By Data-Smart City Solutions • July 24, 2020

REUTERS: ECUADOR'S AMAZON TRIBES TURN TO TECH TO TRACK COVID-19 CASES 

Indigenous people across the world are facing high rates of COVID-19, due to things like structural discrimination and lack of medical/hygenic care. In the Ecuadorian Amazon, Indigenous groups launched a dashboard to monitor and track infections within their communities. By using technology and sharing their data, these groups hope to receive necessary resources for fighting the virus.  

KSL NEWS: HOW ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IS HELPING FIGHT UTAH WILDFIRES 

Wildfires are incredibly destructive and expensive, so finding a way to identify one before it builds and becomes deadly is crucial for rural fire departments. Using artificial intelligence and thermal cameras, firefighters can identify hotspots before flames or smoke are visible to humans. 

GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY: STREETLIGHTS STILL EASIEST ROUTE TO A SMART CITY, EXPERTS SAY 

The current pandemic has forced many cities to alter or downsize their smart city plans. Since cities will need to choose their public technology in a way that maximizes their budgets, many smart tech experts are recommending streetlight projects as one of the easiest yet most impactful items, in no small part because they help reduce energy waste and costs.