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62 THE SHOP NOVEMBER 2019 tant growth stage. Connectivity is most certainly the foundation of the smart city as we currently know it. The various technologies we offer under the ADAS category umbrella all work as open sources of communication. Forward colli- sion, lane departure, camera-based systems and others have the capabilities of communi- cating their data through various platforms. A smart city must utilize all of the fac- tors that make up the ecosystem and allow them to communicate (connect) on one centralized platform. Roadside units (RSU) are used to receive and push information from pedestrian cell phones and vehicles through various onboard unit (OBU) hard- ware devices, as well as many other points of connectivity throughout the ecosystem. Many large companies are racing to have their technology involved in smart cities development. We are beginning to not only see government-funded projects take shape such as those in Tampa, New York City and Wyoming, but also shared private/public opportunities arising like the Columbus, Ohio smart city initiative. A new intelligent mobility and smart city laboratory in Georgia is an example of the types of programs that will help create the high-tech towns of tomorrow. Georgia Power and the City of Peachtree Corners are celebrating the opening of the Curiosity Lab, a 1.5-mile intelligent mobility and smart city laboratory. The new living laboratory provides access to Georgia Power's state-of-the-art automation solutions and subject matter experts on the company's latest smart energy technologies and solutions, according to Georgia Power, the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company. The one-of-a-kind facility will offer a unique opportunity for testing to be done in a 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) environment that includes interaction with real-world vehicular and pedestrian traffic, the company noted in a release announcing the project. "Smart ideas like the Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners are all about partnerships and how to get everyone engaged with the innova- tions of the future," said Paul Bowers, chairman, president and CEO for Georgia Power. "The insights and research from this facility will help Georgia Power continue to evolve our technology and ensure the needs of our customers are met." Through the partnership, Georgia Power will install 40 smart LED streetlights along the 1.5-mile stretch of the Curiosity Lab and 20 cameras throughout the property to provide complete video coverage. The lights are part of the company's network of nearly 300,000 connected streetlights across the state, which is the largest installed fleet of connected streetlights in the country. The smart cameras are equipped with the latest traffic management software and analytics that will provide real-time incident detection of the roadway and the autonomous vehicle lanes along the Curiosity Lab corridor. With the use of cutting-edge processing, the cameras will also con- nect technology to support and enhance safety and visibility of the lab and its operating partners, the company noted. Located within Technology Park Atlanta, a 500- acre technology hub, the Curiosity Lab will be avail- able for both startups and established companies to experiment with emerging intelligent mobility technologies. The living laboratory consists of a 1.5-mile autono- mous vehicle test and demonstration track with a route that includes a hotel complex, two high schools, hundreds of offices and a townhouse development with people living and working in unison with the laboratory. A public bus route also travels the corridor. Georgia Power's smart initiatives include electric vehicle charging infrastructure to make electric transportation use in cars and buses convenient, smart neighborhoods that make energy-saving technologies available in more homes, battery energy storage that maximizes the value of renewable energy, digital security technologies to help make communities safer, microgrids that leverage smart energy management systems, and smart meters that provide greater insight to customers' real-time use, help reduce outage times and more, according to the company. 'Curiosity Lab' Shines Light on Smart Cities At a recent conference, a speaker was addressing the SaaS (Software as a Service) market and how great the growth has been. She spoke about how we are in the fourth Industrial Revolution—steam was first, followed by electricity, computers and now connectivity. I applied this to our business and thought to myself how great it is that we have the opportunity to be part of such an impor- Georgia Power and the City of Peachtree Corners are celebrating the opening of the Curiosity Lab, a 1.5-mile intelligent mobility and smart city laboratory. Connectivity is the wave of the future. DENSO Corporation and BlackBerry Limited have announced the first integrated HMI (Human Machine Interface) digital cockpit system with BlackBerry QNX technology has shipped in 2020 Subaru Legacy and Outback mod- els). The virtualization technology enables integrated control of in-vehicle HMI systems. (Photo courtesy BlackBerry Limited/Subaru) e Path to Smart Cities

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