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One of Greenwich peninsula's biggest landmarks is the O2 building

Discussion:  In a neighborhood in London, there is an operating system being tested that will connect utilities and services with citizens.  The ‘smart city’, located in the Greenwich peninsula, is testing an operating systems that aims to connect services such as water, transport, and energy with the people who live in the area.  Smart lamp posts will monitor traffic and become brighter when they recognize a car coming their way and smart heating systems will regulate internal temperatures in buildings to save energy.  As 70% of the world’s population is expected to live in cities by 2050, this new technology is critical to help regenerate urban spaces to make them more efficient and sustainable in the future.

Source:  BBC News

Date:  May 4, 2012

Link:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17940797

Discussion Questions:

  • Why is this new operating system superior to the traditional system in place today?
  • With this operating system in place, what would happen if connectivity between elements fails?

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