Smart cities come in all forms, shapes and sizes, and no one approach to infusing connected technology into a city’s operations is right for every locality
Cities can use IoT to make trash collection more efficient. Photo credit: People Images/Getty Images
However, there are some common use cases and best practices that all cities looking to become smart cities or enhance their existing initiatives can follow. This is especially true if city governments look at smart city programs through the lens of resident engagement, or how users actually interact with services.
Last month, the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies released a white paper, “Driving New Modes of IoT-Facilitated Citizen/User Engagement,” which explores IoT as not merely a collection of technologies, but as a force with “societal impacts and benefits as well as social outcomes that can be advanced, enhanced and simplified by the use of ‘smart’ technologies.”
“Through data capturing, sharing and processing, both the private and public sectors can devise specific, data-driven solutions integrating social, economic, policy and contextual inputs,” the report says. “User feedback will ensure that the solutions are meeting citizen needs.”
Cities must address a variety of stakeholder needs and concerns as they justify and develop smart city projects, according to the white paper. City residents “must receive sufficient information to enable them to develop a clear understanding of how the data is being used, and who has ownership and control of this data,” the report says, emphasizing the importance of security and privacy.
The report also explores five key use cases for IoT in smart cities: municipal service management, utilities, public safety, transportation and healthcare. All of these share common elements and must be secured properly.
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Education, business and government leaders came together Tuesday at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside to discuss smart cities.
The Wisconsin Idea Smart Future Summit featured guest speakers and panels. Many of the discussions focused on how smart technology can improve operations and enhance the quality of life for residents around the world.
Racine Mayor Cory Mason says it is important for cities to learn how to benefit from smart technology. Read the full story here.
Foxconn’s top U.S. executive brought the Foxconn story and the company’s vision for Wisconsin to a statewide science and technology symposium at UW-Parkside Tuesday.
Alan Yeung, director of Foxconn’s U.S. strategic initiatives, urged the audience to judge Foxconn and the state’s investment in it, by considering the facts. “If you listen to some of the news reports, you can’t really find any winners with this $10 billion investment because everybody seems to be losing,” Yeung said in reference to the company’s investment in Wisconsin. “But we can figure out between facts and data on one hand and maybe opinion and conjecture on the other,” he said. “We would not come to Wisconsin to spend $10 billion to pollute, especially when we’ll be working there; we’ll be living there; we’ll be commuting there,” he concluded. Read the full story here.
A Wisconsin Smart Cities-Smart Future summit drew a brain trust of educators, administrators, economic development officials and lawmakers to derive creative ideas for the Foxconn Technology Group’s $10 billion manufacturing campus and satellite locations throughout the state.
Hosted by the University of Wisconsin System at UW-Parkside, the summit was a one-day affair featuring education, government and industry panel discussions along with guest speakers and breakout sessions with table moderators.
They met to learn what it takes to develop a smart city with smart technology and smart concepts.
Foxconn Technology Group Tuesday formally launched its “Smart Cities—Smart Futures” initiative during a summit at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
The initiative was announced in May at UW-Parkside. Foxconn is committing $1 million in award prizes over the next three years to the initiative, which aims to generate new ideas from Wisconsin students, faculty and staff as they work to develop smart communities and systems throughout the state. The Smart Cities—Smart Futures competition is open to everyone affiliated with the University of Wisconsin System, the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and the Wisconsin Technical College System.
The competition focuses on smart mobility, smart buildings, smart homes, smart energy and smart health, as well as quality of life, efficiency, productivity and management of resources. Read the full story here.
Artificial intelligence is increasingly embedded in our consumer and business lives, and it is poised to transform how societies function in the years to come. Yet universities are not adequately preparing students for a changing world. To better prepare students for a changing world, AI needs to be increasingly embedded into higher education.
For students, AI will inevitably impact their careers. Those interested in careers in AI could pursue a wide range of exciting new career possibilities focused on data science, machine learning or advanced statistics. And, even students not focused on AI would benefit from a sound education in artificial intelligence and familiarity with working with machines.
The AI era will inevitably create new job types, ranging from machine regulators to emotion engineers. To succeed, all students will need to understand, at least at a high level, how machines perform. In addition, they should better equip themselves to do what machines cannot do.
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