Is Arizona falling behind on the smart cities movement?

By Serena Zhang | AZBigMedia

The United States will be the largest market for Smart City technologies this year, with spending forecast to reach $22 billion, according to a report by the International Data Corporation 

Arizona is catching on to the trend with new high-tech installations and contracts underway, though critics say the activity is not happening fast enough. 

Yuma and Phoenix started to implement plans this year, using data analytics and emerging Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to tackle many of the problems of urban life. 

The Yuma City Council approved a $3.7 million-dollar project with Siemens Industry that would convert 8,000 of the city’s street lights to LEDs. It also signed a contract with anyCOMM Holdings Corp., which would invest $10 million in Yuma in piloting the company’s smart city technology. 

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