LifeLoop cofounder Amy
Johnson, at an Omaha
nursing home, is enabling
between senior citizens
and their families.
A dAtAbAse for smArt cities
With free public Wi-Fi, smart traffic
signals, and 125 interactive information
kiosks, Kansas City is one of the country’s smartest cities. Even more intelligent: It has opened its data to residents
so that they can access traffic patterns
and find available parking spots. It’s also
sharing its information with other cities
to help them develop best practices.
A cAnine conservAtion teAm
Working Dogs for Conservation
employs dogs’ impeccable sense of
smell to protect the environment.
Initially, a handful of dogs tracked
threatened wildlife, such as grizzly
bears; today, 30 dogs monitor aquatic
contaminants, detect invasive species
(such as zebra mussels), and sniff
out diseases affecting livestock.
A drone-bAsed cure
A partnership between Las Vegas’s
Desert Research Institute, manufacturer
Drone America, and aerial-services provider Avisight recently launched a fleet
of drones for cloud seeding (a process
that releases silver iodide to generate
rain from clouds). The group plans to
deploy in other regions early next year.
A bridge with A mind of its own
Portsmouth’s Memorial Bridge can
now let state officials know when it
needs maintenance. Engineers at the
University of New Hampshire have
installed sensors along the span that
gather data on everything from structural soundness and traffic patterns to
the effect of the bridge on the marine