What’s a ‘smart’ city? There’s no one definition. For many city leaders — and especially the private sector — the term has become a shorthand for technology that makes cities work better or more efficiently.
Scroll down to see all of Meeting of the Minds blog posts, talks, and upcoming events related to smart and sustainable cities.
Recent Events Related to Smart Cities
On November 14, 2018, Meeting of the Minds hosted a free, live webinar featuring AJ O’Connor of TriMet and Adrian Pearmine of DKS Associates. We discussed the emergence of new mobility technologies, partnerships and opportunities in the transportation sector.
The City of Sacramento recently announced a $100M partnership with Verizon making Sacramento the first city in the country with commercially available 5G. The move will provide robust broadband infrastructure for a host of new smart city technologies and strategies to be deployed.
Recent Blog Posts Related to Smart Cities
Shifting to a high-tech mobility future is challenging transportation experts to think in a different way. It used to be the car was the common thread for all this data, but we are now making room for so many new modes, and new ways to gather analytics for those modes.
We’re at the point where we have plenty of data, now it’s time to start understanding these issues and how they interact. Mobility experts have created measurement tools, but not as much thought about how they all come together for the bigger picture.
Big Data is helping integrate these data flows, making sense of disparate sensors and creating a single-source “dashboard” that gives cities a whole new level of insight into the modes on their streets.
Improved understanding about local air quality can support significant policy changes and targeted incentives, including electric fleet conversions for particular transit routes, the provision of emission-control technologies or alternative routes for heavy duty trucks, targeted fuel-switching efforts for home heating in heavily impacted communities, or the enactment of new regulations for specific industrial operations. We can also use data about localized air pollution exposures to study health outcomes under specific environmental conditions. With the wealth of these new, localized data on air quality, supported by low-cost sensor technology, we can design the policies and deploy clean energy strategies that truly empower local communities and protect public health.
The growth of smart cities – projected to increase fourfold by 2025 – will continue. Unfortunately, at best, only a few cities have the skilled staff needed to address these new risks and cybersecurity challenges. Hence, the onus is increasingly on city administrators, technology providers, and even community leaders to take on a steep learning curve together, and better understand how cybersecurity fits into making cities safe and secure. The question remains – how do we get there?