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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 Design,Green Technology,Innovation,Urban design | 1 Comment
Former Microsoft  executive and CEO of Living PlanIT  Steve Lewis has brought Microsoft on-board to help with Portugal’s “smart city” in Paredes, according to the gurus at engadget . By incorporating networking technology directly into the city’s buildings and infrastructure, the “smart city” will significantly improve urban energy efficiency  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.
Microsoft will provide the necessary cloud  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  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  will offset the initial investment the development, which Portugal called a project of “National Importance,” according to a Financial Times  report. Let’s hope it doesn’t crash!
Via Engadget 
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 Microsoft: http://inhabitat.com/bill-gates-fights-spam-and-gives-13-twh-of-energy-back-to-the-world/
 Living PlanIT: http://living-planit.com/default.htm
 engadget: http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/25/microsoft-unites-with-former-exec-in-building-a-smart-city-in/
 energy efficiency: http://inhabitat.com/green-home-expert-round-up-all-our-top-experts-tips-on-how-to-green-your-home/
 cloud: http://inhabitat.com/fantastic-norway-makes-giant-pixelated-cloud-out-of-3000-cardboard-boxes/
 water and energy use: http://inhabitat.com/tata-mit-work-on-breakthrough-way-to-generate-power-from-ordinary-water/
 increased efficiency: http://inhabitat.com/energy-upgrade-california/
 Financial Times: http://www.ft.com/
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