Comcast’s New machineQ Tech Could Revolutionize Philly’s Smart City Effort

Image via Comcast.

Since receiving a Readiness Challenge grant from the Smart Cities Council in February, Philadelphia has been abuzz with ideas on how to improve the city with technology. And with machineQComcast’s latest Internet of Things (IoT) development — we may soon start to see a fair amount of these Smart City ideas in action.

This week the company will host an Internet of Things hackathon with Technical.ly to give developers a chance to start building machineQ-based solutions. Comcast first announced machineQ initiatives last October as a new business trial venture in Philadelphia. According to the company, the B2B platform, a Low-Power Wide-Area Network (LPWAN) that utilizes long-range (LoRa) technology, allows partners to gather, transmit and analyze data from connected devices all across the city. This means developers that create LoRa sensors for any number of infrastructural points (think cameras, dumpsters, water meters) can connect the sensors to the machineQ network and collect specific data from each individual sensor. The Philly trials over the past few months have focused on use cases like utility metering, asset tracking, and environmental monitoring for factors like temperature, pollution and noise. Read more »

Philadelphia International Airport Plans for New $200M Air Traffic Control Tower

PHL | flickr

Philadelphia International Airport announced this week that plans are in the works for the construction of a brand new air traffic control tower.

According to Philly.com, the Federal Aviation Administration intends to work with PHL over the next five years to site, design, fund, and build the new tower. If the plan succeeds, the tower will be built where the free parking area for people picking up travelers is currently located, which would require a relocation and reconstruction of the airport’s cellphone lot as well. Read more »

Why Sixers Owner Joshua Harris Met With President Trump

New Philadelphia 76ers owner Joshua Harris laughs before the start of a news conference at the Palestra Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, in Philadelphia. The ownership group also includes David Blitzer, Art Wrubel, and Jason Levien. The sale ends Comcast-Spectacor's 15-year run of ownership. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

New Philadelphia 76ers owner Joshua Harris laughs before the start of a news conference at the Palestra Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, in Philadelphia. The ownership group also includes David Blitzer, Art Wrubel, and Jason Levien. The sale ends Comcast-Spectacor’s 15-year run of ownership. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia 76ers owner Joshua Harris was one of several business leaders who met with President Donald Trump yesterday to discuss the president’s infrastructure plans.  Read more »

Falls Bridge Will Close For Emergency Repairs in February

Motorists who use the Falls Bridge will need to scope out detour routes for the month of February, when the bridge will be closed for emergency repairs. In addition, some of them should plan on using those detours for the next six years while the Streets Department prepares to fully rehabilitate the span. Read more »

More Windfarms Approved for Atlantic City, Could Power 1.2 Million Homes

The New Jersey Wind Energy Area from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

The New Jersey Wind Energy Area from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

The windmill farm that greets you on the drive from Philadelphia to Atlantic City represents so much. It not only means clean, renewable energy, but it’s a welcoming sign that there’s something bright, modern and green for a struggling city that relies heavily on gambling, entertainment and revelry for survival.

Just yesterday, two companies won the rights to develop windmill farms on nearly 344,000 acres in federal waters off the coast of Atlantic City. Here’s how it breaks down: Read more »

You’re Not Imagining It: Water Main Breaks Are On the Rise in Philly

Shutterstock.com

Shutterstock.com

There was another absolutely insane water main break in Philadelphia over the weekend. Ten million gallons of water poured onto the streets when an 1880s-era water transmission line in West Philly ruptured, forcing residents to evacuate as their homes and cars were being wrecked.

Over the past few years, there have been tons of headlines in the news like, “Water Main Break Damages Several South Philadelphia Homes,” “8 Water Main Breaks in 24 Hours in Philadelphia,” and “Philadelphia’s 3rd Water Main Break in 10 Days.” They’ve all made it seem like the city is in the midst of an epidemic of water main breaks — but, of course, the news can be misleading sometimes. So we asked the Philadelphia Water Department for statistics on ruptured water mains going back to the 1960s.

As it turns out, water main breaks are indeed on the rise. Read more »

Philadelphia: We’re Not Alone in Water Main Breaks

2009 water main break

A water main break in 2009 in Far Northeast Philadelphia.

Scan the headlines over the past few months and you see variations on the same headline constantly.

December 10th: Day Care Evacuated After Water Main Breaks. January 18th: “Tacony Water Main Break Shuts Down Road.” February 10th: Massive Water Main Break Sends Water Onto Roosevelt Boulevard.” February 16th: “Ruptures Cause Water Woes Around Area.” February 21st: “Water Main Break Leads to Evacuations, Water Shut Offs. Read more »

WATCH: John Oliver on Infrastructure, Featuring Ed Rendell

Posts about John Oliver ethering someone have become an Internet tradition, but please forgive us this week: Last night’s episode of Last Week Tonight featured Ed Rendell!

Rendell wasn’t interviewed on the show, but it featured a clip of a 60 Minutes report from last year that included this tale:

In 2008 two contractors from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation stopped to get a sausage sandwich, and parked their cars under this bridge.

Ed Rendell: And fortunately they wanted that sausage sandwich because they saw one of these piers with an eight-foot gash in it about five inches wide. And oh, they knew automatically that this bridge was in deep trouble.

Read more »

« Older Posts