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.

SECURITY

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.

 

INFRASTRUCTURE

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.

 

INDUSTRY NEWS

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.