Greg McNeal participates in U.S. Conference of Mayors Meeting

January 30, 2017 | By Kylie Larkin — Professor Greg McNeal participated in a panel discussion on “Using Drones to Keep Our Cities Smart and Safe” at the U.S. Conference of Mayors 85th Annual Meeting.  The conference was held on January 17-19, in Washington, D.C.

Via the conference agenda:

“Using Drones to Keep Our Cities Smart and Safe”

Keeping our cities safe and leveraging smart technologies go hand in hand. One such technology is the use of drones. Drones have the potential to change the way local government delivers city services, particularly as their technology advances. Could drones transform firefighting, environmental monitoring, and disaster management? How might we ensure cities have local authority to determine how this technology can best be used to serve residents and improve service delivery? Privacy is critical; how do we address data concerns? What opportunities arise as the job market transforms due to these innovations? In addition, we will also hear about an exciting national partnership born in San Francisco that is expanding across the country to help transform innovation in cities.

The other panelists were FAA Administrator Michael Huerta; San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee; Mesa, Arizona Mayor John Giles; and City Innovate Foundation CEO & President Kamran Saddique.

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