Queens may be a New York City borough, but it has smart city ambitions. The densely populated district aims to become a "smart borough" through an initiative that emphasizes tech and infrastructure modernization.
The effort is led by Queens President Donovan Richards Jr., who was elected last year, and his staff. Its key focal areas include connectivity, mobility, sustainability and the future of work, said Rhonda Binda, Queens deputy borough president.
Binda suggests that boroughs need their own strong infrastructure to successfully integrate into the city's broader plan. In addition, NYC's smart city efforts tend to center on Manhattan and often do not provide comprehensive inclusion of the other boroughs, she said.
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