What is a smart city? The answer depends on who you ask. Solutions providers will tell you it's smart parking, smart lighting or anything to do with technology. City officials may tell you it's about conducting city business online, such as searching records or applying for permits. City residents may tell you it's the ease of getting around, or about crime reduction.
Worker-Centric Workplaces in Smart Factories (FACTS4WORKERS.EU) is a project coordinated by VIRTUAL VEHICLE in the Horizon 2020 program of the European Commission within the Factory of the Future P PP. The vision of FACTS4WORKERS is to leverage the large potential added value of manufacturing data, information and knowledge in a worker-centred way to achieve worker empowerment, resulting in higher worker satisfaction and increased worker productivity. It is the high ambition of our project to create "FACTorieS for WORKERS" (FACTS4WORKERS), therefore a serious effort will be put into integrating already available IT enablers into a seamless & flexible Smart Factory infrastructure based on worker-centric and data-driven technology building blocks. As FACTS4WORKERS is underpinned by a clear human-centric approach: usability, user experience and technology acceptance are of the utmost project interest. FACTS4WORKERS will develop and demonstrate workplace solutions that support the inclusion of increasing elements of knowledge work on the factory floor.
Smart farming is not a standalone technology, but more to do with interconnected technologies. The three major technologies that it is connected to are MIS (Management Information Systems), precision agriculture and automation & robotics. MIS is used to collect and process data needed to carry out operations and functions on the farm. It can even store and disseminate data as well. Precision agriculture, on the other hand, is the management of spatial and temporal variability to gain higher returns on investment, so that the environmental impact of these agricultural activities is minimal.
The Italian smart port of Livorno in Italy is to showcase how buzzword industrial tech like 5G, AI, and IoT can help enterprises, municipalities and governments to bring forward environmental improvements to meet the United Nations' 'sustainable development goals' (SDGs). The SDGs were set out by the UN and ratified by member states in 2015 as a plan to end poverty, protect the planet, and deliver peace. They include targets for clean energy, industry and innovation, and sustainable cities, among others. They put digital technology, along with broader social change, at the heart of the fight to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees by 2030. The port of Livorno has seen various groups come together to bring sustainability to port operations, and also to drive more efficient business.
Of all the spaces in our homes, the kitchen is the one that has seen the least change in the last few years. Sure, that countertop CD player has given way to an Echo, but you've probably not invested in a smartphone-controlled oven or DRM-enabled juicer. Look hard enough, however, and you can see more radical shifts in the appliances world on the horizon. It's just going to take a while before this technology is affordable enough for us mere mortals. Historically, when technology has made an impact in the kitchen, it often radically redefines how our society operates.