[LINK] More Earth-Shattering IoT Applications

Tom Worthington tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Thu Apr 26 09:42:03 AEST 2018

On 24/04/18 20:36, Roger Clarke wrote:

> Newcastle Council uses sportsground for smart city trial ... 
> https://www.itnews.com.au/news/newcastle-council-uses-sportsground-for-smart-city-trial-489563
> The groundsman and his travel to grounds are a fixed and unavoidable ...

Not if you contract out the service. The grounds-person could be
dispatched only when needed and not paid when not needed.

> And can we really expect a standby team of bin-emptiers ...

The bin-emptying could be contracted out.

> Maybe tenable, but what benefits does a network bring ...

It is a way to disguise that you want to casualize the workforce into a 
for of uber-slavery. I for one welcome our new IoT masters. ;-)

>> ...  and parking sensors.

A cheaper option would be to use the surveillance cameras and some
software which can recognize empty parking spaces.

But perhaps with smart networked cars parking sensors will be obsolete.
The car would simply tell the car park where it has parked. If that car
park fills up, the car could drive itself elsewhere and come back when 
you are leaving. Self driving cars could make soccer moms (unpaid 
uber-drivers) obsolete. ;-)

> One doesn't want to be *unduly* sceptical ...

Next you will be saying the "Internet fridge" isn't going to take off!


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