AI Tackles its Biggest Challenge Yet: Reducing Plastics Scientists are using machine learning to design plastics that can decompose easily in an effort to reduce the amount of plastic waste littering the earth and oceans. The process relies on artificial intelligence and deep learning to identify polymers that balance durability with degradability.  
Acer Brings IoT and Intelligence to City Parking Sensors, cameras, artificial intelligence, and cloud-based technologies help take the guesswork out of parking as commuters venture back into cities. Smart parking solutions reduce congestion on the roads and give city managers a view into changing commuter and traffic patterns.  
Mobileye, Transdev ATS, and Lohr Group to Develop Autonomous Shuttles The collaboration is set to provide fully industrialized AV shuttles at scale to support an urban autonomous vision that could be easily and efficiently implemented in cities. On-road testing of autonomous shuttles is scheduled to start next year, with commercial services expected in 2023.   
United Nations Uses Technology to Address Worldwide Hunger Technology innovations enable refugees and other at-risk populations to purchase food without needing bank accounts or passwords. Electronic banking and iris scans ensure proper distribution of benefits, which can be used to shop in local markets, boosting local economies. Organized operational data can improve on-the-ground aid processes.  
Growing Cities Manage Services Through Smart Modules The continued growth of cities puts stress on existing urban infrastructure. Finding smart solutions to manage and grow city services allows citizens to voice and track concerns, holds local government accountable, and improves operational efficiencies for services such as waste management. The right solutions for disaster warning systems can even save lives.  
Drones, Robots, and Cloud Give Libraries a High-Tech Makeover COVID-19 closed most libraries, but it didn’t stop librarians from serving a content-hungry public. In a book-friendly pivot, online services, automated messaging, and curbside pickups are keeping all types of printed materials steadily flowing in and out of libraries. When we can return to the library, IoT, RFID, drones, and robots may have bigger roles in tracking, shelving, and distributing popular library materials.    
Real-time Monitoring Aims to Foil Flash Flood Fiascos Smart IoT-enabled flood monitoring systems allow state and local authorities to respond to localized flooding incidents and better predict future events, potentially reducing property damage and saving lives.  
Kansas City’s Smart Sewer Program Taps IoT for Monitoring and Maintenance Kansas City adds IoT technology to its Smart Sewer Program aimed at protecting public health and the natural environment. The initiative is a 25-year, multi-billion-dollar investment that aims to use robust asset management technology to optimize 2,800 miles of aging sewer pipes that handle the city’s flow of wastewater and stormwater.   
IoT Enables Smart, Sustainable Food Waste Management Solution A technology-based waste disposal machine uses IoT technologies and natural breakdown processes to reduce and prevent food waste with the goal of creating a zero-landfill environment.  

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The Ultimate Guide to Smart Cities: IoT Technologies to Watch in 2021
In a COVID-19 world, automation and efficiency are king for smart cities, creating new opportunities for solution integrators. See what Internet of Things (IoT) and intelligent technologies solution integrators need to watch in 2021.  

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