Smart Communities: Future of Living and Social Webs
With the falling costs of computing and communication technologies, millions of software and hardware based sensory systems, and corresponding application services are beginning to be deployed across physical regions, water distribution, buildings, hospitals, energy networks, cities, manufacturing factories and enterprises. Such socio-technical systems and corresponding social web of services are beginning to show promise towards reducing costs of annual operations, optimizing resource usage, streamlining operations enhancing resilience, and enabling better quality of life and for inhabitants of these regions. It is estimated that over 20% of the resources consumed can be saved annually by simply controlling usage during off-peak hours. We consider a smart community system that will integrate several subsystems of a physical region such as water distribution, local drainage, buildings and energy, and enable a range of services to the inhabitants and resource managers of the region.
Our initial testbed incorporates several buildings and laboratories at Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley (CMUSV) and NASA Ames Sustainability Base and the instrumented, solar powered Next Generation Emergency Operation Center trailers.
Please learn about our Smart Communities initiative by visiting our page about our invitational Kickoff Workshop, scheduled for Tuesday, June 19, 2012.
For more details, see the initial proposal.
Carnegie Mellon University joins New Cities Foundation
Carnegie Mellon joins a prestigious list of NCF academic members: MIT, NYU Wagner, Gateway House (India), University of Southern California’s Annenberg School, the Urban China Initiative, University of California CITRIS, and HEC Paris. For more details
NASA Ames Sustainability Base Dedication, April 20, 2012
April 19-20, NASA Ames hosted a media day and dedication for Sustainability Base media day and dedication at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. For more details