Let's Talk Smart Cities - Daily Roundup - 5/15
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.
Venture Smarter has been instrumental in guiding strategic efforts for government agencies, research institutions, and enterprise partners by adding a 'filter' or 'lens' to add smart and connected considerations to ongoing and emerging efforts.
Venture Smarter is leading P2874, which will aggregate existing and emerging protocols to streaming smart city planning efforts with a focus on interoperability and resilience. Venture Smarter and IEEE Smart Cities are collaborating with hundreds of industry partners, municipal agencies, and technology experts from groups including IoT Impact Labs, Smart Cities Council, and more.
We are two weeks away from the Smart Regions Conference and IoT Showcase at BB&T Arena just minutes outside of Cincinnati, OH. On Wednesday, October 25th government, industry, academic, and community leaders will join forces at the largest smart cities leadership gathering in the Midwest.
Venture Smarter announced today a collaboration with industry leaders across sectors to launch the CMR Index to help map smart city success stories and opportunity areas focused on three core themes: connectivity, mobility, and resilience. Expected to launch in early 2018, the CMR Index will score and compare spaces and places, and is set to include support resources and guides for low scoring cities, states, and regions.
The impact the government has on its constituents from leveraging big data and actionable analytics should only get more desirable as more information, people places, and things are connected. (VARTECH Solution Session "Government: Opportunities in Smart Cities and IoT")
Rhonda Binda is VP Policy for Venture Smarter and is now the Director of their Regional Smart Cities Initiatives. She has a distinguished history of public service, as Deputy Director for the U.S. Department of State’s Global Intergovernmental Affairs Division, and in the West Wing of the White House, under two administrations respectively. In between her government tours she practiced technology law with Alston & Bird.
The OPEN Government Data Act will require a government-wide policy for all federal agencies to publish their information online, using non-proprietary, machine-readable data formats.
Ann Arbor, MI - The U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today released new federal guidance for Automated Driving Systems (ADS): A Vision for Safety 2.0. This is the latest guidance for automated driving systems to industry and States.