October 5, 2011
When the cities of the future are portrayed on the big screen they usually present dystopian visions of urban decay.
But a city-building project underway in northern Portugal is out to overturn those concepts with a super-functional ‘smart city’ where the entire metropolis is run by one big computer system.
Imagine if a building could not only sense a fire, but use its lighting system to show residents a safe escape route and then interact with the traffic light grid to ensure fire engines have easier access as other traffic is directed away.
That is the reality of the Urban Operating System, which has been unveiled at the Machine-2-Machine conference in Rotterdam, Holland, by Portuguese technology company Living Plan IT.