This Smart City Knows Everything about You! | Big Data of Future Cities | Smart City Projects

This Smart City Knows Everything about You! | Big Data of Future Cities | Smart City Projects

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[Music] in the 21st century cities around the world have started to reinvent themselves through smart city initiatives challenged by growing populations and the increasing difficulty of meeting the needs of citizens cities are counting on technology to provide solutions the center of attention data our data smart cities are collecting and sharing large amounts of it big data offers insights that can help to optimize city operations manage resources and improve the
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everyday life of citizens so how's our data gathered who needs it what for exactly and is our data safe [Music] smart cities use a lot of sensors and connected devices to analyze data all around the globe urban areas are trying to become smarter and more connected for those of you who get goosebumps thinking of completely transparent cities of the future
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big data is far from being futuristic i think it's it's really the lifeblood of cities today and uh will be um you know the bricks and mortar that we use to construct cities in the future this is dr anthony townsend he's an expert on urban tech innovation cities without data for him unthinkable we orchestrate our our lives and our communities and our societies with algorithms and those algorithms
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operate on data that is sensed through through digital technologies anthony sees a city as an organism with a nervous system that collects signals to constantly learn and respond the continuous addition of new technologies is immensely important for this it means that our cities will be able to change more over time they'll be able to fit better with our needs um they'll be able to mesh better with the natural environment
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and um they'll be uh more comfortable to live in and more pleasant but we're stuck in this weird period right now where we're doing all kinds of things with data that uh make people uncomfortable and we haven't really yet discovered or drawn the limits of how we collect data and how we use it and so that's that's why things are so unsettling right now that is exactly the point many of the technologies that surround us every day are a mystery to us like black boxes
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we often have no real insight into what is happening with our own data i want to find out how exactly is our data being collected and what technologies are behind it i'm meeting with tom van arman in amsterdam we're at the marina terrain an innovation campus in the center of the dutch capital where companies can plan and even test the city of tomorrow tom works in the smart cities domain himself and tells me it's one thing to design and develop
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technologies in a lab but a whole other story to apply them in real life that's another reason why he appreciates the marine terrain so it's not just hypothetically talking about the impacts of these technologies it's really grading designing and building and testing physically on location so the public has an opportunity to give us feedback about what their opinions are what they think these technologies means for them and and how these technologies can improve their cities but the marine terrain is not only used
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by companies in summer the area is full of people that are swimming or sunbathing here but what if an area is too crowded when does it get dangerous [Music] it's not only in times of the corona pandemic that overcrowded places are a problem just think about a mass panic or a potential terror threat that's where tom von ahman's crowd insights monitor project comes in there's a camera that's looking down at us right now this is camera number two which is called
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the terrace and as a camera owner i can show you what it looks like here and in the summer it's full of tables of picnic goers enjoying beers and beverages by the waterside currently about six cameras are installed on the marine terrain this way tom in cooperation with the municipality of amsterdam measures the occupancy level of the site in order to avoid dangerous situations and intervene where necessary we're measuring the number of people the the density
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we're measuring speed of the crowds and the directions that they're moving and also we're testing right now safe distances 1.5 meters between the objects which of course classified as people if you are thinking of surveillance marcus fuenstein can reassure you he works together with tom marcos is responsible for the computer algorithm this anonymizes visitors before the images are analyzed so first of all it's an open source solution so once it's online and
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everyone can verify that we don't do any crazy things with it second of all here we just take the image feed it into the algorithm and a number comes out and actually the number is the only thing that gets sent anywhere the the image does not touch any other computer than the iso security certified server that we have and even there it is only stored for the brief second millisecond that is needed in order to make the prediction predictions for a
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possible overcrowding that is by the way although the crowd insights monitor was planned and developed before the outbreak of the corona pandemic it helped to regulate campus activity during the pandemic for that tom's company tap also worked with social distancing droids that drew circles once the weather turned nice people came here to to cool off and to meet each other but the data that we were collecting said whoa this isn't safe so then we got the robots to draw circles everywhere and then people organize themselves and colonize a
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little circle and then we could see the before and after so the data showed us before the circles was about 350 people here in the picnic area which is a little bit unsafe after the circles it dropped down to about 250 and that became the safe capacity to let people in in the summer the crowd insights monitor is still in its test phase once it's up and online the algorithm could combine the statistics with weather or travel data to be able to predict the level of crowdedness
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citizens can already get information online or read on these smart screens about what data is being gathered and of course how crowded the marine terrain is so the data that we're collecting now can inform the public about what kinds of things should we be sharing what things things should we be collecting what's okay what's not okay and so that's that's that's a real uh big part of the research that we're doing we develop it for the citizens and the citizens can look at it and they can give
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feedback on how it works so improve it also other cities can do the same thing and by doing that we improve our system as well marcos and tom say that when working with citizen data the least company should do is guarantee transparency it's really about getting permission for technology companies and technologists to to bring their tools into uh the city to to start solving problems because otherwise people look at them with a lot of
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suspicion you know people i think are increasingly suspicious of technology companies in general and by extension now smart city technology companies as well anthony townsend views the role of the private sector as very important its tech innovations and engineering capabilities should be utilized but like tom and marcus he's also convinced that this needs to happen with the public being involved one question remains is our data safe
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the risk is real so you want to have trust like every server on the internet is grown to be hacked i expect every single day to wake up and see news that the chernobyl of smart cities has happened somewhere in the world we're primed for that to happen it is inevitable and it's imminent
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