Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th May 2012 23:42 UTC, submitted by M.Onty
OSNews, Generic OSes "An operating system designed to power the smart cities of the future will be put through its paces in London. Living Plan IT has developed its Urban OS to provide a platform to connect services and citizens. With partners including Hitachi, Phillips and Greenwich council, it aims to use the Greenwich peninsula as a testbed for new technologies running on the system. The OS aims to connect key services such as water, transport, and energy." UrbanOS goes way over my head - it'd be great if someone could summarise how it works and what its key aspects are.
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RE: hrmm
by bouhko on Wed 9th May 2012 13:39 UTC in reply to "hrmm"
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Even though I'm concerned with security, I find this really interesting in term of monitoring / consumption prediction. I imagine a statistical analysis of all those sensors could lead to a lot of optimizations in the way power/water/whatever is distributed, constructed and so on.

Now, regarding the security, I'd say that if it is only used for _monitoring_, security is probably not such a big deal. I mean there are still risk that some hacker fake the statistics or spy someone's power consumption, but I don't see any major security risk there. Plus, if my city would put such a system in place, I'd except the data to be public anyway.

Now, if it's really used to actually control the distributions, it's a completely different story.

Ah yeah, it has too many buzzwords too, but I guess they had to find a way to sell it :-D

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