An increasing number of cities and building developers are looking at the concept of microgrids as a means of achieving a more localized, efficient and resilient energy generation mix. 

Microgrids are nothing new, but for all their benefits, there can be many technical, financial and regulatory hurdles. Thankfully, states and utility regulators are increasingly recognizing the role microgrids can play in a resilient and advanced energy economy, and are taking measures to overcome these barriers. 

The promise: Off grid communities producing and sharing resilient, cost-effective solar energy without an electricity supplier, and generating a SolarCoins as added income.... Communities in major cities choosing the price or type of electricity generation moment by moment, as they share electricity between 'prosumers', reducing grid congestion and achieving low carbon targets at the same time....

Public safety and public services are key elements of a smart city. Whether a city is seeking smarter streetlights, more efficient waste removal, or gunshot detection, there are smart city products that stand out more than others.

Since 2012, we at Placemeter have passionately created, built, fine tuned, optimized and packaged our computer vision technology to transform tens of millions of hours of video into meaningful data that makes the physical world safer, smarter and more efficient .

"People generally have limited attention, which means that we fail to consider small details." Students at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy partnered with the city of Fayetteville, North Carolina's Environmental Services Department on a behavioral economics experiment aimed at improving residents' compliance with garbage collection.

New threats and security risks are emerging as utilities deploy Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud technologies. Mitigating these risks requires a combination of cybersecurity and physical security, putting a burden on both IT and operational technology (OT) staff.

The U.S. Postal Service seeks to enhance its offerings with a series of digital innovations. Against the rise of email, chat and the quick pace of the Internet, the U.S. Postal Service is trying to reinvent itself and stay relevant in the digital age.

By "Using drone technology we can do it in a matter of minutes, versus a matter of hours or days, and redirect human resources to other facets of the utility," according to City Manager Harry Black.

Verizon has acquired internet of things (IoT) startup Sensity Systems ("Sensity"), a company that provides smart LED lights for streets, airports, malls, and more. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded out of Sunnyvale, California, in 2010, Sensity wants to capitalize on a global shift to LED lighting in cities in the coming years.

Government furnishes most utilities to citizens in the United States – basic necessities which include water, electricity and gas. But, in today’s digital age, there is something else just as necessary to everyday life, and government is scrambling to make it available to all citizens. The expansion of utilities now includes access to the Internet.

Studies show that the Internet has accounted for 21 percent of GDP growth over the last five years. Most people realize that businesses can no longer be competitive without Internet operations.

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