NYC to deploy Vehicle-to-Pedestrian app | Commentary: China, Japan leave US behind in city tech | Italian city, ZTE testing 5G tech to issue quake alerts
January 17, 2020
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NYC to deploy Vehicle-to-Pedestrian app
The New York City Department of Transportation will implement the Savari SmartCross Vehicle-to-Pedestrian communication system. The first real-world deployment of the system will use a mobile phone app in sync with the Savari cloud software to provide information on traffic lights to pedestrians.
Traffic Technology Today (UK) (1/16) 
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Commentary: China, Japan leave US behind in city tech
Commentary: China, Japan leave US behind in city tech
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China and Japan are developing high-tech cities to test artificial intelligence, automated vehicles and robots. Their work goes beyond what most US cities are able or willing to do, writes Joann Muller, who suggests that San Juan, Puerto Rico, with its precarious power grid and weakened infrastructure, could be an ideal place to incorporate new technologies during rebuilding.
Axios (1/17) 
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Tech Leadership
Data from flood-risk model will be accessible to public
Flood Lab is a research partnership through which eight universities access First Street Foundation's flood-risk model, which the schools are using to evaluate the economic effects of flooding in the US. The results are set to become publicly searchable by home address via an online database in the first half of this year.
Reuters (1/14) 
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Policy Insights
Wis. cities report problems with 911 hang-ups from smart devices
Two communities in Wisconsin -- Eau Claire and Appleton -- have reported an increase in accidental 911 calls from Apple Watches, smart home systems and other devices. Police advise residents to consider turning off or modifying the emergency settings on their devices and to stay on the line if they accidentally dial 911 so they can tell a dispatcher there's no emergency.
WQOW-TV (Eau Claire, Wis.) (1/14),  WEAU-TV (Eau Claire, Wis.) (1/14),  WHBY-AM (Appleton, Wis.) (1/14) 
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Smart city vendors eye road to projects despite budget woes
Vendors of smart city infrastructure suggested fiscally strained communities should pursue private-public partnerships and work with city agencies to centralize their efforts and consider levying usage fees to fund their smart city initiatives. "This is a destination, not a journey. We're talking about decades and decades of investment," said George Karayannis of Panasonic's CityNow.
Government Technology online (1/15) 
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Emerging Technologies
Data sharing across sectors crucial to efficient mobility
Data-sharing partnerships among ports, trucks, departments of transportation, city representatives and law enforcement can make freight transportation more efficient, according to speakers at the Transportation Research Board's annual meeting. For instance, data can divert truck drivers from road work or routes that are inefficient or present other obstacles, notes Meritage Point Consulting's Keith Wine.
Transport Topics (1/15) 
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