Much of what is put under the “smart city” umbrella has actually been around for a decade or more. Bit by bit (or byte by byte), we’ve been retrofitting various city systems and networks with devices that count, measure, record, and connect. For example, Amsterdam Innovation Motor (AIM), a public–private effort that identifies the potential […]
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Talking back to your intelligent city

Much of what is put under the “smart city” umbrella has actually been around for a decade or more. Bit by bit (or byte by byte), we’ve been retrofitting various city systems and networks with devices that count, measure, record, and connect. For example, Amsterdam Innovation Motor (AIM), a public–private effort that identifies the potential for intelligent technology in a broad range of settings, has devised a way to connect ships anchored in port to the electricity grid, allowing them to turn off the diesel generators. Delft University of Technology, the leading technical and scientific university in the Netherlands, has developed a vast range of practical technical innovations. (It also has developed the ultimate hurricane-proof umbrella, of which I am a proud owner; let me alert the reader that its odd aerodynamic shape will attract attention on the street). A visit to their Web site is a worthwhile voyage through the minds of brilliant technologists, architects and urban planners, and scientists—all, it seems, with a strong urban sense.

What Matters: Talking back to your intelligent city.


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