Some power plants don’t have massive smokestacks or cooling towers – or even a central site.
Buildings are designed for people to live in, but what happens when no one is present or only half of the occupants are there?
Behavioural control is poised to become a new resource for employers and the real estate industry.
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.
That gentle voice coming from your smart speaker is more complex than she seems.
Abandoned trolleys are an all-too-common sight. A solution to this intractable problem depends on a combination of policy and legal changes, public engagement and tracking technology.
At Christmas shopping, you may have noticed toys are becoming very complex. They fly, hop, jump and follow you around – some even need to be ‘connected’. But why are we seeing such technical advances?
Bad customer service is actually good for companies’ bottom lines.
Faced with the eye-watering costs of building infrastructure, it makes sense to turn to much more cost-effective smart technology to get traffic flowing.
Research shows we’re pretty gullible as it is. And our increasing reliance on machines for completing everyday tasks makes us all-the-more vulnerable to being exploited.
The new payphones have Wi-Fi, mobile charging and transport information. But city councils are concerned they’re digital billboards for Telstra, which could cost billions in lost productivity.
Smart technology can help the environment, preserve biodiversity and protect sensitive areas, such as national parks.
Researchers are installing sensors to collect data about the use of public spaces. This can improve the management and public amenity of these places, but will users see the technology as intrusive?
Revelations about the fitness app have turned up the heat on the privacy and security risks of wearables.
Cities around the world are starting to rethink the vast areas of land set aside for parking. The convergence of several trends likely will mean this space becomes available for other uses.
A common theme from science fiction is a vision of a world where humans do less work and machines do more. Why have we not yet reached that point?
Taps need technology too.
But don’t worry, it’s failing. For now.
A host of spaces that were once immune to commercial intrusion – from parks to our friendships – are now being infiltrated by advertisers. Are we being enslaved by a ‘merciless master’?
Smart cities do more than develop products to increase productivity and prosperity. Mayors, CEOs and leaders engage entire communities in shaping the future of cities.