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Building Trust in "Smart Cities"
Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman recently wrote for Postindustrial to discuss "Building trust in 'smart cities.'"
Internet for All: Connecting the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
On July 13, 2023, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) hosted the Internet for All: Connecting the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania workshop.
FCC National Broadband Map
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has published a new FCC National Broadband Map. This map attempts to show where internet service is and is not available for every location in the country. The accuracy of this information is critical to the future of broadband in the state.
Broadband Advocacy Strategies for PA Communities
On June 27, 2023, Next Century Cities hosted the Broadband Advocacy Strategies for PA Communities webinar.
Broadband Access in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania is working to make sure our residents, businesses, and communities have equitable access to affordable broadband service. Broadband connectivity provides high-speed internet necessary for economic growth and innovation, education, emergency services, healthcare, and telecommunications infrastructure.
Enabling and Sustaining Connected Communities Rooted in Solving Societal Challenges
With funding from the National Science Foundation, Metro21: Smart Cities Institute hosted an in-person workshop and a series of pre-workshop virtual listening sessions designed to elicit feedback and suggestions from experts in academia, government, nonprofits, civic organizations, and industry to identify solutions to the significant technical, policy, and socioeconomic challenges to integration and scaling of connected communities technologies.
Pittsburgh Emerging Tech Community Engagement Roundtable
On May 10, 2023, the City of Pittsburgh hosted a community engagement roundtable event in Hazelwood Green for thought-provoking discussion on the current state of Autonomous Vehicles in Pittsburgh and to uncover invaluable insights on how to effectively engage with emerging technologies.
San Antonio Announces Smart Cities Roadmap, Smarter Together!
The Smart Cities team at the Office of Innovation collaborates with entrepreneurs, local organizations, and new technologies to keep innovation at the forefront of San Antonio.
Metro21 Discusses Technology and Policy with Supply Chain Dive
Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman recently spoke with Supply Chain Dive on delivery robots and the policies that plague them.
Policies Can Help Limit Eviction Filings
Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman discussed the increase in evictions after the 2021 national moratorium ended with Smart Cities Dive, and highlighted policies that cities can use to limit the number of eviction filings.
World Economic Forum Releases State of the Connected World, 2023 Edition
The World Economic Forum in collaboration with the Council on the Connected World released The State of the Connected World 2023 Edition— the only global report that tracks and quantifies governance gaps for the universe of connected devices, known as the internet of things (IoT). and how their rapid adoption is occurring without baseline governance protocols.
Sustainable Cities Innovation: Balancing Financial Priorities and Well-Being
The modern future city should take sustainability and wellbeing into consideration when planning systems for mobility; water and waste management; energy; and smart infrastructure. With the digitisation of these services - AI, Blockchain and the roll out of 5G and the proliferation of connected devices and the IoT, there is a wealth of insightful data that can be harnessed to enable more intuitive and tailored services. But how can the evolution to smart cities be achieved when economies around the world face the very real prospect of recession in the short term? Now is certainly the time to focus on sustainability and wellbeing, but with the current economic climate, how can governments, individuals and companies prioritise these goals and not compromise on recovery and growth.
NTIA - Internet for All Webinar Series - Project Portion of the Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program Application
On July 13, 2022, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) hosted the "Internet for All" webinar series, which focused on the project portion of the Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program Application.
Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program: How Your Organization Can Tap into Billions Of Dollars in Broadband Funding
This webinar on July 12, 2022 focused on guiding entities/organizations engaged in broadband connectivity/development/access to receive funding through The Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program. The Do's and Don'ts and things to note while applying for funding were also discussed in the event.
NTIA - Internet for All Webinar Series - Applicant Portion of the Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program Application
On June 30, 2022, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) hosted the "Internet for All" webinar series, which focused on the applicant portion of the Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program Application.
Forecasting a Resilient Future
Metro21 attended Route Fifty's webinar, "Forecasting a Resilient Future," on June 2, 2022, which featured speakers discussing the ways state and local governments are adapting their approach to resiliency.
12th Annual PCRG Community Development Summit
The Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group hosted the 12th Annual Community Development Summit on May 16-17, 2022, focusing on Equity, Equality and Justice.
2022 Pennsylvania Broadband Symposium
On Friday, April 22, 2022, Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer at the University of Pittsburgh Mark D. Henderson kicked off the 2022 Pennsylvania Broadband Symposium by highlighting technology as the key to unlocking and participating in the economy.
IPS Policy Forum - Town Hall with Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey
On Friday, April 22, Metro21 attended a town hall with Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey, hosted by Carnegie Mellon's Institute for Politics and Strategy.
Karen Lightman Explains How Digital Twins Enable Smart Cities
Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman recently authored "How Digital Twins Technology Enables Smart Buildings, Smart Cities" for Facilities Net, a publication providing articles for facility managers.
Area Development Features Wise Words from Karen Lightman
Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman recently shared her knowledge and expertise with Area Development magazine on Redefining the "Smart" in Smart Cities
Yale Economic Development Symposium
On February 11, 2022, Metro21 attended the Yale Economic Development Symposium: From Legislation to Laying Foundations: How the Infrastructure Act Can Connect 21st Century America.
World Economic Forum Reviews Building Trustworthy Consumer-Facing Connected Devices
Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman, representing President Farnam Jahanian on behalf of Carnegie Mellon University, worked with other members of the World Economic Forum's Trustworthy IoT Coalition to develop an agenda post which summarizes a review of frameworks, guides and tools to build trustworthy consumer-facing connected devices.
On February 10, 2022, Metro21 attended the INTERSECT@CMU session, Cities and Infrastructure, moderated by Gbemi Disu of Carnegie Mellon University-Africa.
Redefining the "Smart" in Smart Cities
Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman's recent blog for Pittsburgh Region defines smart cities of the past, and provides a thoughtful path forward for more connected, equitable and sustainable cities of the future.
Allegheny Conference on Community Development Hosts First Friday
Metro21 attended the First Friday: County Commissioner Panel hosted by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development on October 8, 2021. In attendance were County Commissioners of Beaver County, Greene County, and Westmoreland County who discussed the various needs of their counties, the work being done to address those needs, and answered questions about how they plan to spend newly authorized federal money and what the latest census results mean for their region.
Sustainable Cities - What's Working and Why
Metro21 attended the Heinz College hosted event Sustainable Cities: What’s Working and Why, an installment of the How Ideas Become Policy: Getting Stuff Done speaker series hosted by Ambassador Sarah Mendelson, Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy and Head of Heinz College in Washington, DC on September 29, 2021.
Next Century Cities' 2021 Virtual Conference
Metro21 attended the Next Century Cities' 2021 Virtual Conference: Broadband is the Electricity of the 21st Century on July 20th and 21st. Next Century Cities invited scholars to share research related to broadband infrastructure, digital inclusion, digital equity, expanding access, increasing adoption, and other tech policy issues. The attendees engaged with federal, state, Tribal and local leaders, policymakers, and broadband advocates through interactive roundtables, fireside chats, and networking sessions.
Axios' 5G and America's Digital Future
Metro21 attended the Axios event on 5G and America's Digital Future on July 16, 2021. The Summit featured Axios chief technology correspondent Ina Fried and national technology correspondent Kim Hart unpacking the efforts to close the digital divide and the future of 5G technologies.
TechCrunch City Spotlight: Pittsburgh
Metro21 attended the TechCrunch City Spotlight on Pittsburgh on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. The webinar featured Carnegie Mellon University President Farnam Jahanian, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and others to discuss technology and how it is shaping the future of Pittsburgh.
Investing in Broadband to Narrow the Digital Divide
Metro21 Attended the Bipartisan Policy Event “Investing in Broadband to Narrow the Digital Divide.” While there is much discussion and seemingly hundreds of proposals, members of Congress still struggle with how to best address the digital divide. Whether trying to address the build-out of rural broadband infrastructure or ensuring affordable access in urban centers, the solutions remain elusive and partisanship around broadband is increasing. Metro21 joined for a discussion of the issues around rural infrastructure extension and urban access affordability. Panelists discussed various ownership models, future-proofing networks and where best to focus federal dollars.
Securing Vital Machinery Underpinning the American Way of Life
Metro21 Attends Dots and Bridges Event “Securing Vital Machinery Underpinning the American Way of Life.” The United States’ critical infrastructure sectors are under continuous attack, and humanity is at risk. Collectively, our Government, Commercial, and Academic partners recognize the need for trusted partnerships and mature technologies. Context-aware analytics, cloud computing, and intelligent automation can foster a reliable, resilient, and next-gen architecture. This effort requires equal parts of People, Processes, and Solutions to realize “greater good” results.
Metro21 Attends Broadband University
Metro21 attended Broadband University on April 5, 2021 to hear presenters Kathryn de Wit of Pew Charitable Trusts and Andy Waple of Southwestern PA Commission discuss challenges and solutions for broadband access in our region.
Metro21 Attends Aspen Institute Energy & Environment Program
Metro 21 attended "A New Era for Cities, hosted by the Aspen Institute Energy & Environment Program, in partnership with REEF Technology, on January 22, 2021 for a conversation moderated by Bloomberg CityLab's Nicole Flatow. This townhall series explores how new ideas for urban spaces are being put into practice and their potential impacts on climate change, equity and inclusion, mobility, and access to housing in order to build stronger, more vibrant cities.
Research Article: A Path Forward for Smart Cities and IoT Devices
With many of the world's cities moving towards the ideals of a "smart city," it is crucial for city stakeholders to consider all facets of developing policy regulations. Mario Berges and Constantine Samaras' research paper explores current IoT policy and regulatory efforts.
SPC Releases Broadband Access Dashboards
The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, in collaboration with Allies for Children and Carnegie Mellon University (Metro21 and Traffic21) and a broad, regional coalition of stakeholders proposes to develop a regional Connectivity Improvement Plan to deploy high-speed connectivity programs and projects to enable the areas of the southwestern Pennsylvania region lacking adequate high-speed internet access and equipment to better connect to jobs, education, health care and to attract new business to all corners of the region.
Executive Director Karen Lightman talks solving real world problems with public data
Executive Director Karen Lightman is featured in Xinova's interview series from the Annual IRI Conference from this May.
Metro21 Executive Director Talks "Airport Efficiency Projects" with Axios
Executive Director Karen Lightman talks about the benefits automation could have in the airport industry and provides insights to implementation.
Metro21 Executive Director Expert Voice Axios Article: How sensor data can help cities improve public spaces
Metro21 Executive Director, Karen Lightman, is an ongoing contributor to Axios as an Expert Voice. In Lightman’s latest article “How sensor data can help cities improve public spaces” she highlights how Metro21 projects collect data for quality-of-life improvements.