China Mobile, Cisco, Ford Motor Company, Huawei, KT Corp and SAM have got together to create a life like environment called the ‘Connected City’ which will enable attendees at the Mobile Asia Expo 2013 in Shanghai to experience smarter homes, intelligent motors, easier shopping and safer city living.
The Connected City reveals how innovations will help connect the unconnected. Showcasing smart connected communities that enable better economic, social, and environmental sustainability.
Read here for more details, highlighting the Wireless City website allowing residents to log on via internet enabled devices to access nearly 50 types of urban information services. Mobile Healthcare, in-car connectivity with voice commands, and the Smart Home featuring real-time home monitoring and streaming entertainment services will all be showcased.
Digital Nomads visited The Connected City exhibition at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year. This video gives a flavour of the exhibition.
As the video depicts, there are some exciting opportunities and the mobile industry is looking at a wide variety of applications. It was disappointing to note that public services didn’t feature creatively in their thinking, especially as there are numerous potential opportunities.
For example, in a connected city, citizens could easily be encouraged to exercise their ‘eyes and ears’ to report, in real time, any public health, or safety issues. What about access to information about local places of interest nearby to encourage participation in cultural events and activities? And if I am passing a restaurant, what about instant access to their food hygiene standards?
A lot of these things are already in place to a certain extent, for example the ‘scores on the doors’ information for food hygiene ratings, however is this easily accessible in real time, at the very moment we are passing that restaurant?
With a Connected City it could be.
By also showcasing Shanghai’s Wireless City, where investment in networks has enabled the development of many innovative public services, Mobile Asia Expo will hopefully encourage the mobile industry to pay this sector more attention.
Some aspects of the Connected City depend upon or involve ‘The Internet of Things’ to transform daily life. For more information see this fun info-graphic (Digital Nomads would question the depiction of the future office though – a tad too traditional for our tastes!)