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A Look Into 2019: Smart Cities and Smart Buildings
What's in store for next year in these areas of innovation?
Jan 06, 2019—
The new year is right around the corner. What does it have in store for smart city and building initiatives? Taking a look ahead, here are my three bold predictions for 2019.
2019 Will Be a Year of Experimentation for Smart Spaces
IoT Platforms That Drive Results Will Move Beyond the Trough of Disillusionment
Harbor Research has noted four critical needs for IoT platforms as they evolve in 2019 and beyond, including:
Smart Buildings Will Move Beyond Their Walls to Connect With Smart Cities
The sharing of information between these smart buildings and smart cities needs to happen through a common infrastructure, as well as common data standards and access models, prioritizing interests of citizens and businesses to improve city life and safety. In the near future, smart building technology will be integrated with smart-city services to save lives by automatically updating first-responders on security lockdowns, building fires and medical emergencies. However, for smart cities to succeed, deployments should focus on the technology's intent, and not on the technological capabilities, to improve outcomes.
Franco Castaldini is ThoughtWire's chief commercial officer. He is a veteran marketing, business-development and product-strategy executive who has led high-growth go-to-market strategies for innovative startups and large global enterprises. He joins ThoughtWire from GE Digital, where he led the commercial strategy for a high-productivity application-development platform. Franco joined GE Digital with the acquisition of Bit Stew Systems, where he helped to position the company for rapid growth and its successful exit in late 2016 for $208 million. Earlier in his career, Franco was the president of Leva Energy, a company he co-founded, which developed an innovative distributed generation system for industrial and commercial companies.
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