NEC at this year's Mobile World Congress showcased some of its new technology, which can be used to enhance public spaces and smart cities. This includes the Cloud City Operation Center for urban management, NeoFace Watch facial recognition and crowd behavior video surveillance.
Philadelphia will be using money from a Smart Cities Council grant to move forward with smart city projects. The city will also be working with a consultant to create a road map on how to tackle current projects, including the installation of speed sensors on roads, gunshot detection technology and a smart water meter system.
Neuroscience and psychology can be used to enhance the design of smart cities, says Dr. Hugo Spiers of University College London. Tracking reactions through EEG devices and, during the design phase, considering how air, temperature and light affect cognition are just two ways this knowledge could be implemented.
Mobile sensors installed in vehicles can gather a significant amount of data that could be used for machine-learning algorithms to better understand the environment. Startups are beginning to utilize this technology, such as Nauto's data set that includes changes in road conditions and UrbanLogiq's platform for using data for responsive traffic lights.
Cities will need between $71 trillion and $78 trillion over the next 10 years for infrastructure to support urban growth, Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts said. Challenges including poor governance, inequality and crime face global cities, highlighting the need for smart technology and infrastructure, the analysts said.
Smart Cities Week -- Next Generation Smart Cities, May 8 to 10, Santa Clara, Calif.
This is not your typical conference. At Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley, you'll learn all about the next generation of smart cities -- including the latest and greatest innovations as well as the policy, technology and stakeholder infrastructure you need to advance your smart city agenda.
The program will include key insights and trends gleaned from the Smart Cities Readiness Challenge Grants -- a program launched by the Smart Cities Council and the White House to help five US cities develop their smart city road map.
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