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Why a City Needs to Implement Smart City

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Infographic : Smart Digital Life Architecture

Why a city needs an integrated smart city concept. One of the main reasons is because the human population is increasing sharply. Predicted, the world population in 2050 will touch 8.5 billion people, of whom 66% are women, and 34% are men.

In 2015 alone, the world’s population reached 6 billion people. Imagine, within a period of ten years, the population increased by 2.5 billion. WOW!

“Increased population encourages urbanization from village to city. The growth of urbanization within 64 years, from 1950-2014 reached 523%, “said Adhitya.

Increased urbanization of course gives birth to urban or urban problems. Starting from waste, education, transpotasi, socioeconomic, natural disasters caused by human activities, and health. All these problems can be found in the younger generation of cities in Indonesia, such as Jakarta.

“On the other hand, an increasingly modern and well-established society, has a myriad of expectations, such as a comfortable living environment and work, adequate public areas, easier travel, shopping experience, etc.”

Thus, continued Adhitya, the solution to meet expectations and minimize the impact of urbanization is to present the concept of smart city aka smart city. What is that?

Smart city is a concept that explores an intelligent city order that plays a role in facilitating the public to get information quickly and precisely. In addition, the concept of smart city is also presented as an answer for efficient management of resources.

“You could say, the concept of this smart city is the integration of information directly with urban communities,” said Adhitya.

Six Smartcity Services
In its development, there are six Smart City services that can be developed in a city, among others:

1. Smart Governance
Administration of public services based on information technology that interact government interaction with citizens and business sector, and decision-making based on real time data.

2. Smart Economy
E-business and e-commerce services that boost the economy of the people

3. Smart Mobility
Intelligent system implementation to support public transport, logistics, and convenience services for car, bicycle, and pedestrian users.

4. Smart Environment
Utilization of renewable energy sources, monitoring systems and pollution control, green building.

5. Smart People
The intelligent community because of the opportunities of education and the development of extensive skills with the application of systems and technology

6. Smart Living
Life pattern or lifestyle is smart, healthy, and safe, supported by good environmental quality dwelling.

Smartcity also includes supporting elements called smart environment, ranging from citizens, applications, services, infrastructure, industry, government, and regulation.

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iBeacon and Internet of Things

Apple iBeacon, which was launched on 2013, was one of leap of the company in Internet of Things industry. Beside smartwatch, iBeacon will be one of devices that will support the development of Internet of Things. Some IoT Platform have added beacon in their service to ease developers manage the services.

iBeacon is based on Bluetooth low energy proximity sensing by transmitting a universally unique identifier picked up by a compatible app or operating system. The identifier and several bytes sent with it can be used to determine the device’s physical location, track customers, or trigger a location-based action on the device such as a check-in on social media or a push notification.

While typically, IoT is expected to offer advanced connectivity of devices, systems, and services that goes beyond machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and covers a variety of protocols, domains, and applications. The interconnection of these embedded devices (including smart objects), is expected to usher in automation in nearly all fields, while also enabling advanced applications like a smart grid, and expanding to the areas such as smart cities.

iBeacon can be a simple step to start the deployment since it’s already using Bluetooth and people have been familiar with Bluetooth in their smartphone.

Top 3 Cloud Hosting Providers

Cloud Hosting Providers are mostly provide various features to help the developers managing the application they build. Cloud hosting is also termed as clustered hosting. It’s a hosting service that is delivered from a network of multiple and physically connected servers. There are many types of hosting available; cloud hosting is a new form of hosting. It enables the clients to host their websites in a more powerful, reliable, and scalable way. It is provided to customers through a system with multiple servers in addition to some virtual resources. In accordance to Virtualization, a cloud has the limitless processing power, and users have the ability to scale up and can add new servers. Cloud servers are tuned together to overcome problems like network fluctuations, traffic overload, server drop down, server crashes. The use of multiple server increases the processing power of the website rather depending upon a single server.

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In addition to the concept of Mobile Cloud Computing server, it also means that the website will not experience any downtimes as it is the case with traditional server hosting. Cloud server hosting is extremely useful because it does not restrict people to the limit of application and hardware. The main advantage of cloud website hosting is the reliability that comes from the use of a group of servers rather than just relying on one. Even the space will be limited in traditional hosts that will slow down your site. However, with cloud server hosting, you will not encounter any of these problems because users will get extra power and resources and with this you can successfully run your business over the internet and enjoy unhindered connectivity. Cloud website hosting is best for small business, growing business, and mid-enterprises. Here are top 3 Cloud Hosting Providers:

Rackspace

Rackspace is a hosting provider that is hugely popular and is well-known to offer the best cloud hosting services, although too expensive for a hosting provider. Rackspace plans are offered in 3 types, Public Cloud, Private Cloud, and Hybrid Cloud. Public cloud is the cheapest where it offers flexible plans and pay-what-you use program for only $15 per month. Private cloud is like VPS for cloud hosting. It uses OpenStack, the operating system for cloud-based hosting system. Hybrid Cloud, on the other hand is where you can run OpenStack cloud in your data center or connect a public cloud rack space.

Mesosfer Cloud Platform

Mesosfer Cloud Platform provide hosting for your mobile apps. It also provide elastic cloud platform to make sure you apps runs well. It provides solution for IoT and mobile application. Developers can build Mobile application and IoT Solution in one platform easily. It Provides SDK for developers to ease the development process.

Microsoft Cloud Solution

Microsoft Cloud Solutions is a cloud hosting solution offered by Microsoft that has Microsoft Azure. Microsoft Azure is Microsoft’s cloud platform. The plan offered is pay-as-you-go priced at $0.12 per hour per computing, $0.15 per GB of storage, and $0.10 for every storage transactions. The basic web edition which is only $9.99 per month, and the business edition priced at $99.99 per month. It is highly scalable and uses automatic scaling and is an open platform which can support both Microsoft and non-Microsoft environment and languages.

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Industrial Revolution of Internet of Things (IoT) and Its Impact on Fleet Management

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Fleet Management Industry including trucking, forwarding, and package delivery is one of businesses that has been existed since the 80’s era. It was started with animals but now it’s growing and using technology.

In this industry, access and accuracy of the delivery is main value for the company.

Technology makes this industry grow better. Fleet management, more than a usual transportation, will get advantages of using connectivity and data from IoT Platform.

Fleet management works out of independent system of asset monitoring, route management, and maintenance report that are connected each other in this business.

Internet of Things Impact on Fleet Management

With new technology keeps coming in this digital era or what’s most popular now is Internet of Things.

IoT gives 3 impacts in Fleet Management Industry:

  1. Eficiency: For driver, asset monitoring, smart delivery, and real time access can help you make sure driver and vehicle operate optimaly. Saving works that needed paper or needed manual work from human.
  2. Low Cost Operational: For gas price, idle time, accident, and Disobeydience in majority of finance management. Controlling these functions with fleet management solution can help you reduce higher cost.
  3. Adding Value for Customers: Fleet management can quickly transfer data automatically from their vehicles. A real time solution is also provided while taking decision for their customers

We understand various technologies come giving many advantages and solutions. Just like RFID and NFC that’s usually used for fleet management solution.

But there’s a limit in RFID and NFC. Cubeacon comes giving a better solution. Using iBeacon technology, Cubeacon can be used as in many solutions for fleet management.

By using Cubeacon, we can turn your device online, easy to tracked in real time and connected to Internet. Cubeacon also has flexible reader access using smartphone, or using stand alone reader from Cubeacon.

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Potential for Internet of Things Business

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Right now, tons of sensors and devices are being applied to start a massive Internet of Things with IoT Platform Deployment around the world. People are building the internet of Things and ready for huge wave in the future.

So what can you actually do with Internet of Things today?

IBM Voice has stated one of major change to the world with Internet of Things. The only thing that keeps changing every year. Of course, weather.

Based on IBM Voice on Forbes, nothing and no one in this world isn’t affected by the weather. It changes everything. From you mood to the way you dress and from crops to flight plan. Sounds about right, yes? Weather gives influential impact to our life and the way we live it.

That’s the reason why it’s a great idea to combine Internet of Things with weather. The combination allows us to connect weather with other pieces of data to give us a richer source of information. It puts every piece of data into a new context and allows organizations to learn at an accelerated rate, transform how they run their businesses and benefit the lives of people.

Or take the connected car. Currently a GPS system helps get us from point A to point B in the fastest time possible, taking into account traffic patterns, road closing and other factors.

But what if weather was added to the equation? Now rather than just avoiding bumper-to-bumper traffic, drivers are alerted to approaching rainstorms, reported patches of black ice or sun glare. It’s information like this that helps eliminate potentially costly accidents and possible injury.

Even greater news for you all who already installed Thermostat in your home. Thermostat with Internet of Things can do greater job. We know that Thermostat can turn heat up and down when we need it or not, but by connecting in weather data, these devices could turn on the central air system automatically — based on suddenly clearing skies that have hit the area. Now when you get home on a 90-degree day, your house is at an ideal temperature.

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IoT Platform Should be Your Next Startup Product

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Currently there are 22 Billion devices connected to the Internet by this year. It is not really a surprising number since a internet user itself reached by 3.2 Billion Internet User by 2015 worldwide. Increasing from 738 million on 2000.

How fast the internet user grow is the key to fast penetration to IoT product. For example is the first time Thermostat launched. It was a hype for people since it controls our home and help home owner to maintain their home condition. It gets to the market easier since it can be controlled through smartphone. Which is something that literally everybody has. So that’s the beginning of how so easy Internet of Things product hit the market since the Internet itself is in everybody’s hand.

Looking how fast Internet of Things grow, big tech company takes the chance in creating a platform where everyone can build their own IoT Product.

Amazon with their AWS IoT promises its developers to connect billion device in one platform, IBM Watson which allows developers build IoT for retail, home, vehicle and etc.

Everyone is building a platform to make IoT developers easily build their own product. The IoT market size reached USD 130.33 Billion in 2015 and forecast to be USD 883.55 Billion by 2022. A big market to start innovation.

If you are about to build your own IoT device, an IoT Platform is a good start. With the crowd IoT Market, the only way to make your IoT product hit the market faster is to cut down the development process. IoT Platform provides features that can help you out with the development process.

The features that are provided by IoT Platform are mostly are helping developers cut down development process such as connecting to multi devices, secure integration, data storage, and etc. The features apparently creates various IoT implementations.

One of many IoT platforms that provides IoT solution is Mesosfer. As a platform for developers to connect their IoT Devices, Mesosfer also provides service to help developers build Mobile Apps.

IoT product such as thermostat will require mobile apps to actually work. If IoT developers build in different platform for both solution, in Mesosfer they can build both solution in one platform.

Cutting off the development process and budget as well especially for startup before they start launching their product. Features provided in Mesosfer is quite similar with other IoT Platform and Mobile Backend as a Service to build mobile apps. Analytic is provided by Mesosfer to make sure developers keep updated about their application performance.

The IoT Platform market reached $298M by 2015 and forecast to become $1.6B by 2021. With a promising market, IoT Platform is a new field. Even other competitors are part of big tech company, they just launched their platform last year. So a chance for startup to be great IoT Platform is still available.

Build IoT Implementation using Tizen Backend as a Service

Tizen, a new OS developed by Intel and the Linux Foundation Samsung develops its own mobile operating system. 

Tizen OS is an operating system based on the Linux kernel and the GNU C Library implementing the Linux API, works on a wide range of devices. Tizen is said to be the next Samsung OS because Samsung wants to reduce its dependence on Android and Google 

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Tizen works in most devices we use daily such as smartphones, smartwatches, Blu-ray players, printers, tablets, in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) devices, smart cameras, smart TVs, PCs, and smart home appliances. Which is why it is a big chance for developers to build their own IoT devices with Tizen Mobile Backend App.

For developers, they can build various implementation of Internet of Things or application for Tizen OS. Tizen right now has started all the campaigns to gather developers building implementation for Tizen.

Not just an application, Tizen also works in many devices for Internet of Things implementation. IoT with a huge market can be promising for developers to start using Tizen.

There are two types of applications in Tizen, web and native. The web application is basically a website that is packed in the form of application. It is built using web technologies such as HTML5, CSS and JavaScript. Web application is using Tizen Web Framework to interact with native subsystem.

Web application is using Web API, which became the standard structure of web applications with basic elements. Web API allows developers to build applications using web programming languages. Similar with web applications in general, Tizen Web API consists of index.html file as root application, as well as some directories to store the asset files such as CSS, JavaScript, images and sounds.

Native application development is using C programming language and able to access some native features in more specific details such as camera, GPS, and accelerometer directly. Native API provides a lot of interface with features that are commonly found in mobile devices, as well as optimizing of the limited resources.

Tizen strongly supports developers who build applications using HTML5. Even the official guidelines for developing applications using HTML5 on Tizen has been available since it is released. Different with Android, Google officially supports Android application development using Java. To develop Android apps using HTML5, you have to use a third-party developer.

Developing applications for Tizen can be achieved by using Tizen SDK. Tizen SDK consists of a set of tools for developing native applications and web. SDK released in developer.tizen.org consists of IDE, Emulators, code samples, and documentation. Tizen SDK can be used in Windows, Ubuntu Linux, and Mac OS X. IDE in Tizen SDK is actually Eclipse that has been customized to ease developers developing applications for Tizen. If you do not want to use Tizen IDE, we can still develop Tizen application as long as it follows Tizen terms and condition.

Tizen application can be applied to four categories of devices called “profiles”. The four category is mobile, wearable, in-vehicle infotainment and smart TV.

Best Mobile Backend as a Service to Build Apps

Mobile Backend as a Service (mBaaS) offers developers a way to connect their applications to the cloud backend database and temporary storage. It also provides important features such as user management, push notifications, and integration with social networking services.

Mobile Backend as a Service (mBaaS) provides a Software Developer Kit (SDK) and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to help web and mobile app developers quickly connect their products to mBaas services.

Here are top 5 Mobile Backend as a Service to Build an Apps:

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Google Cloud Platform

Google Cloud Platform enables you to build, test, and deploy applications in a scalable and reliable Google infrastructure. Google Cloud Platform offers all of the cloud products and services for computing, networking, storage, machine learning, big data, operations and more. Each service platforms have different prices.

Amazon Web Service (AWS)

AWS Mobile Hub offers developers a variety of tools to easily add and configure features for mobile applications. Their Features such as authentication to backend logic, data storage, content delivery, push notification and analysis is available for user.

They are divided into various Amazon Mobile Analytics service, Cognito Amazon, Amazon S3, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon CloudFront, AWS Lambda, AWS Device Farm and Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS). The service price is separately based on usage. Each service has a free level available.

Mesosfer Mobile Backend as a Service

Mesosfer is one of mobile backend as a service (mbaas) which makes it easier for developers to create mobile applications. It also makes it easier for developers to develop their IOT (Internet of Things) device. You can choose Mesosfer if you want to build an apps and also connect your apps to your IoT devices. Not only that, developers can connect to iBeacon technology for wider implementation.

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure which allows developers to build, deploy, and manage applications and services through Microsoft data centers. You can run Windows and Linux-based applications on 30 datacenter. Azure supports different programming languages, tools and framework. Azure can calculate developers’ need based on monthly fee based on the services used.

Kumulos

Kumulos cloud platform provides developers an easy way to integrate its features to iOS and Android. Kumulos focused on mobile applications and platforms using a pay-as-you-go payment method. Its motto is to help developers save money when building an application and make money by providing excellent service when an application goes live.

If you are a mobile developer but still in doubt in using Mobile Backend as a Service, it is time to get to know this technology even further, because building infrastructure is not an easy thing.

Strategy to Build Application in Mobile Backend as a Service

In creating Mobile application, Developer have to think a little bit more tricky than the usual way. With many competitors working on the apps too, it makes developers choose Mobile Backend as a Service to build their apps.

The concept of Mobile Backend as a Service and IoT Platform is actually a platform where developers can build their apps for many platform is a fastest way as possible. Not only that, Mobile Backend as a Service will make them engage their user and get feedback directly from the user itself.

If you are planning to build a mobile apps, here are some strategy tips before your start:

Choose the Right Mobile Backend as a Service

Build a database, install the OS on the server, add the integration, and etc and still so many things to do. Too complicated than what you thought. These technical things are making developers waste their time in developing a single apps.

If you use Mobile Backend as a Service, all of the process can be cut off and way more simple than the usual. In one platform, you can build an apps, manage it, engage your user, and reach your user feedback. That way you can see what your user needs.

Use Open Source Code

We know that Mobile Application competition out there is rough. So if you still stuck in mastering the coding, you will probably be late while others has already delivered their product to market.

You can choose to take Open Source way. Read the terms and condition then install on your server, test to the market, and prepare for user feedback. Just remember that Groupon use WordPress at their early start.

Get Your Material Element on Marketplace

This one might require some money out of your pockets, but this might help you having faster impact. Creating UI/UX design for your apps could be tiring and wasting time. More of that, you still can’t decide whether your design is great enough for your user or not. Even not all of developers can make a great design. To start of and make it easy for you to deliver fast, you can get this mobile application element or web app in Themeforest, codecanyon, or else.

The mobile application you are working on is a something that you need to deliver fast if you don’t want to be buried by competitors. Either you have to keep innovate or launch as fast as possible, those 3 of strategy tips above might can help you saving your apps to survive.

What is Mobile Backend as a Service

Mobile Backend as a Service or better known as (MBaaS) is still new to some people. For developers, Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) is a common thing and most of them use it to build their apps. Basically, Mobile Backend as a Service is a hosting for web applications or mobile apps (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, etc.) which are mostly difficult to integrate in a single cloud IoT Platform.

With Mobile Backend as a Service, developers can integrate cloud storage in a single server, integrate push notifications, connect to social media, manage their user, and integrate with third-party platforms in a single platform.

There are some features that a Mobile Backend as a Service needs to own, here they are:

Elastic Cloud Platform

By using the Mobile Backend as a Service, developers do not need additional hosting because it has given database hosting in one platform. Developers can also integrate with other cloud service hosting as this is optional in MBaaS platform. Some of Mobile Backend as a Service allows you to build mobile applications or web applications in a comprehensive cloud server infrastructure.

Push Notification Features

Push Notification is available for Mobile Backend as a Service to help developer can directly connect with their user. This feature is important because in a single step, they can get feedback from your user. It gives you ability to ask their feedback and deliver promotion of your newest update. This makes developer can control their apps and user feedback. With this, they can see what their user needs and what needs improvement from the apps.

First App Testing

Before you launch your apps, you need to make sure that the app is working well in all platform by testing them. Not only once, but a lot of times. Bugs and errors could be happening everytime. If you use Mobile Backend as a Service as your platform to build an apps, It will help you test your apps before you launch it. It also tells the errors in your apps. That way you can reduce the bugs and errors once it’s launched on the market.

The feature in Mobile Backend as a Service has already ease developers to build an apps. One thing every developers need to master if they are willing to take the mobile apps world, they have to know the marketing strategy.

Knowing the code or programming are still nothing if you still don’t have any way on how to sell your product.