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Smart Cities/Smart Grids: Full Steam Ahead or Time to Pump the Brakes?

Bill Pugh  (Co-Founder / Managing Partner, Smart Connections Consulting LLC)

Curt Franklin  (Senior Analyst, Enterprise Security Analyst, Omdia)

Michael Sherwood  (Director, Information Technology, City of Las Vegas)

Craig Compiano  (President, Modius)

Johnathan Knotts  (Lead MEC Engineer, Wi-Fiber)

Ed Vea  (CTO /Solutions Architect, NGA 911)

Bill Schrier  (Senior Advisor, FirstNet Authority)

Michael Helfrich  (CEO, Blueforce Development Corp)

HP Le  (Domain Specialist, Public Safety & Health, Verizon)

Location: W232

Date: Tuesday, September 28

Time: 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Track: Smart Cities & Critical Infrastructure sponsored by Wi-Fiber

Format: 3-Hour Workshop

Vault Recording: TBD

Few technological trends have received as much attention in recent years as smart cities and smart grids—concepts that sensor-based Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and analytics can help jurisdictions and utilities deliver core services better and more efficiently.

While some success stories exist, the widespread adoption of smart-cities technologies has not materialized in the manner that many industry experts predicted years ago. Meanwhile, after a lackluster start, utilities are beginning to make significant investments in the connectivity needed to make the smart-grid vision a reality.
Panelists will discuss how the “smart-X” ecosystem is evolving, the promise of the initiatives and the challenges that continue to be faced, including cybersecurity threats, budget limitations, questions about algorithm bias, and legal uncertainties surrounding data and video gathered by myriad devices in the field.