Smart City Tech Focuses on Efficiency, Safety, Privacy

Ease of deployment may be one area where the urban tech landscape is evolving as cities look to leverage streetlights and even electric transformers to give them deeper insights into what’s happening on the ground. These technology developments come as public leaders also work to ensure individual privacy is not trampled on the road to a smart city.

Many of the questions from city leaders involve how data is transported and stored, said Mike Grigsby, director of business development at Ubicquia, a smart city technology company. Other firms in the space include Aclima, which makes sensors that collect air quality data, and Samsara, an IoT platform that aims to improve urban safety and efficiency…

Utilities — whether operated by private companies or municipalities — are looking to smart city technologies for a deeper understanding of power needs and the condition of the equipment that provides that power. The upgrades are particularly helpful as large swaths of consumers switch to electric cars, requiring more innovative grid management on the part of utilities.

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