Your city is silly.
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For a century, many of us have been interacting with parking meters and ventilated brick buildings every day without much change.
But it finally happened.
From Oslo to San Diego, cities around the world are installing data collection technologies to save money, become cleaner, reduce traffic and improve urban life.
In Digital Trends's Smart Cities series, we will examine how Smart Cities handle everything from energy management to disaster preparedness and public safety, and what it means to you.
You can't really talk about what happened in Denver without mentioning what happened in Fujisawa, Japan, 5,800 miles away.
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Designed to withstand earthquakes, they are equipped with solar panels and connected to smart grids.
It took more than a decade for the rattan saw to start operating, but Panasonic wanted to replicate it in the United States. S.
Use an established city.
It chose Denver.
"We've searched 2,530 cities in the United States before.
Jarrett Wendt, Executive Vice President of Panasonic Strategic Innovation, told the digital trend.
"Frankly speaking, we are trying to come up with a business model and a replicability plan.
But Denver offers something special: leaders assured Panasonic that they would not shirk responsibility for Panasonic's attempts to implement new technologies.
"This is the most convincing argument we have ever heard," Winter said.
"The mayor and the governor basically said,'We're in.
"Although accepting the government is helpful, it is not the only factor that brought Panasonic to Denver.
Near the airport, the second-to-
The last stop of the commuter railway is Pei_A station.
Now look at Google Maps. It's just a big piece of soil, about 10 miles from Denver International Airport.
Panasonic and its partners plan to develop 400 acres of land that is not constrained by typical processes as part of municipal institutions.
"Ultimately, because of the partnership and the fact that we are land investors, we are basically able to trigger new and emerging technologies.
"Without waiting for proposals, Panasonic built Colorado's first microgrid, smart street lights, and signed a cooperation agreement with the Colorado Department of Transport in 18 months. (CDOT)to test self-
Drive on Interstate 70.
The city has also found ways to automate certain services and reduce waiting time for DMVs.
If you go to Denver's website, you'll see a list of things you can do online, from paying parking tickets, adopting pets, to checking entertainment centers.
Denver also launched PocketGov, a mobile app. -stop-
Shopping to serve the city, "said Jenna Espinosa, spokeswoman for Mayor Michael B's office. Hancock.
"Through PocketGov, residents can report problems, ask questions and get information about important urban services, such as snow sweeping, street cleaning, garbage disposal, etc.
"If you wander around downtown Denver, you may notice Ike, who represents the experience of an interactive kiosk, even though you may not realize what it can do.
This interface has a lot of bubbles, reminiscent of mobile phones.
It can text you the direction from its location, send you its self-shot for you, and give you the real one. -Time series data.
The key to Denver's smart city vision is not just autopilot, but networked cars.
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The emergency automatic braking system will become the standard.
For example, if the system detects an imminent collision, it will apply a brake.
But many cars already have on-board computers, and Panasonic wants to take advantage of all the information it contains.
"What we are going to do in the next four years is to design the real first overall implementation of the integrated software stack," Winter said. That’s the in-
Vehicle software controls everything from windshield wipers to traction inside the car, and Winter believes companies like Ford and Toyota can use this information to do a lot of things.
For example, on a snowy Colorado highway, cars can use shorter lengths-
The range of radio frequencies to communicate with each other, as well as lighting and road signs.
They can send each other information about traffic or weather conditions, so if everyone turns around the garbage on the road, your car can remind you to slow down or change lanes ahead of time.
Not far from the highway, a nearby station, that is, a block connected to the railway line, should reduce the number of vehicles on the road.
Easymile will deploy its EZ10 automated space shuttle in a few months.
Passenger buses will take residents around the development zone to the railway station.
"Baby boomers have been saying they don't want to be sent to pastures," Winter said.
With the convenience of shuttle buses and trains, cars become less necessary.
For daily travel, 400 acres of land will be designed as mixed land. -use, live-work hubs.
The main modes of transportation will be walking and cycling, as well as EZ10.
Like other projects, what Winter calls a "mobile center" will be tested. -bed.
"Let's test the controlled ecosystem on the 400 acres, and then we can go to a remote area of the airport, and then we have 18 or 19 locations in the city," he said.
Denver sees the nearby Pe_a station as a guinea pig community, where he can stick his toes into the new technology pool before jumping into the new technology pool with his feet.
Bring smart street lights.
"There is little debate about whether this more influential technology can really affect cities in many regions, but the deployment of these technologies has always been a burden," Winter said.
Utilities usually have existing poles.
In Denver, 90% of the 50,000 street lamps are owned by Xcel Energy.
If the city wants not only to replace incandescent bulbs with light-emitting diodes, but also to make them intelligent, it needs to attract the bottom line of utilities.
Is there any evidence that adding cameras or sensors pays off?
First, pollution sensors can help officials understand whether the city is meeting its greenhouse gas targets for sustainable development by 2020.
By deploying these smart lights in Pe_a, Denver has real data to improve snow removal, enhance security and better parking, Wendt said.
Winter said, "You have to have a playground where you can show it and then implement it quickly. "
He expects similar results from carbon emissions. -
Ensuring that buildings and houses in the area meet LEED gold standards will provide valuable indicators and blueprints for future construction.
Denver's green momentum in energy choices is also continuing.
Colorado is a founding member of the Governor's Wind and Solar Alliance, and Winter believes that Denver's energy choices give utilities the opportunity to serve as service providers: "I doubt Colorado will take the lead in offering customers multiple choices about whether they need to choose from T. traditional fossil fuels or solar and wind energy or a combination of both.
"Denver's location means that it faces some challenges, not every potential smart city, such as snow removal.
With 4K cameras, officials can see the streets better.
"Now, if it snows, there's still a human decision," Winter said.
They moved all the trucks to $100,000 once.
If you can be more specific, that is to say, you can see the intersections or the streets from a 4K perspective, then you can make a more strategic layout.
"If every time you walk into downtown Denver, you feel embarrassed at the thought of being in front of the camera, Winter thinks you're naive if you don't think it's already happening in the city opposite the camera.
"If you've got cameras, let's make them legitimate, clear enough to really mean something," he said.
"Don't blur the image, let's look at the important image.
Although the city may have been used to measure pedestrian traffic, Panasonic's system can automatically blur every facial image, he said.
What about network security?
Winter mentioned Dallas, where the latest siren was slashed in the middle of the night.
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Evidence, "he admitted.
Espinoza said that Denver's Information Management Board adjusted its policies to keep information transparent and protect residents as needed.
"For example, with real estate data, anyone can apply for personal information on the ownership of a particular house, but technology makes it possible to quickly find multiple houses by address or name," she said.
"Data availability has not changed, but accessibility has changed.
"Real estate brokers will legally use this information, which will make their work easier, but for those who avoid domestic violence, the consequences may be serious.
Espinosa said: "This requires the government to be more careful about how to deal with these specific cases. "
It is expected that the date of full commissioning of PE_A has not yet been determined.
Even Fujisawa has not yet been fully completed.
In some ways, Denver's transformation is just beginning.
In other countries, this has been a long process.
Winter, who opened the Kurs Stadium in 1995, said: "It's almost a funny statement to say that the baseball field is the vanguard of all this, but it's true. "
"At that moment, the city began to change.
Espinosa said: "Since 2000, the city's population has increased by 25%.
"We will increase by more than 1000 people a month.
"The city feels crowded, especially in terms of transportation.
"We recently spent $30 million adding a mile of driveway to a major northern area. -
South artery, we're going to spend $1.
"Two billion lanes are added to Interstate 70 to reconnect the urban street network in the northeastern part of the city," she said.
"These are important improvements, but they are based on outdated supply patterns, which we cannot finance and which do not contribute to the human structure of our cities.
"If PE_A eventually becomes a reliable source of test solutions and then expands, it will help Denver manage this growth.
Winter predicted: "I think you may see a fast-growing city in more than 20 years, but it already has a real road map. "