New York Announces $30 Mil. Hub for Smart Cities Technology


As more cities and towns pursue smart-growth strategies, New York state is positioning itself to become a leader in urban innovation.

A $30 million hub for research, education and training about smart cities technology is planned for a historic building in downtown Albany, New York’s capital. The announcement comes amid fresh predictions that the global marketplace for smart cities could reach $3.3 trillion by 2025.

The initiative is being led by the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, part of the state’s public university system, and is a priority of New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

From the governor’s Aug. 22 press release:

“The transformation of Kiernan Plaza into the Smart Cities Technology Innovation Center will provide an innovative platform enabling groundbreaking research, education, and workforce training for emerging smart cities technologies,” Governor Cuomo said.

Also from the release, the technologies to be researched include::

“smart devices, sensors and computer chips, integrated systems, and operating software that collect and analyze data for monitoring highway conditions and improving traffic flow; protect vital infrastructure, such as bridges, data centers and utility installations; safeguard facilities, including wastewater treatment plants; and provide e-safety security in educational settings”.



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