Commentary: Prefab housing could address affordability crisis | How Fla. uses transit tech to coordinate evacuations | Robot shows its worth as a first responder
December 4, 2019
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Commentary: Prefab housing could address affordability crisis
The affordable-housing crisis is acute in many regions, and one solution could come from a modern spin on a century-old technology: prefabricated houses, which now can be manufactured with precision techniques to achieve detail that traditional home construction lacks. If technological innovation accompanies an influx of skills in the sector, home construction could improve dramatically in terms of efficiency, cost and environmental friendliness, Nigel Wilson writes.
Smart Cities Dive (12/4) 
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Optimize emergency ETAs with location data
There are three main factors that affect the speed and efficiency of most emergency dispatch center operations: the source of the road data, the level of situational awareness, and the capacity for real-time routing. In this eBook, HERE Technologies shares insights and solutions to improve emergency response times with location data.
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City Innovations
How Fla. uses transit tech to coordinate evacuations
Transportation technology is helping Florida prepare for the next hurricane season. Traffic monitoring systems, dynamic message signs, remote signal management and integrated social media feeds are among the tools the state uses to ensure safe and orderly evacuations.
Roads & Bridges online (12/2) 
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Robot shows its worth as a first responder
During the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in April, Shark Robotics' Colossus robot was placed in areas where it was too dangerous for firefighters to work. The aluminum-framed robot was originally designed to detect mines, but was adapted for firefighting.
ASME (12/4) 
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Policy Insights
North Texas explores multiple transit technologies
North Texas explores multiple transit technologies
North Texas leaders are planning for or testing driverless cars, air taxis, high-speed rail and hyperloop transportation options. Private sector venture capital investment is expected to play a significant role given the state's restrictions on raising sales taxes.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) (12/2) 
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Mich. university gets $500K grant for population health data exchange
The Michigan Health Endowment Fund issued a two-year, $500,000 grant to Wayne State University for a health information exchange that collects data on household income, crime, grocery store access and other social determinants of health and combines that data with local residents' demographic and health data to improve population health. The grant will fund technological infrastructure development and partnerships with governments, businesses, community organizations, foundations and academic bodies.
EHR Intelligence (12/3) 
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Emerging Technologies
IoT system can help find leaky pipes
Gutermann, a leak detection specialist from Switzerland, has introduced what it says is the first NB-IoT-based noise logger to monitor water distribution mains for leaks. The acoustic systems are small and can be distributed throughout water systems, and Gutermann says they will perform better than the current products based on 3G or 4G technology by consuming less power and providing more coverage.
Light Reading (12/3) 
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It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee,
track and field athlete, Olympic medal winner
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