What’s New? : Sensor City

The city is thoroughly laced with technology that transforms the physical activity of the city into data, from crowd-sourced information collected when people scan barcodes with smartphones to these white lumps on Roosevelt Island to systems as old fashioned as red-light cameras that take photos, identify license plates and send out tickets to red-light runners. Sensors in weather towers record temperature, air pressure and cloud coverage so eventually we will know whether to take an umbrella to workaor whether our plane will land on time. Traffic cameras tell us which bridges are snarled with traffic so we know whether to re-route our daily commute. Private properties with videocameras have already created a theoretical real-time movie of practically every nook and cranny of the city (not always uncontroversially) and Google has created a system that allows you to cruise the streets of New York via 3D photographs (less controversially, here).



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Posted: November 19th, 2010
at 4:35pm by Koookiecrumbles

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