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5 Takeaways about 5G Internet of Things for Sustainability


December 1, 2016

The Brookings Institution webinar earlier today described five important takeaways for 5G IoT technology for sustainability and smart cities. Speakers included Darrell M. West from Brookings, Bridget Karlin from Intel, Timothy Flemming from AT&T, John Garritty from USAID and Sokwoo Rhee from NIST.

  1. Sustainability is the key driver for smart cities and smart government IoT adoption
  2. Combinations of muliple IoT technologies from different domains needed to achieve smart cities goals
  3. Barriers need to be overcome included standards to provide interoperability, cyber security to protect infrastructure and privacy, and mechanisms to overcome the IoT digital divide
  4. Unclear 5G impact through improved technology
  5. Procurement and financing reform is required to enable smart cities


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Doug Hadden

Doug Hadden

Executive Vice President, Innovation at FreeBalance
Doug is responsible for identifying new global markets, new technologies and trends, and new and enhanced internal processes. Doug leads a cross-functional international team that is responsible for developing product prototypes and innovative go-to-market strategies.

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