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By Joan Torres

Throughout history and across pretty much all civilizations, windows have been a trademark architectural feature with a vital functionality. Regardless of their style and size, windows have always been used to bring in light and air, and seal out the elements.

For eons, windows were made primarily from wood, steel, and aluminum framing, with glass as the main component that ensures the integrity of the thermal envelope while transmitting brightness.

Future windows would embrace solar power, and by “solar windows”, we’re not speaking of windows powered by solar, but windows that harvest this power.

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The beginning of smart agriculture or third green revolution to meet the ever increasing food demand in a constantly changing climate scenario.

Agriculture is an activity which made a primitive man to adopt a settled lifestyle. His experimentation with different soils, plants, crops led to the formation of rural societies which later took shape of big civilizations world over. Basically agriculture or food production will be at the crux of any society at any given period of time of human life.

The 21st century is a period marked by high technology, wireless and internet connectivity. The internet of things (IoT) is ruling our lifestyles. From city infrastructure, electricity generation and management, health segment, road transportation everything is modeled on IoT nowadays. When every segment is benefitted by this technology, IoT can be of great benefit to the agricultural sector.

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James Bell
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UN predictions indicate that in 2050, the demographics of urban areas will be fairly equal to the total population of the world in 2002. With constant development of the cities, economic, social and creative opportunities increase which forms the major attraction for the inflow of population.

As per the estimates from McKinsey, the top 600 cities in the world will account for 60% GDP by 2025. In no time, the smart city industry will be a $400 billion market by 2020. But the fact still remains that urbanisation comes hand in hand with some major challenges which are faced commonly by the world’s fastest growing cities.

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James Bell
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Energy efficiency is an integral part of a smart city. How you reduce resource consumption and how you produce resourceful innovation while you advance the city stands as the fundamental foundation for every city infrastructure.

But why talk only about energy efficiency? Well, if you have a closer look, from the sensors to the big data and vehicles to the buildings every bit of infrastructure has a link with energy. And if this energy is pulled out of exhaustive resources there wouldn’t be anything to rely on by 2050.

James Bell
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James Bell
Smart City Expert

The Mayor of Bogota, Gustavo Petro exclaims, “A developed city is not a place where the poor have cars. It’s where the rich use the public transportation!” – Indeed, this is as true as the smart city existence itself.

And, Vienna’s smart development principle lies on the same fact. It focuses on providing the best quality of life for each and every inhabitant at the same time reducing resource consumption with a comprehensive approach that includes social equity and citizen-based innovation.

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