Machine Learning vs. IoT Sensors for Finding Parking Spots

Some of my favorite work with cities and companies is around the Internet of Things. There are many modern day challenges that are best solved with technology. However, the question that we face is how best to solve those challenges. 

For example, some cities, are exploring adding sensors to parking spaces to help inform motorists about where parking spots are available. This type of endeavor will be expensive in so many different ways. Any city looking to do this, will likely need to architect some type of system that looks like the following: 

On the other hand, Google, is leveraging its maps data too help predict where you are most likely to find parking. This is an impressive use of machine learning instead of on-the-ground sensors for smart parking.

Using Machine Learning to Predict Parking Difficulty

What are some excellent telecom and broadband resources?

There are a lot of resources out there on broadband and telecom information. The challenge — as always — is separating signal from noise. The following list of resources are a helpful jumping off point for news, research and analysis on fixed and wireless broadband:

Diffraction Analysis: Google hired this company to analyze what the best broadband models are is in the world.

Baller’s Email List: Jim Baller’s weekly emails roundup everything going on in broadband/telecom as it relates to the FCC.

Next Century Cities: Consortium of cities working together to collect best practices.

Fierce Telecom: Telecom news. They also have separate publications around wireless and cable.

CTC Technology & Energy: CTC Technology & Energy is an independent communications and IT engineering consulting firm with more than 30 years of experience. We work at the highest levels on cutting-edge communications networking projects for public sector The Federal Communications Commission does a lot of work to analyze and understand telecom problems. For example,, provides details on complaints from providers on pole attachment issues.

Telecom Ramblings: Potentially a telecom nerds haven — you can often find fiber maps here.

This is ongoing and living list, and we will keep updating as we find better resources.