Exponential urbanization and continuous digitization are two of the main principles behind the concept 'Smart Cities'. Smart Cities is a vision on how the Internet of Things (I.o.T.) and an integration of ICT-infrastructure will benefit city management and thus its residents. Here's our pick from the 5 best videos on Smart Cities.
  1. Sustainable city planning
    The ModelMe interface shows the potential of open source 3D models in developing a sustainable urban vision. The collective knowledge model based on user generated data sets in the 'city dashboard' can lead to more ingenious solutions to urban challenges: http://www.tis.tv/video/modelme-amstel-3d-pilot.
  2. Connecting the City to the internet
    LinkNYC connects New Yorkers and visitors to super fast internet. Free of charge! CityBridge will build 7500 kiosks to create a hyper mobile urban environment. People will be able to make free domestic phone calls, 911 emergency calls, browse the web, gain access to maps and charge their phones via USB: http://www.tis.tv/video/linknyc-reimagining-city-infrastructure.
  3. 2020 vision on public services
    How can public services benefit from the Internet of Things? IBM has drawn up their vision of 2020. Watch the video to see what the future might hold for citizens in Smart Cities: http://www.tis.tv/video/ibms-vision-for-the-future-of-public-services-in-2020.
  4. Super smart solar bins
    The benefits of the Solar bins are clear: they reduce collection frequencies, stop overflowing and provide real insight in the waste network. A fully integrated waste management system, perfect for every Smart City: http://www.tis.tv/video/solar-bins-australia-introduction-to-bigbelly-solar.
  5. Building sustainable houses with LEGO
    "Crushed rubble in, LEGO blocks out," that's how The Mobile Factory describes their product. Rather a short and simple definition for a company that might tackle quite a few of the world's problems: disaster relief, empowerment, sustainability and poverty reduction: http://www.tis.tv/video/lifesize-lego-blocks-made-from-rubble-make-up-new-haiti-homes.