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Atlanta – Getting Smarter by the Day

Atlanta – Getting Smarter by the Day

Evaluated by Forbes as the No. 2 technology capital of the future, Atlanta is on its way when it comes to leading the US in technology.

Apart from the pride that Atlanta has, there is a little more to this success than just a nod from Forbes. The reason Atlanta is in prime position to take on the smarter future is its’ flexibility.

Atlanta, forward facing and ready for any challenge is embracing every aspect of the technologically driven future: education, enterprise and infrastructure.

Education

Universities like the Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, Georgia State University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Kennesaw State University and Gwinnett Technical College are becoming known for their strong technology-based programs.

Specifically, Georgia Tech, renowned for its active research department, ranked 35 in the 2019 edition of Best Colleges, boasts graduate schools including the College of Engineering and the Scheller College of Business. 

With over 300,000 students graduating each year, the local talent pool grows, giving local enterprise a chance to hand-pick the better candidates. 

Enterprise

Atlanta business thrives because it is able to be incredibly attractive to investors whilst remaining extremely diverse.

 The Center of Innovation for Information Technology has stated that there are over 14,300 tech companies in Georgia. Not only that but the Metro Atlanta Chamber has said that Atlanta hires nearly 190,000 technology workers across the industry segments, this will only grow as Atlanta develops into a smarter smart city and as cyber security becomes more important.

Significant spheres of technology that can be viewed independently or as part of a wider tech bubble, which have been pointed out by the Metro Atlanta Chamber to include FinTech, IoT (Internet of Things), Health Information Tech, Cybersecurity, B2B software, Smart Grid Technology, and Film/ Entertainment Tech. These sectors include companies that range from small bootstrapped start up teams to Fortune 500 companies.

Many companies are also relocating from the West Coast to Atlanta, viewing Atlanta as the nation’s R & D. There are also serious tax incentives drawing on multiple enterprises, most particularly digital entertainment, which according to Governor Deal has made Georgia the number one filming location in the world.

Infrastructure

Metro Atlanta Chamber's Cynthia Curry, director of IoT Ecosystem Expansion, has stated that there are several smart projects taking place across the city: Lighting, Recycling, Crime Prevention, and most specifically in Ponce City Market, the smart corridor.

From Northside Avenue past the Ponce City Market, Atlanta has become really efficient. There is an intelligent traffic lighting system which works on real-time events rather than on a set timer, reducing traffic times by 25% in that area.

There is also a phenomenal urban smart recycling project, which has transformed the dumpsters into mobile data centers, that are now optimized to collect information about when and where garbage needs to be collected.

Smart crime prevention: Gunshot detection systems, can identify firearms and alert law enforcement in seconds. If there is a gunshot, the shot and the guns specifications can be registered up to 4 miles away. This triggers a system which automatically gives access to the location, updating the EMTs’ and emergency services to dispatch, saving both time and lives.

Atlanta has also implemented CCTV smart technology, adding a layer of proactive technology for identification purposes of the gun, location and timing, automatically allowing the correct public services access to the right data. 

 

While the overwhelming opinion of smart cities is positive, many people are often overlooking the risks associated with implementing these technologies in major cities around the globe. To find out more, check out the CyberHub Engage Podcast Episode below: