Venture Smarter is working to bring smart technology solutions to cities everywhere. Here is today's roundup of Smart City related news.
Transport innovation awarded at Smart Cities Hackathon
Schneider Electric, an electric management company, hosted a Smart Cities hackathon in Sydney, Australia where 12 teams of Industry experts, local businesses, and academics competed for cash prizes. The winning team harnessed artificial intelligence to help rail users identify real-time carriage occupancy.
Tech has advanced greatly for the ‘good guys’, unfortunately also for cybercriminals: Nick FitzGerald, ESET
Smart technology seems to be accelerating in growth on many fronts which is both beneficial and harmful to people. Nick FitzGerald, a Senior Research Fellow at ESET, discusses the challenges that are coming and the security measures needed for different devices going forward.
Smart city leaders must act to deliver better digital lives
City administrations are conventionally responsible for creating, managing and delivering city services. With the onset of “smart cities” and “big data”, city leaders are rethinking how they can reconcile the long term interests of citizens and local communities throughout the digitalization era.
White Unicorn Ventures Closes $20 Mn Fund; Looks To Invest In European Startups
White Unicorn Ventures is an investment firm based out of Mumbai, India’s largest city, that recently closed a $20 Mn fund. The investments are being directed towards fintech (financial technology), cybersecurity, and blockchain startups–all of which are important to smart cities.
32,000 LEDs to light up Pune under ‘smart lighting’ scheme
A “smart-lighting scheme” is soon-to-be-launched in Pune, India, that will involve the installation of 32,000 LED street lights. The system will track misuse of electricity in order to reduce city costs. This is happening ahead of the “smart signaling” initiative that is will address traffic concerns.
The Congressional Smart Cities Caucus provides a place where Members of Congress can convene with stakeholders from all different backgrounds, including but not limited to: industry stakeholders, state and local governments, and local community leaders. Join me exploring ways we can bridge the technological divide between urban and rural American communities by expanding smart infrastructure nationwide.
Here is a list of 'Smart Cities' events that we will be watching, hosting, and/or participating in this February...
RSCI has announced speakers and forum leaders for the Smart Regions Congress event in Washington DC on February 15th. The interdisciplinary group of leaders will explore and discuss the challenges and successes that arise when building smart regions that put people first.
Smart cities and regions use technology as a tool to create better places to live, work, and visit. But efforts towards smart planning and development don't happen on their own, and they cannot take place in silos. Smart solutions require regional collaborations and interoperable solutions that improve people's lives, increase public service delivery, and alleviate strained municipal budgets.
USDA is awarding 72 grants totaling $23.6 million through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program. This program invests in equipment that uses broadband to help rural communities connect to educational and health care services. These vital services are part of the foundation of a high quality of life and enable communities to overcome the effects of remoteness and low population density by connecting them to the rest of the world through high-speed internet.
Public Safety is an important facet of smart planning. Today, we have the capability to create and adapt technology in a way that can not only provide us with tools for a safer response to emergency situations but also provide us with tools for smarter preparation.
It is exciting to hear Secretary Elaine Chao open the Detroit Auto Show by discussing how America can lead in technology and innovation by safely deploying Connected and Autonomous vehicles...
The Federal Government is beginning the process to develop policies on the evolution of autonomous transportation beyond self-driving cars to autonomous trucks, buses and additional ground-based vehicles.
This month the Venture Smarter community passed the 20,000 users benchmark, and the beta portal captured great insights on the state of smart cities happenings. But more importantly, it's 2018 and we are continuing our mission to democratize smart city planning, providing even small and medium sized communities the tools for smart city success stories that reach beyond big city limits.