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mejiac
mejiac  
7/31/2013 2:00:21 PM
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Re: Cities are getting smarter
@Nicole,

"Good to see cities such as these emerge as "smart" environments.",

Agreed. This also shows that it can be implemented anywhere. So many third world countries (with proper funding assistance) can built prototype urban areas to show case how technology can assist in making managing cities more feasible, less time consuming and more efficient.

mejiac
mejiac  
7/31/2013 1:58:35 PM
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Re: Cities are getting smarter
@Davedgreat2000,

Thank you for your comment, and really good question.

I think one the main traits about this is that it serves as a proof of concept, of something that maybe wasn't even part of any government agenda, reason why it was done with grants.

But it goes to show that when the right people work together, wonderful projects like these flourish

PostSandy
PostSandy  
7/29/2013 9:33:48 PM
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Re: Cities are getting smarter
This is a smart thought Nicole: to gain reputation by being smart! Not only cities, universities could benefit from operating more efficiently. Academic/business incubators can form partnerships to create smarter campuses. Say, a real estate developer invests in building more efficiently run dorms. The technology is the result of academic research. The city government provide tax incentives to the developer. With trials and errors, the dorm model can grow into a neighborhood model, and eventually into a town. Such project brings to academia research opportunities and funding. It brings knowledge and business opportunities to the cities and real estate developers who invest in such project.

 

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
7/25/2013 9:00:17 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Cities are getting smarter
Nicole, The great thing about this article is that companies and universities came together to build this with Grant Money. I'm wondering if Cities will spend the money to do this if they didnt have Grant Money or extra sources of funds coming in from say the Federal Government?

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
7/24/2013 6:03:44 PM
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Re: Cities are getting smarter
This is really cool, Pablo, thanks for writing about this for us.

This blog, and the mention of Chattanooga, have me thinking about how there's an opportunity here for lesser known cities to make a name for themselves by emerging as "smart" environments. This is easier to do for less-populated cities (as you've indicated Santander is), and it's a great way for such cities to gain international attention. Were it not for Chattanooga's tech efforts (those mentioned here, as well as others), I'd likely never have heard of it. Same goes for Santander. Good to see cities such as these emerge as "smart" environments.

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
7/23/2013 1:22:04 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Cities are getting smarter
Pablo, These apps are really useful when you find issues you want to see corrected. Hopefully the cost does go down to get all the sensors installed and fully operational within cities around the world.

its really a great idea. We'll have to keep an eye on Chattanooga, TN and see how it works for that city.

Pablo Valerio
Pablo Valerio  
7/23/2013 12:50:43 PM
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Re: Cities are getting smarter
Dave, many cities are using apps to enegage residents. The benefits are enourmous as they get first hand information about things to fix, issues and suggestions.

The sensors are only installed in public places, such as parks, busses, street lamps and garbage bins. The use of CCTV cameras is limited to public buildings, due to the strict privacy regultaions in Spain. 

Now several cities are looking s t the results. Recently the city of Chattanooga (TN) visited Santander to start collaboration between the city governments and the Universities.

ABout cost, I believe it could be less. Now the industries involved are paying for new sensors because they want to test the solutions in the real world.

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
7/23/2013 12:00:13 PM
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Cities are getting smarter
The City of Glendale CA (my hometown) has an app called "MyGlendale" that does the same thing as City Pulse app does for Spain. I recently used it to report illegal dumping of a truck front end in the alley behind a building that I go to regularly. The city sent someone out to pick it up within 5 days (free of charge). But i can take photos of various issues i may find in my day to day travels and send them in complete with GPS coordinates. Its a great system indeed. I'm glad that other cities are getting on the bandwagon with this type of technology. Of course the City of Glendale doesnt have the sensors placed all over the city. But we have smart meters on all of the homes and are upgrading all the city power grid.

The Smart Santander Project sounds like a great idea that other cities should follow.

Without Grants would this project still cost $14 Million to implement and monitor? what are the privacy concerns that the people may have/had?

 

 

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