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2019 Triangle Smart Cities Summit Features 5G Networks, Drones

Mark your calendar for Oct. 16

News posted Sep. 30, 2019 - 12:48 pm
Smart Cities 2018

The 2019 Triangle Smart Cities Summit will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Hosted by the City of Raleigh, North Carolina State University and RIoT, the event brings together City, industry, business and academic leaders to discuss and share ideas on how to make our region a smarter and more connected community.

The event is free and open to the public; however, registration is required and closes Oct. 7. Registration and additional information is available on our Triangle Smart Cities page.

At the summit, experts will discuss the $24 million National Science Foundation grant recently awarded to a research partnership led by NC State. The Aerial Experimentation and Research Platform for Advanced Wireless (AERPAW) will focus on fifth generation (5G) wireless communications for unmanned aerial systems – drones – and ground mobility at a regional scale. The goal is to accelerate the integration of drones into national airspace through new advanced wireless capabilities, while leveraging the devices to advance wireless communications.

Variety of Panels

Event panels include:

  • How Digital Inclusion Drives Economic Development and How Your City Can Make a Difference – presented by Will Aycock, City of Wilson;
  • Smart Cities & Maps: A Global Perspective – presented by Mansour Raad of GIS leader Esri;
  • Where We are as a Region – led by Nicole Coughlin Raimundo, Town of Cary;
  • Smart City Implementation Strategy – advice for making “smart” a reality; and,
  • Wireless Infrastructure Panel – industry and thought leaders discuss a wireless future.

The agenda will be updated as new speakers are added.

In the exhibit area, Raleigh Smart City projects and technologies will be showcased.

This event is made possible with support from the City of Raleigh, N.C. State University, AT&T, Spectrum, Cisco, ABB, Building Clarity, Crown Castle Fiber, OpenDataSoft, Oracle Public Sector, Google Fiber, Verizon, RIoT and the Wireless Research Center.

What Are Smart Cities?

Smart cities incorporate information and communication technologies to enhance the quality and performance of urban services such as energy, transportation and utilities in order to reduce resource consumption, wastage and overall costs

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