The key to Building a Indonesia Smart City

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Some policies seem to take the imagination of the citizens of the modern world rather than the idea of ​​a smart city. Facing holidays is always filled with train cancellations, traffic jams and streets filled with buyers. It is not difficult to see the attractiveness of a city that is managed with the latest technological innovations and data analysis. With two-thirds of the world’s population going to live in one city in 2045. City administrators from Bristol and Singapore are looking for technology to shape the urban landscape. In India, the government has committed to developing 100 smart cities across the nation.

While surveying some of the world’s leading smart city observers to a new Smarter Cities report, published by the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), there is an emerging theme: ‘Human Resources, Not Just Technology that Makes City Smart’. Of course, there are very interesting things related to the Big Data and the Internet of Things, whether to be implemented in cities built like Songdo South Korea (designed with insights from IBM) or ‘retro fitting’ cities like Barcelona and Amsterdam. Real-time monitoring and analysis will mean, however, that the city will respond to the real needs and behavior of its citizens like never before.

We tend to see the greatest innovation will bring sustainable and efficient changes to municipal functions such as waste management, energy supply, infrastructure, and transportation. Thus, it is impossible to see the replacement of urban planners and administration with technology in the near future. Instead, they tend to play a more important role in using data insights and implementing intelligent systems to help developing cities. In fact, in many cases, their population levels continue to soar to an unprecedented level. It reveals that any discussion about the future city of technology is at the top. And, in the discussion of evolution, skills are needed by those who will build the city of the future.

The development of modern cities is always closely related to financial and commercial innovations. Recently, the specter of bankruptcy that has haunted people like Detroit and New York is a reminder that even the most powerful metropolis relies on strong governance, strategic planning and an analytical approach to building future resilience.

One of the keys to our research is that smart cities are always the same. Their development represents a journey, based on the needs of citizens and available resources. One estimate is that the number of smart cities around the world will triple to 88 by 2025.

In Asia and Africa, smart city development is related to social needs. Rapid urbanization creates unique pressures on the local economy, and affects the environment and population. India estimates about 300 million will become city dwellers by 2045. Urbanization is emerging around the world and smart cities offer hope to ensure that new urban areas can benefit from being planned for future generations to live.

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iBeacon Features in Internet of Things Application

Since it was launched on 2013, Apple iBeacon was one of many devices with Bluetooth that can be working with Internet of Things Implementation. The IoT Platform is taking beacon to one of their features to ease developers managing the devices.

Although Apple specified iBeacon protocol within the broadcast message, the true pioneers of this technology was an Australian company called “Daelibs”., who first implemented the use of low energy Bluetooth for Proximity detection in 2011, some two years before Apple’s launch of iBeacon. Daelibs used this technology to verify service provision by detecting beacons with bespoke personal proximity devices which streamed data to a centralized cloud service.

iBeacon can also be used with an application as an indoor positioning system, which helps smartphones determine their approximate location or context. With the help of an iBeacon, a smartphone’s software can approximately find its relative location to an iBeacon in a store. Brick and mortar retail stores use the beacons for mobile commerce, offering customers special deals through mobile marketing, and can enable mobile payments through point of sale systems.

Most beacons use BLE technology, because of its low power consumption and implementation costs. The technology only allows for small amounts of data transmission, which is why most beacons only transmits their IDs. Due to its simplicity, beacon technology does not need to battle as many standards as other IoT applications.

Retail

Retail is currently the most popular area in which beacon technology is being implemented. Beacons allow for a new way of in-store interaction between customers and retailers. On the one hand, it allows retailers a new way of collecting data about its customers, based on their in-store actions. On the other side, it allows customers to receive personalized offers based on their preferences and their online/in-store behavior.

Sport venues

One of the biggest news last year was Major League Baseball’s adoption of beacon technology. They equipped 20 stadiums with more than 100 Beacons each to help visitors find their seats and to send them notifications about specific discounts.

Airports

Last year, Virgin Atlantic equipped the London Heathrow airport with beacons. The company is testing various use cases, adding new features every other week.

Examples include:

Specific offers – In the main area, people receive notifications about specific airline partner services (e.g., 0% commission at the currency exchange).
Indoor navigation – Beacons are used for micro-navigating services, leading passengers to their gates.

Public transport

An app called Wayfindr made by the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB’s) Youth Forum and digital product studio ustwo communicates with beacons installed in London’s Tube. It is used for delivering turn-by-turn audible directions to blind people, giving them better chances for navigating in London’s Underground.

Add comment January 13th, 2017

Best Cloud Hosting for IoT Implementation

Internet of Things implementation has wide implementation and with high number of market, it becomes a trend on the 2017. To build the IoT solution, developers will need Cloud Hosting. It simplify developers’ development architecture. Mobile Cloud Computing also completed with various features such as elastic cloud platform and other feature to manage the solution.

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Here are some Cloud Hosting providers for IoT Implementation:

Amazon Web Service

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a suite of cloud computing services offered by Amazon. AWS offers scalable and flexible IaaS, PaaS, storage, networking, and management platforms. It is supported by a global, 12-region infrastructure.

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure is an open, flexible cloud platform that enables users to build, deploy and manage apps across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. Azure offers both PaaS and IaaS services, supporting various programming languages, tools, and frameworks.

Google Cloud Platform

Google Cloud Platform is a computing platform that provides developers with products to build structures, including simple websites and complex web applications. Google Cloud Platforms offers hosting, computing, cloud storage, Big Data, and API services.

Mesosfer Cloud Platform

Mesosfer Cloud Platform provides features for developer to connect and manage their IoT device. They also provide features where developers can also build mobile application in an easy way. Mesosfer Cloud Platform user can also have elastic cloud backend for each application they develop.

IBM Cloud

The IBM Cloud includes IaaS, SaaS, and PaaS offerings on public, private and hybrid cloud platforms. Softlayer partnered with the IBM Cloud offers a comprehensive cloud ecosystem, offering management, virtualization, storage, and computing platforms.

Red Hat

Red Hat provides cloud offerings on their open-source software platforms and is easily integrated with other major cloud services. Red Hat has offerings for infrastructure creation and deployment, cloud management, and platform development.

Add comment December 27th, 2016

Tizen Backend as a Service for Internet of Things

Along with Intel and the Linux Foundation Samsung develops its own mobile operating system called Tizen. Samsung has been successfully produced and sold Android devices around the world for years. Compared to other smartphone manufacturers, Samsung has user based that is much larger. For hardware, Samsung is still winning.

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Android devices made by Samsung is used by billion people in the world. It’s not surprising if someone associate Android Smartphone with Samsung Galaxy. Tizen was developed by Samsung to reduce its dependence on Android and Google.

Developers can build application for Tizen in Tizen Mobile Backend App. Even though there are not much Backend Service for Tizen, developers can start develop Tizen application in the platforms that are availble.

Tizen OS, 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 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.

It doesn’t only work on smartphone, but also Internet of Things. It connects to devices that we mostly use these days. Which makes it more useful for people to use.

Tizen as an operating system designed to be easy to use by both application developers and embedded system developers. It has implemented interconnectivity between devices. For example is Tizen-based wearable device that is equipped with Bluetooth 4.1 and WiFi connection, it is able to connect to other devices such as smartphones and transmitting user data such as heart rate and pattern of habitual activities. Starting with version 3.0 Tizen Core API provides functions IoTivity, the open source software framework for the development of internet of things projects. In this version, Tizen can be installed on single-board computer such as Raspberry Pi, one of the most popular board for the development of embedded systems and the internet of things.

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.

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Making Developer Build Mobile Apps Easier and Faster

There are various Mobile Backend as a Service in the world. Developers chose Mobile Backend as a service to build their own mobile apps. As a simple implementation, the developers can build their own mobile application and web apps and easily manage them. One of many Mobile Backend as a Services is Mesosfer.

Mesosfer Mobile Backend as a Service, a cloud platform made for developers to launch their IoT device and mobile apps. It is not only made for developers who wants to connect their embedded system, but also creating mobile apps.

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The features Mesosfer offered to the developers are quite various. Started by creating and managing mobile apps, Mesosfer also allows developers connect their embedded device and iBeacon device. This makes developer can build more than one implementations and still maintain their performance in one platform.

How developers maintain the performance of their apps/device is simply by every features that is provided by Mesosfer Mobile Backend as a Service. With basic feature such as real time experience, Push notification, and elastic private cloud, Mesosfer could make it easier for developer to enhance their product quality

Other features such as Software Development Kit (SDK), Insights analytic, multi platform Backend as a Service can helps developer managing every detail of their apps performance and engaging their user.

For example is App Crash Reporting, This feature will provide developer about errors in thei mobile apps. Prevent more errors happen in the mobile apps. Dynamic database is another example.

Mesosfer is using dynamic database to make developer compiles table and field from every meta data. Dynamic database eases relation between data and data management of database architecture. Mesosfer is the right choice if you are a developer who wants to focus on Internet of Things Project and also managing the apps you create.

Add comment December 21st, 2016

Beacon Bluetooth for Industrial Internet of Things

Industrial Internet of Things is simply another variety of IoT implementations. Made for the big one such as industry or company needs and basic needs that’s used in major implementation. It’s basically still Internet of Things but for corporation and manufacturing. Currently, iBeacon Technology is used as one of the implementations.

The intelligent instruments that are connected to the Internet and can think in Industrial Internet of Things will create a revolution in industry. Beacon Bluetooth which was introduced on 2014 by Apply is also one of devices that can be implemented in Industrial Internet of Things too.

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Here are some implementations of Beacon Bluetooth for Industrial Internet of Things:

1. Smart Home

Some homes have installed thermostat which can control lamp or air conditioner. But with IoT it could be so much better. It could detects intruder or at least non family member who’s sneaking to your house. With motion sensors, glass breaks detector, and door/windows detector home owner will be alerted if there’s some intruders activity inside the house.

2. Smart Logistics

Thousands of products such as medicines and food must be sorted and transported at low temperatures. With IoT truck can manage these temperatures itself. By detecting temperatures, any changes will be detected and it can switch the temperatures inside the truck.

3. Smart Lighting

Lighting accounts 19% of global electricity use. For example Europe pays over €10 billion each year to power street lights. With IoT that creates Smart Lighting, it could save more energy used. Intelligent street lighting dims when no activity is detected, but brightens when movement is detected. Saving world’s energy and earth.

Add comment December 17th, 2016

5 Best Video Editor for Android

Life memories are not only in pictures. With smartphone that’s getting greater these days, people are saving their memories in video. Video which is different with picture is giving more emotion and feeling for people. Videos can be seen as piece of memories.

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Video editor is one of many apps that people need to own in their smartphone. Here are some options of Video Editor you can download for free in Android:

1. FilmoraGo

If you want a pro tool for your videos and media files shot by your Android, then the FilmoraGo Video editor is the best. It can also create slideshow of your media files such as images, pictures and soundtracks. The tool is featured with easy interface to use. And there are lots of extra magical features in the app like video trimming, rotating, cool video effects like filters, overlays, animated text and title effects, sharing to mainstream social media communities etc. you would have no problem while using just simply add media files and left it as to give you the output.

2. Viddy

A free and new special media like app which enables easy video editing and sharing them to your own groups. You can also create your own social media group or community on Viddy and share your videos directly to Viddy or else you can share on different other social media. The Viddy app is available for both Google android and Apple iOS and also for desktop web browsers. The simply adding media files and getting a beautiful movie is good to hear and this tool can do it. Viddy Video editor also features some popular music in its own gallery which can be use into your videos and movies to edit.

3. AndroVid Video Editor

To cut, trim, edit and add music at any instant you will need a professional app which is completely free to use on android is this. You can easily cut and trim your videos through it and remove the part of video which you don’t like. It also gives the advantage of adding text, frames, and effects to your videos. And the best feature of the tool is to convert any video into mp3 by this tool for free. It has lots of effects to add in a video like fade in and out swapping and slow/ fast of video clips. You can choose frames to your videos which will be shown on the screen of the viewer first. It can also use to create beautiful sideshows with music and special effects. In short it is completely a pro tool for android like PC software.

4. Andromedia Video Editor

If you have videos in different formats and want to edit them then here is a professional free tool to edit your videos. The Andromedia Video editor is a free android based tool which can create HD videos in 320, 480, 720 pixels. Like other video editing tools you can do all the stuff which you want to but there are some extra features, which are awesome and unique like output file in HD, supports many other formats like WAV, MOV etc. The sideshow creation is quite easy through it as same like PC software and you can easily music files in it as you have done in your PC. The layout and user dashboard is very easy to understand and use.

5. Video Maker Pro

It’s a movie studio app for android which gives full features to edit, trim and add media files in the movie. All the features and extra tools which are needed to create a movie can be found in it. It has got 3.5 out of 5 rating by android users and which is very good. All the reviews of the tool are also good and you will not have any problem while using it and to edit any type of video in it. The slideshow creator of the tool is also awesome though it gives effects to each and every image by itself or manually you can do. This 6 MB android app is really great to use.

Add comment December 3rd, 2016

5 Best Photo Editor for Android

Photo is one of many ways people save memory. To make it more mesmerizing, photos are often edited to enhance the actual feeling of the situation its taken. Photo editor seems to be a must have app for everyone in the smartphone these days.

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With better camera in smartphone, capturing memories are easier. Free photo editor is available for download to help people putting more feeling in memories. Here are best Photo Editor for Android:

1. Bonfire Photo Editor Pro

Bonfire Photo Editor is an increasingly popular photo editor with a few fun features. It has the very basics which include filters along with basic editing tools. What makes Bonfire a lot of fun, though, is the sheer number of filters that it supports. It comes with your usual stuff like black and white, HDR, etc but it also comes with some unique ones such as Fancy, a filter that turns your photos into watercolor. It does have some basic editing tools, like skin smoothing and blemish removal as well.

2. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Adobe has vastly improved their mobile offerings over the last year with Lightroom and Photoshop Express leading the charge in the photo editing apps department. They’re both more powerful than average and they both also sync to the desktop variants as long as you use the Adobe Creative Cloud. Individually, Lightroom can be used to adjust photos with a slew of one-touch adjustments while Photoshop Express lets you do the basics like add filters, crop, as well as an auto-fix function that helps smooth out the rough edges. They’re both pretty decent and must haves for serious photography.

3. Airbrush

AirBrush is a great photo editing app if you take a lot of selfies. It specializes in quick fixes and edits made to face and skin including a blemish remover, teeth whitening, a function to make eyes look brighter, reshaping tools, and, of course, plenty of filters to add some pizzazz. It’s quite easy to use and has managed an incredible 4.8 rating in the Google Play Store. Most of the tools are one-click which makes all of it exceptionally easy to use as well.

4. Cupslice

Cupslice is another photo editor that relies heavily on things like filters to deliver a good experience. On top of filters, the app features a ton of stickers and the developers try hard to keep up with the latest trends so your stickers are usually up to date. The filters can also be customized to give the look you want. There are also some basic photo editing tools such as crop, frames, hue and saturation adjustment, black and white, collages, and brightness and contrast settings.

5. Fotor

Fotor is a long time member of this list and there are many blogs and lists that list Fotor as a must have option. We agree. It’s has a lot more actual editing tools than most and includes the ability to enhance photos with a one-tap tool for your convenience. Some of the other tools include crop, rotate, brightness, contrast, saturation, exposure, vignetting, shadow, highlights, temperature, tint, RGB, and, if those aren’t working, there are over 100 filters for you to choose from. It’s definitely worth a shot.

Add comment December 3rd, 2016

5 Best Online Dating App

Dating app is an option if you’re too anxiety to meet new people. Well at least, it will lessen the awkward situation you have on a first date because with dating app, you can read their bio. It becomes a normal way to meet new people.

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Whether you want to use dating app for fun or you actually want to find a partner, here are 5 best online dating app:

1. Tinder

Tinder actually has one of the best user interfaces of any dating app around. The photos are large, the app is — comparatively speaking — svelte, and setting up your profile is pretty painless. Overall, Tinder gets an A for its usability. Also, no one can message you unless you have also expressed an interest in them, which means you get no unsolicited messages. While there are a fair few people on Tinder who use it strictly to collect swipes, many people are actually inclined to meet up in real life, which is not always the case with dating apps. Tinder is possibly the most popular dating app, too, meaning the likelihood of matching with someone you’re interested in who doesn’t live super far away is greater than with apps that have fewer users.

2. OkCupid

OkCupid has as many downsides as Tinder, and fewer positive ones, with the exception of learning a lot more about your potential dating partners. The interface is extremely clunky and the photos are a little small. You also have to tap on a user’s small image to see a larger version and the person’s profile, which is simply too large for an app. It might work on a dating website where that much information would presumably be read on a larger screen, but it’s overkill on an app, and the amount of scrolling required makes it annoying to access. When you exit back to the list, there’s no guarantee that it’ll be in the same order or that it will return you to the spot you scrolled down to, making it extremely obnoxious to keep track of what you’ve already viewed. Worse, you can’t see who has liked you unless you pay for an upgrade.

3. Coffe Meets Bagel

Coffee Meets Bagel is another dating app that piggybacks on Facebook. Once you’ve set up your profile and input your preferences, it will send you one “bagel” a day, which is essentially the profile of a potential match. You then have 24 hours to decide whether you want to “like” or “pass” on your bagel. If you like your bagel and they have also liked you, you’ll connect, meaning that you’ll be able to message one another in a private chat. That chat room expires after eight days, regardless of whether you’ve talked with your bagel or not. You can also earn “beans” that allow for extra app functions, either by purchasing them outright or recommending the app to your friends.

4. Hinge

Hinge is kind of like Tinder. Okay, it’s actually a lot like Tinder, but with a few key differences that make it superior. Interface-wise, it looks like Tinder’s younger sister. However, function-wise, it relies more on your Facebook friends to make connections for you. Hinge also connects you through friends of friends of friends, and shows you not just the people you have in common, but also all the things you have in common. It does this by having you answer a bunch of questions through a Tinder-like interface. Have you been to Berlin? Swipe right. Don’t play croquet? Swipe left. This makes answering questions far easier and less time consuming, not to mention more fun. The questions themselves aren’t as asinine as those in some other dating apps — ahem, Score — and give you a better sense of someone than 500 characters might.

5. Tastebuds

Tastebuds is a dating app that highlights music tastes to ascertain compatibility. You can link it to your Facebook account or not, depending on your preference. You can also make your profile as detailed or sparse as you like — character limits for each question, which are mostly centered on music, are pretty high. Once started, you can flick through individual profiles to view all the information the user has included, including song clips from artists they like. You can “like” a person if interested, and if not, simply “skip” them. You can even send a song or message users before or after they match with you.

Add comment December 3rd, 2016

5 Best Music Apps for Android

Music is a part of life, and with smartphone music is in our hand. There are many music apps for Android out there, but many of them don’t have much features. There are also many Android apps for music, and the best part is that most of them are free. Here are the top 10 best Android apps for music:

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1. Spotify

Spotify gives you access to legal free music, allowing you to play any artist, album or playlist for free as long as you’re in shuffle mode. But a Spotify Premium subscription is definitely worth it, as it gets rid of that limitation, gets rid of ads, and allows you to download music for offline listening.

2. Pandora

Pandora has been around for quite some time, and it’s no secret why. It is a good tool for music discovery, and allows you to create personalized stations based on the music you like. With a free account, you can create up to 100 personalized radio stations. It also works with Chromecast so you can throw it to your TV for louder listening for your whole house.

3. TuneIn Radio

If you’re into listening to actual radio stations and podcasts from around the U.S., check out TuneIn Radio. It has over 100,000 radio stations across news, talk, sports and music. It also supports Chromecast. TuneIn Radio has streams from ESPN Chicago, ESPN Los Angeles, ESPN Denver, and many more. There’s also a great selection of Comedy radio stations to keep you laughing.

4. iHeartRadio

CNET calls it the best streaming radio app, and they’re probably right. There are millions of songs and thousands of live radio stations from all around the country, and it also lets you create custom stations so that you always hear only what you want to hear. Their library consists of 20 million songs and 800,000 artists across all genres, including pop, country, r&b, alternative, rock, talk, news, sports, comedy, and more. Surprise surprise, it also works with Chromecast. There are also podcasts available so you can listen to the latest on-demand episodes from the best in news, sports, business and entertainment.

5. Google Play Music

Google Play Music is the most used app on my smartphone, and that’s because it allows me to play all of my huge collection of music — which wouldn’t otherwise all fit on my phone. If you already have a big collection of music like I do (over 60 GB and counting), and just want a simple way to listen to your own collection on the go, Google Play Music is a great way to go. You simply upload your collection to the service using the Music Manager app on your PC, set what folders you add your new music to, and the service will take care of the rest, allowing you to listen to your own collection. It also allows you to play millions of songs without any limits on Google Play with the All Access service, including brand new music and playlists their “music experts” have created. There are also free albums for download offered throughout the year on Google Play for you to add to your collection, and tons of music sales (so keep an eye out on your favorite artists). Google Play Music is easily the best music app for Android available.

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