October 25, 2021
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Cities are increasingly networked and automated, but the new efficiencies come with security and privacy concerns, as recent reports have found significant vulnerabilities. Communities seeking the ideal balance between convenience and security may benefit from establishing standards.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Infrastructure (10/25) 
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Meeting Urban Challenges with a Smart City Plan
To manage the mobility challenges facing its transportation networks, the Greater Amman Municipality of Jordan has embraced global digital innovation to shape the city's digital infrastructure and accessibility for residents. Learn more.
City Innovations
Las Vegas underground tunnel project advances
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Officials in Clark County, Nev., have approved a 50-year franchise agreement with The Boring Co. that clears the way for permits to build a 15-mile, 51-station system of dual underground transit loops in Las Vegas. The agreement requires Boring to finish building the system or have part of it up and running within the county's right of way within three years.
Full Story: Las Vegas Review-Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/20) 
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Russian Post partnered with Yandex to deliver mail in Moscow with the company's robots as part of a pilot program in 27 districts. "Every part of the logistics chain can be automated, and technologies are changing processes at every stage: from the first to the last mile," said Stanislav Chernin, in charge of innovation at Russian Post.
Full Story: Reuters (10/25) 
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Pittsburgh International Airport's new $1.4 billion terminal will be powered by a micro-grid with 10,000 solar panels, at least 75% of construction waste will be recycled, and future plans include harvesting rainwater. In addition to cutting-edge sustainability initiatives, the new terminal will offer passengers shorter walking times and faster luggage delivery as well as indoor and outdoor spaces with a lot of greenery.
Full Story: Architectural Digest magazine (10/19) 
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Benefits of Digital Transformation in Government
The pandemic changed the way constituents and government agencies interact with each other. Learn how partnering with a provider such as Verizon can be key to achieving mission-critical outcomes for government agencies such as maintaining data confidentiality.
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Tech Leadership
Verizon, MSG dial up advanced 5G features for fans
Verizon is hooking up with MSG Networks to leverage its 5G Ultra Wideband service to provide advanced experiences to basketball and hockey fans at Madison Square Garden in New York City, as well as fans at home, as early as 2022. The partners plan to provide such features as virtual and augmented reality, enhanced statistics and the capability to make bets on mobile devices.
Full Story: Next TV/Broadcasting+Cable (10/22) 
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Policy Insights
Residents' convenience and needs should be foremost in mind as tech companies offer up smart urban transportation solutions, according to urban leaders. Participants in last week's Smart Cities Connect Fall Conference and Expo also discussed public-private partnerships, equity issues and the advantages of cities presenting their needs to tech companies.
Full Story: StateTech magazine online (10/21) 
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About the Editor
Bri Hermanson
Bri Hermanson
As an editor and a tech enthusiast, I have a deep appreciation for well-designed systems that foreground user experience. I bring this passion to my work on our technology-focused newsletters here at SmartBrief. I work each day to bring you the latest technology news and breakthroughs, keeping you in the know.

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