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March 24, 2017
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How NEC's technology can improve smart cities
NEC at this year's Mobile World Congress showcased some of its new technology, which can be used to enhance public spaces and smart cities. This includes the Cloud City Operation Center for urban management, NeoFace Watch facial recognition and crowd behavior video surveillance.
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Philadelphia to work with consultant, use grant money to make city smarter
Philadelphia to work with consultant, use grant money to make the city smarter
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Philadelphia will be using money from a Smart Cities Council grant to move forward with smart city projects. The city will also be working with a consultant to create a road map on how to tackle current projects, including the installation of speed sensors on roads, gunshot detection technology and a smart water meter system.
Government Computer News (3/21) 
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Tech Leadership
How neuroscience can measure how tech aids smart cities
Neuroscience and psychology can be used to enhance the design of smart cities, says Dr. Hugo Spiers of University College London. Tracking reactions through EEG devices and, during the design phase, considering how air, temperature and light affect cognition are just two ways this knowledge could be implemented.
Quartz (3/21) 
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How mobile sensors in vehicles will aid machine learning
Mobile sensors installed in vehicles can gather a significant amount of data that could be used for machine-learning algorithms to better understand the environment. Startups are beginning to utilize this technology, such as Nauto's data set that includes changes in road conditions and UrbanLogiq's platform for using data for responsive traffic lights.
ReadWrite (3/22) 
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Policy Insights
Analysts: Cities need up to $78T for infrastructure
Cities will need between $71 trillion and $78 trillion over the next 10 years for infrastructure to support urban growth, Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts said. Challenges including poor governance, inequality and crime face global cities, highlighting the need for smart technology and infrastructure, the analysts said.
Bloomberg (3/23) 
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ReadWrite Spotlight
Smart Cities Week -- Next Generation Smart Cities, May 8 to 10, Santa Clara, Calif.
This is not your typical conference. At Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley, you'll learn all about the next generation of smart cities -- including the latest and greatest innovations as well as the policy, technology and stakeholder infrastructure you need to advance your smart city agenda.

The program will include key insights and trends gleaned from the Smart Cities Readiness Challenge Grants -- a program launched by the Smart Cities Council and the White House to help five US cities develop their smart city road map.

Event details including the preliminary program can be found at

Consider registering a group of three or more colleagues from your organization to take advantage of group discounts. All registrations must be submitted together. Registration is now live. Take advantage of the early-bird rates to join more than 500 city leaders and technology innovators. For details, please visit the Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley website. Find more information here.

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