Smart cities appear to be synonymous with pervasive IoT. Footfall, energy consumption, passengers availing of public transport, everything needs to be monitored, predicted, and adjusted to fit pre-determined models. But cities have their own individualities, and besides their infrastructures, they are made of people. In this article, we are discussing the case of a city that is involved in a large-scale project which explores the balance between facilitating engagement and instituting surveillance through sensor-enabled behavioral change, smart energy metering, and data sharing between property owners.
Authors: Helena Fitzgerald, Gerard Walsh, Gabriela Avram, Stephen Kinsella, Javier Buron Garcia