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The future for cities is smart: urban areas where people and systems are more connected than ever before. Head to toe, from home to the office to the grocery store, technologies like wearable sensors, autonomous systems, and augmented reality are transforming the way we connect with each other and our surroundings in new and exciting, but also potentially challenging, ways.
We will explore the public and private sector perspective on technology and policy opportunities and challenges facing the smart city evolution. Smart technologies enable rapid decision making based on near real-time analysis of data gathered by a range of sensors and devices. Through energy-efficient and green buildings, smart waste and water management, smart transportation and other enhanced infrastructure, smart technologies are driving a vision for a more sustainable and clean environment and a better quality of life for the tomorrow’s citizens.
But what else does this transformation present?
While smart tools can lead to more efficient systems, safer communities, and improved delivery of public health services, we will take a deep dive into the technological implications and the policy processes required to reinforce and enable smart cities in a safe, secure, and productive way.
This symposium is organized by Ann Lesperance, Program Director of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at the Northeastern-Seattle campus.