Pittsburgh airport, university join to improve airport experience | City planners face challenges with curbside congestion | Audi, Volvo, Mercedes add smart speaker to Chinese cars
April 23, 2018
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Pittsburgh airport, university join to improve airport experience
Pittsburgh airport, university join to improve airport experience
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Pittsburgh International Airport is partnering with Carnegie Mellon University's Metro21 Smart Cities Institute, which has established a lab at the airport and will work on projects designed to improve the customer experience. "The goal is to make the airport smarter while making it more convenient and usable," said Raj Rajkumar, director of the institute.
Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh) (4/19) 
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City planners face challenges with curbside congestion
City planners are considering how to ease congestion at curbs that are increasingly crowded with delivery drivers, electric-vehicle charging ports, docking stations and smart parking meters. The 22 cities participating in this year's Transportation of America's Smart Cities Collaborative will explore the use of curb space in smart cities.
Government Technology online (4/20) 
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Tech Leadership
Audi, Volvo, Mercedes add smart speaker to Chinese cars
Audi, Volvo and Mercedes will be adding Alibaba's smart speaker, Tmall Genie, to their Chinese cars. Users of Tmall Genie will be able to plan driving routes, lock car doors and monitor their cars, all from home.
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) (4/23) 
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Technically, no turning back for tomorrow's hotel
Artificial intelligence, guest-locating sensors and high-tech in-room controls will be commonplace as customer demand and cost considerations drive the hotel of the future, analyst Pieter Engelbrecht observes. Maintaining a human touch will vie with meeting expectations for digitally smoothed check-in and ordering, he adds.
IT News Online (4/23) 
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Policy Insights
Congressional support needed to expedite smart grid adoption
The smart grid hasn't been a focus of congressional funding since 2009, and more support is needed to bridge the funding gap to modernize the grid by 2030, Richard Campbell of the Congressional Research Service says. Costs could reach up to $476 billion to update the grid over the next two decades, but benefits could reach up to $2 trillion, according to the Electric Power Research Institute.
Forbes (4/23) 
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Emerging Technologies
Google tackles health care
Google envisions a health care future that fully embraces artificial intelligence and Big Data. The company is now exploring the field as part of a fundamental shift of company focus from digital search and advertising. The initiative is moving ahead on several fronts, including diagnostics and disease management, infrastructure and digital hardware.
CB Insights blog (4/19) 
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