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Smart City Previews Highlight Vital Tech

A live demo and conference presentation will showcase what may await in future smart cities.

Smart devices and related technologies have already brought smart homes out of the pages of science fiction and into reality, and the next step appears to be the creation of smart cities. A pair of upcoming examples intend to put the spotlight on the technology that will power these advanced cityscapes.

Turning on this Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Peachtree Corners, Ga., will serve as the location for the U.S.’s first 5G-powered smart city technology proving ground. The Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners is designed as a living laboratory within a 500-acre technology park that enables companies to develop and test emerging technologies with live smart city infrastructure and next-generation connectivity.

Meanwhile, in Atlanta, the Smart City Expo will take place from Sept. 11-13, showcasing smart city and smart urban technologies.

Later in September, the SCTE-ISBE Cable-Tec Expo (Sept. 30-Oct. 3.) will also have a focus on smart city technology, specifically cable’s role as a connective tissue of smart city initiatives. The conference will feature a Smart City/IoT Pavilion on the exhibit floor, as well as a “Smart City Day” that will offer presentations from cable operators, municipal governments and vendors on how cable and communities can implement smart city infrastructures. The speakers for Smart City Day, which is set for Oct. 3, includes a keynote conversation from Liberty Global’s Bill Warga and Charter Communications’ Tom Adams, as well as business leaders and technologists from New Orleans, Phoenix, St. Petersburg and other metro areas.

“Cable’s problem-solving prowess can cut through the complexity and cost of Smart Community/IoT deployments in public-private partnerships to help create a world in which citizens can enjoy lifestyle improvements,” said Chris Bastian, senior vice president and CTO of SCTE-ISBE.

For more information Georgia’s Curiosity Lab, visit

To learn more about the SCTE-ISBE Cable-Tec Expo, visit