Isolated smart infrastructure projects that aren't connected and don't work together are not going to create a smart city. Without a clear plan for how they're all going to fit and work together, those projects will be nothing more than isolated smart parts of an otherwise still dumb city, according to author Tristan Wilkinson.
A London startup is developing tiles made from 95% recycled tires that can harvest energy from footsteps and turn it into electricity for street lights and other urban needs.
Glasgow, Scotland is embarking on a government-funded project to install a new surveillance system of more than 400 "super intelligent" CCTV cameras that will monitor for threats and alert authorities once they have been identified.
India will have to accommodate another 700 million city dwellers over the next 20 years, which has led its government to announce plans to set up two smart cities in every state.
Microsoft knew the buildings on its 500-acre campus were incredibly energy-inefficient, but its engineers didn't care for the $60 million-plus estimate for a traditional fix or the disruption it would cause. So with dedication, the help of a few vendors and off-the-shelf Microsoft software, a company engineering team came up with a solution that is now saving millions in energy costs.