Sensors & sensibility

In 2010 the Spanish city of Santander was chosen to become Europe's test bed for a sensor-based smart city. Since then, 12,500 sensors have been placed in the city's downtown district and vicinity, in order to measure everything, from the number of parking spaces available, to the size of crowds on the sidewalks, to air pollution levels and traffic conditions, to the amount of trash in containers. The data is analyzed in real-time, allowing city officials to adjust the amount of energy they use, how much water to sprinkle on the city's lawns, or the number of trash pickups needed. Programmers are using the data to create apps to help citizens find bus arrival times, among other things. There is concern from some about the risks inherent in deploying this technology, including software bugs and governing decisions based on algorithms rather than human experience.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 48-51
  • Serial:
    • Governing
    • Volume: 27
    • Issue Number: 8
    • Publisher: e.Republic Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0894-3842

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  • Accession Number: 01526626
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 23 2014 11:09AM