An Indian woman sorts reusable items from a landfill on the outskirts of New Delhi in March 2021. Trash pickers sometimes toil alongside paid municipal sanitation workers and provide a vital service to cities. Their subsistence work is put at risk by smart city technologies.
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‘Smart’ solutions to urban solid waste are creating serious challenges for low-income women waste workers in India.
Smart cities promise a shining future, but without deliberate efforts to include underserved communities they can worsen the digital divide.
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Smart cities’ focus on technology has made the digital divide worse, not better. The new infrastructure law could change that.
A smart light pole in the UK can also recognise faces and numberplates and detect speeding.
Smart street furniture can do a lot of things at once. Some of these functions offer the public clear benefits, but the data collection and surveillance capabilities raise a number of concerns.
We have the technology to make it easier for older Australians to pursue active ageing in their own communities. The smart city just needs their input to make it work for them.
Mitchell Joachim, Post Carbon City-State: Rezoned Circular Economy, Terreform ONE, 2018.
We need to change how we imagine the cities of the future in order to respond to today’s concerns.
The Internet of Things will transform industry, agriculture, and our cities. But we need to consider carefully the risks as well as the rewards.
Despite the exams algorithm fiasco, UK government bodies are making positive uses of the technology.
A robot dog called Spot patrols a Singapore park playing a recorded message telling people to observe physical distancing measures.
Smart city solutions have proved handy for curbing the contagion, but recent experience has also shown how much they rely on public trust. And that in turn depends on transparency and robust safeguards
The COVIDSafe app hasn’t come out of nowhere. The promises of ‘smart city’ data collection may be seductive, but we must always weigh up what we’re being asked to give up in return.
Deep learning algorithms can help us understand if and how social distancing is taking place.
‘Smart cities’, featuring networks of automatic lights, video cameras and environmental sensors, have been hailed as an enhancement to urban life. But they are also tools of surveillance and control.
A new report assesses the smart city performance of local government areas representing 85% of Australia’s population. NSW leads the way, and all the leading performers are in the major cities.
Melbourne is one Australian city that’s moving to improve its waste management and reduce its reliance on trucks to collect waste.
Cities around the world are struggling to manage their mountains of waste. We can use the Internet of Things for smart waste systems that collect, sort, reuse and recycle most of what is thrown out.
For Africa’s urban populations, new cities might not be the surest solution.
Constructing fancy ‘smart cities’ might not be the best solution for Africa’s rapidly urbanising populations.
Smart city Singapore.
According to a new smart cities index, the real test for smart cities is whether citizens feel the benefits.
Politicians from all parties should be asked tough questions about their support of Toronto’s Sidewalk Labs Quayside project while on the campaign trail. This is an artist’s rendering of the project.
If governments can’t get something like Quayside right, that bodes ill for Canada’s digital future. The election gives us a chance to see where the parties stand on vital data governance issues.
Connected technology could help the visually impaired to recognise people, places or even bank notes.
An artist’s rendering of the proposed Quayside neighbourhood in Toronto.
Alphabet Inc. Sidewalk Labs
Sidewalk Labs has released its Master Innovation and Development Plan and invited the public to provide feedback.
Grangegorman campus, Technological University Dublin.
Technological University Dublin.
Smart cities are more likely to be defined by quieter upgrades to existing infrastructure and new partnerships that better represent residents.
An intelligent approach to cities is a reflexive and responsive way to address urban challenges.
Cities need to focus on intelligent, collaborative and community-oriented approaches to smart city planning. This is important when it comes to addressing the roots of urban challenges.