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5 Urban Tech Trends to Watch in 2014

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Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/30/2014 9:32:32 AM
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Re: Tech Trends
I don't know the answer to your question, Venks. But I do no the cost of installing surveillance in any public place, such as a railway station, isn't trivial.

For instance, installing 2 cameras and attendant software can be $1,000.

This fact sheet indicates that a typical rail transit surveillance system involves much more than those two cameras.

Venks
Venks  
1/29/2014 9:54:00 PM
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Re: Tech Trends
Keep in mind, though, that big markets usually take time to build momentum.

@Mary: I agree. In countries like India, China such devices can be useful but at the same time they need to be absolutely affordable. Until that happens such techs will not penetrate in these huge Asian markets. Mary, I could not find any details regarding the cost implications of this particular technology. If these techs are already market ready, then can you brief us about how costly (or how cheap) these devices are?

Thanks a lot for your comment.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/29/2014 9:36:36 AM
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Re: A good time to be a consultant?
You  make a good point again, @Venks. Still, if I were a city manager, it might be more compelling to think of spending on tech that protects areas that are seen to be at greater risk. Sadly, as I review the recent news, what you say is true -- we need these kinds of detectors in all kinds of public places, it seems. It's tough to set a priority here.

Still, a driver will be the increased use of rail. It just  won't be the only driver.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/29/2014 9:32:49 AM
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Re: Tech Trends
Good point, Venks, and I hope you're right. Keep in mind, though, that big markets usually take time to build momentum. Once an idea or technology is introduced, it takes awhile for early adopters to convince the rest that a particular solution is sound enough to invest in, no matter how attractive it may seem.

Venks
Venks  
1/28/2014 10:54:18 PM
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Re: A good time to be a consultant?
A driver will be the growth of railroads, including light rail and other forms of urban transit.

@Mary: What makes you think that such devices will only be useful in different modes of transportation? I think such devices can be installed at all the important places like not only railway stations but malls, city bus stops, shoppiing centres, other densely populated areas etc.

Venks
Venks  
1/28/2014 10:48:29 PM
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Re: Tech Trends
He cites a recent IHS report that states that sales of equipment to detect explosives, weapons, and contraband (EWC) will grow by 3.3 percent in the coming year and by 8.8 percent in 2015.

Hey @Mary, Thanks for an interesting article here. The list looks very nice with all of these techs definately being used up much more in future than today.

But, I would like to point to make here. If such equipments are reliable then such products can be of immense useful in a country like India, which require a lot of such devices. I see that 3.3 percent growth is too less. I see this tech will grow at a higher rate than expected.

Hazel
Hazel  
1/7/2014 7:17:14 AM
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Re: Happy New Year - (Late)
A happy new year to all as well! These are definitely the emerging technologies for 2014 as we've seen from previous trends, so it would be interesting to see how things will actually play out as the year unfolds.

richheap
richheap  
1/6/2014 4:52:43 AM
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Re: Happy New Year - (Late)
Thanks James, and I hope you stick to your FC resolution. It's great to have you here.

I haven't made any firm new year resolutions, but I would like to do more in my community like finally joining the Friends of Florence Park, which is a local group that volunteers in my local park; and giving blood. In your words: "Let's make a difference."

richheap
richheap  
1/6/2014 4:47:19 AM
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Building Information Modelling
Will this be the year that BIM makes a big impact? Possibly, but the adoption of new tech in the construction and architecture sectors takes time. If BIM is to become big business then I think it is likely to be a slower process, with the system gradually adopted by firms over the next 3-5 years. I'd expect there to be a tipping point, but not in 2014.

James@SanDiego
James@SanDiego  
1/4/2014 1:23:58 PM
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Happy New Year - (Late)
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." ~ Margaret Mead


Happy New Year Future Cities, better late than never.  What a year 2013 was and personally, I am glad to see it go.  From the embarrasing fiasco of Fondeling Mayor Filner to the disasters and everything in between.  I sure hope we wake up and are poractive now as concerned citizens.  My list of resolutions is short but hopefully effective as we steer into 2014.  One of which is to much more contributing to the Future Cities boards, I monitor them daily and get email, linkedin and tweets to read but hardly find the time to contribute.  That said, I wish Nicole, Mary, Rich, Alan, Susan and all of your a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014!!!  Lets make a difference.

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