It is touted as a unique opportunity to build a smart city within a major city, literally from the ground up. Environmental remediation, new infrastructure, digital electrification plans, new-age mobility options — the whole shebang. If only people would stop complaining about privacy issues. Up in Toronto, Canada’s largest city, there’s been much ado about what will happen to all the data that the future Sidewalk Toronto project will generate. The focus of the debate has been, predictably, Alphabet (Google’s parent company) whose Sidewalk Labs is the primary partner in the project. And yet, for all the sturm und drang about personal information, not a single spade-full of dirt has been spilled yet. For Toronto, the city would gain a new and smart neighborhood. For Alphabet, it would have access to data. So what’s the Sidewalk Toronto project all about, and why are consumer advocates sounding the alarms? Here’s a primer. What exactly is the plan? On … [Read more...] about Where Toronto sees smart sidewalks, residents see ‘1984.’ So what now?
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Tech & Science Hacking Cybersecurity Smart City In Hollywood movies, it’s common to see a stereotypical hacker infiltrate a city’s infrastructure and wreak havoc by tinkering with traffic lights or alarm systems. In reality, experts warn that “supervillain-level” cyberattacks are no longer far-fetched—they are a real threat. Research unveiled today shows how vulnerabilities in “smart city” technology could be compromised by hackers. Bugs were found in major cities in the U.S. and Europe, with teams from IBM and Threatcare disclosing a series of “disturbing” scenarios that could soon play out for real. These included the abuse of flood warnings, radiation alarms and, yes, traffic networks. “If someone, supervillain or not, were to abuse vulnerabilities like the ones we documented in smart city systems, the effects could range from inconvenient to catastrophic,” a report said. The experts were inspired by the … [Read more...] about ‘Supervillain-Level’ Cyberattack Test on Cities Uncovers Shocking Flaws
While the delivery of smart cities solutions requires an overarching plan, they often end up being deployed one project at a time, while focusing on the bigger picture had actually slowed down Cisco in its smart cities push previously, CEO Chuck Robbins has told ZDNet."I think it's like any other complex technology architecture; I think you should have some idea of what the end state looks like, but the reality is if you're going to start from there, you'll never do anything," Robbins told ZDNet during Cisco Live 2018 in Orlando."I think this is one of the problems we had for many years -- we got caught up trying to do a lot."Smart cities deployments therefore end up being rolled out one project at a time depending on what the most required use cases for a given city are, he said, such as smart parking, traffic management, smart lighting, and waste management.According to Robbins, this reality is often at odds with what people have come to expect when a smart city is announced. … [Read more...] about Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins on smart cities architecture
Building a smart city from the ground up is a complex challenge that requires the cooperation of multiple stakeholders — such as governmental institutions, large enterprises, and small businesses Understandably, this cooperation between different stakeholders isn’t all rainbows and unicorns. Corporations often fight with municipalities over local taxes, threatening to bring their jobs elsewhere. Startups look at corporations less as potential partners and more as Goliaths that need to be brought down. And, in all of this, municipalities must assure that cities remain cities, a welcoming spaces for all citizens, and not tech hubs with unaffordable housing. “75% of European digital ecosystem is present at #TNW2018” Are you doing business in Amsterdam in May? Join us If it wasn’t for the strained relationship between these stakeholders, we’d be able to establish truly smart cities much faster. That’s why TNW and Vodafone have decide to join … [Read more...] about TNW and Vodafone are building a smart city in just six months
Modern cities are brimming with objects that receive, collect and transmit data. This includes mobile phones but also objects actually embedded into our cities, such as traffic lights and air pollution stations. Even something as simple as a garbage bin can now be connected to the internet, meaning that it forms part of what is called the internet of things (IoT). A smart city collects the data from these digital objects and uses it to create new products and services that make cities more liveable. Although they have huge potential to make life better, the possibility of increasingly smarter cities also raises serious privacy concerns. Through sensors embedded into our cities and the smartphones in our pockets, smart cities will have the power to constantly identify where people are, who they are meeting and even perhaps what they are doing. Following revelations that 87m people’s Facebook data was allegedly breached and used to influence electoral voting behaviour, it is ever … [Read more...] about With smart cities, your every step will be recorded