A smart city is an urban area that uses different types of electronic data collection sensors to supply information which is used to manage assets and resources efficiently. This includes data collected from citizens, devices, and assets that is processed and analyzed to monitor and manage traffic and transportation systems, power plants, water supply networks, waste management, law enforcement, information systems, schools, libraries, hospitals, and other community services. The smart city concept integrates information and communication technology (ICT), and various physical devices connected to the network (the Internet of things or IoT) to optimize the efficiency of city operations and services and connect to citizens.
Smart city technology allows city officials to interact directly with both community and city infrastructure and to monitor what is happening in the city and how the city is evolving.
Technology can be used to reduce crimes by geographically spotting areas with high crime rates, identifying specific crime patterns, or by detecting gun sounds and reporting it to law enforcement immediately many of these services are achieved by using sensors.
The network of physical devices or “things” that work collaboratively by collecting, exchanging and processing data is known as the Internet of Things. Cities remotely control these sensors through wired or wireless networks.The Internet of Things can be used to improve the ability to plan (Gaur, Scotney, Parr, & McClean, 2015). For example, water smart meters can be used to collect information to better understand water issues, such as water leaks.
Combine all this metadata coming in with no expiry date with the desire and ability of many state and spy agencies to spy on supposed threats and often its own citizens and you have citizens literally opening their doors to agencies and corporates who want to spy on them and their habits
Combine the ubiquitous CCTV with increasingly cheaper facial recognition technology and you get a peeping tom state …………but hey its ok its a smart city and if you want to live in a smart city you gave to forgo a few unimportant rights ………like your privacy
Smart cities will enable authorities to track a person’s location at all times by using video feeds across the city (in busses, outside stores, etc), facial recognition, and other sensors/technologies. Although a person’s activity may take place in public, this information can nonetheless be extremely private. For instance, people may need to travel to an HIV clinic, to a psychiatrist, to an abortion clinic, etc.
It is already happening in India”s capital Delhi using the pretext of womens safety and the pretext of terror threats in other cities
A Chinese firm Hickvision whose subsidiary has been shortlisted to supply 150000 security cameras for the national capital is on a US watch list, with an advisory on threats, including remote hacking and potential backdoor access. Economic Tims
So Delhi citizens face the incredible possibility of having not one but THREE Governments spying on them (the local AAP Govt in Delhi the Central BJP Govt also in Delhi and the Chinese in Beijing) ………..All in the name of women’s safety
In Mumbai the (BJP)-led government in Maharashtra awarded works contract in February 2015 to the Indian company L&T for the installation of 6,000 CCTV cameras in Greater Mumbai. The project costs Rs 950 crore The decision to install the cameras at over a 1,000 locations in the city was taken after the 2008 terror strikes Business Standard
The AAP Govt alleged there was a scam in purchase The AAP government in Delhi ordered 1.40 lakh CCTV cameras at Rs271 crore, while the Maharashtra procured 6,000 cameras for Rs949 crore, the party said. This means that Delhi will pay around Rs19,000 per camera against Maharashtra’s Rs15.8 lakh, or 80 times more than the former.
Nobody in either Delhi or Mumbai seemed remotely interested in the issue of privacy
Police in China are now sporting glasses equipped with facial recognition devices and they’re using them to scan train riders and plane passengers for individuals who may be trying to avoid law enforcement or are using fake IDs.The Wall Street Journal reports that Beijing-based LLVision Technology Co. developed the devices.
In UK leaked documents said to have been drawn up by the Home Office and seen by the Sun newspaper say cameras which can see through clothes could be built into lamp posts to “trap terror suspects”. BBC
Examples of Smart City technologies and programs have been implemented in Singapore, Dubai,Milton Keynes, Southampton, Amsterdam,Barcelona,Madrid,Stockholm,] China and New York.
The Modi Government has come up with an ambitious and rather ridiculous Smart Cities Mission plan to turn 100 Indian cities into smart cities Its ridiculous as Indian cites struggle to provide basic infrastructure
Add the ubiquitous biometric Aadhar card to the already unhealty mix of Smart Cities Terror threats and Women and Child safety and you have the possibility of a totally intrusive all seeing state
All for bettering the lives of its citizens of course