Article: Singapore is building a ‘forest town’ with abundant green spaces and underground roads

Cities, Energy, Innovation, Open Provisioning, Open Space

Singapore is building a ‘forest town’ with abundant green spaces and underground roads

In an area of Singapore once home to a brickworks and military training facilities, a vision of the future of urban living is taking shape.The country is building what it calls its first smart and sustainable town, promising 42,000 homes in an environment where people can be “at home with nature”.

The Tengah project will consist of five residential districts on the 700-hectare site in Singapore’s Western region. Named Garden, Park, Brickland, Forest Hill and Plantation, the areas are designed to improve residents’ health and wellbeing and give them a better quality of life. How? With smart buildings, greenery everywhere and a prioritization of walking and cycling that routes motor vehicle traffic underground.

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Article: Flying on Mars fueled with open-source software

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Flying on Mars fueled with open-source software

For the first time in history, we’ve flown an aircraft, the mini-helicopter Ingenuity, on another planet. Opens-source software backed up its engineering. A small miracle happened at 3:31am ET on Monday morning. Ingenuity, a tiny NASA helicopter, became the first powered aircraft to fly on another planet, Mars. This engineering feat was done with Linux, open-source software, and a NASA-built program based on the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s (JPL) open-source  (pronounced F prime) framework.

At 11-light minutes from Earth, there was nothing easy about this. True, Mars has only a third of Earth’s gravity, but Mars’ atmosphere has only one-hundredth of the density of Earth’s air.

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Article: Top 5 ways AI and data are powering the smart cities of the future

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Top 5 ways AI and data are powering the smart cities of the future

The world we live in is becoming more and more urbanized by the year. According to a 2009 study by the United Nations, 1.3 million people move into cities every week, and by 2040, 65% of the world’s population will be living in cities. The growing pains felt by these urban centers can be seen across several indicators, from rising crimes rates to increased traffic. With more dense populations and a need to maintain a higher quality of life, cities are looking to leverage advancement in technologies to make themselves safer and more efficient.

Smart cities have positioned themselves as the answer to our urban woes, doing so by collecting information from a variety of sensors to manage assets and resources more efficiently than ever before. One of the largest focuses for smart cities is reducing crime, securing public spaces and safeguarding residents from threats. At the center of it all is data, which is continuously being gathered, analyzed and utilized to better address the issues large cities face.

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Article: Open & Agile Smart Cities partners with AWS to help cities share open data

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Open & Agile Smart Cities partners with AWS to help cities share open data

The cloud platform provider becomes the latest company to join the network’s Enterprise Partnership Programmed to implement its interoperability mechanisms.

The Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) global network of cities and communities is collaborating with cloud platform provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) to implement its Minimal Interoperability Mechanisms (MIMs), which enable cities to exchange solutions and share open data. AWS is the latest company to partner with the organization under its Enterprise Partnership programmed.

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Article: Call for Code Global Challenge 2021: How innovators can help combat climate change with IBM’s open source-powered technology

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Call for Code Global Challenge 2021: How innovators can help combat climate change with IBM’s open source-powered technology

Over the last 130 years, the temperature of the planet Earth has risen by 0.85 degree Celsius, and each passing decade over the last 30 years has been warmer than the previous decade. Climate change is considered to be one of the gravest threats that the planet is facing today. Its effect on weather events, sea levels, and human health and natural ecosystems are already being felt across the world and has spurred a dialogue about the way forward.

While the startup ecosystem has been leveraging technology and innovation over the past few years to build impactful solutions, there’s a long way to go. To that end, the 2021 Call for Code Global Challenge aims to galvanise use of innovation to discover potential solutions which can mitigate the effects of the climate crisis.

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Article: Geospatial for automation

Geospatial, Innovation, Open Data, Open Space

Geospatial for automation

Due to COVID-19, a lot of things changed in 2020. But the interest in autonomous mobility continued throughout the year. In the coming years, business in autonomy will continue to rise and meet the market interest. New business models are likely to come up.

For instance, the ride-sharing companies that have already taken a foothold are only the beginning. With the advent of autonomous cars, we will see more people, especially in urban environments, take advantage of vehicle sharing; individual automobile ownership will decline. This will impact vehicle OEMS (Original Equipment Manufacturers), insurance carriers, car rental companies, and many more.

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Article: Tecton teams with founder of Feast open source machine learning feature store

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Tecton teams with founder of Feast open source machine learning feature store

Tecton, the company that pioneered the notion of the machine learning feature store, has teamed up with the founder of the open source feature store project called Feast. Today the company announced the release of version 0.10 of the open source tool.

The feature store is a concept that the Tecton founders came up with when they were engineers at Uber. Shortly thereafter an engineer named Willem Pienaar read the founder’s Uber blog posts on building a feature store and went to work building Feast as an open source version of the concept.

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Article: Developing Galea: An open source tool at the intersection of VR and neuroscience

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Developing Galea: An open source tool at the intersection of VR and neuroscience

Virtual reality (VR) is increasingly being used for therapeutic purposes and for neuroscience and psychology research. Having access to real-time physiological and brain data in such experiments is highly desirable. Even still, nothing has compared to the wave of interest we are experiencing today with conferences, concerts, and meetings moving into VR due to the pandemic.

My name is Guillermo Bernal, a PhD candidate in the Fluid Interfaces group. As part of my research, I developed hardware that facilitates monitoring physiological signals from VR users.  In 2018, my collaborators and I published a project called PhysioHMD in response to the growing need to make VR experiences a bit more meaningful.

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Article: EmotiBit open source wearable biometric sensor

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EmotiBit open source wearable biometric sensor

A new open source Arduino driven wearable biometric sensor has been created by the develop and team at EmotiBit, offering an easy-to-use sensor capturing high-quality emotional, physiological and movement data that is 100% user owned. Thanks to its open source design and Arduino compatibility data from the sensor can be streamed wirelessly to any platform, enabling artists and makers to unlock new perspectives on biometric signals.

The data is 100% user-owned and can be directly recorded to the built-in SD card, empowering anyone to explore their own health and wellness without reservations about where that data might end up.EmotiBit is able to detect 16+ biometric signals that are constantly traveling throughout our bodies, reflecting our moment by moment physiological and emotional changes.

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Article: Top banks join Linux and open-source patent protection group

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Top banks join Linux and open-source patent protection group

When it comes to defending the intellectual property (IP) rights of Linux and open-source software, global leading banks aren’t the first businesses to come to mind. Things have changed. Barclays, the London-based global corporate and investment bank, and the TD Bank Group, with its 26-million global customers, have joined the leading open-source IP defense group, the Open Invention Network (OIN)

For years, the OIN, the largest patent non-aggression consortium, has protected Linux from patent attacks and patent trolls. Recently, it expanded its scope from core Linux programs and adjacent open-source code by expanding its Linux System Definition.

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