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Podcast: Building Smarter Cities

Phil Harvey
3/22/2019

When cities aim to get smarter, improving connectivity isn't necessarily the first thing on their list of priorities. Likewise, when carriers aim to make cities smarter, helping disadvantaged communities and making citizens more mobile is usually not on their front burner.

That's why it's always interesting to hear from groups like US Ignite. They're right in the middle of this stuff and they are actively working to help cities, carriers and private sector businesses find the resources from one another to get to a place where things like public connectivity, tech-connected transportation and easy-to-access government data are a reality.

The way many companies would like to solve city problems is to build a bit of middleware that talks to everything and siphons money off the top line. But, US Ignite's Mari Silbey told Alan Breznick, that's not going to work. "The city folks don't want to hear that. They don't want to buy your platform. They don't necessarily trust you. They're worried they're going to get locked in, even if you tell them that it's open," Silbey said.

Instead, tech companies need to build relationships with city decision makers and work within the "entrepreneurial ecosystems" that those cities are trusting to filter and vet ideas. "So if you can get in there and figure out how to solve problems, as always, that's where the money is," Silbey said.

Do you have a question or complaint that we should address on a future podcast? Leave it below on the message boards or send us an email.

The Light Reading podcast is available on Google Play, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and SoundCloud.

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Phil Harvey, US Bureau Chief, Light Reading

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norajack
norajack
9/18/2019 | 5:49:50 AM
Great Evolution
Shifting towards a smarter and modern era proving that if you don't change yourself according to this fast-moving time so tough for you to compete other in a society. Like this internet, becomes the most essential part of our life and even for a while, we could take a breath of relaxation if we could not find internet connectivity in our surrounding. Hence after 5g technology easy for international people to get tony stark infinity war jacket where ever they are from their distance is easily covered by the fast connectivity internet. 
MelindaNickson
MelindaNickson
4/2/2019 | 10:26:38 AM
Re:Podcast: Building Smarter Cities
The future is here, and smart cities, together with computer vision and virtual reality and augmented reality software in our everyday lives - are the example. Hope that technology will be benefical to people, nature and ecology
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