A smart city should be easily accessible to visitors and residents, and travel across the city should be problem-free. The aim is to provide a multifaceted, efficient, safe and comfortable transport system, which is linked to Information Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure and open data.

  1. Vehicle control and management system: Already today certain technical functions of the vehicle's’ on-board systems can be monitored on line by the service centre or garage to allow for preventative maintenance, remote diagnostics, instantaneous support and timely availability of spare parts. For this purpose data from onboard sensors are collected by a smart on-board unit and communicated via the Internet to the service centre.
  2. Traffic management and control: There are few in this world who can say they've never sat, solemnly, in some sort of traffic. Cars should be able to organise themselves in order to avoid traffic jams and to optimise drive energy usage. This may be done in coordination and cooperation with the infrastructure of a smart city’s traffic control and management system. Additionally dynamic road pricing and parking tax can be important elements of such a system. Further mutual communications between the vehicles and with the infrastructure enable new methods for considerably increasing traffic safety, thus contributing to the reduction in the number of traffic accidents.
  3. New transport scenarios (multi-modal transport): In such scenarios, e.g. automotive OEMs see themselves as mobility providers rather than manufacturers of vehicles. The user will be offered an optimal solution for transportation from A to B, based on all available and suitable transport means. Thus, based on the momentary traffic situation an ideal solution may be a mix of individual vehicles, vehicle sharing, railway, and commuter systems. In order to allow for seamless usage and on-time availability of these elements (including parking space), availability needs to be verified and guaranteed by online reservation and online booking, ideally in interplay with the above mentioned smart city traffic management systems.
  4. Autonomous driving and interfacing with the infrastructure (V2V, V2I): The challenges address the interaction between the vehicle and the environment (sensors, actuators, communication, processing, information exchange, etc.) by considering road navigation systems that combines road localization and road shape estimation to drive on roads where a priori road geometry both is and is not available. Address a mixed-mode planning system that is able to both efficiently navigate on roads and safely manoeuvre through open areas and parking lots and develop a behavioural engine that is capable of both following the rules of the road and avoid them when necessary.
  5. NFC Payment: Payment processing based in location or activity duration for public transport, gyms, theme parks, etc.
  6. Quality of Shipment Conditions: Monitoring of vibrations, strokes, container openings or cold chain maintenance for insurance purposes.
  7. Item Location: Searching of individual items in big surfaces like warehouses or harbours.
  8. Storage Incompatibility Detection: Warning emission on containers storing inflammable goods closed to others containing explosive material.
  9. Fleet Tracking: Control of routes followed for delicate goods like medical drugs, jewels or dangerous merchandises.
  10. Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Reservation: Locates the nearest charging station and tell the user whether it's in use. Drivers can ease their range anxiety by reserving charging stations ahead of time. Help the planning of extended EV road trips, so the EV drivers make the most of potential charging windows
  11. Vehicle Auto-diagnosis: Information collection from CAN Bus to send real time alarms to emergencies or provide advice to drivers.
  12. Management of cars: Car sharing companies manages the use of vehicles using the Internet and mobile phones through connections installed in each car.
  13. Road Pricing: Automatic vehicle payment systems would improve traffic conditions and generate steady revenues if such payments are introduced in busy traffic zones. Reductions in traffic congestions and reduced CO2 emissions would be some of the benefits.
  14. Connected Militarized Defence: By connecting command-centre facilities, vehicles, tents, and Special Forces real-time situational awareness for combat personnel in war areas and visualization of the location of allied/enemy personnel and material would be provided.
  15. Smart Car Parking
  16. Intelligent Transportation Systems: Smart Roads and Intelligent Highways with warning messages and diversions according to climate conditions and unexpected events like accidents or traffic jams
  17. Smart Tourism

Smart Society provides Internet based solution for the end-to-end Management of Office & Apartment Complexes (Commercial & Housing Societies). Through automation & timely information, Smart Society helps reduce time, effort & manual errors, leading to lowering the overall costs of managing the complex.

  1. Smart Parking: Real-time monitoring of parking spaces availability in the city making residents able to identify and reserve the closest available spaces. Reduction in traffic congestions and increased revenue from dynamic pricing could be some of the benefits as well as simpler responsibility for traffic wardens recognizing non-compliant usage.
  2. Structural Health: Monitoring of vibrations and material conditions in buildings, bridges and historical monuments.
  3. Noise Urban Maps: Sound monitoring in bar areas and centric zones in real time.
  4. Traffic Congestion: Monitoring of vehicles and pedestrian levels to optimize driving and walking routes.
  5. Smart Lightning: Intelligent and weather adaptive lighting in street lights.
  6. Waste Management: Detection of rubbish levels in containers to optimize the trash collection routes. Garbage cans and recycle bins with RFID tags allow the sanitation staff to see when garbage has been put out. Maybe “Pay as you throw”-programs would help to decrease garbage waste and increase recycling efforts.
  7. Intelligent Transportation Systems: Smart Roads and Intelligent High-ways with warning messages and diversions according to climate conditions and unexpected events like accidents or traffic jams.
  8. Safe City: Digital video monitoring, fire control management, public announcement systems
  9. Connected Learning: Improvements in teacher utilization, reduction in instructional supplies, productivity improvement, and lower costs are examples of benefits that may be gained from letting electronic resources deliver data-driven, authentic and collaborative learning experience to larger groups.
  10. Smart irrigation of public spaces: Maintenance of parks and lawns by burying park irrigation monitoring sensors in the ground wirelessly connected to repeaters and with a wireless gateway connection to Internet.
  11. Smart Tourism: Smartphone Apps supported by QR codes and NFC tags providing interesting and useful tourist information throughout the city. The information could include museums, art galleries, libraries, touristic attractions, tourism offices, monuments, shops, buses, taxis, gardens, etc.
  12. Pollution control
  13. Common housing societies
  14. Intra-society network

1. MAKE YOUR ELEVATOR PITCH

The elevator pitch stems from the idea that you should be able to deliver a short summary of your project within the time it takes for an elevator ride, so about 30 seconds. Sounds challenging, right? You have a mere 30 seconds to hook the investor(s) and convince them that your idea is worth their time and money. Experienced investors will weed out good ideas from the bad ones within the first minute so keep it simple and captivating.
Elliot Loh from 500 Startups suggest you follow this simple formula: We solve [problem] by providing [advantage], to help [target] accomplish [target’s goal]. We make money by charging [customers] to get [benefit].


2. IDENTIFY THE PROBLEM

Too many startups create products that aren’t really solving any true problems, but rather focus on a temporary market need with the goal of making a quick buck. Look at the evolution of daily deals as an example; the demand rapidly dissipated once the market reached maturity and saturation. “The problem” is your most important asset so it’s imperative to make the investor feel the pain point. Why is this an important problem to solve and how does it affect the end user? One great technique is to use storytelling at this stage and call from personal experiences. More often than not, if it’s a problem you are experiencing and are passionate about, other people have experienced the same problem and the message will ring true. Keep it punchy, visual and always keep in mind the point of view of the end user. If it makes sense to engage the investors then do so; ask them how often they have this problem and how they feel about it. Don’t overload the investors with information, just make sure they feel how terrible this problem is and how no one is currently addressing it in an effective manner.


3. PRESENT A SOLUTION

How is your product is going to improve the world by fixing this problem? How does the world look after your solution is implemented? Is everyone happy? Remember KISS. Many entrepreneurs lose their shit at this point and start to get way too technical without actually showing how the product is solving the problem at hand. Keep it visual and to the point. If you have a great design-based product then do a quick demo, but make sure it’s not too long and don’t get lost in the features and complexities, you will lose the investors. Oh, and make sure the demo works. You would be surprised how often entrepreneurs make this fatal mistake. Mission: make them understand why your product solves the problem far better than anything else.


4. MARKET SIZE

If you are going for a top down approach, then come to investors with valid research and cite your sources. If you walk up and start saying that the market for princess tiaras is approximately €5 trillion then you won’t get taken seriously. If it’s bottom up approach, then base the market size on your current traction multiplied by users/services over time. Don’t get carried away with the numbers here, just show the market is interesting for investors. Ultimately, they are looking for a sizable return on their investment so show them the potential!


5. BUSINESS MODEL

How are you going to make money? Recurring revenues or one time payment? Fixed pricing or dynamic pricing? Understandably, this is one of the most important points for investors. Don’t show them 50 different revenue streams, focus on 1, the most profitable one. Make it work and then, as you evolve, you can add extra layers.


7. GO-TO MARKET STRATEGY/ MARKETING PLAN

What have you done so far to capture new users and how will this evolve over time? What is you model for growth? Sticky, viral or paid? If it’s paid, how much does it cost you to get a new user/buyer? If it’s sticky, what is your churn/retention rates and how have they evolved over time? If it’s viral, what are your KPI’s, viral coefficient, etc? What marketing channels will you use? How will you apply this model when you enter into new markets? Having a poor acquisition model is where many startups fail so knowing your market strategy inside and out is crucial when meeting with investors.


8. TEAM

An idea isn’t worth anything without its execution. Ever wonder how startups at the idea phase can raise huge seed rounds from renowned investors? It’s typically due to the value of experienced entrepreneurs with successful exits under their belt. What relevant experience and skill sets does your team bring to the table? If your team is virgin and doesn’t have much (or any) experience in the sector, then focus on the pertinent points and look for other strengths. Don’t shy away from this topic because you lack industry experience as sometimes the best companies are built by teams with diverse backgrounds and a fresh perspective.


9. TRACTION/PROJECTIONS

What have you achieved so far? Are you generating revenue? User growth? Any top clients/partnerships that you can show off? Do you have any relevant KPI’s? If you do, then check out this article for key metricsthat investors want to see. If you have absolutely no traction to base any future projections on, then base it on industry standards and well-researched and intelligent hypotheses.


10. NEEDS

What do you need to be able to realize your project’s potential? What do you need that you don’t currently have and why? Define exactly what you are looking for and explain in detail how the funds will be distributed. Be precise and don’t be ambiguous with the capital you’re seeking and your justifications for giving up your equity. Expect tough questions and investigation from the investors as to why you think you will need €X amount for your business. I hope this provided some basic insight to creating a great startup pitch deck. Good luck with all of your future investor showdowns and remember, your pitch is EVERYTHING – so get it right!


11. TECHNOLOGY

Investors will be particularly interested in your underlying technology (both existing and that in development). This slide of the investor pitch deck can address:

    The basic technology backbone Key intellectual property rights the company has (patents, patents pending, copyrights, trademarks, domain names) Why the technology is or will be superior Why it will be difficult for a competitor to replicate the technology


12. FINANCIALS

The price required to make a product or the implementation of a project is always a crucial thing. It decides the demand of the product as well as the feasibility of the project

Smart Homes connect the devices and appliances in your home so they can communicate with each other and with you. Any device in your home that uses electricity can be put on your home network and at your command and the home reacts, whether you give that command by voice, remote control, tablet or smartphone.

  1. Intelligent Shopping Applications: Getting advice at the point of sale according to customer habits, preferences, presence of allergic components for them, or expiring dates.Energy and Water Use: Energy and water supply consumption monitoring to obtain advice on how to save cost and resources. Maximizing energy efficiency by introducing lighting and heating products, such as bulbs, thermostats and air conditioners.
  2. Remote Control Appliances: Switching on and off remotely appliances to avoid accidents and save energy.
  3. Weather Station: Displays outdoor weather conditions such as humidity, temperature, barometric pressure, wind speed and rain levels using meters with ability to transmit data over long distances.
  4. Smart Home Appliances: Refrigerators with LCD screen telling what’s inside, food that’s about to expire, ingredients you need to buy and with all the information available on a smartphone app. Washing machines allowing you to monitor the laundry remotely, and run automatically when electricity rates are lowest. Kitchen ranges with interface to a smartphone app allowing remotely adjustable temperature control and monitoring the oven’s self-cleaning feature.
  5. Gas Monitoring: Real-information about gas usage and the status of gas lines could be provided by connecting residential gas meters to an Internet protocol (IP) network. As for the water monitoring, the possible outcome could be reductions in labor and maintenance costs, improved accuracy and lower costs in meter readings, and possibly gas consumption reductions.
  6. Safety Monitoring: Baby monitoring, cameras, and home alarm systems making people feel safe in their daily life at home.
  7. Smart Jewelry: Increased personal safety by wearing a piece of jewelry inserted with Bluetooth enabled technology used in a way that a simple push establishes contact with your smartphone, which through an app will send alarms to selected people in your social circle with information that you need help and your location.

Smart buildings deliver useful building services that make occupants productive (e.g. illumination, thermal comfort, air quality, physical security, sanitation, and many more) at the lowest cost and environmental impact over the building lifecycle. They use information technology during operation to connect a variety of subsystems, which typically operate independently, so that these systems can share information to optimize total building performance.

  1. Perimeter Access Control: Access control to restricted areas and detection of people in non-authorized areas.
  2. Liquid Presence: Liquid detection in data centres, warehouses and sensitive building grounds to prevent break downs and corrosion.
  3. Indoor Climate Control: Measurement and control of temperature, lighting, CO2 fresh air in ppm etc.
  4. Intelligent Thermostat: Thermostat that learns the users programming schedule after a few days, and from that programs itself. Can be used with an app to connect to the thermostat from a smart telephone, where control, watching the energy history, how much energy is saved and why can be displayed.
  5. Intelligent Fire Alarm: System with sensors measuring smoke and carbon monoxide, giving both early warnings, howling alarms and speaks with a human voice telling where the smoke is or when carbon monoxide levels are rising, in addition to giving a message on the smartphone or tablet if the smoke or CO alarm goes off.
  6. Intrusion Detection Systems: Detection of window and door openings and violations to prevent intruders.
  7. Motion Detection: Infrared motion sensors which reliably sends alerts to alarm panel (or dialer) and with a system implementing reduced false alarms algorithms and adaption to environmental disturbances.
  8. Art and Goods Preservation: Monitoring of conditions inside museums and art warehouses.
  9. Residential Irrigation: Monitoring and smart watering system.
  10. Innovative modular construction techniques
  11. Sustainable Construction techniques
  12. Innovative buildings (Zero energy buildings , e.g. illumination, thermal comfort, air quality, physical security, sanitation, and many more inside buildings)
  13. Low cost housing

Natural disasters can strike anywhere, anytime. But people are always thinking up new and innovative ways to provide relief when catastrophes occur.The main aim of this sector is to introduce new products which can help us tackle with such situation in a better manner than the present situation. Below are some examples for such innovations-



Concrete Canvas (Rapid Concrete Infrastructure)

Just add air and water. That's the theory behind Concrete Canvas Ltd's Concrete Canvas Shelters, inflatable dwellings made from concrete canvas, a cement–hybrid fabric that's both waterproof and fireproof. These permanent structures (each one has a design life of 10-plus years) ship in airtight sacks and can be easily constructed in less than an hour. The canvas comes attached to a polyethylene frame, which can be inflated into a shelter using an electric fan. After securing the shelter with ground anchors, douse it with water and let it set for approximately 48 hours, at which point it's ready to use.



The All Terrain Solar Trailer (ATST)

The latest project by Michael and Kenny Ham (the guys behind ApocalypsEV, a compact all-terrain vehicle for the end of the world) helps victims of natural disasters stay connected, even during lengthy power outages. The All Terrain Solar Trailer (ATST) is a portable, solar-powered-generator station that can charge up to 100 phones at once using both batteries and the sun. Designed to be towed behind the brothers' ApocalypsEV ATVs, which also run on a combo of battery and solar energy, the ATSTs would be able to reach places where infrastructure has been destroyed. Each trailer will come equipped with either four or eight batteries, providing 1200 to 2400 watts of solar charge, and feature 100 outlets: 50 of them regular 110-volt outlets and the others a combination of USB, iPhone, and lesser-used connections. "We also plan to give these trailers a grid-tie ability that will allow them to pay for themselves over time by lowering the electric bill of any organization that uses them," Kenny Ham says.



OpenRelief UAV

OpenRelief is crowd-sourcing a drone. The organization is creating a UAV that can help with disaster relief. The miniature plane, built mostly from off-the-shelf components such as fiberglass, has a 5.5-foot wingspan and weighs less than 7 pounds. It will use advanced image processing systems to identify things like roads, smoke, and people, and record what it sees. Equipped with an open-source system called ArduPilot Mega, the UAV can be easily controlled using GPS and IMU sensors—electronic devices that can also measure an area's radiation levels and weather.



LuminAID

Columbia University architecture students Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta have created an inventive and resourceful way to illuminate a disaster zone: the LuminAID, a solar-powered inflatable LED that's waterproof and floats, which makes air distribution easy. There are also no movable parts, and each LuminAID can provide light for up to three years without replacement. An added bonus: The inflatable case softens the harsh LED light. LuminAID costs from $18.95 to $26.95, and the creators have distributed them in 10 countries so far.



C-Water

Pure drinking water is a precious resource after a disaster. And while there are numerous filters on the market, the ease and simplicity of Chinese engineer Chao Gao's C-Water prototype, which took second place in Designboom's 2010 Incheon International Design Awards, makes it great for an emergency. Placed on the ground or in water, Gao's lightweight collapsible device accumulates water vapor inside its filter. The sun then heats the vapor—which eventually condenses on the roof of C-Water—and purifies it. Two days later—after exposure to the sun has killed nearly all the microbes—the H20 is safe to consume.



Healing Bench by Adrian Candela

Incredibly compact, the Healing Bench converts from a backpack to an operating bench, and it even holds a blanket and medical kit so that emergency workers can carry important tools to disaster sites hands-free. It’s made with the same materials and construction as a kayak so that it’s durable and able to float. Read more at here



DayOne Water Bag

One of the most difficult tasks of disaster relief has always been providing clean drinking water. This need became clear to Engineer Tricia Campos-Markman in 2005, when Hurricane Katrina and the Southeast Asian Tsunamis inspired her to come up with a practical and cost-effective water treatment system. The result was the DayOne Bag. Combining the functionality of a Camelbak-esque system and the water purification technology of P&G, you can literally watch as a purifying packet coagulates the harmful substances in the water and cause it to sink to the bottom, leaving 10 liters of clean drinking water. This simple and effective invention immediately caught the eye of the US Navy, who tested it with the Thai Military and ranked it #1 in “Water Purification Performance” and “User Operations.”

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