0 Related Insights Working to Bring Hyper-speed Transit to Life A revolution in transportation is transforming how we view the very concept of community. Hyperloop technology, electric and autonomous vehicles powered by energy from the wind and sun, and advanced, zero-emission hydrogen fuel cells are redefining how we move people, goods and ideas. Data: The Art of the Possible The Black & Veatch 2017 Strategic Directions: Smart City/Smart Utility Report investigates the progress made by communities and utilities as they continue their evolution toward smarter infrastructure. Around the globe, cities and utilities are beginning to see tangible results from preliminary efforts and are gaining confidence in what a smart city can be. Distribution Modernization Presents Challenges amid Evolving Business Models and Practices Transportation accounts for more than 25 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, making electrification of the U.S. mass transportation sphere a top priority for city officials and utilities. Today, officials are reimagining how they can move people and goods sustainably across the urban landscape. Holistic Distribution Modernization Programs Require More Than IT Upgrades Electric utilities are realizing that distribution modernization programs, also referred to as grid modernization, can no longer be put off. Cyber Threats to Physical Assets Demand a Proactive Approach Intent on safeguarding the nation’s largest electric grids from potential mayhem, federal regulators have stepped up their oversight of the security of power utilities in an attempt to protect it from threats and incidents such as widespread, long-duration blackouts caused by digital saboteurs. Cyber threats linger, however, with operational technology (OT), including systems that are far less centralized and, thus, more vulnerable. Related Project Stories An Inclusive Connected Communities Roadmap for Smart City Projects Black & Veatch and software subsidiary Atonix Digital are working with the City of San Diego to implement a strategy that could bring smart city technologies to underserved areas of the city. First Digital Kiosk Solution Deployment Verizon’s first digital kiosk solution deployment is for the City of New Rochelle, New York. The project will include the installation of kiosks throughout the city. Consulting Services and Needs Assessment The City of Chula Vista, California selected Black & Veatch to deliver an analysis of sensor technologies. Deploying Multiple, Smart City Technologies to Reduce Traffic and Broaden Internet Access In early 2017, the City of Sacramento entered into a public-private partnership (P3) with Verizon Wireless. Verizon designated Black & Veatch as its preferred smart cities deployment partner for its Smart Communities efforts.