Smart Cities



The big hole in IoT architecture (and how to fill it)

The current paradigm of IoT essentially connects several devices with each-other. Although this is an important step to creating smart solutions for industry and home automation there is one important aspect that prevents actual smartness of current solutions: that of knowledge of the space. As human beings we occupy space and space is one of the most important parameters of our being and everyday activities. Current IoT solutions lack the knowledge of their place in the space we occupy as well as the relative space between them. In this talk we present Ambianti Tiles, a revolutionary product that addresses the current overlooked challenge that prevent IoT solutions actually becoming smart. I will present several projects that exemplify the technology in smart lighting applications such as The Cube in last year’s GLOW festival

Dr. Javed Vassilis Khan, Founder - Ambianti

Accurate indoor positioning at large scale with ultra-wideband

Wireless indoor positioning systems have been around for many years, with systems offering positioning accuracies between 1m and 5m. However, for many applications this is not accurate enough. Ultra-wideband (UWB) technology has the potential to change this, allowing for accurate (30cm) positioning at a low cost in large environments. Pozyx has been building UWB-based systems for the past years with customers such as Apple, Intel and Cisco. In this presentation, UWB technology is explained and an overview of the possible new applications is shown.

Samuel Van de Velde, Founder & CTO - Pozyx

Integral design for a world in transition

Form, function and future of infrastructure are all based on some clearly observable principles in relation to technology, both digital and analog. These principles are derived from technologies’ driving force: speed, or to be more precise, acceleration.

In this context, an integral approach towards projects on every scale, is our central tool to obtain durable and robust physical answers to the demands of society, economy and nature.

Integrality is not only a tool to tackle problems in our hypermodern world, it is also an inherent consequence from the direction that developing technology takes us. In this sense, the new possibilities of technology delivers a playground for inventiveness and creativity. Although optimism must be the first condition to use these technologies, we always must be aware to use them in an intelligent, convincing, and at the same time, vigilant way.

The technological potentials and pitfalls, as well as gaps in contemporary processes, which are both in- and extrinsic, are explained within the framework of an integral work process.


Thus, during this short reading, a situation will be briefly clarified and our vision on integrality situated, to conclude with the role of technology to respond with infrastructure to the needs of society in the 3th millennium.

Nicolas den Hartog, Architect - NP Bridging

Rethinking construction

Some of you may know that there is a huge global urbanization happening at the moment. Between now and 2050, 2.5 billion people are going to move to urban and suburban environments. This means that more buildings are going to be concentrated into a smaller area and that living spaces are getting smaller. What this leads to is an increase in cost of building which also, unfortunately, leads to more expensive apartments for you and me.The construction sector also is a massively polluting and wasteful sector. 33% of all EU waste is construction and demolition waste. If we combine these problems we quickly realize that construction needs to be rethought…

Benjamin Eysermans, Founder - BAO

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