While smart technology is important for the future for cities, San Diego proved last night that, with technology, sometimes things don’t go as planned.
Five minutes before the city’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show was set to begin an unplanned signal caused the city’s 18 minute show to happen in about 15 seconds. The results, as you can see below, were spectacular, if inadvertent and brief:
According to the website for the city’s fireworks show, “A signal was sent to the barges that would set the timing for the rest of the show after the introduction. There were a number of preliminary test signals sent hours and minutes leading up to the show. All these signals tested properly.”
While using technology makes fireworks show, for example, more efficient and safe, glitches most certainly happen. As cities implement more smart technologies there will be glitches, let’s just hope that the eventual results will be just as astonishing as that fireworks show.
(h/t The Atlantic Wire)