More than half the population on Earth now lives in cities. This poses a great threat to communal resources like water and waste management, but also gives opportunities: people living more densely means that there are energy savings to be made. The notion of “smart cities” is what was discussed at the Intelligent Cities Forum.
Anne Altman, general manager, Global Public Sector, IBM, talks about why cities are so important to having a sustainable planet: “When we think of smarter cities we think about the data that can be collected, analyzed and used to improve city services. These are services across the full spectrum: social services and education to healthcare and transportation to water and public safety. Today, it’s all about using analytics to derive insights and to improve coordination and collaboration for cities.”
You must read the Smarter Planet writeup of the Intelligent Cities Forum. The recorded webcast can be accessed here.
SmartSantander is a city-scale experimental research facility in support of typical applications and services for a smart city.
Project use phone data to track public services – article in the NY Times on using everyday sensors and the (accidental) data they generate in new ways.
The Smarcos Project, an EU funded project aiming to help users of interconnected embedded systems by ensuring their interusability. Among the partners are University of Twente, Philips and Nokia. See video embedded below (or here) for an introduction to Smarcos.
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