Public Safety

"The message from all of us, was simply this: We are all in," said Sacramento, Calif., Mayor Darrell Steinberg, recounting his meeting with public agencies, elected leaders and representatives from industry stakeholders discussing the plan to begin testing and deploying autonomous vehicles (AV) on city streets and freeways.

The race towards fully autonomous vehicles has shifted into overdrive. In the past year, major partnerships and acquisitions between tech firms and traditional automakers have signaled the race is heating up for the future of transportation-and the stakes are high.

A multi-billion-dollar investment is about to be made in public safety infrastructure throughout the United States and every community in America will be impacted. A contract valued at $6.5 billion for the first five years of its 25-year term has been awarded to U.S. wireless carrier AT&T by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) for the buildout of a nationwide broadband network to serve millions of first responders and public safety officials.

Data analysis from crashes and emergency responses is helping Denver map its "high injury network" ahead of the launch of the city's Vision Zero Action Plan report this summer. Vision Zero is a traffic safety initiative that started in Sweden and has brought transportation planners and public safety officials together to set specific goals and strategies to end traffic fatalities and injuries.

In today's day and age, security has been thrust to the forefront of just about everything in current events. From insurgency to border control, it would seem that security plays a major part in our daily lives. Yet most people don't realize how intricate most security apparatuses are when it comes to keeping a local population safe.

AT&T plans to spend about $40 billion over the next 25 years to build a broadband network reserved primarily for public safety officers. A Commerce Department agency that functions as a public-private partnership is awarding AT&T about $6.5 billion to over the next five years to build, deploy and maintain the network.

Uber Technologies Inc suspended its pilot program for driverless cars on Saturday after a vehicle equipped with the nascent technology crashed on an Arizona roadway, the ride-hailing company and local police said. The accident, the latest involving a self-driving vehicle operated by one of several companies experimenting with autonomous vehicles, caused no serious injuries, Uber said.

Have you recently heard talk of the "Stopping Improper Payments to Deceased People Act?" Probably not, because it's dead. This bill, which would have expanded the use of data on deaths by federal and state agencies to limit improper federal payments, was introduced to the U.S. Senate in 2015, but was never enacted because many of its provisions are meant to already be included in existing laws, such as the “Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act of 2012.”

The Miami area sits on a massive, flat formation of porous limestone. That geologic and topographic reality means that as sea levels rise, so too does the region's groundwater-rendering inland areas as vulnerable to flooding as the coastline.

Can you define what a "smart city" means for where you live? Neither can many of your local and state officials - but they will tell you that's the kind of city they want to create. Generally, a smart city is one that uses uses data, applications and technology to help people and goods move more quickly, cheaply and efficiently.

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