Cut through the hype surrounding Smart Cities. This book looks at the facts on the ground and realities, coming to a more adequate understanding of where technology can and cannot help in a city context, specifically pulling on insights gained from smart city initiatives in New York, Chicago, Amsterdam and Copenhagen.
Currently, the concept of Smart Cities is rightfully touted as a transformative power in our lives. The use of Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Blockchain are some of the most hyped technologies that promise to bring about significant changes to how we live and manage our cities. While some isolated solutions have been implemented with great success and impact, the full potential of smart cities have so far not been realized. Practical realities often interfere, bringing initiatives to a screeching halt or stopping them before they even start. By better understanding the practical realities of a city we may be able to better make use of technology to make smarter cities.
To that end end, this book provides a number of practical guidelines on how to make cities smarter with the aid of technology. You'll also dive into the practical understanding of managing and securing thousands, possibly millions, of devices and the accompanying data. Demystifying Smart Cities evaluates how technology can behave in a more intelligent way and how producing novel solutions can pose problems of their own.
What You'll LearnPractical issues and challenges of managing thousands and millions of IoT devices in a city
The different types of city data and how to manage and secure it
The possibilities of utilizing AI into a city (and how it differs from working with the private sector)
Examples of how to make cities smarter with technology
Who This Book Is For
Primarily for those already familiar with the hype of smart city technologies but not the details of its implementation, along with technologists interested in learning how city government works when integrating technology. Also, people working for smart city vendors, especially sales people and product managers who need to understand their target market.
Anders Lisdorf has worked with innovative technologies for more than a decade in many different settings and industries. The last couple of years he has been responsible for developing the data services of New York City, but previously he has worked as an entrepreneur, taught at the university level and worked as a consultant.
Chapter 1: IntroductionChapter Goal: to set the scene for the focus of the book and create interest in the subject
- The history and future of cities
- The smart city landscape
Part 1: Understanding smart citiesThe purpose of part 1 is to describe the basics of smart cities
Chapter 2: ConnectivityChapter Goal: describing the different ways in which the city technologies can be connected and illustrate with real world examples
- NYC Mesh
Chapter 3: DevicesChapter Goal: Define what is meant by devices and IoT and give examples of the practical issues and challenges managing thousands and millions of devices in a city
- What is a device?
- Managing a device - the power of platforms
- Protecting a device - IoT Security
- Developing device standards - an interagency effort
Chapter 4: DataChapter Goal: Making clear the different types of city data and how they need to be managed and secured
- Different kinds of data Sharing data Retention of data
- The data explosion
Chapter 5: IntelligenceChapter Goal: Putting the possibilities of Artificial Intelligence into a city context to explain key differences with application in private companies
- Algorithmic transparency - the drive is toward transparency not the efficiency of AI.
- Legislation about AI.
- Political accountability - even if it is AI politicians will be accountable and understanding for AI is low
- AI in real life - how different types of AI will play out in a city context
- Ethics and AI - who decides the ethics?
Chapter 6: Engagement
- In house development
- Traditional procurement
- Civic technology
- Public private partnerships
- University Collaboration
Part 2: Towards smarter citiesThe purpose of Part 2 is to be more prescriptive and offers a series of essays related to how to make cities smarter Chapter 7: "Architect with imagination" - could payphones show the way in an emergency
Chapter 8: "Make innovation a habit" - why most innovation is like low fat yoghurt"
Chapter 9: "Build the data refinery" - because cities run on data
Chapter 10: "Optimize data value not just data quality" - how to avoid another Mars Climate Orbiter disaster
Chapter 11: "Employ pragmatic idealism", bridging the ivory tower and the trenches
Chapter 12: Conclusion
The concept of Smart Cities is accurately regarded as a potentially transformative power all over the world. Bustling metropolises infused with the right combination of the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, big data, and blockchain promise to improve both our daily lives and larger structural operations at a city government level. The practical realities pose challenges that a significant sector of the tech industry now revolves around solving.Cut through the hype with Demystifying Smart Cities. In this book, the real-world implementations of successful Smart City technology in places like New York, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and more are analyzed, and insights are gained from recorded attempts in similar urban centers that have not reached their full Smart City potential. From the logistical complications of securing thousands of devices to collect millions of pieces of data daily, to the complicated governmental processes that are required to install Smart City tech, Demystifying Smart Cities covers every aspect of this revolutionary modern technology.
This book is the essential guide for anybody who touches a step of the Smart City process-from salespeople representing product vendors to city government officials to data scientists-and provides a more well-rounded understanding of the full positive and negative impacts of Smart City technology deployment. Demystifying Smart Cities evaluates how our cities can behave in a more intelligent way, and how producing novel solutions can pose equally novel challenges. The future of the metropolis is here, and the expert knowledge in the book is your greatest asset.