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Skip Descant

Staff Writer

Skip Descant writes about smart cities, the Internet of Things, transportation and other areas. He spent more than 12 years reporting for daily newspapers in Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and California. He lives in downtown Sacramento.

It's not just the major metropolises. Small cities can also benefit from technology, but sometimes struggle with fitting the right tech for their needs, along with antiquated procurement processes.
Watchers of micromobility are seeing closer partnerships and collaborations between scooter and bike-share operators and other providers of mobility services such as public transit and ride-hailing.
The SmartCityPHL project in Philadelphia is a partnership among the city, Comcast and US Ignite that aims to help collect real-time data related to air quality, weather, transportation and more.
Regional government organizations in Sacramento, Calif., and Denver have taken an oversight and data collection role around micromobility operations, showing that they are well positioned to navigate these planning efforts.
A connected vehicle project with vehicle-to-everything technology in Georgia will continue a trend in the transportation sector that merges traditional highway infrastructure with digitally connected vehicles.
The state of Michigan and the National Park Service will be partnering on a number of transportation projects to address issues like congestion and parking, as well as increase electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
The Pittsburgh Robotics Network is made up of about 140 organizations, which includes more than 90 commercial robotics businesses, securing the region as a central hub for robotics research and development.
A lithium-ion battery, if managed well, can have a long initial life in an electric vehicle and even a second life for other uses. Battery components should also be recycled to reduce the need for heavy metals mining.
A new interactive map developed by Esri identifies the locations of public electric vehicle charging stations nationwide. The map gives essential information like location and hours of operation.
The headwinds facing electric vehicle adoption range from supply side issues to charging infrastructure. However, EV observers see things gradually moving toward electrification and “transportation-as-a-service” models.