Future of Digital Unveiled at MIT

Movement toward more wireless and digital systems continues to gain momentum, says a recent e-newsletter from San Diego-based Realcomm, the organizer of a real estate conference dedicated to hot commercial office and real estate trends and the latest technologies. According to the newsletter, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently held its New Century Symposium, and the following di...

02/01/2005


Movement toward more wireless and digital systems continues to gain momentum, says a recent e-newsletter from San Diego-based Realcomm, the organizer of a real estate conference dedicated to hot commercial office and real estate trends and the latest technologies. According to the newsletter, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently held its New Century Symposium, and the following digital ideas and concepts were reported to be underway in several cities worldwide:

  • In Philadelphia, a wireless network throughout the city is making it very easy for anyone to access the Internet.

  • In New York, a wireless infrastructure above the city is providing for robust communications redundancy.

  • In Singapore, One North is a project looking to provide advanced infrastructure, as well as attracting like-thinking tenants.

  • In Seoul, Digital Media City has debuted—a combination of Silicon Valley and Hollywood. The city has also implemented a digital "lifestyle" infrastructure that will provide 20 Mbps to every home, office, school and store.

  • In Copenhagen, businesses are exploring and defining new concepts in virtual concierge, mobile gaming and advanced applications.

  • In Bristol, U.K., using CitySpace, citizens will have live access to transportation information from kiosks and mobile devices. The U.K.'s first "Hospitality HotZone" is also providing free Internet access to almost 100 bars, cafes and pubs.

Beyond the details of these projects, Realcomm says they are most excited about the "what's next" conversations being had—something that would not have generated much buzz a few years ago. In fact, the organization's newsletter notes that such a large number of mega-projects actually under construction is a sure sign that we are moving into a new paradigm. "There is no longer any doubt that the intersection of real estate and technology will produce a new kind of place that is in line with a 21st century digital lifestyle," says Realcomm.

As far as new technologies, RealComm reports these applications:

  • Vehicle management systems that automatically charge for tolls and parking—no booths or meters.

  • RFID tagging systems in all retail outlets, redefining the shopping experience.

  • Complex digital signage networks that provide marketing and emergency communications.

  • Movie theaters that also act as school classrooms or gaming centers, with 24-hour use.

  • Commercial spaces that provide for next-generation experiences through the use of advanced technology.

For more on the group's annual June conference visit www.realcomm.com .





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