Securing the smart city

Mayors are touting tech, open data

Open data policies are “growing in popularity” in the nation's cities because of their ability to increase transparency for the public, increase efficiency and enable governmentwide data sharing, according to the National League of Cities' annual State of the Cities report.

By examining state-of-the-city addresses given this year by mayors, NLC found that 14 percent of speeches included significant coverage of data and technology issues.

Besides open data and data governance, the mayors also mentioned broadband connectivity as a central component of their infrastructures, describing broader access to high-speed internet "as not only a mark of a modern and forward-thinking city, but also as a critical public good." They cited high-speed bandwidth as imperative to delivery of municipal services and economic development.

The report also found mayors were specifically interested in smart city technology like sensor networks and wireless technology, specifically for the insights they can provide into urban transportation.

About the Author

Matt Leonard is a reporter/producer at GCN.

Before joining GCN, Leonard worked as a local reporter for The Smithfield Times in southeastern Virginia. In his time there he wrote about town council meetings, local crime and what to do if a beaver dam floods your back yard. Over the last few years, he has spent time at The Commonwealth Times, The Denver Post and WTVR-CBS 6. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received the faculty award for print and online journalism.

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