The smart city of the future is envisioned as thoroughly networked, efficient and livable, thanks to big data and the Internet of Things. What plans are in the works, and who'll manage citizens' data?
Germany's largest telecom company has launched the country's first 5G network, but for now it only works in two cities and with a €900 smartphone. By the end of 2020, 5G coverage is due in 20 German cities.
Municipal cyberadministrations, automated traffic flow, energy-efficient buildings — the cities of tomorrow will be smart. Cologne's "climate street" project shows what a digital city could look like in practice.
Answer: no one knows. When we contacted the very academic responsible for "polar code" — a technology vital to Huawei's bid for 5G dominance — he told us he couldn't talk because he didn't have the "factual information."
China is set to connect developing countries in Asia and Africa with next-generation 5G technology, while companies in the West fall behind. But can Beijing be trusted with the future of the internet?
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