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3 Takeaways from the Smart Cities Caucus Event Security Briefing

Experts gathered on Capitol Hill to discuss the myriad of security issues facing large and small events, to share industry insights with policymakers, and their predictions on the technology trends affecting event security.

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Union Point Site-Wide Integrated Controls for Operations and Utilities — Smart Infrastructure Challenge

This Union Point project seeks to pursue an integrated operational controls system for the development which will play a central role in achieving both smart city and sustainability goals as well as differentiating the development on a global level.

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Prioritizing Sustainability in Smart Cities

Sustainability - social inclusion, community development, environmental protection, impact mitigation, and economic growth - must go hand in hand with 'smart' growth and development across cities and regions. Let us look at three key sectors where changes can be implemented today.

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Inside the development of American Modern's new IoT pilot

Insurance provider American Modern knows that fire and water damage are the highest causes of loss for policyholders. But only the former really has consumers’ attention; in fact, water-related losses are sometimes called the silent killers, because damages don’t immediately come to light despite often requiring expensive, intrusive fixes.

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Nashville, TN voters soundly reject transit plan in referendum

Nashville, TN voters emphatically rejected the city’s $5.2 billion transit plan in a referendum Tuesday. The Tennessean reports the measure was rejected by about 64% of the 110,000-plus voters.

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IoT lighting is advantageous for the shifting retail landscape

Lighting manufacturers and technology firms are creating new use cases for a lighting system that addresses customer pain points. One area where retail is expressing interest is lighting-based indoor positioning systems, which provide the means to address these issues and help retailers in their goal of creating an omni-channel approach.

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Houston to launch autonomous shuttle pilot program

Metro hasn't actually purchased the vehicles yet, but it offered information about the design and features it's investigating, such as the slow-speed, small bus-sized shuttles. That would make the vehicles similar to those used in autonomous shuttle pilots in DenverLas Vegas and at the University of Michigan.

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Mandatory Energy Benchmarking Ordinances: What You Need to Know

Driven by an understanding of the environmental consequences and the opportunity for significant cost savings, a growing number of regional government and advocacy groups have launched initiatives to encourage and enforce mandatory energy benchmarking ordinances.

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Sky high transportation: Gondola project proposed in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) announced that is has received an unsolicited proposal to build an aerial tram — also known as a gondola — between Union Station and Dodger Stadium, home of MLB's Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Pentagon preps $8 billion cloud contract that’s not JEDI

The Department of Defense’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud acquisition has captivated the federal IT contracting community of late. Meanwhile, another multibillion-dollar Pentagon cloud contract has sneaked in under the radar. The DOD wants to bring its enterprise communication, collaboration and productivity applications into the 21st century with a proposed cloud acquisition worth up to $8 billion.

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BRIEF Arizona State University launches smart cities center

The Center for Smart Cities and Regions launched at Arizona State University to advance urban innovation and foster more sustainable, resilient and inclusive communities. The center's creators intend to bridge the gap between urban governance and science and technology research.

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Penny Thurnau of Powernet Recognized as One of CRN's 2018 Women of the Channel

CRN editors select the Women of the Channel honorees based on their professional accomplishments, demonstrated expertise and ongoing dedication to the IT channel.

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Detroit seeks to become centre for mobility innovation

The head of mobility for Detroit has said the city is seeking partnerships with public and private investors to transform its transport network and connect its citizens for economic growth. “We are constantly thinking through how we can possibly build a bigger potential market,” says Mark de la Vergne, the city’s mobility innovation chief.

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NYC hires first chief privacy officer

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has appointed Laura Negrón as the city's first chief privacy officer (CPO). As CPO, Negrón will be responsible for improving the city's data sharing and mining processes, and promoting citywide protocols "relating to the collection, disclosure and retention of individually identifiable information," according to a statement.

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G7 enters into a joint venture with GLP and NIO Capital to develop autonomous trucks

Built on G7’s massive real-time data and fleet management capabilities, GLP’s open logistics ecosystem and NIO Capital’s extensive automotive industry partnership, the JV aims to create the next generation of smart vehicles for logistics and transportation through cross-industry collaboration. The JV’s immediate objectives are to develop industry-leading, autonomous driven electric heavy-duty trucks that are highly efficient, safe and easy to manage and to build innovation in ‘asset-as-a-service’ for the logistics and transportation industry via artificial intelligence.

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OHIO SENATE BILL MANDATES ASSET MANAGEMENT FOR ALL WATER SYSTEMS

Did you know the state of Ohio has enacted new legislation mandating each water system that serves the public be required to have an asset management plan in place by October 1, 2018? Is your community ready for this?The plan will require all water systems to demonstrate the managerial, technical, and financial capability to operate a water system.

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Ohio and OSU Invest in $45 Million SMART Center

The state of Ohio and The Ohio State University are investing $45 million to build the first phase of the Smart Mobility Advanced Research and Test (SMART) Center, located at the Transportation Research Center. This one-of-a-kind facility will be used to test autonomous and connected vehicles in real-world environments. 

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U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $1 Billion in Emergency Relief for Road and Bridge Repairs

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced more than $1 billion in Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help 32 states, several U.S. territories and Federal Land Management Agencies (FLMA) repair roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods and other unexpected events.

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How Local Governments Can Prevent Cyberattacks

Local governments of all sizes and locations now own and operate a wide and growing array of internet-connected technology systems: employee-issued laptops, motion sensors on light poles and under pavement, mapping and informational systems inside police cars, online citizen-engagement tools and much more.

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America’s cities are under cyberattack. That’s bad news for IoT and Smart Cities

A week after Atlanta was crippled by the worst ransomware attack yet launched against a major American city, the city was still reeling. There are big implications for IoT and Smart Cities.    

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