Article: ‘City within a city’: Rome looks to build smartly with high-tech infrastructure

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‘City within a city’: Rome looks to build smartly with high-tech infrastructure

Sensors in your driveway that tell a delivery drone where to drop off your packages.  Streetlights with LED lighting and internet capabilities that allow officials to turn up or turn down the light’s brightness.  Monitored parking areas that send information to an app that lets people know where open spots are. Autonomous vehicles that can sense their environment and travel with little to no human interaction.

All of this may sound like science fiction, but it could soon become a reality in Rome. “Sounds impressive, and it is,” Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. said in his State of the County Address. “To put it in layman’s terms, it’s a wired-for-internet city within a city, that allows community Wi-Fi, smart street lighting and a connected experience that will make cars with no drivers and drone delivery possible right here in Oneida County.”

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