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The Future Smart City Will Be Built Around You and the Internet of You

<i>Pssshhhhhhtttt.</i> Like a shot of steam in your morning latte, the sound of train doors opening injects vitality into any urban commute. But imagine that at 7:18 a.m. on Monday in the London Underground the red doors stay open and quiet, and stay, and stay . . .<p>Inside the rail cars, instead of the …

Kinetic pavements are giving a whole new meaning to ‘power walking’

1<b>Monthly cost -</b> Representative monthly direct debit costs based on a non-economy-7, dual-fuel, medium user (3100 kWhs elec. and 12500 kWhs gas) …

The new technologies helping visually impaired people navigate cities

Navigating a mega-city like London on foot can be a fraught experience no matter who you are. But as a sighted person living in a sighted world, it’s nearly impossible to imagine what that experience can be like with a visual impairment.<p>Take, for example, the ubiquitous pedestrian crossing. While …

Map some noise: how your smartphone can help tackle city sound pollution

The NoiseTube app uses the GPS and microphone in your smartphone to gather data and create collaborative noise maps which can be far more detailed than official versions<p>Noise pollution in cities is causing our health to suffer: according to the World Health Organisation, one in five Europeans is …

Tomorrow's cities - the lamp-posts watching every move

<b>Imagine an app aimed at showing thieves the best places for stealing.</b><p>It's actually not hard to do - simply pull together publicly available data on disposable income, crime levels and problems reported in a district.<p>It may reveal that the optimum place to go pilfering is in an area of high income, …

Tomorrow's cities: Towards the congestion-free city

<b>Neil Fulton is debating what sort of persona to give the driverless cars that are soon to hit the not-so-mean streets of Milton Keynes.</b><p>"Are they going to be polite and let people pass in front of them?" he asks.<p>"There is a danger that if they are too polite, they wouldn't make any progression. But, …

In the smart city of Santander the walls have ears

Urban noise may be a nuisance for residents, but it can also provide important information about the city and its needs. A unique experiment in the Spanish city of Santander is trying to determine how this data can be used to improve the lives of citizens. It involves engineers and scientists from …