How smartphones will improve Singapore's urban life

According to statistics, there are 1, 4 smartphones for every resident of Singapore. The project, called "Living Singapore", aims to make the most of such a high saturation of the city with mobile devices for monitoring its life and more efficient management.

The goal of the project, according to Carlo Ratti, director of the MIT Senseable City Lab, is to organize the huge amount of information that passes through millions of smartphones and create smart infrastructures on its basis. In this regard, Singapore is an ideal laboratory for urban planning technologies.

Being engaged in daily searches for the necessary information, city residents simultaneously create feedbacks between themselves, their actions and the city. For example, monitoring the use of mobile phones allows you to track the movement of people and determine the places of their greatest congestion in real time.

Control over the movement of people and vehicles during heavy tropical rains, air quality and temperature is no less important for Singapore. With the congestion of cars and the massive use of air conditioners in some areas, hot spots can form, which negatively affects the urban climate.

The processed and systematized array of information will become the basis for the development of applications that will help the residents of the metropolis feel more comfortable in their hometown.