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On December 4, 2018 David Russel of SAME Philly attended the multi-society meeting hosted by the Engineers Club of Philadelphia.
The theme of the program was “Tomorrow Land “ is here today - Smart Cities, Big Data and Decisions Science
The panel included a cybersecurity professor from Drexel and a representative from the City of Philadelphia Office of Innovation and Technology.
The panel brought together a view of smart cities from the technology, application and 'big user' perspectives along with data security and privacy considerations. The explosion in information and communication technologies coupled with the increasing economic and environmental demands such as climate change, economic restructuring, the digital marketplace, urban population growth and pressures on public finances have generated interest in "smart cities" designed to use technology to try to get a better handle on the information driving the issues of the day. Smart city technology allows city officials to interact directly with both community and city infrastructure and to monitor what is happening real time in the city and how to serve the population needs in a more efficient manner. Issues discussed included how to efficiently handle the infinite amount of data and potential security breaches. While we now have smart homes – will we eventually have “smart cities”.