Dec 16, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump visits Silicon Valley to meet with some of the biggest names in technology and that got me to thinking… what will come of the expanded White House Smart Cities Initiative that was announced in September, which allocates more than $80 million in new federal investment and a doubling of the participating cities and communities to more than 70. The initiative makes it easier for cities, federal agencies, universities, and the private sector to all work collaboratively to research, develop, deploy, and testbed, new technologies designed to help make our cities more inhabitable, cleaner, as well as more equitable. For example – developing new data and analytics tools to help buildings reduce their energy footprint. Creating an entire urban network of connected and autonomous vehicles that can automatically cooperate to improve safety and travel efficiency, such as the one being funded in Chattanooga. And most importantly, implementing more effective warning systems to help first responders act more rapidly to save lives. It’s all about connectivity! One of the companies at the heart of the Smart City is Silver Spring Networks. This company has deployed nearly 25 million ‘smart’ enabled devices across five continents – deployments of which are enabling smart cities, smart utilities, iOT, and industrial internet of things applications. To tell us what this means, who better than the Chief Technology Officer, or CTO of Silver Spring Networks, Don Reeves, who joins us to talk about why our cities are behind the times in implementing new technologies and what's being done to expedite adoption and impact.