THE FUTURE IS ALREADY HERE
What does the not so far off future have in its store? Take the following scenario: it’s Monday evening, people are returning home after a long day at the office. They’re boarding the train or joining a car share. And the lights? They direct and navigate the people driving home, so that they can take the shortest route home. Within the residential neighborhood, sensors warn against leaks, air pollution, fire hazard and other dangers, plan out garbage collection and even share this important information with the locals.
As of today, Singapore is the world’s smartest city, thanks to a system of cameras capable of monitoring traffic, as well as the level of cleanliness on the streets. Barcelona has implemented smart parking technologies, smart street lighting and street sensors that monitor air quality and noise levels.
The following is a film clip produced by LinkedIn documenting the comings and goings in the smart city of Palo Alto:
3D INFRASTRUCTURE FOR A SMARTER CITY
To become a smart city, there is a need for a smart three dimensional base map, upon which new layers of information can be loaded through applications. Replacing traditional maps with GIS layers is a simple, inexpensive process. Examples of apps and tech that can be loaded onto a map include: infrastructure data, sensors location and data, electricity usage analysis, public transportation, city congestion analysis, city tax information, assets, transportation, building discrepancies, municipal services, waste disposal management, municipal parking management, citywide billboard management – and much more. And This is just the start of a smart city’s development.
In essence, many applications already exist in most cities, but without a three-dimensional map as a platform for their implementation, they can only be seen in two dimensions (x,y) and thus miss the height dimension (Z), which adds to the analyzed data all the elements in height and depth. By combining the X,Y,Z information the decision makers can draw conclusions by most accurate spatial geographical information and make the city a truly smart hub.
Upon loading the applications and technologies onto the three-dimensional map, you are privy to a new and exciting world! The advantage of this kind of a map is that you obtain a clear, intuitive visual image and the ability to create models of buildings and any object that has a z axis (height), a critical dimension to measure in cities.
When the foundation is made precise (to the centimeter), it is clear that any layer placed upon it will be accurate as well, so that the observer will understand what he is seeing and will be able to use the model with ease (to to visualize and analyze the desired urban area ).
The result: a smart city (map) with the necessary height and depth dimensions and infinite other modelling possibilities that can be implemented – today and in the future… For example, using the model you can virtually enter any structure, view its plan, the interior of its floors and place sensors according to need, so you can gather information or complete actions.
Enjoy your smart city
Who are the people who will benefit from a smart city? In truth, nearly everyone, but for the purpose of this article, we chose to divide them into three main groups:
The municipalities – The platform enables various municipal stakeholders to manage and control their services by using a multi-layered, three-dimensional system, which operates as a decision-making tool and enables decision-makers to effectively and efficiently fulfill their public duties. The platform can also be used to promote the city’s offerings and services to its citizens, tourists and visitors.
Relevant business and service providers – The platform can also be used by commercial and real estate stakeholders as a method of augmented reality, to make their products and services more accessible to potential clients and partners. Additionally, service providers can use the platform to apply for licenses and obtain permissions from the municipality (for business licenses, building permits, billboard permits, etc.).
Citizens, visitors and tourists – The platform is very easy to use, requiring no prior knowledge to operate it. As such, any citizen or tourist can acquire a large amount of information through the municipal system, including the location of urban events, security event, a 3D view of hotels, city attractions and more, right through the smartphone. The 3D platform enables viewers to learn a lot about the city via innovative, user-friendly technology.
SWITCH TO 3D, IT’S SO EASY!
The future is already here! True, this we already said, but now let’s show you a live example. Here it is:
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We would like to offer you the opportunity to switch your two-dimensional map for a three-dimensional one. It’s easy, quick and affordable. Three-dimensional modelling will enable you to visualize your dreams, as well as any app or technology you desire, in the most precise, visual way.
The correct infrastructure is what will determine how well and how fast your city will grow into a smart city everyone will enjoy.
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