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modernizing government technology

Something significant happened at the end of 2017. The federal government signed into law the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act. This signals a massive trend that will sweep the country, touch every state and every jurisdictional level of government. Big changes are coming that will create huge new opportunities for companies that provide technology and services.

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hippocratic oath for ai

In this year's edition of ZOOM SMART CITIES (Portugal’s major Smart Cities event), we had the opportunity to listen to Arlindo Oliveira, the President of Instituto Superior Técnico (Lisbon), talk about the future of humanity, and the challenges and questions continuously raised due to a growing euphoria concerning Artificial Inte

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the cost of 5g

In my earlier post, I outlined a few myths about 5G to avoid the cascading technology trap. Here, I like to extend the discussion and share a few data points on the cost of 5G networks.

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planning transit future

As local government leaders finalize fiscal year budgets, many are even more focused on long-range transportation planning. That’s because transportation planning is much harder than planning next year’s budget.  

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5 private sector smart city areas

As exciting as the growth forecasts are, selling smart city solutions to the government is characterized by lengthy sales cycles, impacting sales forecasts that can be very unpredictable.

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community benefit agreement

Problems facing municipal governments continue to compound. Constrained budgets make it almost impossible to address many critical community needs.  Additionally, city leaders are faced with a paradox - how to develop a rundown area without pushing out the residents who have lived in the area for many years.

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5g myths

There are a few myth about 5G that I came about in discussions with executives, investors, smart city officials and other parties active in technology development and planning for new services. Two examples:

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infrastructure funding minibus bill

Although there is no compromise in sight on an omnibus spending bill, House members left the Capitol for a month-long August break. However, members of the Senate stayed behind and just passed a “minibus” appropriations package. The package includes allocations to several federal agencies, including billions of dollars in funding for the U.S.

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politics of crime fighting software

Call it machine learningArtificial Intelligence, or simply computational intelligence: countries are rushing to apply new technologies to combat crimes, but how they do so — and even what counts as crime — varies among them, and says much about their societies, priorities, and future.

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smart city regulations

I once had a customer tell me that a yearly release cycle (for complex middleware) was too quick. It amounted to them being in constant evaluation/upgrade mode because it would take them a year to test, plan, and then implement each new release (and any requisite changes in applications that an upgrade would demand).

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