Technology and the evolving city
Transport is far from the only sector in which emergent technology will play a role. 'Smart cities’ will use new technologies to gather and analyse information about transport, energy and water management, using data to tackle key demand issues.
And the ‘Internet of Things’ - networks of physical objects, devices, vehicles, buildings embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity – is already making vast amounts of new data available.
It is also changing the way people engage with their physical environment, informing the ways they use and move through their cities, as well as how they interact with those making infrastructure decisions on their behalf. Wearable technologies, public access to open data sets, and collaborative data gathering projects change the role of the citizen from subject to active participant.
As new technologies are increasingly integrated into our physical environment, creating ‘Big Data’, we must grapple with how to capture, analyse, store, transfer, use, and protect this information. And consider what this means for our infrastructure choices in the future.
Wearable technologies, public access to open data sets, and collaborative data gathering projects change the role of the citizen from subject to active participant.
What are the challenges?
Our Urbanisation green paper identified a number of key questions that must be resolved in order if we are to successfully use the potential that technology can deliver to our cities.
- How can technology be used to help balance resource demands, optimise transport and mobility, and provide more opportunity and a better quality of life for citizens?
- What should a smart city look like?
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