Cities - 10/July/2016

Copenhagen firms up a fluffy concept

Collecting and mining data lies at the heart of making cities smarter and cleaner places to live. Copenhagen’s Street Lab is a living demonstration of the latest technology at work

At first glance, the heart of Denmark’s capital city resembles every other buzzing metropolis: tourists tirelessly shoot pictures, harried workers dash between buildings; families enjoy picnics on handy benches; trash is thrown into Copenhagen’s iconic green garbage bins; and lines of cars snake their way along the main thoroughfares.

Underneath the ordinary progression of life, however, hums a large infrastructure of new technology, all with the purpose of saving energy by making the city infrastructure more operationally efficient and helping people live cleaner lives ...

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