The Dubai Design District has executed a variety of smart city actions and will continue that momentum with plans to launch 21 initiatives and 45 services through 2022. Items on the agenda include deploying an app that hosts light-fidelity technology that will work in concert with a smart Wi-Fi system, as well as installing smart meters and solar panels.
The Arizona Department of Transportation is using in-road sensors as a solution for traffic congestion. The sensors transmit data to highway signs that give passengers estimated travel times, while the collected data will also be able to be used for future road projects and improvements.
Samsung at the IoT World 2017 conference introduced its Artik platform that will allow companies to design technology, compile data and bring internet of things products to market. The platform includes Wi-Fi-based IoT modules for connecting directly to the Artik Cloud open data exchange platform.
A lack of awareness is the biggest challenge for smart city inclusion, especially for older people and those with disabilities, said Dr. Victor Pineda, president of World Enabled. The Smart Cities for All initiative has taken a step toward overcoming this obstacle with the release of a toolkit that focuses on six strategies for smart city inclusion.
Open Data Nation is working with Microsoft to create a data-driven tool that would increase safety by predicting where car crashes happen. The tool would be built around public data repositories, used to flag dangerous intersections and make recommendations to reduce crashes.
US higher education institutions were mostly unaffected after worldwide WannaCry ransomware attacks, while universities that were hit were able to mitigate and contain damage quickly. Brazosport College in Texas was one of the few colleges reporting an attack, with just two computers breached by the incident.
Training the workforce on keeping agency information secure while also helping employees feel valued is an ongoing effort, said a panel of federal IT executives. The panelists said this so-called insider threat problem must be considered alongside solutions to fight cyberattacks.
Governmentwide management of cybersecurity policies and decisions would reduce the risk of agencies relying on legacy technology, said White House cybersecurity coordinator Rob Joyce. "If we allow individual departments and agencies to fend for themselves, we often will get the lowest common denominator as our weakest link in what is an interlinked federal network," he said.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Protector provides enterprises with a backup array of data recovery tools. The HP Enterprise offering also allows for long-term data protection across virtual and physical environments.
Intel and Honeywell said they are adding to their internet of things collaboration to enable companies to track shipping and logistics information about products on the move. Intel is launching a Connected Logistics Platform that Honeywell has tweaked and is releasing as its Connected Freight solution.