How Smartphones Can Improve City Life

Throughout cities around the world, digital information is readily shared and collected through smartphones, tablets, sensors and other communication devices that have become part of everyday life. But in the streets of Singapore, this amounting of "big data" will soon be used to improve urban life through LIVE Singapore! -- a project that uses real-time data to track and affect the activity of a city. Carlo Ratti, Director of the MIT Senseable city lab, which runs the project as part of the Singapore-MIT alliance for Research and Technology, says, "We can analyze the pulse of the city, moment to moment." Ratti, who believes cities have become open-air computers storing information that should be harnessed and tapped into, adds, "Over the past decade, digital technologies have begun to blanket our cities, forming the backbone of a large, intelligent infrastructure."