N.Y. State Comptroller Report Examines the Risks of Smart Cities
- Drones used by police, sheriff and fire departments – as well as by non-public safety agencies in myriad ways – to assess damage from floods and natural disasters, to monitor construction and to inspect infrastructure in remote areas.
- Advanced water sensors which can detect leaks or broken lines and better meters that allow for more accurate reading and billing;
- Interactive school technologies, including:
- Parent portals that provide information about grades and assignments and facilitate direct communication with teachers;
- Notification systems that send urgent information via text or email; and
- Document sharing programs that enable students to work together and submit assignments online.
- Bike sharing programs which use phone apps and GPS to provide an alternative to driving and a recreational activity in downtown areas; and
- Vehicle-to-infrastructure technology where devices can be tuned to alert drivers to traffic, road construction and other hazards.
DiNapoli warned that local government leaders should be prepared to systematically address the heightened need for cybersecurity, particularly concerning smart infrastructure devices and related data, the report concludes.