Gov't Officials and Industry Experts Explore Regional Smart Cities Opportunities at Impact Ohio

Congressman Bob Latta, State Representative Ryan Smith, AT&T's Director of Intelligent Cities Jamie Sullivan, and Venture Smarter Founder Zack Huhn discussed technology, policy, and automation at the Impact Ohio Conference in Toledo on Friday, September 15th.

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Smart Cities and the Weather

Disaster management is a focus of smart city innovations. As people seek to improve and optimize these systems, smart cities are beginning to understand the connection between weather and many of their goals.  A number of vendors (for example, IBM, Schneider Electric, and others) now offer weather data-driven services focused specifically on smart city interests.

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Analytics platform helps KC anticipate the needs of its citizens

Bob Bennett, the CIO for Kansas City, Mo., felt confident that a series of sensor initiatives was helping him and his team reach their goal of creating “the smartest city on Planet Earth.” The city collects more than 4,500 datasets daily and is now working with Xaqt’s MetroGraph platform, which integrates data from multiple sources, including open, historical and sensor data, in a single quantitative analysis environment.

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Monitoring construction sites for building safety nets Pillar Technologies $2.75 million | TechCrunch

The New York-based company, a former graduate of TechCrunch’s CES Hardware Battlefield 2017 is the latest tech startup working to bring technology to the construction business — one of the industries most resistant to the kind of on-the-job improvements that technology can provide through better monitoring and management tools.

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What Is Considered 'Smart' Government in the Digital Age?

Where do advances in good government take place, and what constitutes “smart” anything in a time when buzzwords run rampant in the tech environment? A panel of experts from all levels of North Carolina government gathered to hash out the definition and discuss where they look for ideas when it comes to moving their respective organizations forward.

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Columbus connection named as finalist for Hyperloop transportation

Hyperloop One seeks to build something like a pneumatic tube that can move pods of people or goods at speeds up to 671 miles per hour. That means trips to and from Pittsburgh would take 18 minutes and the 360-mile trip to and from Chicago could take 29 minutes. The idea is to provide the capacity of a train at the speed of a plane.

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The Green Energy Revolution is now Unstopable

Market forces and advancing technology will help restructure the energy economy, but we all need to drive the pace of change even more. Not just by the stark realisation that the future we leave for our children and grandchildren depends on it - but also because of the cleaner, healthier and more abundant future for all that we can make in the process. 

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How Much Are Trees Worth to Megacities?

In a metropolis teeming with shuffling crowds, cranes and high-rises shouldn’t be the only things reaching skywards. Megacities—those urban centers crammed with more than 10 million people—would be well served to double down on their arboreal assets, according to a new paper in the upcoming issue of the journal Ecological Modeling.

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Safeguarding Internet Privacy in Service to the Public

Unfortunately, we can expect these threats to escalate in the wake of the recent decision by Congress and the President to repeal the Federal Communication Commission’s internet privacy rules, which would have placed limits on how internet service companies can use sensitive personal data, including browsing history, geolocation, and financial and medical information.

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How 5 cities are using technology to reduce the harmful effects of dirty air

Given all the tools and technologies available today, it seems like air pollution ought to be something we can solve – or at least keep from getting worse. But a recent report in the Times of India suggests that an abnormal 152% growth in private vehicles is contributing to dwindling air quality in Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana in southern India.

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