WESTFIELD — Westfield is one of four New Jersey towns that made a Verizon Fios blog’s recent list of “Smart Cities.” The towns were identified by tech blog The Bookmark, a source for tech content and news managed by the company.
“Westfield made the Smart Cities list only because of its use of smart technology in its street lighting,” said Verizon Communications Specialist Sam Carson. “The city was one of Verizon’s partners for a light sensory network through one of its companies, Sensity Systems.”
According to Verizon, the system helps create safe and more energy-efficient environments by linking the lighting to the Internet of Things (IoT), a term The Bookmark uses to describe the billions of internet-connected smart devices that currently make up our lives.
“These internet-connected ‘things’ collect data via sensors and can be used to create innovative solutions to problems like traffic, parking and waste management,” the blog article says.
Westfield was one of the 53 cities named by the tech blog. Currently, “66% of US cities are investing in smart city technology, and 25% are exploring ways to implement it,” according to The Bookmark.