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LESSON
Smart City
Motivation

You may have seen some funny TV shows before, in which for example the hotel room door cannot be unlocked with a smart-card (resembling a regular credit card). We encounter thousands of similar problems in our daily lives as not everyone really knows how to deal with and operate all the increasingly complex and intricate gadgets.

What knowledge and skills should we acquire at school to be able to comfortably use modern technologies in our daily lives? For example in a Smart City? (pupils' thoughts)
Topic Introduction

Today we are going to talk about a concept much broader than just "a smart house". Do you have any idea what it is going to be about? Yes, that's right, about "a smart city".

Review

To better understand the idea behind the smart city infrastructure, let's talk about the smart house and its features first. (pupils' thoughts and teacher's help if needed)

— Safe and simple to use home security systems and video surveillance;
— Automatic lighting adjustments based on the daylight availability and occupancy around the place;
— Household chores: watering the garden, protecting it from extreme weather conditions like excessive heat or cold; opening the doors for pets in the morning to let them out without disturbing the owners etc.;
— Control over water/gas flow;
— Energy-saving oriented;
— The ability to remotely control the house through smartphone or web browser.
Understanding / Applying

Thanks to real-life data collection all the smart city resources can be used more efficiently, which in turn helps to save money, act more rationally and to provide higher quality services- in other words, improve living standards of the general population.

To build a smart city that will be a truly comfortable place for its inhabitants, certain conditions have to be met. The main idea behind the smart city is collection and processing of large amounts of data obtained from citizens (Big Data), which includes law enforcement, transportation systems, hospitals, housing, community services etc. This information is sourced from video cameras, various detectors, electronic sensors and other IT systems incorporated into city's everyday life. As of now the most developed and "smartest" cities in the world are Barcelona, Amsterdam, London and New York.
Understanding / Applying
10 most important features
of a smart city
Let's try to create a list of 10 most important features of a smart city. (The pupils are supposed to think themselves, and work on their own; teacher's role is to guide)
10 most important features of a smart city
1
Smart traffic control systems. People spend a lot of their time on daily commutes. How can we improve the quality of time spent on the roads of smart cities?
2
A smart approach to street lighting design allows preventing the overuse of electricity during the daylight hours.
3
Involvement of the city population in the management process. What could help city officials to interact directly with the local community in order to continuously improve the whole infrastructure in general?
4
Smart house. Without the modern technologies, we have discussed at the beginning of the lesson the smart city can't exist.
5
The introduction of Wi-Fi (wireless local area networking). The ability to remotely control all the smart devices and their capacity to effectively communicate with each other is of utmost importance for every smart city.
6
Smart public transport. In the city with "smart houses" there must be "smart…."
7
Emergency Alert System. Used in the event of natural or man-made disasters as well as other types of emergencies.
8
Emergency Response Buttons. They provide a sense of security for every citizen and help police officers and other law enforcement agencies work more efficiently.
9
Solar batteries Usage. When it comes to energy storage, the constant improvements are especially apparent.
10
Cashless payments. This will help to save time and secure citizens' money in a better way.
Reflection
Now let's try to summarize our discussion by splitting into two teams and arranging all the smart city features in order of importance.
Result
Each team must explain their choice
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