Wednesday, 2 October 2013


- From Dr.DD’s News Granary 

The Hottest Trend in Urban Management: 
Drive the City through Sensors

Santander, the city of Spain is the City of Sensors. Under the Streets, in the Buses, Utility Poles and dumpsters, more than 12000 electronic sensors track everything.

They direct the drivers through electronic signs on the available parking spaces, they signal when the dumpsters are to be emptied, they measure the soil dampness in parks, prevent sprinkler overuse.

Wireless-enabled meters monitor water consumption at homes and offices. The sensors save 20% water wastage and conserve energy by conserving use in public buildings.

Anyone can download an app to complain about potholes or other nuisances to Public officials. A separate app can let you know the availability of Taxi/ Buses on real time.                                                                                                                              
The Municipality has sensors to monitor traffic or air pollution and to assess the risk of floods and landslides.

As the internet becomes entwined with Physical environment, there are great opportunities for innovation and commercialization.

When do we create smart cities in India? Many creative apps can be developed by the info-tech guys to improve city governance. Are the IT guys ready for it?

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