Today I was at an event hosted by University of Portsmouth at the Emirates Spinnaker Tower (quite possibly my favourite UK structure). The event was to kick start a discussion on the future of urban Portsmouth. Prof. Steffen Lehmann had brought some serious players to the panel that was to discuss Portsmouth as a sustainable city by 2030. Asking the question… What is the vision to get there?
This is KnowNow’s home city in many ways. David & I were born here, went to school locally and our business is based in the city and one of us is a season ticket holder! We are a Portsmouth company. Yet we also have a global outlook with customers in SE Asia, London as well as down the road. Our home city has tended to lag behind when it comes to being seen as a ‘smart place’. Now this may have changed.
For smart cities to be considered a success they will have many different types of services e.g. for health, mobility, energy and crime. How services are delivered, measured and valued will be transformed and citizens will now consume experiences and share most things that were previously owned. It will just make sense that way. However, there is a big assumption in this futuristic view. Consent.
What’s the big assumption?
That citizens will have allowed some quite personal information to be consumed, shared and distributed. Yet, this laissez faire view does not necessarily work for all. In particular when it comes to the European countries with the new GDPR, a growing number of citizens are hesitant about sharing their data freely, according to the latest MEF report some 41% of citizens have this concern. Yet a total clamp down on personal information use is not appropriate either, because no personal information share means no experiences and no transformed services.
KnowNow will be undertaking a mini tour of its IoT demonstrator during September. The story kicks off with an update to the demo we already have showcasing IBM Bluemix at the IoT Lab in Hursley. The demo is a bite sized version of BeatHouse.
Your data is being used by many organisations and yet you have minimal control. Sometimes the data used will benefit you. Sometimes it will be for the benefit of others. The balance is starting to shift in our ever connected world where the gains of giving away your data are not as clear cut as they used to be. Now we have more risks to worry about, more threats to manage and yet even more benefit to be enjoyed if we did share our information.
Having just come back to the UK from a smart cities conversation on the other side of the world, I would like to share some thoughts. The role of KnowNow is to prepare the IT architectural blueprint for this new smart place. In effect create the wiring and usage diagram of where IT will be deployed and how it will be used. As much as you have an architectural blueprint for a plot to be built showing the materials and measurements. The IT infrastructure needs similar design outputs to ensure that the IT works as required, when required for the right person.
KnowNow are the Number 1 Tech StartUp ranked by the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program at London Tech Week. A fantastic result and recognition for all the hard work we have put in working with IBM Bluemix and delivering award winning smart city innovations.
Smart City Services Company
KnowNow are a Smart City Services company delivering award winning IT innovation. David
Patterson (KnowNow co-founder) is talking about KnowNow’s BeatHouse and Flood Event Model projects on Tuesday 16th June from 6pm at the IBM BlueMix Garage on L24, One Canada Square, for BluemIx’s 1st Birthday celebrations.
Firstly, congratulations to Voyage Control & PolySolar on winning Cohort One of the Cognicity Challenge. Thing is, even though KnowNow has not won the competition I can safely say we are already a Cognicity winner. How come? Simply having been part of this challenge KnowNow has already won so much. Has the challenge been worthwhile then? Hell Yeah!
KnowNow is a winner too!
Why? By entering the challenge KnowNow was given an an opportunity to stop talking about the kn-i app. KnowNow went and created it! Check out the beta version of our kn-i app here
kn-i Home Screen
i) This is browser only still (runs best on Chrome);
ii) new releases & builds occur occasionally so if not available first time please try again later.
My thanks to the KnowNow development team, Kevin, Tom & Connor for creating the app and platform. KnowNow would appreciate any feedback on the app tweet us @knownowinfo