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Cities Turning Into Data Factories

Matt Ball on October 26, 2012 - in Smart Cities

The production of huge quantities of data by connected devices, including smartphones is changing things. These are densely concentrated in cities, because that is where the people, machines, buildings and infrastructures that carry and contain them are packed together. They are turning cities into vast data factories.

“That kind of merger between physical and digital environments presents an opportunity for us to think about the city almost like a computer in the open air,” says Assaf Biderman of the SENSEable lab. As those data are collected and analysed, and the results are recycled into urban life, they may turn cities into even more productive and attractive places.

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