SAN FRANCISCO, April 6 (Xinhua) -- Smart city technology is bringing more opportunities and facilitates urban development when it is implemented correctly, U.S. officials said on Saturday.
Smart city technology is probably one of the biggest things that have benefited his city, said Mayor Alan Nagy of Newark city in Northern California on the sidelines of an international electronic summit held in San Francisco Bay Area.
"Such a technology increases our revenues and more jobs and opportunities that communities have," he said after the opening ceremony of the 2019 IEEE Industry Summit on Future Technology for Smart Cities called by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a worldwide non-profit organization of professionals in electric and electronic industries.
Newark is a city in Alameda County, Northern California, whose economy is at the edge of Silicon Valley, the birthplace of U.S. hi-tech innovations, and shares its economic pattern.
"We're building houses at an unparalleled level because (of) Silicon Valley and the employees are being hired," Nagy said.
"We have advanced technology building going on in Newark now to house Facebook and other companies that were unheard of years ago. This is just lifting this whole area up ... it's a kind of sea level change," he added.
Nagy said smart city technology has produced many successful stories for his city in many areas.
"If we look at our assessed value as a community, our assessed value has risen more than 15 percent each of the last two years, and that's twice the average of any other cities in Alameda County," he noted.
Much of the accumulated wealth was generated "due to the rising housing demands, due to the manufacturing and construction demands that this technology is bringing to us, to the Silicon Valley," he explained.
The Newark mayor hailed the summit as "a wonderful tool" for engineers of IEEE to promote smart cities technology throughout the world.
The city of Fremont that borders Newark is another Californian area in Silicon Valley that has benefited most from smart city technology.
Fremont Mayor Lily Mei said her city is considering using smart technology to upgrade some of the city's signaling on the street to improve transportation and mobility so that people will feel safer in their communities.
"Smart city technology yielded many opportunities, and we want to be part of the change," she said.
"I think that not implementing the smart cities technology is kind of (like) saying I'm going to stick my head in the sand and wait for the world to pass."
Mei added that embracing the technology means it allows the city authorities to have better opportunities "for our students, for our workforce, for our community to compete for jobs."
With the technology, it's not enough to bring jobs and companies to Fremont, she said. "We need to ensure that they see they are successful and thrive."
Mei said the smart city technology has made her city more welcome to hi-tech companies, adding that U.S. top electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Inc. is having an expansion project in Fremont.
"We've had a lot of different companies that are building the logistics behind these manufacturers. And we have also a very exciting opportunity where Facebook is coming now to build their anchor campus" in Fremont, she said.
She disclosed that Facebook is going to construct 15 buildings covering an area of 1 million square feet (about 92,903 square meters) in northern Fremont.
Mei and Nagy were attending the IEEE summit as local government officials to connect with leading IEEE members, senior executives of Silicon Valley hi-tech companies, experts and scholars from universities of the United States, Britain, Germany, Japan, Australia and China, who shared their expertise and experience in extensive discussions over the latest developments in smart cities, business models, future challenges and visions for making smart cities a reality.
The summit also opened panels and workshops on smart city and big data, blockchain technology for tomorrow, future AI and machine learning, empowerment of cities, and the smart city technology to build sustainable, green and happy communities.