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This article was originally published by Maya Scheyer, Vice President of Global Business Development, viisights on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities Today News.

Local governments worldwide are tackling varied and pressing challenges, from reducing pollution and making roads safer to ensuring public safety and helping the local economy recover from COVID-19 shutdowns

While their goals are people-driven rather than profit-oriented, cities must manage funds transparently and prudently to ensure public money is spent wisely and to deliver a clear return on investment (ROI) for budget-holders and residents.

Sweat your assetsSo how can a city official best demonstrate ROI? A multi-pronged cost-benefit analysis is required.

Streamlined spending is critical. Managers in local government must prioritise solutions that make the most of existing infrastructure and maximise the return on previous investments. Streetlighting, for example, is a popular platform for a range of smart city services well beyond illumination. These include air quality sensing, traffic counting and gunshot detection. Waste bins are an emerging area for gathering data and housing telco infrastructure. A key reason for this is the ubiquity and essential nature of these systems.

CCTV can deliver similar benefits. Globally, there are already 770 million CCTV cameras in use, and almost half of these are outside China, with the US, Asia and Europe being key markets. Spurred by public safety drives, investment continues and by the end of this year, the total number of cameras worldwide could reach 1 billion.

Despite the significant investment cities have made in CCTV, they are not reaping the full advantages and are usually only using these networks to a fraction of their capabilities.

For example, most camera systems are used to investigate incidents after they have happened. Becoming proactive and even predictive is far more beneficial but becomes too challenging for staff as the number of cameras and amount of data increases.

Video analytics make CCTV systems much more effective without the need to invest in additional staffing. The most advanced of these systems use artificial intelligence to flag events of interest in real-time, such as fighting and violence, traffic collisions or COVID safety issues.

Opt for multifunctional tools

Public space is at a premium and cities also need to minimise ‘systems spaghetti’ caused by too many technologies which don’t interoperate.

To maximise investment, it’s essential to choose multifunctional tools which apply to a long tail of use cases.

For example, a wide range of point solutions are available which address specific issues such as road safety, litter, fire detection, violence reduction and transport hub monitoring. However, taking a siloed approach and procuring all of these individually results in duplication of effort and budget, as well as complexity. Further, as the pandemic has shown, new and unexpected use cases can emerge at any time.

In light of COVID-19 and based on the needs of city leaders, we updated our algorithms at viisights to detect adherence to mask-wearing and social distancing rules, and indoor and outdoor occupancy measurements.

Sophisticated context analysis means that the system can detect if someone isn’t wearing a mask but will only generate an alert if other people are around. This frees up staff time and ensures a proportionate response.

Capture revenue and efficiencies

The most flexible systems can also help cities capture lost revenue that is usually too expensive or time-consuming to recover.

Video analytics on camera networks can automatically detect parking violations, risky traffic behaviour or illegal rubbish dumping. In line with cities’ privacy goals, these solutions don’t use licence plate or facial recognition. Instead, real-time alerts are sent so city staff can investigate and issue fines if necessary, enabling them to use their time as effectively as possible.

Similarly, the efforts of security staff and emergency workers can be optimised using real-time intelligence from camera data. Operations centre staff are notified of events of interest rather than constantly scanning. Behavioural analysis provides additional context about the situation, such as how many people are present, confirmation that there is a fight rather than people hugging, and details of the severity of a traffic accident, including whether there is a fire or signs of someone moving.

When looking for solutions, opt for those which are adaptable as your needs change – for instance, services that are priced by the number of features enabled allow you to tailor the solution to your requirements without paying for things that you don’t need.

Further, look for providers that understand cities’ specific budgeting needs. For example, software licences of one to five years or a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model allow local governments to balance costs and demonstrate ROI to budget-holders.

Use pilots to show improvements in quality of life

The biggest ROI outcomes of smart city investments often can’t be measured by a dollar amount but are no less valuable. Examples range from saving lives through better monitoring and managing roads or getting to accidents or fires faster, to increasing citizen satisfaction by reducing litter and ensuring people feel safe in public spaces.

An initial way to demonstrate these benefits is to run a pilot – a short, controlled trial of just one or two months can show what a solution can do for your city. Companies that specialise in working with local governments recognise the importance of minimising risk and demonstrating ROI so should be happy to organise a pilot programme as part of the procurement process.

Cities are increasingly using challenge-based innovation to match their needs with potential solutions, offering the opportunity for innovative companies to take part in pilots outside formal procurement processes.

Communicate

An ongoing feedback loop helps demonstrate transparency and trust with residents. This includes keeping people informed on city investments and deployments, giving them input where possible and providing regular updates on the outcomes and value that technology is delivering.


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iOS 14.7.1 now available with fix for Apple Watch unlock bug

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Apple rolled out iOS 14.7.1 to the public on Monday — exactly one week after iOS 14.7 debuted. This is a minor update that addresses a bug that was introduced in iOS 14.7. As Apple noted, iOS 14.7 “affects the ability of iPhone models with Touch ID to unlock Apple Watch.” Once the update has been applied, this issue should be resolved, and everything should unlock correctly.

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Which devices work with iOS 14.7.1?

If you’re wondering whether or not your device is compatible with iOS 14.7.1 or iPadOS 14.7.1, here’s a full list below with every compatible device. If your device is there, you’re good to go:

  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE (1st generation)
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • iPod touch (7th generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Air 2

Here is Apple’s full list of release notes for iOS 14.7:

  • MagSafe Battery Pack support for iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • Apple Card Family adds the option to combine credit limits and share one co-owned account with an existing Apple Card user
  • Home app adds the ability to manage timers on HomePod
  • Air quality information is now available in Weather and Maps for Canada, France, Italy, Netherlands, South Korea, and Spain
  • Podcasts library allows you to choose to see all shows or only followed shows
  • Share playlist menu option missing in Apple Music
  • Dolby Atmos and Apple Music lossless audio playback may unexpectedly stop
  • Battery service message that may have disappeared after reboot on some iPhone 11 models is restored
  • Braille displays could show invalid information while composing Mail messages

How to download and install iOS 14.7.1

Installing a new update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is an incredibly simple process. Navigate to Settings > General > Software Update and then tap “Download and Install” at the bottom of that page. If you prefer, you can also install the update through iTunes by connecting your iOS device to a computer. Whichever method you choose, just make sure to back up your device before installing an update so that you don’t risk losing any of your data during the procedure.

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This pro-grade 4K camera drone is $430 at Amazon, and it beats $800+ rivals

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Do you want a professional-grade quadcopter drone from a big-name brand? Sadly, it can easily set you back $1,000 or even more. At best, you’re going to spend $800 if you want decent features and a 3-axis gimbal. That’s one of several reasons why we’re such big fans of the Potensic Dreamer Pro. It’s a relatively new model from a popular brand with a 4K camera and a 3-axis gimbal. Plus, it can easily go toe-to-toe with drones in the $800-$1,000+ range. But instead of having to pay $1,000 or more, this quadcopter retails for a fraction of that sky-high price.

That’s especially true right now, thanks to a surprisingly good deal you can take advantage of for a limited time. Amazon has a coupon you can clip today that will slash the Dreamer Pro from $460 to $429.99. That’s about half what you’ll pay for a comparable drone from the top brand in the quadcopter market. How awesome is that?!

Anyone who knows anything at all about drones can probably name the go-to pro-grade quadcopter drone for amateurs and professionals on a budget. You also know that it costs $800 minimum. It’s a high-quality quadcopter with pretty much all the key features you need. That includes a 4K camera that captures stunning video. Plus, you get a 3-axis gimbal that stabilizes video and still images captured during flight. On top of that, intelligent software and flight features round out the experience.

It should go without saying that not everyone has an extra $800 lying around. Especially not that they’re willing to spend on a drone, no matter how great it is. If you’re looking for a terrific alternative that checks all the same main boxes for much less money, you’ve definitely come to the right place.

Potensic’s Dreamer Pro offers professional-grade quality and features at a fraction of what you’d pay for a comparable model from other companies. You get 28 minutes of flight time per charge, plus a stunning 4K camera with a high-quality Sony sensor. Additionally, you’ll get a 3-axis gimbal for outstanding video and image stabilization. On top of all that, the Dreamer Pro is packed full of smart features that will help with any content you might be shooting. One example is a “follow me” mode that tracks moving objects and people. There’s also a circle mode that flies in a perfect circle around any center point. Path mode lets you draw out a flight pattern the drone will fly on its own. Also, this drone has an impressive 2-kilometer transmission range and so much more.

This excellent Potensic drone is absolutely on par with the market leader and other quadcopters that fall into the $800 – $1,200 price range, yet the Potensic Dreamer Pro 4K camera drone with 3-axis gimbal retails for just $460. That’s about half the price of comparable models from leading brands. Head over to Amazon and pick one up now, however, and you can save an extra $30 thanks to the clippable coupon. You definitely don’t want to miss out on this great deal.

Potensic Dreamer Pro 4K camera drone with 3-axis gimbal Price:$429.99 Buy Now Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission

Here are the main takeaways you need to know about:

  • The 4K camera with a 1/3-inch SONY CMOS sensor and the 3-axis gimbal combine capture stunning video that is stable and free from shakes and jitters
  • Capture and record aerial footage or stream live to your smartphone with a transmission range of up to 1.24 miles
  • Potensic’s exclusive PowerAC dynamic system creates bursts of 3x power that are great for tricks
  • Advanced stabilization system makes it easy to fly smoothly in still conditions or with a light breeze
  • Includes a 32GB SD card and a special carrying case

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This stimulus program gets you up to $25,000, but no one seems to know about it

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One of many extraordinary steps the federal government took to combat the coronavirus pandemic, in addition to approving billions of dollars in direct cash payments to Americans, was a temporary ban on the eviction of renters. Additionally, more than one emergency coronavirus relief bill passed by Congress included billions in stimulus rental assistance. Unfortunately, though, there’s evidence that enough Americans still don’t seem to be aware of that fact.

For example, both the stimulus bill that President Biden signed in March and the one President Trump signed in December set aside a total of $46.6 billion in emergency rental assistance stimulus aid. However, a mere $1.5 billion of that was reportedly paid out in June. The stimulus checks certainly have sky-high awareness among members of the public. But let’s take a closer look at this effort which too few people still seem to know about.

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Stimulus rental assistance

First, we should note that the national ban on evictions is set to end on July 31. Meaning, they can resume as normal after that.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition maintains a list of a few hundred rental assistance programs around the country that can help get a chunk of the federal rental assistance stimulus money to people who need it. Generally, you have to be a renter who’s having a hard time paying your rent and/or your utility bills because of the pandemic. Perhaps, for example, the pandemic caused you to lose your job.

The way this funding is supposed to work is that it’s distributed to people in need by over 400 local and state agencies. The problem, however, is that while the problem may be uniform, the response isn’t. For example, all of those agencies in charge of parceling out the stimulus rental assistance have different technology. Many of them also have different staffing levels.

And it’s not clear who ought to be doing a better job of alerting renters to the aid that’s available. Although, what is clear is that someone needs to do so. Because it’s not happening really at all at the moment. Per the Census Bureau, around 7 million households were behind on their rent as of late May. But between April and June, only 550,000 people had received any of this stimulus rental aid.

Additional details

“There is still much further work to do to ensure tenants and landlords take advantage of the historic funding available to help cover rent, utilities, and other housing costs and keep people in their homes,” the US Treasury department said in a recent news release.

Here are some examples of the kind of stimulus rental assistance that’s available. Be aware that things are pretty different from one state to the next. And your local or state housing agency should be consulted from benefits that apply in your area. In Illinois, the state’s Housing Developing Authority is overseeing the administration of $1.5 billion in rental assistance. There, tenants and landlords can apply for grants of up to $25,000 to cover as many as 15 months of rent payments between June of last year through August of this year.

Texas, meanwhile, has been offering help with unpaid rent and utilities going as far back as March 13, 2020. Use the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s website to start a search for the housing authority nearest you. That’s where you’ll apply for this funding.

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