The LifeCycle Tower
Describing the way in which the LifeCycle Tower’s sensors are used to provide feedback about the building and its occupants, Monica Menghini, executive vice president and chief strategy officer, Dassault Systèmes said that The Internet of Things (IoT) appears to becoming the Internet of Experiences. The LCT ONE project, in Dorbirn, Austria is the latest from Dassault Systèmes' 3DEXPERIENCity initiative to virtually represent, extend and improve the real world and manage data, processes and people of sustainable cities. It looks at all aspects involved in urban design from architecture and infrastructure, to resources and inhabitants, and offers a means of sharing information between each – improving energy efficiency and the comfort of its occupants.
Trying to get a handle on the current state of the debate about global warming, and the impetus behind such developments, I dipped a toe into the controversy – and hastily withdrew it. Global warming appears to have been overtaken by Verbal warming with the heat arising from scientists vastly exceeding that from carbon fuels.
Of more importance though, is burgeoning population growth, urban migration, and the need to nurture declining resources – water just being the most critical of these. The LCT ONE project is a test bed for fine-tuning the latest technologies that will probably be used to ensure that future cities can sustain higher density populations.
The IoT tools being used are valuable, as well, in analysing the effectiveness – or otherwise – of advanced technologies, materials, traffic solutions and human responses to a wealth of new ideas spawning the cities of the future. Global warming – the only information I gleaned is that CO2 and methane emissions are increasing contributing to faster ‘greening’ of the planet – meaning I have to cut my grass every week instead of twice a month.
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