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Microsoft Jumps On Board Portugal’s Mega “Smart City” Plan

Posted By Tafline Laylin On April 27, 2011 @ 1:56 pm In green technology,Urban design | 1 Comment

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Former Microsoft [1] executive and CEO of Living PlanIT [2] Steve Lewis has brought Microsoft on-board to help with Portugal’s “smart city” in Paredes, according to the gurus at engadget [3]. By incorporating networking technology directly into the city’s buildings and infrastructure, the “smart city” will significantly improve urban energy efficiency [4] and overall sustainability. Several high-tech companies have already joined the fray, including Cisco, for the project that will eventually house 1/4 million people and cost a whopping $14.1 billion.

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Microsoft will provide the necessary cloud [5] framework to coordinate the city’s integrated sensors with its Azure platform. These will allow real-time monitoring of everything from water and energy use [6] to traffic management, improving the quality of life for residents while reducing the use of natural resources.

In addition to providing thousands of jobs in a country that is struggling financially, the increased efficiency [7] will offset the initial investment the development, which Portugal called a project of “National Importance,” according to a Financial Times [8] report. Let’s hope it doesn’t crash!

Via Engadget [3]


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[1] Microsoft: http://inhabitat.com/bill-gates-fights-spam-and-gives-13-twh-of-energy-back-to-the-world/

[2] Living PlanIT: http://living-planit.com/default.htm

[3] engadget: http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/25/microsoft-unites-with-former-exec-in-building-a-smart-city-in/

[4] energy efficiency: http://inhabitat.com/green-home-expert-round-up-all-our-top-experts-tips-on-how-to-green-your-home/

[5] cloud: http://inhabitat.com/fantastic-norway-makes-giant-pixelated-cloud-out-of-3000-cardboard-boxes/

[6] water and energy use: http://inhabitat.com/tata-mit-work-on-breakthrough-way-to-generate-power-from-ordinary-water/

[7] increased efficiency: http://inhabitat.com/energy-upgrade-california/

[8] Financial Times: http://www.ft.com/

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