Happy Friday! Next week is one of the laziest of the year, but this week gave us plenty of revolutionary technology to discuss, so let’s do it.
You may have seen the stories or videos we’ve published about Town of Cary pushing technical boundaries to better serve its customers. The “smart city” wave is currently sweeping the globe. As Tech Republic documented this week, cities are using technology to help citizens find parking spots, build motion-detecting streetlights, and predict traffic patterns for more efficiently programmed traffic lights.
Chicago uses predictive analytics for everything from crime fighting to fending off the rat population. Parking is more convenient in London thanks to HD cameras and parking sensors to cut out the need for meters or cash transactions. Barcelona saves $58 million per year using smart water meter technology.
If you still deposit coins in a parking meter, call your representatives!
Speaking of parking, remember fighting for spots at the mall on Black Friday, then fighting for the last of a dwindling stock of holiday sale items? It’s all very… 2002.
We transitioned to opening our laptops, clicking pictures of shiny holiday items, and waiting for them to arrive at our doorsteps. But in 2017, opening the computer and entering your login information is a bit too cumbersome for most. This year, Americans are projected to spend over 6 million hours shopping on the top smartphone apps in the days following Thanksgiving, a 45% increase from last year.
Time to get out your smartphone and pre-order a new smartphone for that special someone in your life!
The Change Management Award goes to…
Colorado officials announced a partnership with hyperloop tech company Arrivo this week to build the first network of transportation tubes. The hyperloop network would move drivers and their cars up to 200 mph to the most common destinations around the state including the Denver airport, downtown area, Boulder, and popular ski mountains. Arrivo CEO Brogan BamBrogan says it could be ready by 2021.
Arrivo’s tubes would be above ground, at least in this case. This model is in contrast with Elon Musk’s The Boring Company, which wants to drill tunnels for alternative transportation. The Boring Company has had discussions with Maryland officials, but no deal has been announced.
The Colorado models call for the Arrivo transportation system to move passengers or cargo at the speed of sound, cutting 90 minute car trips to 10 minutes or less.
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Enjoy your holiday week next week. Send your users to the self-service portal so you can enjoy your turkey and football.
About Chris McManus
Chris McManus is a Marketing Manager with a variety of media and creative content experience. He works with SolarWinds Service Desk customers on case studies, webinars, and spotlight videos.
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