Cities are getting smarter, now meet the first smart slums

Cities are getting smarter, now meet the first smart slums

The rise of smart cities is no secret. Major population centres all around the globe are adopting smart city technology as part of an effort to get our municipalities to run in a more organised fashion. What is quite surprising is that this task is not only the preserve of rich Western cities like San Francisco or New York, smart thinking is also being adopted in some of the poorer areas of some of the poorest cities in the world, for example in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro and the slums of Nairobi.

Great streetlight switch-off leaves 999 crews in the dark

Great streetlight switch-off leaves 999 crews in the dark

Ambulance crews are finding it more and more difficult to find the homes of 999 callers, as local authorties around the country opt to turn off street lights in order to save money. But, in an an emergency, seconds count and some say the great switch-off is putting lives at risk.

Ten retail indoor positioning projects you need to know

Ten retail indoor positioning projects you need to know

Indoor positioning is the next revolution that is set to reshape retail. New projects are now popping up around the globe and the initial results are often quite impressive. Here are Lux’s top ten indoor positioning projects that you need to know about.

Ikea smart lighting is here. Could human centric be next?

Ikea smart lighting is here. Could human centric be next?

Ikea is set to premier a large range of affordable, energy efficient, smart lights next month, which users will be able to control remotely via their smartphone. The company has also hinted that it is interested in developing human centric products.