It’s March and here in Austin that means it’s time for SXSW the mix of interactive, film and music industry conferences, trade shows and festivals that takes over Dell’s hometown and draws crowds from around the world.
Data plays foundational role in enabling smart cities
For decades, the definition of “infrastructure” has remained unchanged and was used to define roads, bridges, electricity and water delivery systems, among other examples. But as cities continue to build upon smart city efforts, the concept and very definition of infrastructure is changing.
Providing alternative supplies to help municipalities deliver clean drinking water
Leslie Turner has more than 20 years of experience in planning, permitting, design, project management, and construction management for water programs throughout the Southeastern United States. She has served in a senior management role for numerous engineering programs including water treatment and distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, reclaimed water, and aquifer storage and recovery. She has extensive experience assisting clients with utility master planning and developing funding and capital improvement programs.
by Jennie Kam, Security Researcher, Security and Trust Organization
I like to say that I didn’t really choose a career in cybersecurity – it chose me. The field naturally suits my personality, which has always been safety conscious. My cybersecurity journey began at Georgia Tech Research Institute, where my work exposed me to the challenges of using electronic systems to secure physical spaces. Intrigued, I wanted to build on that insight, so after graduation I looked for a job in the embedded systems space that would keep me on my toes. It didn’t occur to me that the expansive field of cybersecurity largely intersects with embedded systems.
It is evident that the emergence of technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) has disrupted – or will soon disrupt – every sector and every business across the world. We’re seeing a digital transformation that is reshaping markets and transforming how people live and work. Although IoT technology is relatively young, there are countless deployments underway globally that are accelerating the path to economic growth and improved living conditions for millions.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning: When it comes to supply chain processes, there's hype — and there's reality.
Some think of the technology as disruptive, but at its current level of maturity, AI is really more of a “foundational technology,” says Brian Tessier, vice president of global supply chain innovation at Schneider Electric. You could place it on the maturity curve near blockchain, he says.
Sustainability challenges grow more pressing by the day. Research shows that global temperatures are on track to increase by 2 degrees C by the end of the century — and some scientific models are predicting up to 6 degrees.
Has the smart city hype cycle finally run its course?
Is the smart city hype cycle over? Have concerns about cost, security and public skepticism finally won out over the benefits of efficiency, sustainability and public safety? It is fair to consider whether the futuristic visions of hyper- connectivity and advanced livability, enabled by accessibility to vast streams of data, can withstand the very real concerns that municipalities cannot afford the technologies behind smart city projects.
JACKSON, MI - A chunk of downtown Jackson will become a statewide hub for energy innovation, according to Consumers Energy, which plans to create its second energy district in Michigan there.
The Jackson Smart Energy District will incorporate future technologies including solar panels, electric vehicle charging, high performance buildings and battery storage units, Consumers President and CEO Patti Poppe said.