Public safety and security

How open data is helping a Georgia police department reconnect with citizens

Tue, 2016-07-19 12:20 -- Doug Peeples

When the residents of Georgia suburb Johns Creek want to know what their police department is up to, all they need to do is look it up rather than file a request for a report. In addition to opening lines of communication between the department and the people they serve, an experimental new program gives police the information and insights they need to operate more efficiently.

Connected cars are coming (and soon). Is your city ready for them?

Fri, 2016-06-10 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

Connected cars are expected to be fairly common on our highways and city streets within a few years. They're seen as the way to make cars safer and the driving experience easier, improve traffic flow, reduce pollution and more. But that raises a big question: What do cities need to do to accommodate them?

Why a major Chinese city's betting big on smart street lights

Wed, 2016-06-08 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

A recently completed connected smart street lighting trial went so well in Tianjin, China, the city's government wants to greatly expand the deployment. And add a digital incubation center as a test bed for innovative technologies with Council Lead Partner GE's energy startup Current.

Is your city's 911 system as good as it could be?

Wed, 2016-06-01 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

We take 911 emergency service reliability for granted. But there have been many instances when calls weren't answered or a caller's location couldn't be found, with sometimes dire consequences. Read the story to learn why one local government is working on a next generation 911 system with Council Associate Partner Black & Veatch. Then ask yourself if your city's system is as good as it could be.

Why smart street lights are part of Kansas City's urban transformation plan

Fri, 2016-05-13 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

Kansas City has taken its next steps toward becoming a sustainable city able to provide a better, more livable city for its citizens. One of those steps is a smart street lighting pilot project because city leaders see it as a win-win — a safer, more convenient environment for their citizens and an effective, efficient tool to help them manage the city.

Smart street light networks: they can do a lot more than you might think

Fri, 2016-05-13 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

Anyone involved in smart cities initiatives is familiar with smart street lights and probably knows they can do far more than illuminate streets at night. But there are a few things smart street lighting networks can do (or will be able to do soon) that may come as a surprise — a welcome surprise for cities that want to expand or improve the services they provide.

Street light success: Asking residents what they want is a bright idea

Fri, 2016-05-13 06:00 -- Kevin Ebi

Energy-efficient LEDs can certainly help cut the cost of lighting your streets, but those savings can rapidly vanish if you don’t install them right the first time. Some cities spend hundreds of thousands of dollars redoing their installations. See what you can do to save yourself the trouble.

Feds to connected car makers: Do more about security -- now

Thu, 2016-04-14 12:58 -- Doug Peeples

Many cities are counting on connected cars and their technologies to help them deal with traffic snarls, accidents and other transportation-related issues. And car makers are doing their best to make those connected cars safe and reliable. Their latest challenge? The DOJ wants those cars to be so secure they won't be vulnerable to terrorists, cybercriminals and other bad guys.

Uh oh. Are we forgetting about connecting consumers (citizens) to smart cities?

Thu, 2016-04-14 12:51 -- Doug Peeples

It's a connected Internet of Things world for smart cities now. But most consumers -- your citizens -- don't know much -- if anything about it . They understand the benefits smart devices can bring. Who wants to be without a smart phone (and maybe a smart home) these days? But they're worried about their privacy and who does what with their personal information. Our story shares some good news too.