Qualcomm Trains City of Chula Vista in Smart Cities Fundamentals
The buzz around Chula Vista City Hall this Earth Day was smart cities. That was the topic approximately 40 key city staff members and industry partners came to the council chambers on April 22 to learn about from Qualcomm Technology, Inc’s. smart cities experts. Cleantech San Diego board members Gary Halbert, City Manager of the City of Chula Vista and Aidoo Osei, Director of Business Development at Qualcomm, arranged the two-hour live training, a custom version of Qualcomm’s online smart cities showcase. The seminar focused on describing existing and emerging technologies that can help cities like Chula Vista run more efficiently and sustainably.
Three presenters from Qualcomm’s Smart Cities team covered a range of introductory topics, including the advantages and challenges of smart cities and the technologies available to help cities achieve positive results from smart buildings, smart transportation, smart infrastructure, and smart energy. The overarching message: Qualcomm technologies can help empower cities to provide a scalable ecosystem of smart, efficient, and sustainable services.
Within the forum, leaders from Chula Vista expressed the operational and business challenges facing their city, and Qualcomm presented ideas for Internet of Everything (IoE) solutions. These data-driven, machine-to-machine technologies can help cities improve critical operations ranging from water, lighting, and waste management, to traffic, parking, and safety.
When it comes to what’s next in intelligent connectivity, Qualcomm sees smart homes and smart cities as the future of the industry.
“I read a lot of white papers,” said Qualcomm Director of Product Management Steve Anderson, “and I think the case for smart cities is even stronger than the case for smart phones.”
Halbert saw this seminar as a critical step in preparing the City of Chula Vista, and the people who run its day-to-day operations, for an exciting future as a leading smart city.
“Learning together and being able to speak from a common platform is key,” he told the assembled team.
“These training sessions are specifically geared to create a dialogue that may not otherwise happen,” said Osei. “The feedback that we’ve received so far has been very positive.”
Future sessions led by Qualcomm may delve into more technical material with a subset of people from the City of Chula Vista.
To learn more about Qualcomm Smart Cities solutions, visit https://www.qualcomm.com/smart-cities.