The second national conference on Intelligent Cities, organized by the City of Whittlesea, discussed cases from Australia and overseas. The conference adopted the ‘Smart Community’ point of view, considering broadband infrastructure as an essential public utility.
The book edited by Alan Steventon and Steve Wright (Springer 2006) sets out a vision of intelligent spaces and describes the progress that has been made towards realisation?. Intelligent Spaces (or iSpaces) refer to physical environments in which information and communication technologies and sensor systems disappear as they become embedded into physical objects
The book is a reader edited by P. Droege (University of Sydney, Faculty of Architecture). As noted in the editorial review, “it is an attempt at registering disciplinary changes in context, at tracing subtexts for which most mainstream disciplines have no established language. The project is to give voice to an emerging meta-discipline that has its logic across the specializations.
Songdo Intelligent City will be developed as a centre for Asia-Pacific multinational headquarters, global business, and a high value-added knowledge-based industrial complex.
Songdo Intelligent City will be developed over an eight-year period. In the first phase, an international convention centre and 60-story world trade centre,
“Intelligent Environments are becoming one of the hot topics for industrial and academic research. Intelligent Environments are public and private spaces such as cars, shopping malls, work, homes and even our own bodies which respond “thoughtfully” to our needs.
The ‘Intelligent Cities Initiative’, a wireless broadband pilot project created and implemented by the @Wales Digital Media Initiative, has been shortlisted in the ‘best public wi-fi product’ category of the international Wireless Broadband Innovation Awards, London, 20 April 2005.
IntelCities is an integrated RTD project funded from EU FP6 through the IST Programme. It brings together 18 cities, led by Manchester and Siena, with 20 ICT companies including Nokia, Microsoft and CISCO and 36 research groups to pool advanced knowledge and experience of electronic government, planning systems and citizen participation from across Europe.