Itron CEO Philip Mezey and Council Chairman Jesse Berst were quoted in the The Charlotte Observer's coverage of the Smart Cities Now forum held in Charlotte March 23-24. Itron, a Council Lead Partner, hosted the event. Here are a couple of snippets from the piece, which you can read in its entirety here.
“The world’s not waiting,” said Jesse Berst, chairman of the Smart Cities Council, a global organization that promotes use of digital technology and intelligent design for cities. “You’re in a race, whether you realize it or not.”
... Innovation means collaboration, not just technology, added Philip Mezey, CEO of Itron, a Washington state-based tech company that helps customers save water and energy. Itron is working with Envision Charlotte to integrate water sensors into uptown buildings. “It’s really about our economic vitality and competitiveness,” Mezey said.