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Connectivity in the Smart City

Connector Geek
Connector Geek is Dave in real life. After three decades in the industry, Dave still likes talking about connectors almost as much as being a Dad to his two kids. He still loves Lego too. And guitars.


February 26, 2017 15:52

I appreciate this articles approach to the discussion of Smart Cities and the opportunity to aid more efficient operational management. The thrust of the article to direct attention towards the social demand for better infrastructure maintenance, operation and repair is of course dependent upon city and civic authorities participation; it also requires both industry and consumer to engage. Efforts in selected projects, especially those funded via the European Commission, and supported by city consortia have already demonstrated how effective such cooperation can be (see for example Copenhagen and Bristol). What is key however is to balance these technical developments, and ensure that energy efficiency and system-wide energy consumption is actually reduced. There is a real challenge in calculating the carbon cost or pure energy costs when looking at such large, wide-scale, and complex systems (such as an extended urban arena). In particular the drive to connect everything seems to be one such wherein the transaction cost of each communication is ignored. Wireless is not energy efficient if it is broadcast and ubiquitous. It could well be that closed circuit systems would be very much more effective and efficient. In most cases the control-surface of any feed-back system is prone to issues when distributed widely (a complete system model often being impractical or even implausible)... thus event driven communication between well adjusted nodes is preferable... if required. Even in such cases wired communication would be more efficient.

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