May 17, 2020

Top 10 industries to be improved by smart city technology

Smart city
Technology
Transport
healthcare
Sophie Chapman
2 min
Which industries will be the improved by new innovations?
Forbes Technology Council has released a list of the top 10 industries and services to be improved by smart city technologies.

10. Healthcare

“A tru...

Forbes Technology Council has released a list of the top 10 industries and services to be improved by smart city technologies.

10. Healthcare

A truly smart city will impact the healthcare industry to ensure faster and more accurate healthcare delivery because residents will be more connected to their healthcare practitioners.

9. Public safety

“Public safety “can use real-time crime mapping to highlight patterns and anticipate crime before it occurs.”

8. Property management

“In a smart city, self-service will disrupt how we view and lease properties. Schedule an appointment, unlock the door with your phone, self-tour and ask a virtual assistant any questions.

7. Infrastructure maintenance

“Analysts say that 38 percent of all bridges in the U.S. are in need of repair and that it would take 80 years to complete it all.

6. Marketing and advertising

“This could take the form of a digital billboard that is customized to nearby people, hyper-focused notifications that entice customers to shop and purchase frictionlessly, or incentives to share and increase social chatter.

5. Water treatment

“One surprising innovation is in sewer-line routing, where sensors on the underside of manhole covers communicate with each other what the levels are.”

4. Urban planning

“Citizens will start demanding features and functions that will impact urban and real estate planners the most.”

3. Transportation

“It could also help fast-forward municipal regulations over whether to even allow ride-sharing tech, how to implement bike lanes, how many tour bus companies they will allow to operate, etc.

2. Commercial real estate

“From designing spaces for mixed use—blending nature, art and business for the gig society—to developing buildings through 3D printing, this is an amazing space to watch.

1. Clean energy

“These cities have a goal in mind—to be cutting-edge and advanced. In these times, it’s very difficult to do this without considering the cost to the environment, which is where clean energy alternatives, such as solar, come in.

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Jul 20, 2021

Ghost games go green

Olympics
Tokyo
Sustainability
Renewables
John Pinching
2 min
2021 – the odd Olympics has arrived
The Tokyo Olympics are at the start line of sustainability, but the race for a better world has only just begun

Days before the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and already there is far-reaching controversy, as athletes, television spectators and the media contemplate a global event which is odd in name and odd in nature. Many want it cancelled but, at the time of writing, it is destined to proceed. For many sportspeople, who have already lost a year, it is now or never.

Let's face it, Usain Bolt performing his iconic lightning bolt gesture and Mo Farah just about able to summon a ‘Mo-bot’ on the finish line, seem like affectations from a bygone age. After all, those golden moments unfolded in front of thousands of delirious spectators. During Tokyo 2020 – or Tokyo 2021 as it is now known – the stadiums, velodromes, arenas and swimming pools will fall silent. Another victim of the COVID-19 era.

Mercifully, however, the Games were already set to be the most sustainable in modern history. It is perhaps ironic that the very absence of human beings already reduces carbon emissions, single use plastics and waste by an almost incalculable amount. This, to an extent, is offset by human hardship, unemployment, exclusion and economic factors.

"Be better, together – For the planet and the people" remains the hopelessly optimistic strapline for a decimated Games. Nevertheless, Tokyo 2021 organisers, in spite of calls for the closed sign to be turned on the entire spectacle, are determined for the city to meet its responsibilities and ‘showcase solution models of global sustainability challenges to people in Japan and around the world’. 

It is this promise which makes most sense. While the watching world will be able to witness athletes reach mesmerising performance levels in their chosen disciplines, they will also observe high-tech digital and technical sustainability innovations which will serve as an inspiration for international businesses, organisations and governments.

Indeed, throughout Tokyo 2021 there will be drives to uphold sustainability goals including the pioneering use of sourcing codes, the utilsation of existing venues rather than bespoke builds, an athlete’s village made from ‘Timber of the Nation’, power supplies generated from renewable energy and the overarching use of recycled materials and water throughout competitions. There will also be a continuous emphasis on the UN’s sacred principles in terms of human rights.

This commitment to sustainability and humanity extends to the Olympic and Paralympic Games movements of the future, as Japan recognises an opportunity to use the sporting stage as a force for positive environmental action. Let the games begin.

 

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