Anyone involved in smart cities initiatives is familiar with smart street lights and probably knows they can do far more than illuminate streets at night. But there are a few things smart street lighting networks can do (or will be able to do soon) that may come as a surprise — a welcome surprise for cities that want to expand or improve the services they provide.
Public safety and security
Many cities are counting on connected cars and their technologies to help them deal with traffic snarls, accidents and other transportation-related issues. And car makers are doing their best to make those connected cars safe and reliable. Their latest challenge? The DOJ wants those cars to be so secure they won't be vulnerable to terrorists, cybercriminals and other bad guys.
It's a connected Internet of Things world for smart cities now. But most consumers -- your citizens -- don't know much -- if anything about it . They understand the benefits smart devices can bring. Who wants to be without a smart phone (and maybe a smart home) these days? But they're worried about their privacy and who does what with their personal information. Our story shares some good news too.
We've said it before: smart street lighting networks are a practical, cost-effective first step toward a smart city. Now, Huawei has entered the market with its Connected City Lighting Solution. Read the story to learn about the company's new offering -- and why you should be taking smart street lighting networks seriously.
A major Chinese LED street lighting supplier has partnered with Silver Spring Networks to turn their street lights into platforms for citywide communications, environment sensing, traffic monitoring and more. If you are still thinking that next-generation street lights are only about new LED bulbs, read this story to learn why China's approach could, in many ways, work for your city.
GE's new energy company Current will take a lead role in a smart city intelligent lighting project in Tianjin, a major port city in northeast China. It is a key demonstration project in China's ambitious smart city plans -- and it will be about far more than lighting alone. Click to the site to learn more.
Today’s cities have more “chiefs” than ever, but you may still want to consider following Atlanta’s lead and adding another: Chief Bicycle Officer. Learn how this more proactive approach could save lives — and save your city money in the long run.
9-1-1 agencies are expected to respond to all kinds of emergencies -- and show up on the scene quickly and well-prepared. But today's emergency communications networks are limited in what they can do. That's why AT&T will roll out a next generation upgrade to make those communications systems faster and more flexible and responsive.
Los Angeles recently fired up its GeoHub, a platform that gathers the numerous types of map data from city departments and makes it available in ways that help employees do their jobs more efficiently and transparently. And citizens can tap into it too. Read the story to see if this idea could work for your city.
Despite spending $80 billion annually on efforts to curb child abuse, nearly 1,500 children in the U.S. will die this year and another 700,000 will suffer harm. Learn about Los Angeles’s new approach of using predictive analytics to help child protection agents focus on the kids who truly need help.