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LETTER: Indy could be smart city

November 4, 2017

Under the leadership of Mayor Joe Hogsett, Indianapolis is poised to become one of the nation’s premier smart cities. Imagine this vibrant Midwestern hub where everything from streetlights to street maintenance is made more efficient and inclusive by technology, sensors, autonomous vehicles and the internet of things. With enlightened public policy inspired by Gov. Eric Holcomb, Indianapolis and Indiana are working together to take it to the #NextLevel.

True to its Midwestern roots, Indianapolis’ city leadership should continue to work hard to reach a better, more connected and digitally inclusive future. Key to all of this innovation and technology will be the connectivity that powers it. Next generation wireless networks—powered by small cells—and robust fiber deployment are essential to continue this progress.

At the state level, Indiana’s leaders have done their part in passing legislation to ease the deployment of small cells, but city leaders must work with state leadership as well as the private sector to build out the technology and networks and truly reap the benefits. When all parties come together, the city ensures only the best for Indianapolis residents and visitors. When they do, Indianapolis will join other top smart cities in the big leagues.

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Chelsea Collier, founder
Digi.City, Austin, Texas

 

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