Economic benefits of a smart city

  By Matt Hamblen ABI analyst Dominique Bonte offers some of the smartest insights on smart cities tech I’ve read.  In a recent report, he described the positive impact of smart city tech on economic development.  Economic development came in fourth behind cost savings, livability and safety and security in an ABI poll, but deserves […]


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5G wireless matters to smart cities

By Matt Hamblen CES 2018 in Las Vegas featured a number of 2018 predictions for 5G wireless rollouts which could prove vital to city CIO’s who need faster bandwidth and lower latency connections to self-driving vehicles and a variety of video sensors. At one keynote session, CES attendees heard from Baidu, Verizon and Qualcomm executives […]

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DOT head Chao calls for regulatory limits

By Matt Hamblen U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao called for removing regulatory barriers on innovative technologies, including emerging self-driving vehicles, during a Wednesday conference appearance at CES 2018. At the same time, she warned the technology community to understand the fears of average citizens who don’t understand fully the value of self-driving vehicles in […]

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On excessive smartphone use

By Matt Hamblen Commentary It’s time for a wake-up call regarding excessive smartphone use. Smart city leaders face implications if they want to push a wide array of city services to smartphone apps, thereby increasing reliance (or over-reliance) on mobile devices. We’ve all been at a family meal or other gathering where nearly everybody is […]

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Bill Gates and the Belmont smart city

By Matt Hamblen Belmont Partners, a real estate investment firm owned by Bill Gates, recently purchased 25,000 acres of land in Arizona to create a smart city called Belmont. The city will will include high speed digital networks and autonomous vehicles, according to a statement by Belmont Partners.  The purchase price: $80 million. The area, about […]

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