By Dave Moore, Data Journalist & Staff Writer, Dallas Regional Chamber
This year, the conference at the University of Texas at Dallas will highlight real-world examples of green power grids, buildings that self-regulate their environments, working smart cities, and new approaches to advanced emergency communications.
More than 300 Texas municipal officials, planners, IT experts, and transportation officials are expected to attend the Sept. 19 summit, running 8:30 AM to 5 PM.
The event, in its second year, has provided updates on progress communities are making in integrating the use of data and technology into government operations. Panelists have also discussed the potential risks and considerations that are involved in collecting, analyzing, and using data for smart-city purposes.
“Last year was very transportation-focused,” says Mark Caracio, Managing Partner of Future Cities LLC, which is hosting and producing the event, adding that the U.S. Department of Transportation, Fort Worth-based Bell Helicopter, Uber, and others in that sector.
This year, Caracio said, the conference will emphasize speakers who have personal experience incorporating smart city technology – such as deploying LED lighting, air quality monitors, and incorporating traffic cameras and traffic data into traffic-control systems – into the workings of communities. Leaders who are scheduled to discuss their experiences along those lines include Teri Takai – former State of California CIO – and Scott Cardenas, former CIO for the City of Denver.
“If your mission, role, or responsibility is to set the strategy and to enhance the livability of a community, or to be a planner or operator of one of these initiatives, you’ll be able to hear firsthand from thought leaders who are doing this,” Caracio said. “And what the opportunities and challenges are for those who are delivering it.”
Scheduled panelists include:
DRC members can click here to register for the event, which runs Sept. 19 from 8:30 AM to 5 PM at UTD’s Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center. DRC members can receive a discounted rate using the code DRC18.
Event sponsors include AT&T, Cisco, CommScope, Telensa, Samsung, Aira, Maxxsure, and Scientel Solutions.
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