Smart cameras and smart cities

Leon Rothkrantz*

*Corresponding author for this work

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A Smart City can be considered as an open living lab, where new technology will be developed, implemented and tested. The focus of smart cities in this paper is on the safety of citizens, sustainable energy, risk prevention of disasters, smart transport systems using information technology and Internet of Things. Smart cameras and smart sensor systems play a crucial role in smart cities. Citizens are surveyed by smart cameras, registrating their presence, their activities but also their needs and security. Big Brother is watching you, the Orwellian Nightmare come true. In this paper we focus on the smart city of Amsterdam. At the entrance road of the city smart cameras register all entering vehicles; their license place will be recognized and checked for access in available databases. Similar smart cameras check car drivers for their access to the inner city and green zones. But not only car drivers are surveyed. Entering boats on the many waterways of Amsterdam are surveyed. Every vessel is supposed to have a transponder on board with an Automatic Identification System (AIS), enabling control of anomaly of shipping on the water and detection of intruders. This paper is a survey paper of developed technology and research around smart cities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication3rd Annual Science Fiction Prototyping Conference 2019
Subtitle of host publicationDesigning Your Future With Science Fiction, SciFi-It 2019
EditorsPhilippe Geril
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-9492859-06-8
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventSciFi-It 2019
: 3rd Annual Science Fiction Prototyping Conference: Designing Your Future With Science Fiction
- Ghent, Belgium
Duration: 1 Apr 20193 Apr 2019
Conference number: 3rd

Publication series

Name3rd Annual Science Fiction Prototyping Conference 2019: Designing Your Future With Science Fiction, SciFi-It 2019


ConferenceSciFi-It 2019


  • City Lab
  • Security
  • Smart Mobility
  • Smart Sensors


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