1. Building the City of the Future
  • Building the City of the Future

    July 01, 2016
    By Kevin Hoffman/3M Storyteller
    Closeup of streets in Dubai

    Building the City of the Future

    Some of the world’s greatest thinkers are uniting with government leaders in Dubai to dive into creating the next wave of “smart cities.” More than 1,500 thought leaders are in the city, which is a model for smart cities. Two years ago, Dubai launched its “Smart City of the Future” initiative, with the goal of using rapidly advancing technology to improve lives.

    Our planet’s population is growing: The UN expects we will reach 9.6 billion people by 2050, with 67 percent of people living in urban areas. That means it’s imperative we work together and maximize use of resources. Our cities will have to get smarter even as we consume more water and energy and become ever more digitized.

    Here are just some of the 3M technologies being discussed today through Tuesday at the “Internet of Things World Forum 2015” in Dubai.

    Building the City of the Future

    Some of the world’s greatest thinkers are uniting with government leaders in Dubai to dive into creating the next wave of “smart cities.” More than 1,500 thought leaders are in the city, which is a model for smart cities. Two years ago, Dubai launched its “Smart City of the Future” initiative, with the goal of using rapidly advancing technology to improve lives.

    Our planet’s population is growing: The UN expects we will reach 9.6 billion people by 2050, with 67 percent of people living in urban areas. That means it’s imperative we work together and maximize use of resources. Our cities will have to get smarter even as we consume more water and energy and become ever more digitized.

    Here are just some of the 3M technologies being discussed today through Tuesday at the “Internet of Things World Forum 2015” in Dubai.

    Building the City of the Future

    Some of the world’s greatest thinkers are uniting with government leaders in Dubai to dive into creating the next wave of “smart cities.” More than 1,500 thought leaders are in the city, which is a model for smart cities. Two years ago, Dubai launched its “Smart City of the Future” initiative, with the goal of using rapidly advancing technology to improve lives.

    Our planet’s population is growing: The UN expects we will reach 9.6 billion people by 2050, with 67 percent of people living in urban areas. That means it’s imperative we work together and maximize use of resources. Our cities will have to get smarter even as we consume more water and energy and become ever more digitized.

    Here are just some of the 3M technologies being discussed today through Tuesday at the “Internet of Things World Forum 2015” in Dubai.

    Illustration of 3M Daylight Redirecting Film

    Bringing the sun inside

    The promise of a smart city is achieved by using smart materials to lessen its energy needs. Of course, one of the best sources of energy is right outside our windows. What if you could harvest the sun’s light and bring it inside?

    That’s exactly what Daylight Redirecting Film does. The thin film utilizes microreplication to bring natural light further inside buildings. The film is made of micro-structured prisms, which redirect more than 80 percent of the daylight upward and diffuse light to be more evenly distributed.

    Now everybody gets a window seat.

    DAYLIGHT REDIRECTING FILM

    Bringing the sun inside

    The promise of a smart city is achieved by using smart materials to lessen its energy needs. Of course, one of the best sources of energy is right outside our windows. What if you could harvest the sun’s light and bring it inside?

    That’s exactly what Daylight Redirecting Film does. The thin film utilizes microreplication to bring natural light further inside buildings. The film is made of micro-structured prisms, which redirect more than 80 percent of the daylight upward and diffuse light to be more evenly distributed.

    Now everybody gets a window seat.

    DAYLIGHT REDIRECTING FILM

    Bringing the sun inside

    The promise of a smart city is achieved by using smart materials to lessen its energy needs. Of course, one of the best sources of energy is right outside our windows. What if you could harvest the sun’s light and bring it inside?

    That’s exactly what Daylight Redirecting Film does. The thin film utilizes microreplication to bring natural light further inside buildings. The film is made of micro-structured prisms, which redirect more than 80 percent of the daylight upward and diffuse light to be more evenly distributed.

    Now everybody gets a window seat.

    DAYLIGHT REDIRECTING FILM
    View of cooling tanks designed for Novec Engineered Fluid and computer servers

    Keeping data cool

    In our data-driven future, we’ll need ever more computing power. Servers throw off a lot of heat.

    How to keep them cool? An innovative solution is 3M Novec Engineered Fluid, which servers can be dropped into, cooling them without harm. As the hardware heats up in the tank, it boils the Novec fluid, and this change in state pulls the heat away. The Novec fluid becomes a vapor. It rises, condenses on a water-cooled condenser coil and then falls back into the tank without the use of pumps.

    How efficient is it? One data center in Hong Kong using Novec fluid improved energy efficiency 4,000 times over its traditional data-center cooling approach.

    IMMERSION COOLING

    Keeping data cool

    In our data-driven future, we’ll need ever more computing power. Servers throw off a lot of heat.

    How to keep them cool? An innovative solution is 3M Novec Engineered Fluid, which servers can be dropped into, cooling them without harm. As the hardware heats up in the tank, it boils the Novec fluid, and this change in state pulls the heat away. The Novec fluid becomes a vapor. It rises, condenses on a water-cooled condenser coil and then falls back into the tank without the use of pumps.

    How efficient is it? One data center in Hong Kong using Novec fluid improved energy efficiency 4,000 times over its traditional data-center cooling approach.

    IMMERSION COOLING

    Keeping data cool

    In our data-driven future, we’ll need ever more computing power. Servers throw off a lot of heat.

    How to keep them cool? An innovative solution is 3M Novec Engineered Fluid, which servers can be dropped into, cooling them without harm. As the hardware heats up in the tank, it boils the Novec fluid, and this change in state pulls the heat away. The Novec fluid becomes a vapor. It rises, condenses on a water-cooled condenser coil and then falls back into the tank without the use of pumps.

    How efficient is it? One data center in Hong Kong using Novec fluid improved energy efficiency 4,000 times over its traditional data-center cooling approach.

    IMMERSION COOLING
    Before and after look at an underground water tunnel

    Restoring water pipes

    Fundamentally, people need water – and it must be clean. Water infrastructure is crucial, and the demand for clean drinking water is increasing worldwide. Non-profit Water.org estimates that 663 million people – one in 10 – don’t have access to safe water.

    What if you could “rehabilitate” pipes buried deep underground and keep the water flowing? One solution is a quick-curing polymeric lining. It minimizes the need to replace existing infrastructure, helping extend service life, minimizing leaks and reducing outages and brown water issues.

    WATER INFRASTRUCTURE

    Restoring water pipes

    Fundamentally, people need water – and it must be clean. Water infrastructure is crucial, and the demand for clean drinking water is increasing worldwide. Non-profit Water.org estimates that 663 million people – one in 10 – don’t have access to safe water.

    What if you could “rehabilitate” pipes buried deep underground and keep the water flowing? One solution is a quick-curing polymeric lining. It minimizes the need to replace existing infrastructure, helping extend service life, minimizing leaks and reducing outages and brown water issues.

    WATER INFRASTRUCTURE

    Restoring water pipes

    Fundamentally, people need water – and it must be clean. Water infrastructure is crucial, and the demand for clean drinking water is increasing worldwide. Non-profit Water.org estimates that 663 million people – one in 10 – don’t have access to safe water.

    What if you could “rehabilitate” pipes buried deep underground and keep the water flowing? One solution is a quick-curing polymeric lining. It minimizes the need to replace existing infrastructure, helping extend service life, minimizing leaks and reducing outages and brown water issues.

    WATER INFRASTRUCTURE
    Image of roadway with reflective technology on street signs

    Signs of the times

    With our ever-growing global population, people will be moving about cities like never before. Smart cities use transportation infrastructure and smart mobility in new ways.

    To protect us as we zip about on our bikes and in our cars, properly marked roadways will be essential, with signs readable at a distance and at night. We tackle that problem with retroreflectivity – which happens when light is returned back to the original source instead of being scattered. Research shows that use of higher-performing reflective sheeting helps reduce crashes.

    3M has long been the technology leader, ever since developing the core technology of retroreflective sheeting more than 70 years ago.

    ROADWAY SAFETY

    Signs of the times

    With our ever-growing global population, people will be moving about cities like never before. Smart cities use transportation infrastructure and smart mobility in new ways.

    To protect us as we zip about on our bikes and in our cars, properly marked roadways will be essential, with signs readable at a distance and at night. We tackle that problem with retroreflectivity – which happens when light is returned back to the original source instead of being scattered. Research shows that use of higher-performing reflective sheeting helps reduce crashes.

    3M has long been the technology leader, ever since developing the core technology of retroreflective sheeting more than 70 years ago.

    ROADWAY SAFETY

    Signs of the times

    With our ever-growing global population, people will be moving about cities like never before. Smart cities use transportation infrastructure and smart mobility in new ways.

    To protect us as we zip about on our bikes and in our cars, properly marked roadways will be essential, with signs readable at a distance and at night. We tackle that problem with retroreflectivity – which happens when light is returned back to the original source instead of being scattered. Research shows that use of higher-performing reflective sheeting helps reduce crashes.

    3M has long been the technology leader, ever since developing the core technology of retroreflective sheeting more than 70 years ago.

    ROADWAY SAFETY
    Australian passports and money

    Your passport: protected

    In a global economy, we are constantly on the go, traveling to far-flung places. The World Travel & Tourism Council estimates that the travel sector will account for 284 million jobs in 2015 – and 357 million by 2025.

    To keep pace with our international lifestyle, we’ll need high-tech secure passports. A 3M invention allows unique security graphics to appear to “float” or “sink” beneath the document’s surface. It’s called Color Floating Image Security Laminate – and it’s something counterfeiters can’t fake at a copy machine. It features kinetic microtext embedded within the floating image and retroreflectivity to provide enhanced security.

    Australia embraced the technology, using it to add “dancing kangaroos” on passports.

    PASSPORT SECURITY

    Your passport: protected

    In a global economy, we are constantly on the go, traveling to far-flung places. The World Travel & Tourism Council estimates that the travel sector will account for 284 million jobs in 2015 – and 357 million by 2025.

    To keep pace with our international lifestyle, we’ll need high-tech secure passports. A 3M invention allows unique security graphics to appear to “float” or “sink” beneath the document’s surface. It’s called Color Floating Image Security Laminate – and it’s something counterfeiters can’t fake at a copy machine. It features kinetic microtext embedded within the floating image and retroreflectivity to provide enhanced security.

    Australia embraced the technology, using it to add “dancing kangaroos” on passports.

    PASSPORT SECURITY

    Your passport: protected

    In a global economy, we are constantly on the go, traveling to far-flung places. The World Travel & Tourism Council estimates that the travel sector will account for 284 million jobs in 2015 – and 357 million by 2025.

    To keep pace with our international lifestyle, we’ll need high-tech secure passports. A 3M invention allows unique security graphics to appear to “float” or “sink” beneath the document’s surface. It’s called Color Floating Image Security Laminate – and it’s something counterfeiters can’t fake at a copy machine. It features kinetic microtext embedded within the floating image and retroreflectivity to provide enhanced security.

    Australia embraced the technology, using it to add “dancing kangaroos” on passports.

    PASSPORT SECURITY
    Congested streets

    License plate recognition

    Of course, the bad actors aren’t always after your passport. Sometimes, they’re already driving around your city. Luckily, all cars carry a unique identifying letter and number sequence: the license plate.

    The problem is, even the fastest human eye can’t keep up with the kind of packed highways we see as cities grow. That’s why 3M makes an Automatic License Plate Recognition system. High-performance cameras and software are used for toll collection, intelligent policing, airports, universities, labs, businesses and law enforcement.

    The technology helped officers in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, track down a man suspected of kidnapping a 14-year-old girl – and return the girl home safe to her family.

    License plate recognition

    Of course, the bad actors aren’t always after your passport. Sometimes, they’re already driving around your city. Luckily, all cars carry a unique identifying letter and number sequence: the license plate.

    The problem is, even the fastest human eye can’t keep up with the kind of packed highways we see as cities grow. That’s why 3M makes an Automatic License Plate Recognition system. High-performance cameras and software are used for toll collection, intelligent policing, airports, universities, labs, businesses and law enforcement.

    The technology helped officers in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, track down a man suspected of kidnapping a 14-year-old girl – and return the girl home safe to her family.

    License plate recognition

    Of course, the bad actors aren’t always after your passport. Sometimes, they’re already driving around your city. Luckily, all cars carry a unique identifying letter and number sequence: the license plate.

    The problem is, even the fastest human eye can’t keep up with the kind of packed highways we see as cities grow. That’s why 3M makes an Automatic License Plate Recognition system. High-performance cameras and software are used for toll collection, intelligent policing, airports, universities, labs, businesses and law enforcement.

    The technology helped officers in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, track down a man suspected of kidnapping a 14-year-old girl – and return the girl home safe to her family.

    Stock image of a fingerprint

    Fingerprint forensics

    With all that data, it’s tempting for bad actors to steal identities.

    Each of us has a mark that distinguishes us from others: our fingerprints. With 3M Fingerprint Scanners, data can be downloaded using an on-board USB connection that plugs into almost any computer or can transmit the data wirelessly using a smart-city information and communication backbone. The system can make 24 million matches per second.

    The technology helps law enforcement meet evolving challenges of increasing public safety.

    FINGERPRINT SCANNERS

    Fingerprint forensics

    With all that data, it’s tempting for bad actors to steal identities.

    Each of us has a mark that distinguishes us from others: our fingerprints. With 3M Fingerprint Scanners, data can be downloaded using an on-board USB connection that plugs into almost any computer or can transmit the data wirelessly using a smart-city information and communication backbone. The system can make 24 million matches per second.

    The technology helps law enforcement meet evolving challenges of increasing public safety.

    FINGERPRINT SCANNERS

    Fingerprint forensics

    With all that data, it’s tempting for bad actors to steal identities.

    Each of us has a mark that distinguishes us from others: our fingerprints. With 3M Fingerprint Scanners, data can be downloaded using an on-board USB connection that plugs into almost any computer or can transmit the data wirelessly using a smart-city information and communication backbone. The system can make 24 million matches per second.

    The technology helps law enforcement meet evolving challenges of increasing public safety.

    FINGERPRINT SCANNERS
    Skyline of Dubai

    Smart cities today

    At “The Internet of Things World Forum,” business, industry, government and academia unite to find new and better ways to create “smart cities.” That means smart passports. Smart fingerprinting. Smart energy transmission. Smart streets. Even smart water infrastructure.

    “There are tough challenges ahead, but we see them as opportunities to use our strengths of technology and domain knowledge of diverse markets to improve the lives of people as the world is getting urbanized,” says Ashish Khandpur, 3M senior vice president, research and development and chief technology officer. “‘Smart cities’ are one of the ways we will be able to apply 3M science to life around the world.”

    WORLD FORUM 2015

    Smart cities today

    At “The Internet of Things World Forum,” business, industry, government and academia unite to find new and better ways to create “smart cities.” That means smart passports. Smart fingerprinting. Smart energy transmission. Smart streets. Even smart water infrastructure.

    “There are tough challenges ahead, but we see them as opportunities to use our strengths of technology and domain knowledge of diverse markets to improve the lives of people as the world is getting urbanized,” says Ashish Khandpur, 3M senior vice president, research and development and chief technology officer. “‘Smart cities’ are one of the ways we will be able to apply 3M science to life around the world.”

    WORLD FORUM 2015

    Smart cities today

    At “The Internet of Things World Forum,” business, industry, government and academia unite to find new and better ways to create “smart cities.” That means smart passports. Smart fingerprinting. Smart energy transmission. Smart streets. Even smart water infrastructure.

    “There are tough challenges ahead, but we see them as opportunities to use our strengths of technology and domain knowledge of diverse markets to improve the lives of people as the world is getting urbanized,” says Ashish Khandpur, 3M senior vice president, research and development and chief technology officer. “‘Smart cities’ are one of the ways we will be able to apply 3M science to life around the world.”

    WORLD FORUM 2015