The CO2GO app is an incredibly intuitive smartphone tool. To begin with, it has an automatic function to detect the method of travel of the owner: car, train, bus, etc. and calculates your emission level using an algorithm. No surprise that the design is by MIT’s SENSEable City Lab and it brings the technologies that surround our world into focus. Every day people will be collecting detailed information, as walking sensors, which will be converted into data as to how people use and interact in cities and this in turn will give people the option of green choices.
The capture (or hacking) of urban information will configure energy use, water consumption, and food and gives the planners the ability to run simulations of potential scenario plans. This game plan sets a base for the addition of the ‘what if’ questions that can allow alterations. The resulting data can help planners when addressing high priority topics such as aging infrastructure, mass urbanization and carbon emissions. This real life technology participation gives the opportunity to add, delete and change the baselines. You can add thousands of people in an area over a period of ten years and find out the best way to accomplish it.
The next model levels will help to optimize the best density and city size and potentially equate to answer the maximum number of people that should be within a square foot, per resource and still attain quality life. The sophistication of the tool, combined with the app accessing technology links that surround us may be an answer for some of the pressing urban problems faced today.
To continue the expansion gaming shops have been held in India with the Next Generation Infrastructure Lab, a division of policy research organization CSTEP, to allow interactive simulations that will assist decision makers in their understanding of the implications of different energy sources, such as the use of solar, over the carbon emitting oil or coal.
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