The sensor market is growing rapidly in part because sensor technology has advanced to the point where sensors consume less power and battery life is significantly longer. For these reasons and others, sensors are playing an important role in advancing smart cities. Peggy discusses how sensors that are built in to all kinds of devices and structures have the ability to improve lives and businesses, enhance safety and security, and make processes more efficient.
2 Cisco Talks Interoperability
Peggy and Chuck Byers, principal engineer and platform architect, Cisco, discuss interoperability and he questions how we are going to achieve interoperability if there are 900 different platforms. Interoperability—and security—are big challenges that face the industry. He believes quantum computing is a threat to IoT (Internet of Things) security, but the arms race is going to be won by the good guys. At the same time, having one player in the market is an impossible task, as no one can do everything, he explains. When discussing bringing companies into the OpenFog Consortium, he says the big Web-scale companies have been invited to join, but politely refuse. Byers speculates that it is because the companies believe they have the power to influence the industry all by themselves and they are smart because they know where the share owners want them to go, but it might not be best for the industry.
3 Millennials' Influence on Smart Cities
Are Millennials the key to advancing smart cities? John Pletz, senior reporter, Crain’s Chicago Business, joins Peggy to talk about how this generation is shifting what is happening in city centers. He explains that smart cities need to incorporate data to account for the shift that is current happening—and they need the data to help make better decisions.