Let's talk smart cities - Daily Roundup - 5/23
Venture Smarter is behind the scenes matching resources and solutions for smart cities, connected campuses, and advanced facilities. Below is our Daily Roundup of Smart City news.
Challenges with Critical Infrastructure: IoT, Smart Cities Under Attack
The bullish predictions for the IoT industry continue to crop up with no signs of stopping. Simultaneously, researchers and experts are questioning the critical infrastructure making up smart cities and whether it can withstand the persistent cyber-hacks and malware attacks.
Council funds police video-storage and Smart Columbus electrification
Columbus City Council approved spending $1.45 M to equip 1,500 police officers with body cameras in addition to $3.3 M to implement the electrification plan. These initiatives are following Columbus winning $50 M in funding via the national Smart City Challenge.
How to improve Boston’s infrastructure future
The initiative Go Boston 2030 is tackling key challenges for the city’s aging mobility infrastructure. This is after Boston was named #16 worst city for traffic congestion in 2016. Great progress is being made, though, with initiatives in regulation and smart technology.
Amazon, Dish Wireless Deal Would Target Internet Of Things: Citi
Amazon and Dish Network could partner in 5G wireless services, with a strategic focus on the Internet of Things. Amazon Web Services, the cloud-computing arm of Amazon, offers an IoT software platform that can be paired with analytics and other services from Dish’s spectrum.
Tech 100: ‘Digital is becoming an economy in itself’
The word ‘digital’ is now being thrown around the boardroom and the streets just as smart city agendas are now smart region agendas. The obstacle cities are facing are how to leverage regional leadership, coordinate activities, and pool funding to harness this new economy.
This month, the focus of the caucus turns toward 'Smart Mobility,' which is timely as many federal agencies, state governments, and municipalities are trying to navigate the pathway to smart and connected transportation solutions.
With Moody’s indicating they will begin to factor cybersecurity and climate risks into bond ratings, it has become critical to build resilience into all phases of smart city planning.
The Smart Infrastructure Challenge calls for regional teams to add a technology layer into existing and future infrastructure projects with a focus on optimizing or altogether replacing outdated and inefficient systems. Grant and Financing announcements will be made during the program kick-off event on April 26th.
At the 2018 Smart Regions Congress, Andre Hentz spoke about the commitment to smart city planning the US Department of Homeland of Security has to support local governments and innovators.
In the United States we face crumbling infrastructure problems, yet continue to rebuild outdated and inefficient systems. It's time we think differently about infrastructure. States from Ohio and Colorado to Virginia and Nevada are well on their way.
Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke and Congressman Darrell Issa invite you to the launch of The Congressional Smart Cities Caucus on March 14th, 2018. The Congressional Caucus on Smart Cities will serve as an informal group of Members dedicated to issues related to the transformation of our communities to smart cities, how it will bring about innovation and technological change, and the role that Congress can play in this transformation.
Venture Smarter's VP of Policy, Rhonda Binda, has been shortlisted for the 2018 Smart Cities People's Choice Award and needs your vote! The award is part of the IoT World Series and the winner will be announced at the Smart to Future Cities Summit on Wednesday, April 25th in London. Among 6 others shortlisted, Rhonda is the only representative from the United States!
View or download the published NIST GCTC Blueprints for transportation, public safety, city data platform, utilities (energy, water, waste management,) and wireless/public WiFi. New blueprints will be added soon. Venture Smarter is happy to support several of the superclusters in 2018 in line with our mission of democratizing smart city planning. Participants of the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge are encouraged to review the blueprints to support response and project plans.
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.