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San Diego is an innovator in smart sensor technology, but others are quickly catching up. Last week, we reported that the city has partnered with Current by GE to adopt a smart city program whereby smart sensors installed on 3,500 street lamps will collect and disseminate data to citizens and a variety of city departments. The technology has the potential to really revolutionize cities, real estate and development, and already others are taking note. Current by GE has already started working with the Port of San Diego and the City of Portland, as well as Georgia Power.

Cities that own their utility poles are the best candidates for the program. “There are some cities that own their own streetlights and some that do not,” Austin Ashe, co-founder and general manager of Intelligent Cities at Current by GE, tells “San Diego owns all 65,000 of their streetlights, and so it is very easy for them to adopt a program like this. Portland is another city that we just announced is doing a big project with us, and they own their own streetlights.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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