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Dan Swinhoe (Global)- The Smart Cities of the Future
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What you're Saying Kathryn Cave (Global) - Cash Hoarding, Budgets & Technology Now
A great point of view. It seems to b e much wealth.....b ut it is in the safes.

By 2030, more than 60% of the population will b e living in cities, rising to 70% b y 2050. These are huge figures, and it's hard to imagine the world's already b loated cities coping with this influx of people if things stand as they are. What's needed is a new kind of city. Countries across the world are looking to the future, wondering what the metropolises of the future will look like, and many are trying to b uild them here today. Known as Smart, Tech or Ub iquitous Cities, the concept is to merge technology with everyday living to an even greater extent than we already do. The phrases are fairly open, and can b e used for cities emb racing tech through entrepreneurs and start-ups or ones b uilding ultra-modern smart homes and services. Smart cities depend on technology, whether it's transport, economy, energy or anything else you can imagine. A good example of what a Smart City can do is automating the smallest things. For example, in an office b uilding equipped with such technologies, when an executive drives into the b uilding's parking garage, the computerized parking system uses license plate recognition to identify the driver as a VIP, directs the car to a free parking spot and cues the elevator. Based on the executive's radio-frequency ID tag, the elevator already knows which floor to go to and the office door is open and waiting. Finally, data prompts the office's lighting, climate-control and workspace systems to configure themselves automatically. There are two kinds of Smart City. There are those that are b eing b uilt from scratch with all kinds of new technology in them; Most are currently empty b ut plan to b e inhab ited, or, like CITE in Mexico, are ghost towns used purely for research purposes. Then there's the revamping of current cities, where the inefficient services currently in place are replaced with new ones, such as smarter power grids.There are literally hundreds of towns and cities across the world emb racing these smart concepts in some form or another, b ut which ones will b ecome household names in the future? Korea can b e seen as something of a leader in this field. When construction is completed in 2014, Songdo will b e the b iggest of a planned 15 smart cities. Every Songdo apartment b uilding is equipped with a video conference room and residents are provided with a green meter that measures the daily use of energy, While on top of the 68floor Northeast Trade Tower a thermal imaging camera has b een placed, in order to gather temperature, humidity, wind direction, and wind speed information all across Songdo. If there is a b ig fire or any pollutants b eing released, or significant changes to standard conditions, the system is ab le to sense this and alert the appropriate emergency vehicles like police cars, amb ulances, fire trucks, etc. Along with Singapore, the Malaysian city of Nusajaya is also looking towards b ecoming a Smart City. But it's not just Southeast Asia that's emb racing the concept. According to a report b y Lux Research that singles out the cities as having the b est framework for developing themselves into Smart Cities, Singapore, Amsterdam , Stockholm, SmartGridCity, Masda and PlanIT Valley are the leaders of the future. Getting Smart Across the World But that list is far from exhaustive; there are Smart Cities, b oth old and new, popping up all over the world. Tech

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and innovation hub s springing up all over Africa, where the continent's rapid urb anization meets its growing desire for technology and innovation. In the outskirts of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Kigamb oni New City is looking to Singapore as a model for its future, using the city's IT growth as a way to attract investors. Meanwhile, over on the East side, Kenya is looking to create its own technology paradise. Ahmed Salim, of the Society of International Development, explained "Konza City in Nairob i, Kenya is a multi-b illion dollar ICT city park. The Kenyan Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication expects Konza City to b e Africa's home of computerization, the equivalent of Silicon Valley in California, complete with skyscrapers, b usiness centers, international schools and hospitals. It is no secret that Nairob i aspires to b e the technology hub of East Africa." Africa may have high hopes, b ut these kinds of projects require b ig money (running into the b illions), large amounts of planning and forethought with patience to spend years b uilding, not to mention a skilled workforce to make everything go. While I b elieve some of the purpose b uilt ones, such as Konza, may have a chance at b ecoming a major hub , giving somewhere like Dar es Salaam the kind of makeover it needs to b ecome a major technology hub may b e close to impossib le. Poverty might also b e a restricting factor-if you can b arely afford to live as you are, emb racing technology will b e a huge challenge. In the Middle East, the UAE's Masdar will b e a super-efficient green city that will rely entirely on green energy. Recently it b ecame the first city in the region to install a rapid charge point for electric cars. Elsewhere in the region is the snappily-named Medina Knowledge Economic City, and Lisasil, which should have its first tenants b y the end of the year. The Gulf's amb ition and near-unlimited funds mean these super cities will no doub t b e b ig b oomers in the years to come. Although there have b een prob lems with its SmartGridCity in Colorado, the US is keen. Eight cities are taking part in IBM's Smarter Citie s program, and Miami is also hoping to get in on the action. But with Mitt Romney against green technology and the idea that everything has to b e produced out the US, how other US tech cities evolve may depend hugely on which face we see entering the White House at the end of the year. India too is looking to get in on the action, with seven proposed Smart Cities, though it's early days and very little has b een finalized. The Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) is one that has b een confirmed however, and should b e completed b y 2016. With IBM estimating that every minute during the next 20 years, 30 Indians will leave rural India for urb an areas, it's important for India to b e thinking on this kind of large scale. A Successful Future? These projects are great ideas and the kind of forward thinking the world needs as the pressure of trying to keep everything moving increases. But I'm not sure we'll b e seeing a wholesale revolution of how we live our lives. For the near-future, I think these tech/U/Smart Cities will b e the exception rather than the norm. Purpose b uilt super cities in advanced markets such as South Korea will prob ab ly b e the most successful if they can convince people to inhab it them, while other estab lished mega-cities will b e b est positioned to profit from incremental changes. But I can't imagine a city like London ever b ecoming a hyper-modern metropolis when relatively simple tasks such as keeping signals on the Underground working seems to b e a daily struggle. I think for the concept of Smart Cities to work, they need to b e approached from the ground up. With smartphones and tab lets selling in ever-larger numb ers; companies are starting to integrate them into ‘Smart Homes', and this retro-fitting might b e easier than a wholesale reb uilding of entire cities. With annual spend on Smart Cities estimated to reach $16 b illion annually b y 2020 (an investment of $108 b illion b etween now and then) these new metropolises aren't going away. How successful they will actually b e is yet to b e seen. Seoul Space IDG Connect Marketers ILX Group Gerdau SA Afrinnovator South African Local Government Association idgconnectlaw Popular Tags idgconnect IT Infrastructure Cloud Computing (ISC)2 Monster Reksoft CSC Netmagic Solutions Smart Sky Electronics We45 Solutions Business Daily Web sense Afrinnovator Business TechNode Security

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