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 […]Read more "Economic benefits of a smart city"
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 […]Read more "5G wireless matters to smart cities"
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 […]Read more "DOT head Chao calls for regulatory limits"
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 […]Read more "On excessive smartphone use"
Matt Hamblen Las Vegas Las Vegas city officials described a variety of smart city technology rollouts on Tuesday in a bid heavily focused on attracting new businesses to the downtown. “Everybody loves Vegas but we want you to stay here,” said Michael Lee Sherwood, director of information technologies for the city. He laid out a […]Read more "Las Vegas sees smart city tech as a business lure"
By Matt Hamblen Las Vegas If you’re longing to take a ride in a self-driving shuttle, there’s one operating in downtown Las Vegas, taking up to 20 trips daily for free along a 1-mile loop. I got a chance to try it out on Tuesday, the first official day of CES 2018. We were asked […]Read more "My Vegas ride on a driverless shuttle"
By Matt Hamblen Las Vegas One of the big worries about new Internet-connected cars and trucks and future self-driving vehicles is how vulnerable they might be to cyberattacks. Car manufacturers install Engine Control Units (ECU) inside many vehicles, which can be vulnerable to attacks. A hacker could potentially take control of a car radio and […]Read more "The hacking dilemma for connected cars"
By Matt Hamblen Las Vegas Frankly, Bosch surprised me. When the German technology company asked me to cover their smart city news at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, I wasn’t aware just how broad their smart city technology portfolio had become. I had known of Bosch as a white goods supplier, producing quality ovens, dishwashers […]Read more "Bosch shows prowess in the world of smart city tech providers"
By Matt Hamblen Las Vegas Smart city officials ponder many topics, but air quality is a priority in many cities–including in Las Vegas, home of CES 2018. It’s not that Vegas is ridden with pollution, but there is blowing dust from the desert. Some cities worry about carbon monoxide from vehicles, while others want to […]Read more "Air quality at the heart of the 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 […]Read more "Bill Gates and the Belmont smart city"