City dwellers in Bristol can interact with urban objects and infrastructure that can then converse with city systems to manage traffic.

This article titled “Hello Lamp Post and the idea of playful cities” was written by Keith Stuart, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 27th June 2013 10.00 UTC

You may well have heard of the Internet of Things, a concept first named by Kevin Ashton of MIT in 1999, in which separate objects fitted with the relevant sensors can be formed into useful information networks. A common example is the idea of an intelligent home, where switching on your bedside lamp in the morning will inform the coffee maker downstairs to start percolating. On a wider scale, we also talk about Smart Cities, in which infrastructures speak to each other, allowing, say, the organic management of vehicular traffic flow. All very interesting and all quite serious and functional.

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