University of Twente Student Theses


Smart City infrastructures : a research on the WiFi sensors project in Enschede.

Kamp, D.S.A.M. Op den (2018) Smart City infrastructures : a research on the WiFi sensors project in Enschede.

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Abstract:In a world in which we have ‘smart’ phones, ‘smart’ watches, ‘smart’ materials and ‘smart’ cars, it was only a matter of time for the idea of creating ‘smart’ cities to be developed. One way of becoming a modern smart city is by incorporating ‘smart’ elements into existing infrastructures or creating new ‘smart’ infrastructures. By placing sensors – or other computational technologies – in city centres, a lot of data can be gathered from urban landscapes and thereafter analysed. This data collection and analysis makes a city ‘smarter’ as it supposedly provides objective information on the city and the city-users. However, this data and its representation are not as neutral as often thought and instead influence city life and the experience of the city by the city-user. This is why this thesis highlights the impact smart city infrastructures have on our view of urban spaces and our relationship with them. By providing a conceptualization of smart city infrastructures and with the WiFi sensors project in Enschede as an example, the impact and use of a smart city infrastructure can be analysed and reflected upon.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:02 science and culture in general, 08 philosophy, 10 humanities in general, 70 social sciences in general, 71 sociology
Programme:Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society MSc (60024)
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