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35 Smart City Technologies

From Pavement-Powered Wifi to Beacon Airport Assistance

— April 15, 2015 — Tech
While the Internet of Things may seem like nothing more than a confusing buzz phrase, the integration of digital technology into the function of everyday objects is definitely the reality of our near future.

Whether it is beacon technology used to assist passengers as they check-in for their flights or smart traffic lights that use real-time data to alter its functions, there are plenty of examples of Internet connectivity being integrated with urban planning.

By investing in smart city infrastructure, municipalities are encouraging citizen engagement and enhance well-being and quality of life. When assessed as a list, there are plenty of sectors that are particularly ripe for digital integration, like healthcare, energy, public transport and water/waste management.

Such smart city technologies are a way to cultivate non-transactional relationships with citizens while providing those individuals with tools to empower themselves.
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Integrated Mapping Apps
Integrated Mapping Apps
The OneMap App Combines Map Services With Traffic Updates
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Communal Carpooling Apps
Communal Carpooling Apps
The CarPoolNow App Encourages Non-Monetized Ridesharing
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Truck-Tracking Technologies
Truck-Tracking Technologies
Locanix Offers Real-Time Fleet-Monitoring Of Trucks and Their Cargo
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Brooklyn Basketball Beacons
Brooklyn Basketball Beacons
The Brooklyn Nets Are Using Beacon Technology to Improve Fan Access
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Phone Data-Sourced Bus Routes
Phone Data-Sourced Bus Routes
IBM Researchers Use Phones Records in Order to a Improve Commuting
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30
Building-Monitoring IoT Programs
Building-Monitoring IoT Programs
Comcast's 'machineQ' is a B2B Solution for Office Buildings
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Beacon-Equipped Football Stadiums
Beacon-Equipped Football Stadiums
The Miami Dolphins Are Embracing Stadium Beacon Technology
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Commuter-Rewarding Traffic Apps
Commuter-Rewarding Traffic Apps
The Urban Engine App Pays Commuters to Avoid Traffic Congestion
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27
Bluetooth Traffic Sensors
Bluetooth Traffic Sensors
Montreal is Using Mobile Devices and Sensors for Traffic Monitoring
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26
Motion Sensor Heating Systems
Motion Sensor Heating Systems
Local Warming by MIT Acts as a Personal Sun for Individuals
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25
Beacon-Embracing Stadiums
Beacon-Embracing Stadiums
AT&T Stadium is Using Beacons to Upgrade the Spectator Experience
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Beacon-Fitted Cricket Stadiums
Beacon-Fitted Cricket Stadiums
London's Kia Oval Uses Beacon Technology to Engage With Fans
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23
Mobile Medical Charts
Mobile Medical Charts
This Digital Device for Patient Records Informs Nurses On the Go
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Pavement-Powered WiFi
Pavement-Powered WiFi
iPavement Blocks Provide Citywide Bluetooth and Internet Access
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21
Cutting-Edge Hospital Communication
Cutting-Edge Hospital Communication
Aide Nurse Calling System Better Relays Info and Notifications
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Beacon Airport Assistance
Beacon Airport Assistance
British Airways Implements Beacon Technologies in Heathrow Airport
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Scannable Public Libraries
Scannable Public Libraries
Projekt Ingeborg Seeks to Bring Classic Literature to Everyday Citizens
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18
Interactive Museum Beacons
Interactive Museum Beacons
The Guggenheim Musem is Testing Beacon Technology
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17
Smart Traffic Systems
Smart Traffic Systems
Cisco Edges into the Internet of Things with a Connected Traffic System
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16
Smart Football Stadiums
Smart Football Stadiums
Levi's Stadium Offers Football Fans a Connected, High-Tech Experience
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15
Weather-Predicting Sprinklers
Weather-Predicting Sprinklers
The Skydrop Sprinkler Controller Saves Your Water
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14
Autonomous Hospital Robots
Autonomous Hospital Robots
Aethon Developed Smart Tech to Enhance UCSF Medical Centers
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13
Time-SensitiveTraffic Signals
Time-SensitiveTraffic Signals
Smart Traffic Lights Avoid Inching Forward When Waiting at the Light
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12
Smart City-Enabling Technology
Smart City-Enabling Technology
The Veniam Wifi Vehicle Network Connects Methods of Transportation
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11
Solar-Powered Benches
Solar-Powered Benches
The Soofas in Boston Provide Public Resting Spots and Charging Stations
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10
Smart City Platforms
Smart City Platforms
Boston's SCOPE Project Hopes to Improve Quality of Life for Residents
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9
Smart Street Lighting
Smart Street Lighting
Madrid is Upgrading to Smart Street Lights Courtesy Philips
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8
Solar-Powered Cities
Solar-Powered Cities
The Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town Will Be a Planned Eco Conurbation
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7
iPhone-Operated Lampposts
iPhone-Operated Lampposts
MIA Interactive Urban Street Lighting Allows for Civilian Intervetion
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6
WiFi-Providing Trees
WiFi-Providing Trees
The Sologic eTree Offers WiFi and Phone Charging
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5
Smart Crosswalk Safety Signals
Smart Crosswalk Safety Signals
London Will be Testing Smart Crosswalks for Pedestrians
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4
Gateless Hi-Tech Turnstiles
Gateless Hi-Tech Turnstiles
The Open Gate System Invites Two-Way Transit Traffic
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3
Hi-Tech Borrowed Bicycles
Hi-Tech Borrowed Bicycles
The i-Go Rentable E-Bike System Attracts All Urban Types
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2
Virtual Triage Kiosks
Virtual Triage Kiosks
The Smart Consulting Service Helps Patients Admit Themselves into Hospital
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Smart Modular Microfarms
Smart Modular Microfarms
These Connected Greenhouse Create Rooftop Gardens in Urban Areas
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