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AWS for Smart, Connected and Sustainable Cities

Cloud technology will be the backbone infrastructure for more sustainable cities of the future, but you can start transforming your city today. AWS and our partner ecosystem can help you implement smart city solutions to support your goals around energy efficiency, air quality, intelligent transportation, public safety, public health, and other programs focused on improving quality of life for your citizens.

What makes a city smart? Your data and your vision! By leveraging the multiple data sources that you have today and integrating additional datasets, you can design modern programs and services that make a city smart. Through sensors, connectivity, and analytics, AWS can help you begin your transformation.

AWS offers a broad set of global cloud-based products including compute, storage, databases, analytics, networking, mobile, developer tools, management tools, IoT, security and enterprise applications. Customers can use these services to build agile, secure, and cost-effective solutions quickly. Customers also have the option to deploy solutions provided by our partners on top of AWS.

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07-12-2018 - Amazon

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Creating a Long-Term Smart Cities Vision with AWS

Cities worldwide are improving citizen services and economic and environmental outcomes through technology, while also seeking to create a vision of what a smart, connected, and sustainable city of the future will look like. While you can start building and experimenting today, it’s important to have a long-term vision and a set of principles to guide you in building cost-effective, adaptable, secure, and low-risk solutions during a time of rapid technological change.

Some starting points to consider include:

  • Cities collect an increasing amount of data. In order to integrate data with other sources, data sources should also be open and accessible.
  • Connected devices and IoT sensors are becoming more prevalent, powerful, and cheaper.
  • The rise of machine learning (ML) continues in a range of applications, both in the cloud and at the edge.

A smart city platform is made up of inputs, processes, and outputs. This approach highlights the centrality and importance of data, which can help you build the right solutions for the long and short term.

Inputs

City data is collected from a wide and growing array of sources. These can be legacy data sources, IoT sensors that transmit data securely and at scale to the cloud, or video and audio sources that can be analyzed at the edge using a trained machine learning model deployed with AWS Greengrass. People can also be sources of data via mobile apps and wearable devices. And open data portals, such as the Registry of Open Data on AWS, can also enrich your data.

Customers and partners can develop data ingestion capabilities using AWS services, like Amazon FreeRTOSAWS IoT CoreAWS GreengrassAmazon Kinesis, and Amazon Kinesis Video Streams. Starting with a small volume of data, they can then scale to cater to millions of devices and messages, only ever paying for what they use.

One customer example is the City of Newport in Wales, UK, who partnered with system integrator Pinacl Solutions and IoT solution provider Davra Networks to build an ingestion network for air quality, water, and waste Management IoT sensors. Another example is PetaBencana.id, which provides the citizens of Jakarta, Indonesia with real-time flood information collected using IoT water-level sensors and crowd-sourced data. And Miovision brings connected sensors to existing infrastructure and uses data to enable analytics that improve transport planning.

Process

Once you’ve ingested data in the cloud, you need to act on and store the data for later use. Amazon S3 is a highly reliable, secure, and scalable object store ideal for smart city solutions. Once data has moved to S3, customers can use services like AWS GlueAWS IAM, and AWS Lambda to build a data lake that can transform and enrich their raw data, making it available for analytics and other solutions.

Customers can build their own data lake and data management platform or engage with our smart cities partners like C3 IoT, Xaqt, and ThingLogix. For example, Kansas City, Missouri, turned to Xaqt to take all of the data being generated by disparate devices day and night, plus more than 4,200 existing datasets, and turn it into tangible outcomes.

Whichever path you choose, the acquisition, storage, and management of your city data will help support evidence-based decision-making and help you build data assets for public use and future innovation.

Outputs

A city’s data can support many use cases. With AWS, you can:

Find out more about building a scalable, secure, adaptable and future-proof smart city platform on AWS at AWS for Smart, Connected and Sustainable Cities and AWS Marketplace – Smart City Solutions.  And get ideas from the AWS City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge winners.

And listen to the “Using IoT for Smart Cities” podcast here.

04-12-2018 - Amazon

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The Power of Data - Dell

Watch the webcast by Michael Dell about the power of data at the AI Summit. 

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22-11-2018 - Dell Technologies

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VITO donates decommissioned ICT equipment to Close the Gap

 

VITO is donating a large quantity of decommissioned IT equipment to Close the Gap, an international non-profit organization that collects high-quality, pre-owned IT equipment donated by corporations or public organizations to projects in developing and emerging countries.  VITO is a leading international research and service centre and a close partner of Close the Gap since the start of the VITO IT Frame Agreement of Securitas.

VITO provides knowledge and technological innovations that facilitate the transition to a more sustainable society. With approximately 850 employees, VITO offers objective research, professional advice and various operational services in multiple areas including Land Use - Remote Sensing, extremely important in the quickly evolving and changing society that we live in today.

Both VITO and Close the Gap consider sustainability as a core value and act upon realizing this in different fields. Donating the storage equipment fits into VITO’s project OnePlanet@VITO’ which aims to make its own organization more sustainable.  VITO already donated decommissioned IT equipment in the past.  Now, VITO is donating storage equipment  to support Close the Gap in bridging the digital divide, while at the same time contributing to the circular economy. The equipment will be taken over by Close the Gap to give them a second life. At the end of the equipment’s life-cycle everything will be recovered to recycle all parts.

Until now, the storage equipment has been used by VITO’s Remote Sensing unit for several projects offering Earth observation data, products and services to stakeholders worldwide. Until the beginning of 2018 these storage servers were used to archive and distribute PROBA-V data products among other. PROBA-V is a small satellite designed and built in Belgium to daily monitor our entire planet’s vegetation  serving different vital purposes e.g alerting authorities to crop failures, monitoring inland water resources, and tracing the steady spread of deserts and deforestation. VITO Remote Sensing is in charge of the processing, archiving, and distribution of all PROBA-V image products, financed by ESA and BELSPO.

Click here to donate your own company's IT material or if you would like to establish another kind of partnership with Close the Gap

16-11-2018 - Close The Gap

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Live Optics - real-world data for IT decisions.

Start your IT Transformation with the facts.

In the digital economy, organizations need to modernize and transform IT to innovate faster and stay competitive. But purchasing decisions can seem risky without a clear and comprehensive view of your current IT environment and workloads, especially when budgets are limited. Aggregating and analyzing data from individual servers to make purchasing decisions can lead to overspending. To modernize your infrastructure, you need to understand how workloads impact each other in a shared environment over time. Live Optics creates transparency, so you can accurately see and diagnose your unique IT needs and control the buying process.

Welcome to Live Optics.

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08-11-2018 - Dell Technologies

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Enabling hyper-availability in hybrid IT

For organizations looking to take advantage of cloud computing without putting all of their IT eggs in one basket, the hybrid model is attractive. “It’s simply a way to mix the assets and the resources and processes of both public and private environments so that you get the most bang for the buck for your organization,” explained Jon Toigo, Chairman, Data Management Institute. “It’s a way to dip your toe into the public cloud and try out some of the capabilities even if you aren’t prepared yet to go all in and leave on-premises computing completely.” He noted that the Harvard Business Review estimated that 63 percent of organizations are at least exploring hybrid IT.

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06-11-2018 -

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Chromebooks: flexibility and security for the Dutch National Police Corps

When thinking about law enforcement, security automatically follows. Certainly our security as a citizen, but also: digital security and safe storage of sensitive data. The police’s biggest challenge, consequently, is to guarantee our safety when digitization and automation take place at an ever-increasing pace. Furthermore, employees continue to expect more flexibility, to work wherever and whenever they want.

Our case-study linked below focuses on the partnership between the Dutch National Police Corps and g-company. With our help, Dutch National Police are able to actively participate in new developments in the digital landscape. Using Chromebooks, employees are able to work flexibly in their familiar applications, without a loss in security.

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04-11-2018 - Google

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GDPR is for Public Sector Organizations Too

I’ve talked to many public sector customers over the past few months as I traveled around Europe to meet them. One of the hottest security and compliance related topics that customers want to discuss is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). On May 25, 2018, GDPR came into force. This new regulation raises the minimum bar where personal data protection is concerned.

One of the biggest potential misunderstandings I’ve encountered when discussing GDPR with customers is that it doesn’t apply to public sector organizations. In reality, many public sector organizations need to comply with GDPR. The reason for the confusion among some organizations is simple – GDPR is complicated. If there’s any doubt whether your organization needs to comply with GDPR, please consult a legal professional.

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29-10-2018 - Amazon

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Forte augmentation des attaques de cryptominage contre des appareils Apple

Le dernier Indice Global des Menaces de Check Point révèle un quadruplement des maliciels de cryptominage visant des utilisateurs iPhone.

Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd., important fournisseur mondial de solutions de cyber-sécurité, a publié la dernière édition de son Indice Global des Menaces pour le mois de septembre 2018. Il révèle un quasi-quadruplement des attaques de maliciels de cryptominage prenant pour cible des iPhone Apple. Ces attaques s’appuient sur le maliciel de minage Coinhive qui conserve la première place du classement de l’Indice, place qu’il occupe depuis décembre 2017.

Coinhive touche désormais 19% des entreprises dans le monde. Les chercheurs de Check Point ont par ailleurs détecté une augmentation significative des attaques Coinhive contre des ordinateurs personnels et des appareils utilisant le navigateur Safari, le principal navigateur utilisé sur les équipements Apple. Le maliciel de minage Cryptoloot s’est hissé à la troisième place de l’Indice des Menaces, devenant ainsi le deuxième crypto-mineur le plus répandu du classement. Cryptoloot veut concurrencer Coinhive en exigeant des sites Internet un plus faible pourcentage de recette que son concurrent.

« Le cryptominage demeure la principale menace à laquelle les entreprises doivent faire face partout dans le monde », déclare Maya Horowitz, directrice du groupe Threat Intelligence de Check Point. « Le fait le plus intéressant est ce quadruplement des attaques visant les iPhone ainsi que celles prenant pour cible des équipements qui utilisent le navigateur Safari, augmentation qui s’est produite au cour des deux dernières semaines du mois de septembre. Ces attaques contre des équipements Apple n’utilisent pas de nouvelles fonctionnalités. Nous continuons dès lors d’investiguer afin de déterminer les raisons pouvant expliquer une telle évolution. »

« Quoi qu’il en soit, des attaques telles celles-ci nous rappellent que les équipements mobiles sont souvent un pan oublié de l’espace exposé d’une entreprise. Il est donc crucial que ces équipements soient protégés par une solution globale de prévention des menaces, afin de ne plus être les points faibles dans les défenses sécuritaires des entreprises. »

En septembre 2018, Dorkbot, le cheval de Troie qui dérobe des informations sensibles et lance des attaques de type déni de service, a préservé sa deuxième place dans le classement, affichant un impact global de 7%.

24-10-2018 - Checkpoint

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