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8 Smart Cities: A Peek At Our Connected Future

Cities around the world are using technology to improve the lives of their citizens. See what puts these eight communities ahead of the curve.
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Barcelona

Barcelona is often touted as being the smartest city in the world. It has been on the forefront of using technology to improve urban life, and many of its smart city projects have been highly successful. Big data is a critical part of the success that Barcelona's smart city projects have had. One such example is collecting and monitoring energy consumption within city buildings. This real-time monitoring of data can detect energy overuse anomalies and allows for rapid corrections, so reducing energy wastefulness.

(Image: Pcdazero via Pixabay)

Barcelona

Barcelona is often touted as being the smartest city in the world. It has been on the forefront of using technology to improve urban life, and many of its smart city projects have been highly successful. Big data is a critical part of the success that Barcelona's smart city projects have had. One such example is collecting and monitoring energy consumption within city buildings. This real-time monitoring of data can detect energy overuse anomalies and allows for rapid corrections, so reducing energy wastefulness.

(Image: Pcdazero via Pixabay)

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Broadway0474
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9/17/2015 | 10:18:15 PM
Re: leaking pipes
ewilliams, I can appreciate your frustration. Conservation and efficiency are hardly new topics.  And as of even five years ago, they fell under the "green" or "sustainability" label. But now even those "causes" are out of fashion. Now everything must be "smart" and "IoT." Hopefully, smart is the solution that will finally lead cities into a golden age, no matter how inept or corrupt their politicians are. Or maybe the next technology fad will do the trick ...
ewilliams198
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9/17/2015 | 11:13:11 AM
leaking pipes
Sorry, this should be under the heading of stupid polititicians not smart cities.

WOW - We can save energy if we know where we are using it?  This has been going on in industry for at least 300 years (when some Scots started to work on thermodynamics to save fuel when making whiskey).  That pipes leak has been known ever since the first pipe was made.  That about half of the water put into a municipal water system could be leaking has been shown and published for at least 45 years, so any citiy that assumes they don't have leaks is just being stupid. We used odd/even license plates to ration who could buy gas in the 70's;  It didn't work all that well then and it appearently doesn't work all that well in Bogota today (and really, how big a computer does it take to look at the plate?). 

Should all these issues be addressed, yes of course, but is this being "smart"?  Does it need the latest technology?  No.  The real questions are "why haven't cities been doing it all along?", and "how much better is the new measurement technology?"
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