the use of creative and strategic thinking, DHL is seeking innovative ideas that will help reduce traffic congestion, promote “green” urban living, improve urban logistics and deliver efficient transport solutions.

“With growing cities all over the world, the challenges of city logistics and urban living are becoming more and more demanding,” said Steffen Frankenberg, Vice President at DSI. “Solutions for decreasing traffic and getting cities greener are crucial for the future. DHL knows that the logistics industry plays a significant role and we want to broaden our approach to City Logistics by also inviting people outside the company to contribute their perspective. With the views of others we can better identify the challenges and generate ideas for new logistics solutions. We are asking participants to really think outside of the box.”

Open Innovation is a concept that encourages businesses to incorporate ideas gathered from both external and internal sources as a method to advance their technology. The theory has been used commonly in the automotive, technology and consumer industries, but DHL is the first logistics provider to adopt Open Innovation in an effort to further develop, in a collaborative and innovative way, its concept for City Logistics and minimize the impact of its business on the environment.

The DHL Open Innovation competition focuses on the following categories:

— Logistics efficiency in urban areas: How can logistics flows of goods
and services be improved in and out of urban environments? What future
logistical challenges can be anticipated and what kinds of solutions can
be developed to respond to these challenges?

— Green city and urban living

What defines a truly green city and what does it take to become one? What are the key challenges a city faces in the coming decades, and what kinds of regulations must be adopted to face these challenges?

— Digital logistics

Which IT solutions could improve logistics with respect to traffic management, traffic prediction, warehouse management, etc.? What are the innovative criteria behind these potential solutions? What are smart next-generation IT solutions?

The DHL Open Innovation competition is available online, where ideas and experiences are submitted and discussed in an open forum. Submissions may be entered at www.dhl.com/citylogistics-oi from now through November 28, 2011. A jury of experts from different fields and backgrounds will evaluate the submissions in December and name the winners of the contest in the first quarter of 2012. Contest participants are eligible to win flight and travel accommodations to DHL Solutions and Innovations City Logistics locations in Europe, Asia and the Americas as well as gift cards and internships with DHL.

Protocolos abiertos para Internet de las Cosas

IBM da un paso firme proponiendo un protocolo abierto para el Internet de las Cosas (IoT). Lo ha anunciado en Ludwigsburg, Alemania, donde también ha concretado que la iniciativa va de la mano de una firma italiana de arquitectura de hardware:<a href=”http://www.eurotech.com/en/”> Eurotech</a>.


La apuesta de IBM está en consonancia con los avances que sobre este tema está haciendo la empresa, que dispone de un blog temático sobre Internet of Things: <a href=”http://asmarterplanet.com/blog/2011/09/the-internet-of-things-a-foundation-technology-that-enables-a-smarter-planet.html”>A Smarter Planet</a>, y ha establecido su laboratorio de investigación en esta materia en Pekín, bajo la dirección de Xiaowei Shen.
Sin embargo, no existe un consenso sobre que MQTT sea la mejor solución como protocolo de los servicios M2M. Hay actores que proponen utilizar el protocolo de Internet HTTP.
La visión de IBM se recoge en el video al pie, y despues del video incluyo la visión de Roberto Siagri, Presidente de Eurotech, en relación con IoT.
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<a href=”http://www.eurotech.com/en/press+room/news/?472″>Siagri destaca</a> la importancia de los sectores de seguridad y logística a la hora de vender aplicaciones relacionadas con Internet of Things:<em>
“Thanks to the ever growing diffusion of miniaturized and interconnected computers, and thanks to the availability on-demand of scalable IT infrastructures, we are entering the era of “smart services”, i.e. innovative services provided via web and based on localization and contextualisation of objects and individuals in the real world. In order that these smart services pervade our society in various fields of application, you must create easy to use enabling platforms, able to integrate and mix hardware, software and networking technologies. Eurotech is ready to seize the new opportunities related to the development of the “Internet of things”, thanks to the investments made and the skills acquired: in fact, our Edge Controllers and Mobile Access Routers with ESF and EDC combine the three key factors and represent a fundamental element for the acceleration of the interconnection between real world and digital world, between “intelligent” objects and the Cloud Computing infrastructure through the IP backbone.

We are moving towards a dematerialization of the solutions, where the “weight” of the SW is gradually increasing compared to that of the HW. The trend in the paradigms of use of devices and applications is clearly going towards the “as-a-service” mode, because it helps breaking down the entry barriers on the time and cost of new implementations, increasing at the same time the scalability of applications.Also Eurotech can benefit from these trends because of its offer of Device Data Management through the Cloud: thanks to the investments made on SW platforms, all our HW platforms and devices can easily communicate and exchange data using the infrastructure made of Internet and the Softwares-as-a-service, allowing our customers to easily build fast and flexible IT infrastructures that can enable and support asset monitoring applications. This should allow us to go beyond the traditional sectors in which we historically operate and to move into sectors such as logistics and security which have been only marginally addressed so far.”
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