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How Will Automated Cars Change Landscape Architecture?

How Will Automated Cars Change Landscape Architecture? | green streets | Scoop.it

A look at how the inevitable technology of automated cars will change the face of landscape architecture.


Our cities were built to be the backbone support of the industrial revolution. Our roads were built to accommodate the car and truck. Our soil is radically altered due to fertilizers and farm practices of the past. Time and time again we can look at the trend of technology being introduced and a few decades later it fundamentally changes the way we look at the landscape...

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Norm Miller's curator insight, September 25, 2014 4:34 PM

Parking lots can now be further away and we will be able to work while in our cars without endangering others.  Suburbs can be further away.  We will change our cars to be more like mini offices and lounges.  Sounds great to me.  

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The Amazing Things You Can Learn From a Virtual City

The Amazing Things You Can Learn From a Virtual City | green streets | Scoop.it
This new tool can help us understand how people respond to urban spaces before they're built.

When the University of Waterloo in Ontario opened the Research Laboratory for Immersive Virtual Environments in 2006, there was a lot that could be studied about simulated cities that couldn't be observed in real ones.

Technology has since made it easier to make such measurements in people moving through actual cities, but the virtual lab still offers them a critical advantage: control over all the variables in a complex urban environment. The psychologists at RELIVE wield that power to understand just how people respond to cities — which in turn might help planners design better ones.

"Rather than looking at what happens to people in urban settings after they're built, you can propose different kinds of designs and explore their effects on people's behavior before they happen," says lab director Colin Ellard. "We see it as potentially a fantastic toolkit for asking questions about what does or doesn't work in planning."

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Four Innovative Green Technologies That Just Might Save The World

Four Innovative Green Technologies That Just Might Save The World | green streets | Scoop.it

With many developing nations rapidly industrialising, dependent on fossil fuels as their energy mainstay, CO2 concentrations show no signs of abating. What will the ramifications be for food production and health moving forward in to the 21st century if weather patterns become even more hostile than the previous decade?


Fortunately, scientists and engineers are working on ways to neutralise emissions in to, or actively reduce the carbon content of the atmosphere until the time arises when we can transition to cleaner energy solutions. In the interim phase we find ourselves however, there are no perfect solutions, but there are technologies and techniques that can help combat the climate catastrophe that will be unleashed if CO2 concentrations continue to rise unchecked. Here a four such technologies…

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Brian Hammerstix's curator insight, February 1, 2014 2:54 PM

This has some interesting ideas but I'm not so sure about  bio-engineering... that seems like it could backfire or get out of control and have unintended side-effects.

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7 Brilliantly Simple Technology Ideas To Improve Cities

7 Brilliantly Simple Technology Ideas To Improve Cities | green streets | Scoop.it

You want good civic tech ideas? The people have good civic tech ideas.

Code for America and Mindmixer have been running Ideation Nation--an online brainstorm to find tech fixes for cities--since the beginning of the month. People have posted 300 ideas so far.

"We're going to make the [best] 25 available to Code for America's 3,000 volunteer designers and hackers," says Nick Bowden, Mindmixer's CEO. "They want to build stuff for communities." You can submit your own idea till October 31. The overall winner gets prize money, and support to develop the idea.

Visit the link for some of the favorites so far, including customizable mobile apps to phone-charging street furniture.

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5 Ways Cities Are Using Big Data

5 Ways Cities Are Using Big Data | green streets | Scoop.it
Big data's kind of a big deal. Here's how a few cities and using mass information to make their residents' lives a little easier.


Cities across the world, large and small, are utilizing big data sets — like traffic statistics, energy consumption rates and GPS mapping — to launch projects to help their respective communities. For example, New York recently released hundreds of high-value data sets to provide greater data collection transparency. Innovative projects are popping up nearly every day in different citiesAnd as more information becomes public, the potential for these increases significantly.


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Smart Cities: Technology, Sustainability & Innovation for a Better World

Smart Cities: Technology, Sustainability & Innovation for a Better World | green streets | Scoop.it

They only occupy two per cent of the Earth’s land mass, but cities today use a huge amount of the planet’s natural capital, consuming 75 % of global resources and generating 80 % of global greenhouse gas emissions.

As the world population grows to 9 billion by 2050, the number of those living in urban areas will swell by 3 billion to 6.3 billion. With demand for energy and resources set to spike on the back of urban population growth, smart cities have emerged as the modern answer to the wave of urbanisation sweeping across the globe.


What defines a smart city?

Put simply, smart cities integrate diverse technologies to reduce its environmental impactUsing a more formal definition from a recent report by the United Cities and Local Governments, smart cities use new technologies, innovation and knowledge management to become more liveable, functional, competitive and modern, bringing together six key fields of performance: the economy, mobility, the environment, citizenship, quality of life and management.


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Elon Musk's Hyperloop And The Incredible Shrinking Megalopolis

Elon Musk's Hyperloop And The Incredible Shrinking Megalopolis | green streets | Scoop.it

Elon Musk may be a kindred spirit of 19th century architect Daniel Burnham. If not, Musk has at least taken Burnham's advice to heart: "Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood...."


The internet has been abuzz with Musk's recent proposal for the Hyperloop, a super-high-speed personal transportation system that would run from San Francisco to Los Angeles. In theory, it could get you from one city to another in a record 35 minutes. Though there's been a great deal of debate overhow the Hyperloop would work there's been relatively little discussion about why Musk has taken the time to formulate such a proposal. Why is the guy who pioneered online payments, who has pushed the limits of space travel, and who pioneered electric cars, suddenly be interested in the future of rail?

The short answer is that Musk, who has been prescient in his ability to predict social and industrial trends, sees that cities are changing and demand a new kind of high-speed travel. We need transportation for the region-spanning megalopolis.

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Norm Miller's curator insight, August 21, 2013 6:32 PM

Think of the impact on land values if transport costs (time) can be lowered?  Think of the impact on restaurants?  Getting merchandise faster and fresher?  I could have lunch in San Fran, Dinner in LA and still take the dog for a walk in San Diego in the evening.  I hope the fixed rail sector will keep an open mind on this.

Maurice Hendrix's curator insight, March 7, 2014 8:12 PM

Elon Musk, an engineer, entrepreneur, and billionaire whose goal is to solve social, economic, and environmental troubles. He has also been recognized as the real life Tony Stark from websites such as Forbes.com and Telegraph.co.uk..At age ten he bought his first computer and taught himself how to program, and by twelve, he sold his first commercial software. He is the co-founder of Paypal, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX and a man described to be “John D. Rockefeller, Steve Jobs, and Howard Hughes rolled into one.” (Ashlee Vance, businessweek.com) Musk’s most recent idea, the Hyperloop, has caught the media's attention. 

The Hyperloop is said to be a high-speed transportation system that will run from Los Angeles to San Francisco in under thirty minutes. Why is the chairman of Tesla Motors  and SpaceX thinking about building a futuristic railway system? It started when California came up with the proposal to build a so-called high-speed railway system. Musk responded in frustration, stating that it could be faster, safer, and cheaper way. If you are going to do something you have to do it right. He sees the California transportation system as vital to the region and wouldn't just do it for California citizens but other Americans as well. Not only would the Hyperloop be able to transport people but also products and resources to different cities. This way of thinking comes from the idea of BosWash, which is a megaregion (a city that has expanded and gotten denser)  of suburbs and cities that stretches from Boston to Washington, hence the name BosWash. Other areas such as The Gulf Coast, the Great Lakes, and California are all growing and developing into a megaregion. The Hyperloop will be designed to "break down the barriers between these megaregions."


Vance, A. n.d. n. page. <http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-09-13/elon-musk-the-21st-century-industrialist>.

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World’s First Floating Wind-Current Turbine to be Installed Off Japanese Coast

World’s First Floating Wind-Current Turbine to be Installed Off Japanese Coast | green streets | Scoop.it
Mitsui Ocean Development & Engineering Company is planning to test the world's first hybrid wind-current power generating system this year off the coast of Japan

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Digital Sustainability's curator insight, May 15, 2013 9:27 AM

Offshore wind farms and tidal energy facilities harness the power of the wind and the ocean – but why should we have separate turbines for each task? Offshore technology company Mitsui is developing a hybrid wind-current power generating system that combines a floating vertical-axis wind turbine with an underwater turbine that generates power from ocean currents. The clever apparatus would cut down on material waste, and it could produce twice as much energy as a conventional wind turbine
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Renewable energy developers strive for improved efficiency in the solar, wind and hydro power industries – and the hybrid wind-current system effectively doubles the efficiency of a typical wind or ocean current turbine. Mitsui Ocean Development & Engineering Company says the system will provide cost-effective power generation while having very little impact on the environment.

The turbines will be large in scale; according to NHK News, the wind turbine will be 47 meters (154 feet), and the underwater portion will have a diameter of 15 meters (49 feet). The turbines will be tested off the coast of Japan later this year. If they work as well as advertised, each turbine could generate enough energy to power 300 households.


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Zero-Energy Districts: Energy Strategies and Sustainable Opportunities

Zero-Energy Districts: Energy Strategies and Sustainable Opportunities | green streets | Scoop.it

An ambitious experiment in sustainable Fort Collins, Colorado, supporting development of the nation’s first major urban zero-energy district (ZED) is already hinting at important lessons for future implementation possibilities.


Along the Colorado Front Range, the resulting data illustrates how the strategic integration of energy generation, storage, and conservation activities can reduce an electricity grid’s overall energy load at critical peak-demand periods. As workplaces become increasingly energy-efficient, they will also have to generate and store more energy on site. With distributed generation, electricity will ultimately be delivered in a far cleaner fashion than is generally the case with the mostly coal-powered mega–power plants that now feed American power grids.


Working with the city-owned electricity supplier Fort Collins Utilities (FCU) and several locally based clean-energy specialists, participating employers were able to collectively reduce peak-load demand on a designated microgrid within the ZED’s boundaries by more than 20 percent during test periods that lasted more than four weeks...

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Smart Highways by Studio Roosegaarde

Smart Highways by Studio Roosegaarde | green streets | Scoop.it

Glow-in-the-dark roads and responsive street lamps were among the concepts to make highways safer while saving money and energy at the Design Indaba conference in Cape Town earlier this month.


The Smart Highways project by Studio Roosegaarde proposes five energy-efficient concepts that will be tested on a stretch of highway in the Brabant province of the Netherlands from the middle of this year.

The first of the concepts is a glow-in-the-dark road that uses photo-luminescent paint to mark out traffic lanes. The paint absorbs energy from sunlight during the day the lights the road at night for up to 10 hours. Temperature-responsive road paint would show images of snowflakes when the temperature drops below zero, warning drivers to take care on icy roads.

There are two ideas for roadside lighting: interactive street lamps that come on as vehicles approach then dim as they pass by, thereby saving energy when there is no traffic, and "wind lights" that use energy generated by pinwheels as drafts of air from passing vehicles cause them to spin round. Additionally, an induction priority lane would incorporate induction coils under the tarmac to recharge electric cars as they drive...


Learn more about these innovative proposals and associated technology at the article link.

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Norm Miller's curator insight, March 25, 2013 1:15 PM

First we learned to sequence traffic lights.  Now we can capture energy for better road marking.  Next we will have computer guided car tracks that let us travel more efficiently as a group better utilizing existing highways.  Add in more fuel efficient or electric cars and we have a pretty good outlook for cleaner cities and less dependency on non-renewable resources.

Jim Gramata's comment, March 30, 2013 12:09 PM
If there is one area that needs focus and improvement it is highways. Agreed!
Anji Connell's curator insight, April 14, 2013 12:59 AM

Great idea No !

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25,000 LEDs: the World's Largest Digital Light Sculpture

25,000 LEDs: the World's Largest Digital Light Sculpture | green streets | Scoop.it

This month marked the official opening of the world's largest digital light sculpture- the Bay Lights in Northern California...


The Bay Lights is the world’s largest LED light sculpture, 1.8 miles wide and 500 feet high. Inspired by the Bay Bridge’s 75th Anniversary, its 25,000 white LED lights are individually programmed to create a never-repeating, dazzling display across the Bay Bridge West Span through 2015.

Drawing inspiration from the surroundings and the dynamic nature of the water below, artist Leo Villareal leveraged digital technology and innovative software to develop and realize the design...

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The Urban Farming Technique That Will Revolutionize the Way We Eat

The Urban Farming Technique That Will Revolutionize the Way We Eat | green streets | Scoop.it

Aquaponics uses fish to create soil-less farms that can fit into cities much easier.


Urban farming today is no longer a hobby practiced by a few dedicated enthusiasts growing food for themselves. It has become a truly innovative field in which pioneering ventures are creating real, robust, and scalable solutions for growing food for large numbers of people directly at the point of consumption. This is great news not only for urban designers, architects, and building engineers, but also for residents and communities that want to increase food security and become more resilient to climate change.

Visit the article link for more information and details on the practice of aquaponics, natural resource efficiency and the potential for large-scale urban cultivation...

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Anji Connell's curator insight, April 10, 2013 10:53 PM

'Rooftops present a great opportunity for farming; they are large, unexploited spaces within the city. Most commercial rooftops are also perfectly fit for the technical challenges, in terms of building physics, zoning laws, and system integration with the host building. A standard commercial rooftop in a Western city is about four times the size of our test farm, which means it could produce up to 20 tons of vegetables and four tons of fish — an annual harvest to feed 400. A significant part, if not the entire annual consumption, of fresh fish and vegetables for a building’s tenants could be served through its roof.'

Megan Moore's curator insight, June 1, 2014 2:22 AM

What a great article, this is something that everyone should read. Make sure you read it all before showing your class, so you can answer any questions they have.

Its weird to think the world will be in another ten years time...What will they think of next?

AWESOME!!!

Linked to the Australian Curriculum, Technologies:

-Apply safe procedures when using a variety of materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to make designed solutions (ACTDEP026)

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John Taylor's curator insight, October 27, 2014 5:27 PM

Fish and Fish guts adds organic material-great fertiliser!

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ARUP's Urban Skyscraper: A Design Proposal for the Year 2050

ARUP's Urban Skyscraper: A Design Proposal for the Year 2050 | green streets | Scoop.it

In the article entitled “It’s Alive,” the design team at engineering firm ARUP envision a city building in the year 2050 that includes flexible modular pods, urban agriculture, climate-conscious facades and intelligent building systems. ARUP hopes the proposal will ultimately answer the question, "As city living takes center stage, what will we come to expect from the design and function of urban structures and buildings?".


ARUP’s futuristic skyscraper will be a “smart” building that will plug into a smart urban infrastructure, and cater to an expanding and technological society. By 2050, the global population will reach nine billion, 75% of which will live in cities. Significantly, this date will also mark a generation of adults that have lived their entire lives engaging with smart devices and materials. The design theory is that the population of 2050 is likely to be in constant flux, and therefore buildings and materials that surround this urban lifestyle must also be capable of evolution and change.

ARUP has imagined a building of the future that produces more than it consumes. Alongside the sustainable construction, the design will feature photovoltaic capability to capture and transmit energy using on-site fuel cells. In addition, energy will be harnessed from elevators or similar internal systems, along with wind turbines and algae-producing bio-fuel pods...

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Duane Craig's curator insight, February 20, 2013 11:54 AM

Whike true sustainabiity in buildings is probably not possible, this moves closer to it.

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Chicago's New High Tech Lamp Posts Will Track People & Pollution

Chicago's New High Tech Lamp Posts Will Track People & Pollution | green streets | Scoop.it

Starting this summer, the city is installing a network of high tech lamp posts that will keep track of all kinds of information about the environment and people passing by through sensors. The data collected by Web-connected sensors will be used to help urban planners make the city safer and make traffic flow better. All of this while also tracking environmental factors like air quality.

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Norm Miller's curator insight, July 9, 2014 12:09 PM

great use of technology

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Site-Specific Innovation: Çanakkale Antenna Tower by IND and Powerhouse Company

Site-Specific Innovation: Çanakkale Antenna Tower by IND and Powerhouse Company | green streets | Scoop.it

The close collaboration of Rotterdam-based practices IND and Powerhouse Company for the design of a new 100-m-tall observation and telecommunications tower in Çanakkale, a Turkish city and seaport located on the southern Asian coast of the Hellespont,  articulates far-reaching technological and programmatic ambitions.

The tower is planned to operate as a broadcast antenna as well as to engage visitors- taking them on a contemplative journey, allowing them time to ponder as they walk along a raised, looping path that runs through the forest before returning to a hilltop observation deck offering panoramic vistas.
Besides its distinctive and aesthetic significance, the tower was conceived with the intention becoming a dynamic public destination, fostering social interactions. The project is all the more interesting as it integrates technologies to a scrupulously context-specific design, respectful of all of the site’s attributes. The architects also harness technological mediums so as to create a heightened architectural experience, appealing the visual and tactile senses.

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Designing The Innovation Economy: Using Technology To Shape The Future City

Designing The Innovation Economy: Using Technology To Shape The Future City | green streets | Scoop.it
With technological change marching forward at a rapid clip, city environments are being reshaped and the urban experience is being reimagined.

Nearly ubiquitous mobile access has provided visitors and residents with the ability to unlock the “secrets” of the city, opening the door to new experiences and improving livability and user-friendliness. However, in order to make the best of these changes, policy must welcome and support innovation and the urban transformation that accompanies it—and there’s no one-size-fits-all formula...

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Solar-powered family car wins race across Australia

Solar-powered family car wins race across Australia | green streets | Scoop.it

A vehicle described as "the world's first solar-powered family car" has come first in a photovoltaic-powered race across Australia.


Stella, a four-seater car developed by Solar Team Eindhoven from the Netherlands, claimed victory in the Cruiser class at the World Solar Challenge 2013. The vehicle completed the 3,000 km journey at an average of 67 km/h and a top speed of 120 km/h.

The Cruiser class, a new category at the biannual World Solar Challenge, was inaugurated in order to encourage the development of commercially viable solar-powered vehicles. Whereas other categories focus on speed alone, the Cruiser class takes into account practicality for everyday use...

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Streetmix: A new app lets you reimagine and redesign your city's streets

Streetmix: A new app lets you reimagine and redesign your city's streets | green streets | Scoop.it

It's easy to point out that there's something wrong with a system, such as the design of an urban street or neighborhood, but it's another thing entirely to come up with a design that would be better.

But when it comes to re-imagining the streets in your neighborhood, that process just got quite a bit easier, thanks to a new web app. With Streetmix, users design their perfect street, with the right balance of bike lanes, sidewalks, public transport and vehicle traffic lanes, just by dragging and dropping design segments and adjusting their parameters.

Some users are designing alternatives to real streets in their cities; the app uses real-world design constraints, which can help the layperson understand some of what urban planners need to incorporate in their designs and enable better communication between the planners and the population in design and use issues.


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miguel sa's curator insight, September 4, 2013 4:15 PM

Now this sounds like fun! 

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Agricultural Printing and Altered Landscapes by Benedikt Groß

Agricultural Printing and Altered Landscapes by Benedikt Groß | green streets | Scoop.it

Agricultural printing to tackle monoculture by promoting diversity in biomass farming by Benedikt Groß.

The Royal College of Art Design graduate began by investigating how digital technology is transforming farming. "You could say in the last 50 years everything was about mechanisation to increase scale and efficiency, but the next thing in farming is digitalisation and precision farming, where everything is going to be mapped right down to the single plant," Benedikt Groß told Dezeen...

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Why We Should Build Smart Highways

Why We Should Build Smart Highways | green streets | Scoop.it
High-speed rail is still just a dream in America. But why then aren't smart roads a reality?


It is possible to imagine a world in which smart pavement, smart cars, and embedded monitoring and controls would turn highways from gulches that pollute a wide swath of land around them with both particles and noise would become more like rivers.

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20 Smart City Technologies for 2013 and Beyond

20 Smart City Technologies for 2013 and Beyond | green streets | Scoop.it

Santiago Chile announced they’re going to become a “smart city” in 2013, and is just one example of a growing number of areas around the globe preparing and modernizing for the future.


In fact demographers have long predicted the mass urbanization of metropolitan areas across the world. According to the United Nations, by the year 2050, 80% of the world will be living in urban areas. The equivalent of seven Manhattan size cities will be built each year until 2050. For these cities to thrive they must use smart technology to its fullest. Let’s take a look at what’s available now and what’s coming down the pipe...

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Luiz F. Costa's comment, May 5, 2013 8:44 AM
Excelente iniciativa boa.
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12 Fresh Ideas for Transforming the Places We Live With Open Data

12 Fresh Ideas for Transforming the Places We Live With Open Data | green streets | Scoop.it

A few of the 886 proposals from the Knight Foundation's latest open government news challenge.


This year, the Knight News Challenge has been soliciting project proposals to open and leverage government data anywhere at the national, state and local levels (in the U.S. and abroad). As of last week, 886 projects are vying for a share of the $5 million in funding, all in response to this question: "How can we make the places we live more awesome through data and technology?"


Amid all of the submissions are innovations we've already encountered at Atlantic Cities: a favorite guerrilla wayfinding campaign from Raleigh, North Carolina; Code for America's playful StreetMix web app; the San Francisco-based Urban Prototyping Festival; and a community-driven transportation planning project based on the kind of data analytics we wrote about here. But that's barely scratching the surface of all the proposals that Knight has corralled.

Visit the article link for a list of 12 ideas from the competition that are new and worth developing (with the applicants' description of their programs). On the 29th, Knight plans to announce a set of semifinalists, who will be invited to complete more detailed proposals. The final winners (there's no predetermined number of them) will then be announced in June...

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NYC Subways Deploy A Touch-Screen Network, Complete With Apps

NYC Subways Deploy A Touch-Screen Network, Complete With Apps | green streets | Scoop.it

The designers at Control Group--have been hired by New York’s MTA to bring a plan for bringing a networked, touch-screen system to their subways. Starting this year, 90 touch-screen kiosks will make their way to thoroughfares like Grand Central Station and hip stops like Bedford Avenue. Together, they’ll make a beta network for 2 million commuters and tourists a day.


Each kiosk is a 47-inch touch screen, encapsulated in stainless steel, with an operational temperature up to 200 degrees. They’ll be placed, mostly in pairs, outside pay areas, inside mezzanines and even right on train platforms. Control Group has skinned the hardware with a simple front end and an analytics-heavy backend. And the platform will even support third-party apps approved by the MTA.

At launch, the screens will feature all sorts of content, like delays, outages, and, of course, ads (which bring in $100 million in revenue for the MTA each year, but mostly in paper signage). Yet its most powerful interaction for many will likely be its map, which features a one-tap navigation system.

You look at the map, you tap your intended destination, and the map will draw your route, including any transfers along the way. It’s an interface that puts Google Maps to shame.

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James's curator insight, March 21, 2013 6:15 AM

Touch interface has seen a rise in the community, such as information booths.

It allows for easy usability and quick access for people in a hurry.

While it does give convenience to the people, it's another job that's been mechanized because of its efficiency.

 

Touchscreens do away with the harder input devices and allow people to use it little to no prior knowledge of how to access it.

luiy's curator insight, March 21, 2013 10:23 AM

THE POWER OF EXTRA SENSORS

 

At the same time, the system’s screens could be the least interesting part of this project. The kiosks will be fitted with extra modules--video cameras, mics, and Wi-Fi--to open up a whole secondary layer of data collection and interface.

 

With cameras and mics, the MTA can enable two-way communication (what I imagine as emergency response messaging), and they can also pull in all sorts of automated metrics from their stations--they’d have eyes capable of counting station crowdedness or even approximate user ethnographics.

Meanwhile, Wi-Fi opens the door for networking a whole platform of mobile users with Internet access and other streamed content. Given that the average person waits 5 to 10 minutes on a platform, O’Donnell sees the potential of engaging, sponsored experiences, like a networked game of Jeopardy, while people wait for the train, or streaming media content, like TV/movie clips. A tourist could, of course, do something far more practical, too, like download a city map in moments.

“We can’t provide Internet for everybody,” he says, “but we can allow interactivity on the platform.”

david nguy's curator insight, October 21, 2014 5:53 PM

Sous la ville, de nouvelles technologies et innovations se mettent en place afin de faciliter la diffusion de l'information.

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VetiVertical City: An Innovative & Sustainable Urban Solution for Shanghai

VetiVertical City:  An Innovative & Sustainable Urban Solution for Shanghai | green streets | Scoop.it

Shanghai is one of the Chinese cities with the highest levels of CO2 emissions per capital, and new material applications are being incorporated into architectural designs in order to address these urban issues. Vetiver is a tropical plant with uniquely structural, penetrating roots and the Vetiver System (VS) has been tested for slope stabilization, pollution control and water quality improvement.


The proposal for a new type of vertical city, featuring this sustainable technology, pursues dual objectives: first, the purification of wastewater produced by the building in order to recycle it and second, carbon dioxide reduction.

Achieving these goals is possible thanks to the combination between the properties of Vetiver with a new kind of skyscraper: VetiVertical City...

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Smart Grid and Energy Storage Installations Rising Worldwide

Smart Grid and Energy Storage Installations Rising Worldwide | green streets | Scoop.it

Global investment in smart grid technologies rose 7 percent in 2012 from the previous year. On top of direct investments, numerous countries around the world are making headway on smart grid regulatory policies, development plans, and frameworks to support future grid infrastructure upgrades.


Smart grids consist of many different technologies serving different functions. They are commonly defined as an electricity network that uses digital information and communications technology to improve the efficiency and reliability of electricity transport. Such modernized grids are becoming more important as current grid infrastructure ages and regions begin connecting more variable generation from renewable energy sources into the electricity network...


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Laurence Serfaty's comment, March 3, 2013 8:28 AM
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Norm Miller's comment, March 3, 2013 1:52 PM
For smart grids to really work we need ways to store energy more efficiently, i.e. better batteries. When will large scale better batteries become available? What's on the horizon for energy storage?
Joan Tarruell's comment, March 3, 2013 2:34 PM
Another possibility is to use the energy generated by instantaneous sources (wind, sun, waves) before origins occurring storable (gas, coal, water reservoirs, etc.)