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afwriter
afwriter
6/14/2017 11:58:06 PM
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Re: Is there an AppStore for Smartcities?
Perhaps a better question is who we would want to be in charge of it. Unfortunately, the idea of municipal government running things makes me cringe a little. 

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srufolo1
srufolo1
6/13/2017 8:36:25 PM
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Re: AT&T Scores Smart City Deals With GE, FirstNet
@DHagar I agree. AT&T never fails to amaze me with how it knows just which technologies to follow and develop.

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DHagar
DHagar
6/13/2017 6:27:06 PM
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Re: AT&T Scores Smart City Deals With GE, FirstNet
@srufolo1, you are right - these are all the right partnerships to put together a complete platform and design and deliver new solutions.  When you offer citizens new capabilities and services that better serve their interest you will have a good market.

I think AT&T is truly a strong leader in building these partnerships and the AT&T/FirstNet looks like a winner!

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DHagar
DHagar
6/13/2017 6:25:01 PM
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Re: Smart cities need to be fair cities as well..
@mhhf1ve, I fully agree.  Working with some Smart Cities and very familiar with the FirstNet capabilities, if there is not a clear design, strategy, and governance, it can derail and become a problem at any time.  It is particularly critical to maintain the Trust  Level when dealing with the public and have comprehensive design and data governance structure that preserves that trust.

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srufolo1
srufolo1
6/12/2017 5:39:55 PM
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AT&T Scores Smart City Deals With GE, FirstNet
With this partnership of AT&T and GE and FirstNet, anything is possible. The sky is the limit. It starts out with good intentions, such as lighting for cities and surveillance to keep citizens safe, but it can degrade into Big Brother Is Watching  your every move, like in George Orwell's 1984.

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Ariella
Ariella
6/12/2017 1:41:19 PM
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Re: AT&T has GE and FirstNet for smart cities
@mhhf1ve  A similar issue arises now as the Supereme Court refused to review the proposed electronic logging devices (ELD) mandate .  see http://www.supplychain247.com/article/appeal_on_elds_will_not_be_reviewed_by_us_supreme_court?ajs_uid=0795D5330267I3U

Commercial truck drivers are restricted to a limited number of working and driving hours under current regulations. The FMCSA's mandate requires that truck drivers use ELDs to track their driving and non-driving activities even though such devices can only track movement and location of a vehicle.

OOIDA contends that requiring electronic monitoring devices on commercial vehicles does not advance safety since they are no more reliable than paper logbooks for recording compliance with hours-of-service regulations.

In its petition to the Supreme Court, OOIDA asked the court to determine whether the ELD rule violated the Fourth Amendment by failing to establish a regulatory structure at the state and federal levels that serves as a substitute for a warrant.

 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
6/12/2017 1:38:10 PM
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Smart cities need to be fair cities as well..
Ultimately, Smart cities need to not just collect a lot of data, but also use it wisely and fairly -- so that privacy and freedom aren't infringed upon. It's easy to promote the use of data for various conveniences or efficiency gains, but it's harder to put the toothpaste back in the tube if the data gets out and has unintended consequences. 

It's difficult to anticipate the unintended consequences, but that means there should be some thought put in ahead of time for how to deal with breaches or abuses....

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
6/12/2017 1:32:36 PM
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Re: AT&T has GE and FirstNet for smart cities
> "our European counterparts, as hypersensitive as they may seem to be sometimes about privacy, have a better cultural memory about this kind of thing than most Americans do."

Agreed. I think Americans haven't learned enough history to remember how privacy can be abused by the government (or any authority). Or perhaps we've even learned the wrong lessons from our own history, seeing that some leaders in our country think that Japanese internment camps during WWII aren't a horrible embarrassment to America. 

Japanese Americans were found using Census Data taken by the government, and then that information was used to round up everyone of Japanese descent. There are no assurances that government data of a similar kind might be used again in that way, but it doesn't seem to bother *some* Americans in the majority because these abuses only affect minorities. 

Perhaps when the demographics of the US changes... but that's why there's some support for a Border Wall to try to prevent demographics from changing too much. 

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Ariella
Ariella
6/12/2017 1:27:18 PM
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Re: AT&T has GE and FirstNet for smart cities
<Now, EZ-Pass lanes are the *only* lanes on all toll roads in the Commonwealth.> @Joe then what options exist for people who are visiting the area and don't have E-Z Pass?
 


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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
6/12/2017 1:23:55 PM
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Re: AT&T has GE and FirstNet for smart cities
California, I think, has done away with the requirement to have a physical device in your car to charge you at toll booths -- they just take a picture of your license plate, and if you're in the system, the amount gets deducted from your account. 

I'm not sure why assurances have been made to prevent the govt from issuing speeding tickets based on toll booth information. Either it's an admission that speed limits are meaningless for actual safety, or they want to keep police officers occupied with handing out tickets in person. 

Given that autobahn-like roads exist that have no speed limits, and accidents don't appear to be significantly higher on them, it seems like speed limits are just a way to suggest that people drive safely. 

If cameras existed everywhere, police officers wouldn't need to "chase" anyone down -- they'd just get them at the next exit or wherever the nearest police office ahead of the criminal was....

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