Why Private Access to Public Assets Will Decide the Fate of Smart Cities

first_imgRelated Posts How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Tech experts knew it was a long time coming: The interest in smart homes gave way to a desire for smart cities, and the U.S. is running into smart city development full force. A whopping 66 percent of U.S. cities indicated in 2017 that they were investing in smart technology — and 25 percent of the cities that haven’t invested yet are looking for ways to do so.But constructing smart cities comes with a complication not experienced by smart homes: access. Homeowners who invest in upgrading their homes can choose what they do — and don’t — invest in, from smart thermostats to video doorbells to security systems. The only input they have to take into account, beyond their own, revolves around recommendations from the technology providers and their insurance companies.Smart cities, however, run into the problem of local governments needing to grant access to private technology providers. These municipalities are used to providing services on their own or building partnerships with providers who are locked into their operations. City governments rarely have had to make accommodations or open their assets to private sector businesses, but that’s exactly what needs to happen for smart cities to become a reality.Open Access Isn’t AcquiescenceKevin Muldoon, the former mayor of Newport Beach, Calif., and an attorney and the chief business development officer for InMyArea, has been on both sides of the divide. Currently a member of the Newport Beach city council, Muldoon understands what public officials worry about most regarding sharing public assets with private firms: control, aesthetics, and pricing.“City staff likes to have complete control over city-owned assets and to protect data,” he says. “Elected officials want the residents to be pleased with the aesthetics of their city. And the staff wants to maximize the value of the city-owned assets by getting fair market value for attachment rates.”Many city governments have painstakingly laid out their cities, with budgets allotted for urban planning and anticipated growth. They’ve also invested in what they hope to attract to the city — London, for example, formed a high-tech area called Tech City as a result of a national government initiative; the city’s East End saw the number of digital and creative businesses in the sector increase from 11 to 300 within a three-year period.Muldoon says this is the double-edged sword of tech investments: In order to reap the benefits of technology, cities have to meet tech firms halfway. Treating them as partners, rather than transactional associates, gets them both the outcomes they want. “The strategic placement of attachments, coupled with aesthetics — including technology and shrouding — allows cities the ability to enable ubiquitous coverage while avoiding upsetting residents who could view the technology as unsightly or unwelcomed in their neighborhoods,” Muldoon says. “The long-term advantage to finding the balance is a more connected community for residents and businesses.”What Lies Behind Private AccessMuldoon and the founder and CEO of InMyArea, Michael Gleason, encourage cities to be open to allowing wireless cellular attachments on streetlights. While some argued that integrating technology into street fixtures would hurt their cities’ attempts at preserving history and maintaining their appeal, Gleason and Muldoon argued that the alternative was worse. Cities would restrain their own long-term growth by inhibiting their ability to keep up with technological demands. Access to 5G technology would enable cities to boast better connectivity, meaning residents would have fewer dropped calls and faster downloads.Ignoring the impact of these improvements is essentially neglecting to see our modern world for what it is, Gleason says. As the founder of multiple innovative technology and online publishing companies, Gleason has seen society shift to accommodate high-tech ventures and sees the trend continuing. “Balanced access to public assets will result in the development of a robust mobile communications system in cities throughout the U.S.,” he explains. “Allowing the deployment of more fiber connections and wireless infrastructure will result in denser networks that can deliver faster and stronger wireless connectivity. Cities can expect a need for stronger wireless networks as emerging IoT technology is introduced.”As those demands come from citizens who will benefit from businesses’ improved technology, cities will have to adapt and provide access to the private sector, but the benefits are mutual and the relationships reciprocal. Forward-thinking businesses can’t survive — let alone thrive — without city intervention. “Private companies need less expensive access to real estate, like publicly owned street furniture, and a cost-effective way to deploy new infrastructure,” Gleason says. “Cities should offer street furniture for wireless technology attachments and make the planning and permitting process of those attachments more predictable and efficient.”This two-way relationship should give relief to cities aiming to become “smart” — because tech companies need access and want residents to be satisfied with their work, just like city officials do, they have a vested interest in meeting city standards and improving the quality of life. These businesses know, more than companies in any other industry, that they can quickly be replaced by a competitor. Their aim, then, is to deliver the future that their cities need but can’t achieve on their own.“Tech experts believe the government needs to rethink its approach to technology regulation and the value it offers to its citizens. Assisting wireless companies in their race to quickly and cost-effectively deploy the latest communications technology will allow new IoT technology that is reliant upon wireless communication to be used by citizens in the not-too-distant future,” Gleason says. The key, he says, is that cities and tech firms both want to offer value to citizens — they’re just currently not in agreement about what’s most valuable.If cities and tech companies don’t come to an understanding of what private access to public assets can do, they’ll both suffer. Muldoon says, “In the short term, residents will be frustrated with poor connectivity; in the long term, cities risk being left behind in the technology age.” Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWritecenter_img Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

Two Filipinos headline ONE card in Thailand

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIES “Tyson” will take on undefeated Japanese Daichi Takenawa (11-0-1) in a bantamweight clash in the undercard of Clash of Legends.Abelardo earned a ONE Championship contract after he beat Shinechagtga Zoltsetseg via first round stoppage and that win marked the Filipino’s fourth straight victory and sixth in seven matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAlso in the card is Team Lakay’s Gina Iniong who plans to get back on the winning track as she takes on Thailand’s Jihin Radzuan in the women’s atomweight division.Iniong (7-4) lost her last fight against Istela Nunes via unanimous decision while Radzuan (4-0) looks to extend her winning streak with her last three fights all happening inside the ONE Championship cage. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Filpina dynamo Gina Iniong from Team Lakay. ONE CHAMPIONSHP PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—A couple of Filipinos are set to do damage in ONE Championship’s Clash of Legends card on Feb. 16 at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.Mark Abelardo (17-5) is set to make his main roster debut after an impressive outing in Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series 3.ADVERTISEMENT Headlining the card is Nong-O Gaiyanghadao as he takes on Han Zi Hao in a firecracker of match for the ONE Super Series Muay Thai World bantamweight title.Gaiyanghadao is considered as one of the best strikers of all time having competed in over 300 professional bouts winning two Thailand National Muay Thai Championships, four Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Championships in different weight classes, and a Rajadamnern Stadium Muay Thai World Championship.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss After witnessing Fiba records, Sisters of Mary Boystown also get financial boost SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?last_img read more

Harvey Norman Promotion

first_imgNRL Touch Football’s major partner, Harvey Norman, has a great deal for members through the TFA website and newsletter.The Fitbit Charge 2 is now available at Harvey Norman!The Fitbit Charge 2TM offers a range of new features that can be tailored to you in order to provide a more fulfilling fitness journey. Breathing exercises, cardio fitness monitoring, and PurePulse are all there to guide you, while the new larger display makes it easier than ever to interact with your FitBit.For more information or to purchase your Fitbit Charge 2, please click here. Stay tuned to the TFA website and newsletter for greater Connected Health and Fitness deals from Harvey Norman. Related LinksHarvey Norman Promotionlast_img read more

10 months agoLazio agree personal terms with Chelsea fullback Zappacosta

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lazio agree personal terms with Chelsea fullback Zappacostaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio are a step closer to signing Chelsea fullback Davide Zappacosta.TMW says Lazio have agreed to cover Zappacosta’s €2m salary at Chelsea to bring him back to Italy.Lazio now hope to close a loan arrangement with Chelsea chiefs.The stumbling block is the form of the loan, Chelsea are demanding a obligatory permanent option, while Lazio would prefer a choice in signing Zappacosta permanently.The Italy fullback moved to Chelsea 18 months ago from Torino. last_img read more

Video: Clemson Defensive Tackle Christian Wilkins Shows Off His Impressive Athleticism

first_imgClemson Memorial Stadium during a Tigers game against Syracuse.CLEMSON, SC – OCTOBER 25: A general view of Memorial Stadium prior to the game between the Clemson Tigers and Syracuse Orange on October 25, 2014 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Tyler Smith/Getty Images)Christian Wilkins is a defensive tackle by trade, but the 300-pound Clemson Tiger is a spectacular all-around athlete. During spring practice, Wilkins has tried his hand at a number of skills that aren’t usually part of being an interior lineman, like making one-handed catches and kicking field goals.Of course, Wilkins is also pretty good at playing his position. As a true freshman, he racked up 33 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and two sacks for the Tigers this season. More: The 10 CFB Teams That Could Go Undefeated In 2016 >>>last_img read more

NHT Drawdowns Will Only be Done if Necessary – Senator

first_img Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, is reassuring that drawdowns to support the budget will only be taken from the National Housing Trust (NHT) if deemed crucial. Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, is reassuring that drawdowns to support the budget will only be taken from the National Housing Trust (NHT) if deemed crucial.“It is not intended if it is not necessary, that all four years will be utilized,” Senator Johnson Smith said, while addressing the Senate on July 21.She was piloting the National Housing Trust (Amendment) Act, 2017, which makes provisions for these drawdowns.The Bill allows the Government to continue the withdrawal of $11.4 billion from the NHT over the next four years. It was passed in the Senate with no amendments.Mrs. Johnson Smith explained that this arrangement is one of the revenue measures adopted to contribute to financing the Government’s budget for fiscal year 2017/18.She explained that it is in keeping with the previous Extended Fund Facility with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which supported the Government’s economic reform programme.Provisions were made for prior drawdowns through an amendment to the NHT Act, which came to an end in March of this year. The new Bill sought to renew this arrangement.Senator Johnson Smith pointed out that the Government was reluctant in opting for this revenue measure, but argued that without this being put in place, the Government would be forced to levy new taxes.“This measure must be viewed against the background of fundamental tax reform, (that is) the continued shift from direct to indirect taxes….for purposes of equity and the need to create the breathing space over the medium term to undertake public spending reforms, which will take time to implement and the benefit of which will only occur in the medium term,” the Minister said.“Furthermore, it certainly would be undesirable to cut expenditure on important programmes which are of benefit to the country,” she added.The NHT drawdowns are expected to continue until the financial year ending March 31, 2021. “Furthermore, it certainly would be undesirable to cut expenditure on important programmes which are of benefit to the country,” she added. Provisions were made for prior drawdowns through an amendment to the NHT Act, which came to an end in March of this year. The new Bill sought to renew this arrangement. Senator Johnson Smith pointed out that the Government was reluctant in opting for this revenue measure, but argued that without this being put in place, the Government would be forced to levy new taxes. Story Highlightslast_img read more

NFL Hall Of Fame Greats Raise Awareness About Veteran Suicide On Thanksgiving

first_imgOn Thanksgiving Day, NFL Hall of Fame members Chris Doleman, Emmitt Smith, Curtis Martin, Bruce Smith and Michael Haynes will be featured on CBS NFL Today to give thanks to military service men and woman and discuss Remembering the 22, an initiative to raise awareness about veteran suicide.According to recent studies, a staggering 22 veterans take their own lives each day due to untreated combat-related stressors and injuries. Doleman will also be sharing details from his time spent with the beneficiaries of the non-profit organization Warriors for Freedom organization. Sportscaster James (JB) Brown will host and narrate the piece created by award-winning television producer, Charlie Bloom, set to air on Thursday, Nov. 26 before the Panthers-Cowboys game at 4 p.m. ET.Remembering the 22 asks athletes, celebrities, individuals and businesses to donate $22 to Warriors for Freedom, to take a stand with them against this epidemic. For more information about Remembering the 22, go to www.rememberingthe22.org.Each year, thousands of veterans return from service and find themselves struggling with PTSD, the after effects of TBI, night terrors, and untreated clinical depression related to traumatic, life-changing injuries. The statistic of 22 lives being lost each day is staggering, and largely unknown by most Americans. These service members are so challenged by their return to civilian life that many resort to ending their lives – leaving behind broken hearts, and forever-changed families left with tremendous grief and ensuing financial hardship.But there is hope delivered by a rather unique form of therapy. Research supports the fact that one of the most effective methods of counseling takes place between peers. Taking a group out to play together replicates the camaraderie of military service — and helps vets open up with one another about the difficulties they may be experiencing. Reacting to that information, Warriors for Freedom began their program featuring group activities for vets.Last year, when contacted by Oklahoma-based organization, Chris Doleman was asked to travel to Ireland to play golf with disabled veterans as a form of treatment. Doleman will discuss his time spent with military heroes as a form of rehabilitative recreation, and the lasting impact of each of their personal stories.Remembering the 22, has been created to raise capital for recreational outings hosted by Doleman’s online fundraising company, Dolemanity. A donation of just $22 will go toward funding more of these special events for those returning from deployment.“I was shocked to learn about the number of suicides that take place daily by our veterans, and how they struggle when they come home. After being included on the golf trip, I was able to see firsthand that recreational therapy works,” said Hall of Famer Chris Doleman.Warriors for Freedom representative Amber Moulder added, “These men and women are trained to go into battle and survive, but when they return home the world they once knew is a foreign country — and there’s no training to help navigate their new lives. Our organization provides veterans the opportunity to connect with like-minded heroes who understand their daily struggles.”last_img read more

After senior day disaster Ohio State mens basketball looks to rebound in

Senior center Trey McDonald is awarded a framed jersey during a Senior Night ceremony prior to a game against Wisconsin on March 8 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 72-48. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThis wasn’t how the regular season was supposed to end.It wasn’t how the Ohio State men’s basketball team wanted to send out its five seniors.But when the clock hit zero on Sunday at the Schottenstein Center, the Buckeyes were on the wrong end of a 72-48 blowout against the No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers on senior day.“You don’t want to go out this way,” senior guard Shannon Scott said. “But we have got to put it behind us now. We know they’re a great team, we knew they were going to come here ready to play, but it’s a new season now.”OSU coach Thad Matta said the loss came as a slight shock to him, as he thought the Buckeyes had perhaps the best practice he had seen in his 11 years as a coach in Columbus the day before the game.“Honest to God, we had maybe the greatest practice I have ever had in March,” Matta said. “I actually went home and slept pretty well. For whatever reason, it didn’t happen.”Scott, who finished his final game at the Schottenstein Center with 10 points, four rebounds and three assists, said the Buckeyes need to put the loss behind them and set their sights on the Big Ten Tournament, scheduled to start in Chicago on Wednesday.“We have no choice but to shake it off,” he said. “If we don’t shake it off right now, we’re gonna lose our very next game.”Despite the shellacking handed down by the Badgers, the Buckeyes earned a first-round bye in the conference tournament, and are set to take on the winner of Minnesota vs. Rutgers in the final Thursday night matchup.OSU, which holds a perfect 2-0 record against those teams this season, would face Michigan State if it could pull out a victory in its first game.With the conference table set, OSU coach Thad Matta said he hopes to get better production from his seniors, who shot just 6-of-24 collectively from the field in their final home game.“I think that experience is huge in March,” Matta said. “I want to get those guys playing their best basketball down this stretch and playing with a chip on their shoulder.”Not only will Matta need better production from his seniors, but also from his freshman guard D’Angelo Russell, who said after the loss that he is not sure what to expect now that tournament play is here.“I don’t know anything about March, but I know anything can happen,” Russell said. “So I know just keeping the right attitude as a team and as a unit and a collective group, just keeping it free and an open mind that anything can happen, I feel like we’ll be successful.”Matta said although Russell hasn’t appeared in a post-season game in college, the Louisville, Ky., native has plenty of experience playing in big games.“I think he will be fine,” Matta said. “The guy has won two high school national championships before he got here. He knows what’s at stake and he will be ready to go.”What’s at stake for the Buckeyes is not only an opportunity to impress the voters for seeding in the NCAA Tournament, but also a chance at Big Ten supremacy. OSU has not won the Big Ten regular season title outright since 2011, and has not won a share since 2012.The Buckeyes did, however, take home the Big Ten Tournament hardware in 2013, the last time the conference tournament was played in Chicago.Four of OSU’s current five seniors were on that championship team, and three contributed to the title win two years ago.Matta said because of that experience, he still has faith in the Buckeyes and the senior class.“We’ve had great success in the Big Ten Tournament over our years here,” he said. “We have had great success in the NCAA Tournament. We need them.” read more

Pochettino wants to win a trophy with Tottenham

first_imgTottenham is about to finish in the top four again in the English Premier League but Mauricio Pochettino knows that it is not enough to prove that they are a top club.The Argentinian coach knows that a trophy is needed to simply prove that the Spurs belong to the group of the world’s top teams and he sees it as the next step of his side’s development – and he claimed that he wants to win a trophy with his team as soon as possible to show how good they can be.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…The former Southampton manager spoke about his side’s future and his personal goals as he said, according to TBR Football:“The first step is to be competitive and to reduce the gap with the top four.  And after 23 years it is the first time we have finished above all of the London clubs. But next is to win a trophy, although we are not a club which wins a lot in recent years.”last_img read more

Ronaldo boost for Real Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid have received a welcome boost in the return of Cristiano Ronaldo after the forward completed his first training session of the week, reports MarcaThe five-time Ballon d’Or winner has been out injured after being replaced at half-time with an ankle injury in Real’s 2-2 draw against Barcelona at the Nou Camp ten days ago.Head coach Zinedine Zidane had expressed his confidence that Ronaldo would return in time for Real’s Champions League final against Liverpool in Kiev on May 26 and was hopeful on including him in time for their final La Liga game of the season on Saturday against Villarreal.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.More good news for Real is that their defender Dani Carvajal also returning to full training with the squad and is expected to start, alongside Ronaldo and co, in the Champions League final in 10 days time.Real won their final home game of the season against the lowly Celta Vigo 6-0 last Saturday to keep the pressure on city rivals Atletico Madrid in the battle for second place in La Liga.last_img read more