As more people move to cities, it is becoming increasingly challenging to design infrastructures that efficiently support the many changing needs of its inhabitants. New modalities will need to be developed to deliver services such as transportation, healthcare, education or public safety in a timely manner for more people in urban areas that are growing both in size and complexity. Cities are now being blanketed by systems and networks driven by digital data in real-time. In this way, while keeping infrastructures operational, large amounts of data are being generated, this data represents digital traces of human activity and their context in urban space. Environmental sensors measure parameters such as air quality, temperature or noise levels; telecommunication networks reflect connectivity and the location of its users; transportation networks digitally manage the mobility of people and vehicles as well as products in the city, just to name a few.
Over the past few years, initial research has employed such data to better understand how people make use of their cities and how such usage changes in real-time. Today, it is becoming increasingly relevant to expand on this research as well as to explore ways in which such data streams can become tools for people in the very moment of taking decisions in the city. While real-time data has been extensively used within individual systems or networks, promising results and applications seem to emerge from creatively combining multiple data streams from different kinds of data sources.
The goal of this workshop is to gather original and inspiring contributions from technology experts, researchers in academia and industry, designers, urban planners, and architects interested in sharing their knowledge, experiences, and best practices for building smarter cities. We will explore the design of open and efficient platforms and tools to collect, analyze, store, and share the enormous amount of real-time data digital cities generate through a mix of papers, demos, invited presentations and open discussions for collectively create the city of the future.
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This first international workshop on the urban internet of things will be held in conjunction internet of things conference 2010 in tokyo, japan, november 29 - december 1, 2010.