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The challenges of integrating new technology into public-sector solutions and bridging the digital divide were the hot-button issues during a July 13 expert panel on smart cities.

“When technology moves at a pace that the government is not going to move … we are most certainly going to be leaving people behind,” Jeremy Goldberg, Microsoft’s director of Critical infrastructure, said during the virtual even hosted by Protocol.

Blending emerging technologies with the existing infrastructure is the key to sustainably expanding the scope of what smart cities can do, Goldberg said. The panelists largely agreed with the notion that it is not the technology that defines the smart city solution, but the way in which its features can be incorporated into a built environment and how intuitive it is for the public to use.

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