Singapore is working on a number of important technological initiatives, including the National Digital Identity System and e-payments, say Janil Puthucheary, head of Singapore's Government Technology Agency.
Many African countries are looking to create smart cities to handle population growth, but the real goal should be to empower residents, experts say. "Cities should focus on smart citizens as opposed to smart cities," says London School of Economics and Political Science fellow Mira Slavov.
Surging global demand for smart wireless sensors will boost the market for Bluetooth Smart and Smart Ready to $39 billion globally by 2025, according to Grand View Research. The report cites the spread of the internet of things, especially in retail, and smart devices as driving factors.
Highways England has proposed the use of fiber-optic cables along the center of Britain's busiest roadways that will transmit live traffic conditions into vehicle dashboards. "We are delivering a record [$20 billion] of government investment to give people safe, efficient and reliable journeys, and provide businesses with the links they need to prosper and grow," said Jim O'Sullivan, Highways England CEO.
Self-powered IOT sensors will be on display at the upcoming CES, EnOcean confirms. These sensors don't require batteries to function and can be used in various applications such as smart lighting systems and building automation.
US Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J., wants the Transportation Security Administration to allocate more resources to mass transit systems and has introduced a bill that would provide $400 million in security grants. Coleman pointed to Monday's terrorist attack at New York's Port Authority Bus Terminal and said she has reached across the aisle for support from Republicans.
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