Lead: Rodolphe el-Khoury, Christos Marcopoulos, Carol Moukheiber
Team: Faisal Bashir
This study was commissioned by Giatec to explore the potential of embedded technology for next-generation concrete.
Giatec's product is situated within the larger development of what is commonly referred to as "Smart Cities". Embedded technologies, i.e., miniaturized microcontrollers, sensors and actuators will be increasingly deployed and incorporated into buildings, landscapes and cities. The economic, social, and environmental advantages that these technologies present include: real time tracking and monitoring for performance evaluation; system and material behavior knowledge as design feedback for next generation structures and material development; management prioritization and budgeting for infrastructural maintenance, and the potential for greater transparency through citizen awareness and participation.
The scenarios presented in the matrix graphically show the implications for the technology, for the users and Giatec's business model at each stage of the evolution from hand-held devices to the massive distribution and ubiquity of "smart dust". The opportunities are mapped and described within the chart below. The trend highlighted through the scenarios is a movement from the development of discreet products, to services, and to the generation of knowledge.