San Diego's Smart City And Cybersecurity Cluster Means Smart Is Safe
San Diego has previously been better known for being the headquarters of Qualcomm and the US Navy and Marine Corps , the latter employing more than 130,000 people across the city and home to the largest concentration of military in the world.
Recently, however, San Diego is becoming more widely known as an innovator in the creation of Smart Cities and fostering a growing cluster of companies engaged in cybersecurity.
Decision-makers in the city such as Dr Sandra Brown, Vice Chancellor for Research at San Diego’s University of California and David Graham, the city’s Deputy COO for Neighbouring Services are attempting to bring together all elements of local academia, talent and entrepreneurship to create a ‘world-leader’ in Smart Cities.
This has already produced programs such as the university-sponsored MetroLab, the city’s Smart Cities initiative. This city-university collaboration between Brown and Graham’s departments means the city uses the university as an R&D facility on challenges facing the city such as income inequality, infrastructure weakness, security, environmental sustainability and transportation.
Not only does Qualcomm work with the city on its Smart Cities strategy, it is also pioneering work on the Internet of Things (IoT) in urban areas and how that will not only impact San Diego in the future, but other global cities.
Qualcomm has been in the city for more than three decades and sees Smart City development as being defined by redeploying existing city infrastructure from one use to multi-purpose.
One example is its BigBelly scheme that replaces garbage cans with so-called smart bins that know when they need to be emptied and when they smell too much.
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