In this interview live from Smart Cities Connect in Washington DC, we had the pleasure of speaking with Richard Herb, the man behind the show. We discussed the key takeaways from the event and explored the exciting future of smart cities.

A Shift Towards Action


This year’s event has been truly remarkable, with a vibrant atmosphere and a sense of excitement in the air. Richard noted that the energy at the event was particularly high. What sets this year apart from previous ones is the shift from exploration to action. The focus has shifted from discussing ideas and possibilities to showcasing tangible products and projects that are ready to scale.

Richard highlighted the progress made by cities like Memphis and Philadelphia, who are already implementing large-scale projects such as smart lighting and street lighting. It is encouraging to see cities transitioning from pilot projects to full-scale implementations.

With the increasing number of devices and data points in smart cities, the future looks incredibly promising. Richard emphasized that we are no longer talking about thousands of devices, but tens of thousands and even millions. The potential for innovation and improvement is vast.

As we look ahead to the future, the focus shifts to the upcoming Smart Cities Connect event in Raleigh. Richard expressed his excitement about the event and the overwhelming interest and demand it has already generated. The collaborative spirit in Raleigh is unparalleled, and Richard believes it will serve as an example to the nation on how to effectively implement smart city solutions.

The Smart Cities Connect event in Washington DC has been a resounding success, with a strong emphasis on action and scalability. The shift towards implementing real-world projects is a significant milestone in the development of smart cities.

As we look towards the future, the potential for smart cities is limitless. With the increasing number of devices and the collaborative spirit in cities like Raleigh, we can expect to see even greater advancements in the field of smart city technology.

Thank you for joining us on this journey, and we hope to see you at the next Smart Cities Connect event in Raleigh!