By Matt Hamblen In a recent discussion thread on a popular social networking site, an innovative chief information security officer at a large ride-sharing company asked for examples of actual deployments of blockchain, not just pilot projects. In response, several CISO’s mentioned Estonia as a shining example of the deployment of blockchain– not as the […]Read more "Blockchain being eyed (and used) by cities, nations"
By Matt Hamblen (UPDATE with Sen. Warner reaction) Industry experts, FCC commissioners and a U.S. Senator on Monday quickly condemned a new concept by the Trump White House to nationalize 5G wireless network development. National security officials called for the U.S. government to oversee the building and operation of a next-generation 5G network in three […]Read more "Nationalize 5G? No way, say FCC and industry officials"
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"