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Computer Power Makes Smart Cities Smarter

THEY look like trees from another planet. Tall, steel super-structures topped with wiry canopies, acting as frames for climbing plants and creepers. Sat against the backdrop of Singapore’s central business district these ‘supertrees’, which can reach 150 feet tall. They are attractions in their own right, but they also serve a purpose: some have photovoltaic cells in their canopies to generate solar energy that is used to light up the trees. Others are integrated with nearby conservatories and serve as air-exhaust receptacles.

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