Making Cities Smarter and More Connected
The Economist takes a look at the growing number of experiments in creating synergistic computing systems for cities:
"The best-known smart city is Masdar, a brand-new development in Abu Dhabi that recently welcomed its first residents and will eventually become home to 40,000 people. It is being built entirely on a raised platform, which makes maintenance and the installation of new gear much easier. Below the platform sits the smart infrastructure, including water pipes with sensors and a fibre-optic network. Above it is to be a showcase for all kinds of green technology: energy-efficient buildings, small pods that will zoom around on paths (no cars will be allowed) and systems that catch dew as well as rainwater.
Yet experts see Masdar mostly as a property project: hardware in search of a purpose."