Smart city technologies and policies cover the gamut, from traffic management to water quality control and from regulation of scooters to facial recognition software.
To prioritize (somewhat), Fierce Electronics asked experts where attention needs to be focused in coming months and years. Some of their answers were not surprising, such as putting a strong emphasis on using technology to improve health insurance and healthcare as the world comes out of a global pandemic. But other answers were surprising.
Amid a push in Washington for a massive infrastructure package expected from the Biden administration and suggestions by a think tank for spending billions to sponsor smart city competitions among large, medium and small cities, there appears to be a revitalization of interest in the smart city arena, even as some vendors have recently retrenched.
Sanjeet Pandit, global head of smart cities for Qualcomm:
“We need three things. I call it