Thanks for the thoughtful observation. The priorities obviously are different and the needs are differrent between the developed and not so developed geographical areas of the globe. Your point on the purpose of all the innovations and modifications is actually the key to assessing the practicability and usefulness of these innocvations. Otherwise we are just innovating just to to make "smart" product.
Hopefully the making of smarter cities is to improve quality of life of the inhabitants with lower carbon prints left in its wake.
@Nemos _ I agree with you about our need to also look at the needs of the cities in the underdeveloped world where providing the basic infrastructure like roads, parking lots, drainage systems etc is still a top priority. But as technologists we cannot stop from providing the ultramodern communications and associated smart services to the developed cities. Though not today but definitely tomorrow this techonolgy will become affordable and hence percolate to the cities of underdevelopd world also. By recovering our R & D costs from this modern cities, we can then provide the same technology to these underpreviledged nations at a much lower cost. The benefit will slowly spread across the world. A cellphone was a luxury item just a decade ago here in India but now it has become a common man's necessity and the service has also become affordable to the common man.
How related is this to smart-homes? I think that market will be huge when the current generation that started using the internet and computers starts (continues) to buy houses, etc. because the current decision makers where born without that and grew without them.
Jennifer, SmartCity is a conglomerate promoted by Dubai Holding with TECOM Investments, to develop and manage Knowledge Industry Townships Worldwide. The Dubai smartcity is in operation with more than 103,000 m2 build up area having major IT companies and integrated residential township for employees, with all the advance level amenities. They survived well during the recession period because of the presents of mix group of companies (low, medium and big level companies). I do agree that the global recession affected the giants (IBM, Accenture, yahoo etc), but when compare with outside number of wind up companies and job losses are very less. Moreover, the annual turnover from Dubai smartcity during 2008-09-10 is at par with previous years. The only thing is growth rate is little bit less than the expected or predicted rate. In between government also funded some amount for initial investments.
Last year they had opened first phase of Malta smartcity, with an investment of 275 million Euros. The whole development, which covers an area of 360,000 m2, is to be fully completed in 2021.
Recently they announced another one in Kerala, India (SmartCity Kochi), with an expected investment of 1500 Crore. The project would be spread over 246 acres with an expected to have 818,000 m2 of built up space. It was to be the first SmartCity project in India and on completion, SmartCity Kochi would be one of the largest IT parks in the country.
More details are available in their official website http://www.smartcity.ae/
Nemos - good points. I wish I had a good response for how the developing world is "going smart." Just a guess, given how prevalent cell phones and cell phone techology are in many of these regions, I would expect that's where we'll see some near-term investment and innovation. For instance, during the Mobile World Congress a few months back, I remember hearing about a student-led initiative (I believe it was called NextDrop) that uses mobile phone technology to notify peole about water supply and availablity; the idea was that people who live in places where water was scarce and supply was intermittent could truly benefit from knowing when and where the water was available. The model was being tested in India. (you can read about it here - http://innovations.coe.berkeley.edu/vol5-issue1-feb11/nextdrop). By our standards, that may not be considered a smart city, but for the people who get these alerts, this kind of technology may well be their smartest, life-changing tool. Anyone else have details about what cities in the developing world are doing on this front? Like, what's happening in Lima, Cairo, or Manila?
And to Jacob's question about the difference between smart city and integrated township, they sound almost the same to me. I'm sure there's a technical difference, but it seems like they are blanket terms that encompass a range of activities from big-scale green power generation down to mobile apps that let allow residents to connect directly to city adminstrators/offices.
The article described perfectly how is and how will be our cities smarter in the developed world but didn't mention anything about cities in the underdeveloped world.
The needs are completely different that's why the electronic equipment differs
From my point of view, it sounds weird to read how should be to buy a coffee with a flick. I believe we must concentrate to how technology will help us to improve our way of life and in particular, the way of living in the underdeveloped world.
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