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Denver, Colorado is one of the fastest growing tech hubs in the United States. While it’s no Silicon Valley, yet, it’s emerging as a startup haven for all sorts of tech companies.

Hailing from Denver, it’s an awesome time to live there and be involved in the startup community. At CES 2016, Panasonic announced its partnering with Denver to transform the city into one of the first smart cities in North America.

Let’s look at what this partnership between Denver and Panasonic means not just for Colorado but for the rest of the United States as smart technology takes over every aspect of our lives.

Panasonic Partners with Denver, Colorado

Panasonic was joined by Denver, Colorado Mayor Michael Hancock for the announcement at its press conference at CES 2016. During the announcement, Panasonic pledged to turn Denver into a “smart city.” By working closely with the city, and its infrastructure, Panasonic believes it can help transform Denver into an energy efficient hub that other cities in North America and the world can follow.

For decades, Panasonic has been known as a consumer-facing company. Now, it’s shift is towards government-based products throughout the world with its partnership in Denver being the first step in what it believes is the smart city of tomorrow.

The partnership will focus on the sprawling Denver International Airport (DIA), the largest airport per square mileage in the United States. It’s the 4th busiest airport in the US, along with being a hub for major airlines such as Southwest and United.

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Panasonic will implement cutting-edge solar technology, tele-medicine tech, along with traffic management and security at the airport and surrounding areas. They’ve also partnered with Pena Station NEXT and neighborhood development to turn it into a “smart neighborhood.”

To learn more about the smart city revolution, check out Panasonic’s website here.

Conclusion

Living in Denver, I’ll be following the developments between the city and Panasonic closely, hoping to offer exclusive coverage as changes are put into place to make this smart city possible.

I’m excited to see what Panasonic can do for Denver and how this will change cities across the globe. If Denver can slowly be turned into a smart city, there’s no telling what the Internet of Things can do next in larger cities across the globe.

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