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PeterJ
PeterJ  
4/30/2014 9:54:47 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Iot / tourist
I agree - especially as a new visitor I would welcome it. I don't know....I guess for those who do not welcome it there could be some sort of of primary notification to accept/decline?

Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
4/26/2014 8:18:04 PM
User Rank City Slicker
Iot / tourist
I like the iot assisting tourist. It would be nice to get a text of a major attraction that maybe close. It would be informative to scan a code and obtain an explanation of a beautiful statue that is not in the tourist book. Actually it would be great to replace the tourist book with the IOT.

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
4/19/2014 8:32:30 PM
User Rank Blogger
Pushing back on push
European users are typcially more sensitive about privacy issues than North Americans, so it's interesting to see Barcelona trying to make these "push" applications work to engage strangers, even anonymous ones. The experience there will be worth tracking to see if they can solve this riddle for others around the globe.

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
4/17/2014 9:29:58 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Noise Pollution
During Festivals I can understand the noise levels will go up, sometimes considerably. During regular times the noise levels pretty much remain low unless there is some sort of sporting match on or other celebration.

If you ever make your way to Memphis TN, go to Beal Street. on both sides of the street there are bars, the street is closed at all times to traffic. so you can walk on the streets. there are many people who walk those streets going bar hopping and drinking and eating some good food, but the noise level remains at a low througout the night. Many law enforcement officers abound, maybe that is why they are so quiet.

Maybe a combination of good Policing by the police and self control is needed?

Pablo Valerio
Pablo Valerio  
4/17/2014 5:58:44 AM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Noise Pollution
Ahh! "els correfocs". When we arrived here during the summer of 2012 we had to stay for a couple of weeks in Gràcia, during the festival. At the end they had the biggest Correfoc of Barcelona.

My wife was reading the safety recomendations and though it was crazy, but then she understood.

Here is a short video I took of one Correfoc in Barri Gotic, a small one: 



Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
4/15/2014 2:58:48 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Noise Pollution
I'm glad to know there's a crackdown on noise pollution, but I'm sorry for the bar owners.  Cities often expect bar owners to police what happens in the streets outside their premises. We've had the same issue in the East Village in New York.

As for festivals, I was present once at Barcelona's La Mercè festival.  Crazy crowds, pyramids of small children, fire everywhere.  I was hit by some wadding from a musket--ouch. Wild.



Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
4/15/2014 2:55:04 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Noise Pollution
I think they even have fake Irish pubs in Ireland!

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
4/15/2014 2:09:04 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: A Novelty Or Real Tourist Attracting IoT?
My wife has an App on her phone called "RETAIL ME NOT", its  a free download from the Android store. You put your information in and have location services turned on. Its always freaks me out while driving around town, because it sends a text to the phone to let her know of a deal at this or that store. when you open the coupon/text it tells you what store, the name of the store, the address, phone and what the deal is ex. 20% off shoes.

Its a great app and we have a lot of stores in Downtown Burbank and our Media Center Mall that subscribe to this App and give pretty good discounts. and we use this in our own home town, not NYC or Paris. So if the App is created to help tourists locate things to do and places to eat. it will be a very big help, especially if it offered discounts and coupons etc. etc.

if there is an App telling us of local entertainment and festivals and things to do, i'm sure we'll download that one as well.

Pablo Valerio
Pablo Valerio  
4/15/2014 1:02:52 PM
User Rank Blogger
Re: A Novelty Or Real Tourist Attracting IoT?
@kq4ym, I agree with Kim, permission is necessary! the telecoms are already tracking all our activity without explicit permission (except that their tracking is a by-product of having a smartphone). 

EU privacy rules are thougher than American rules, and opt-in is necessary here whereas opt-out is the rule in the US. People should be informed of any possible tracking of their activity when they enter a venue with sensors/beacons/ etc.

Pablo Valerio
Pablo Valerio  
4/15/2014 12:56:54 PM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Noise Pollution
@Kim, you're right about tourists overtaking Barri Gotic and Ramblas. But the city is fighting the noise seriously. The current administration has a zero-tolerance policy on noise regulations.

Just recently I overheard a conversation of two bar owners, one was complaining about a €2,000 fine for noise in front of his establishment.

There are some exceptions. During some festivals, such as the "Festa Major de Gràcia" the entire neighbourhood becomes a big party during a week in August.  

Fake Irish Pubs! I think they are everywhere!

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