We already live in the ‘Matrix’ – Interview with Mary-Ann Schreurs, Vice-Mayor of Eindhoven

We already live in the ‘Matrix’ – Interview with Mary-Ann Schreurs, Vice-Mayor of Eindhoven

Mary-Ann Schreurs, Vice-Mayor, city of Eindhoven will open the Intelligent Sensor Networks Conference 2017, on November 08, at High Tech Campus Eindhoven, The Netherlands. She has a very clear and outspoken vision on the developments and expectations of the people of her city and region. “We must go from a data-driven economy to a innovative design for life economy,” says Schreurs.

Mary-Ann Schreurs believes in design as an important engine for our economy and being just the right tool for defying big challenges of the city. As the first Dutch vice-mayor of design she therefore introduced design in local innovation policy. Her goal is to improve citizen’s lives by using the methodology of design thinking in co-creation with the citizens itself and other stakeholders in the city. Before she became council member and vice-mayor in Eindhoven, she was co-initiator of (European) innovation projects linked to design.

“Since the end of the second World War Two we have been reduced to numbers instead of human beings,“ starts Schreurs. “Everything has been made secondary to the system, and everybody had to live accordingly to that vision. If you buy a car, you, the human, only have to press the right knobs to get what you want. The car will drive it self (editorial: which it does already for 25 years) we are no more than an extended arm of the IT nowadays. That is why we are already living in the ‘Matrix’.” Continue reading “We already live in the ‘Matrix’ – Interview with Mary-Ann Schreurs, Vice-Mayor of Eindhoven”

Intelligent cities are at the forefront of the next wave of the Internet of Things

Intelligent cities are at the forefront of the next wave of the Internet of Things. The goals are to streamline communication and improve the lives of citizens. And save a little money along the way.

One of the next big targets of the digital age is the city. The combination of technology paired with physical infrastructure and services can simplify the lives of residents. That’s the promise of the “smart city.” Continue reading “Intelligent cities are at the forefront of the next wave of the Internet of Things”

Smart City of Rotterdam – Three Marvellous Innovations (Video)

Smart City Rotterdam – Three Marvellous Innovations. Once the largest port of the whole world, Rotterdam is now reinventing itself as an innovative and up-and-coming hotspot of Western Europe. You couldn’t have missed awesome buildings like the Markthal, the massive ‘De Rotterdam‘ and its grand futuristic Central Station. Buildings like these are only part of the vibe that propelled Rotterdam to the top of listicles by the likes of the Lonely Planet and the Rough Guide. Continue reading “Smart City of Rotterdam – Three Marvellous Innovations (Video)”

Smart City Privacy Debates in the Digital Age of Information

Mia Nyegaard wants her privacy. It’s both a reasonable request and a tall order in this digital age of information.

Nyegaard makes chocolates for a living. She’s also a member of the Copenhagen municipal council where she is active on its projects to create a smart-city infrastructure. Nyegaard is no technologist, but she knows what she wants from technology. Continue reading “Smart City Privacy Debates in the Digital Age of Information”

Integrators to Benefit from Smart City Security Needs

“The UK capital performed well in the rankings due to its adoption rate for smart technologies, from street lighting to traffic management. But hooking up a few streets to intelligent systems does not make a smart city. As with all ambitious city-wide initiatives, security has a major, early stage role to play.” says James Hill electronic security sales manager, NG Bailey’s IT Services division. Continue reading “Integrators to Benefit from Smart City Security Needs”

Streetlights Are Getting Cameras and Internet Connections under Newly Approved Intelligent Lamppost Project

We’ve been hearing about the amorphous idea of “smart cities” for a while, but trash cans, sidewalks, and stop signs still seem the same, right? As in the broader Internet of Things movement, though, some subtle creep is beginning, and street lights are the most recent target.  Continue reading “Streetlights Are Getting Cameras and Internet Connections under Newly Approved Intelligent Lamppost Project”

“Why There Is an Increasing Demand for Smart Information to Keep our Infrastructures Safe”- explained by Philip Keenan, CSIC Cambridge

“Why There Is an Increasing Demand for Smart Information to Keep our Infrastructures Safe”- explained by Philip Keenan, CSIC Cambridge

Philip Keenan runs business development for Cambridge University’s Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction. He explains why there’s an increasing demand for smart information to keep our infrastructures safe. Continue reading ““Why There Is an Increasing Demand for Smart Information to Keep our Infrastructures Safe”- explained by Philip Keenan, CSIC Cambridge”

Smart Cities, Manufacturing, Marketing Are Top 3 Industries that Benefit from IoT Sensor Data

Ready or not, the Internet of Things (IoT) is here to stay and the data it generates will be the driving force for future innovation and efficiency. According to Frost & Sullivan, 40 percent of all IoT data generated by 2020 will come from connected sensors. This data has already begun to affect many industries, and as IoT gains popularity, the uses for this data will grow.

Three industries that already are seeing the importance of gathering sensor data include manufacturing, marketing, and smart cities. Continue reading “Smart Cities, Manufacturing, Marketing Are Top 3 Industries that Benefit from IoT Sensor Data”