The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our lives. Smart City technologies offer the promise of a more robust economic recovery and enhanced public health, but we need a very public debate before deciding how far we want to go.
Compilation, interpretation and application of data lies at the heart of the Smart City. How much of the current crisis could have been averted if we had earlier access to the data surrounding the contagiousness and morbidity of COVID-19? Technologies that monitor vehicle and pedestrian counts and spacing can confirm whether we are observing social distancing.
Morris Ellison chairs Womble Bond Dickinson’s Smart Cities practice in North America. His practice includes commercial real estate transactions, commercial litigation, tax appeals and economic development. He represents local, national and international investors, lenders, and real estate developers in the development, financing and disposition of commercial properties and other assets as well as entity disputes.