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Interview with Carlo — SENSEable City Lab

about how different were of the things that you have today just 20 years

He is an engineer, architect and he likes to the future. Carlo Ratti is the of the Senseable City Lab at the Massachusetts of the Technology. A short interview one of the keynote speakers of the Amsterdam City Event 2014.

the real Smart City stand up. There are so many of the city of the future. In which city do you believe?

‘I believe in a city in which are at the service of people, we prefer to them Senseable Cities. The Senseable has a double implication, in sensible and “able to sense”, I this definition is a better way of our vision, which is focused on rather than on technology.’

As with new specially technical there are also opponents of ‘new’ connected, sensored What is your response to kind of criticism?

‘The is just another consequence of the digitization processes that happened over the past Think about how different most of the things that you done today just 20 ago, without Facebook, iPhones, without Google without Google itself. changes are now entering the urban we need to study them in to be able to understand them and them!’

Can you tell more about the City Lab?

‘Senseable Lab started in 2004. At the time, new were promising exciting in communication, transportation and fabrication. We to imagine how these developments impact urban studies and how the interaction of digital and physical affect the way we understand, design and live in cities. The convergence of and atoms, which is now a reality. Our always focus on real problems, from energy to from waste to water We know that sensors and technologies will quickly our cities into “computers in air”. The information we can collect the city around us can help us design and manage it. Through instruments, we develop strategies to people’s lives.’

At the Amsterdam City Event 2014 from all of the world will and discuss about the cities of What is your advice? should they bear in

‘Never try to predict the future!

In the 1900, on the twenty fourth of the Boston Globe newspaper ran an by Thomas F. Anderson imagining Boston would look in the year 2000. The article was “Boston at the End of the 20th Century,” and an elaborate vision of a city moving sidewalks, pneumatic delivery of everything from to newspapers, and airships soaring above the city. Anderson’s were sweeping and optimistic of the 21st century would be so that the word “slum” have been eliminated the local vernacular.

Such descriptions, in retrospect, are comical notions of the future vary widely, from Wells’ grim and dystopias to Anderson’s shining metropolitan or Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. of its character, Tim Hartford, for the Financial observed that “Nothing looks as dated as old science

In the shadow such a sweeping of ideas, an exercise like THE FUTURE OF THE CITY is confronted an urgent question: Is it possible to the same fate? How can we avoid the heap of urban visions? We that considering the future is to the act of design: Alan Kay’s rings true, that best way to predict the future is to it.”’

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Townsend ‘People are aware the path to smartness is going to longer’

Anthoney Townsend Anthony Townsend People are that the path to smartness is to take longerThe title of his says it all. ‘SMART Big Data, Civic hackers and the for a New Utopia’. In one sentence urbanist and director at the Institute of the Future, Townsend captures the dilemma of the of the future. Townsend, one of the keynote of the Amsterdam Smart City 2014, shares his views on the of tomorrow.

As Townsend writes in his book worldwide are searching ways to use to ‘to address both the challenges of government and the mounting posed by human settlements of unimaginable size and complexity.’

Not an task but for Townsend it’s that the top-down approach, by government and industry, does not According to him people in local also ‘are very of the solutions being offered by big ‘Much more aware in the past that the path to is going to take longer, and of many small steps than a few big ones. And they are more aware of the constellation of players in the marketplace that great solutions to offer, and the of things that can be leveraged citizen-driven and informal efforts.’

the crisis helped in it’s own ‘It was actually the crisis stimulated the first wave of smart city projects, as big IT adroitly pivoted to exploit the spending that many carried out during the 2008-2010 But since then, we have local governments all over the trapped in a very difficult situation. They have not had the to simply write big checks to vendors for heavily integrated They’ve had to be much more and cautious about buying which has been good for businesses and citizen-led technology they are more lean and to go further.’

A new challenge for ‘new’ City ‘I don’t think a few years ago people would expected that city would be calling the shots. I a lot of people expected they more or less be rolling and competing with each to see who could get IBM to deploy their faster kind of a global version of the economic competition you see cities. In fact, that’s people at IBM told me they What’s actually happened is these projects are all a lot more and there are many more and conflicting objectives than thought, and its come down to leaders to sort it all out and prioritize very limited resources to do stuff.’

Townsend has also an to all the participants form all over the ‘I believe the key challenge now is figuring out how cities comprehensive the digital urban realm, and its with the physical, economic and realm that is shaped by and planning. A handful of cities the world are now doing this, developing and implementing what a lot like digital master documents that articulate policies and programs and sources of going forward 5-10

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Preview of @ Rail-Tech Europe for European Review

Improved performance of stock and optimised maintenance are the primary benefits of Real-Time of your rail fleet and is an of increasing interest across networks.

Following a ‘trail-blazing’ that it hosted in November Lloyd’s Register will how managers can take the next towards achieving their by launching the international Remote Congress on Rolling Stock, a new platform for this increasingly topic in the rail market.

The will combine expertise both rail and non-rail alongside a number of practical of the process. Key topics:

Experience of sectors: Condition monitoring in the Canal a business case

Industry trends: Why condition is becoming increasingly relevant in market

Evidence of success: from organisations who have discovered the advantages of condition

Source: Lloyd’s Register Europe B.V.

Lloyd’s invites you to join our Congress on 20 March 2013, during the Europe 2013 show, and our experts with your and concerns. This Congress a unique opportunity to debate the with our panel of speakers, all of possess extensive experience of Monitoring in both rail and applications and who can explain the ins and outs of using rail data to the performance and financial benefits to business.

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