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It is quite obvious that divisive forces continue to seek to tear at the fabric of democracy
everywhere, they also continue to utilize any and every means to suppress the fundamental right to vote of millions of Americans mainly in the minority communities.
Staying silent and not speaking out against this apparent abuse is analogous to turning our backs on millions of Americans who are being shoved out of our democracy. Allowing those in positions of power to abuse the aspirations that are enshrined in our founding documents is no longer acceptable.
As the Republican candidate for governor in Georgia continues to use his position as Secretary of State to suppress the registration of tens of thousands of voters, most of them African Americans, this represents a distrustful abuse of his position of power to gain an advantage over his Democratic opponent.
Likewise, voter suppression is quite apparent in North Dakota, where a lower court, with the blessing of the Supreme Court, actually ruled the state can demand voters produce proof of residence before voting, a ruling that effectively disenfranchises thousands of Native Americans living on reservations. North Dakota happens to be the state where the Senate election six years ago was decided by less than 3,000 votes, this restrictive voter ID law will likely be a deciding factor in this year’s close race.
Although most states, including Florida and Georgia, have restored voting rights to people convicted of felonies after they’ve completed their sentences, in those two states officials are currently tempering with individual voting rights trying to prevent those individuals from ever voting, even after they have served their time and paid their debt to society.
Regrettably, this voter suppression effort disproportionately impacts African Americans and other minorities. According to the “ Sentencing Project” report, for a research conducted in four states( Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia,) in 2016, more than one in five African Americans and other minorities were disenfranchised.
The Ideal Thing Is For Smart City Initiatives To Also Provision To Capitalize Awesomely By Leveraging Big Data And IoT
Designing future-focused smart-city initiatives must include a redundant sensor network
along with smart Wi-Fi connectivity to adequately cover the target area. Likewise, you must leverage data to ease decision-making and in making effective predictions to ensure that your smart city initiative is future-proof.
Effective and efficient initiatives must include tight collaboration between the municipality, internet provider, data provider, as well as other crucial players. Crucial infrastructures must include smart WiFi access points, smart lighting and video nodes as well as smart kiosks, toward laying a redundant foundation on which the city can begin to collect data on users’ behaviors.
Building a solid foundation for smart city infrastructure will enable city leaders to be able to solve more problems in the most effective manners. The best thing is to provision for future-proof architecture. Once the technology figures out how to measure the heartbeat of the city, then it can be shown in the data where that heartbeat is showing arrhythmia. If you can figure that out, you can get your cardiologist involved earlier rather than later.
Implementing a Real-Time Lab
The best entrepreneurial component of a Smart City initiative must include a sophisticated platform that includes a real-time Lab in which innovators can create solutions within the smart city framework. A real-time lab has many benefits, which include attracting new solutions to persistent city problems, enabling real-time testing as well as commercializing technologies that are suitable to city dwellers. After your project come into fruition, tech firms and other cities in your region and/or country can use this smart city as a testbed for other smart city applications or projects.
Likewise, the real-time lab can also serve as an economic development initiative that will attract companies from all over the world. Specific areas of focus can be transportation, public safety, infrastructure, water and energy, and beyond….
This presents a good opportunity to showcase this smart city initiative as a model that can be emulated with minor customization.
Sensors’ cost reduction
One important factor to consider is determining how to significantly reduce sensor costs, which may entail transforming the city’s existing traffic cameras into sensors themselves for the Smart City, thereby, eliminating the need to purchase new sensors altogether. As with any project, the value of the cost savings will depend on what software vendor(s) is/are chosen.
Analytics can be obtained from video feeds as well as parking and traffic data from sensors that the city is already receiving.
That said, the ultimate goal is to extend the sensor platform throughout the city at a much less expensive proposition.
Municipal kiosks Generating Revenues For The City
Municipal Kiosks with voice-search capability provide convenience as they can offer the passerby with such information as events, restaurants, weather, real-time Smart City data and beyond….
Likewise, smart cities can benefit from kiosk advertising sales through human interactions.
Municipal kioks can also include features, such as games and selfie capabilities, through pedestrian engagements, as well as enabling businesses to post messages in real time, toward generating revenues.
Unlike the new cars that typically start depreciating the minute they are driven off the lot and lose another 10 percent in value during the first year, the right used car enables its owner to drive it and sell it with little loss in equity.
As you may not be able to afford that new luxury car you’ve lusted, purchasing a used vehicle provides you with the flexibility to stretch your budget and save as you get a much better deal than purchasing a new one.
From the produce to the fried chicken as well as the gracious employees, America’s Food Basket Supermarkets is an ideal grocery store. Many shoppers have gotten in the habit of making regular (weekly or daily ) America’s Food Basket Supermarkets visits with their shopping lists to stock their homes with food and supplies.
Organic produce contains fewer pesticides. Organic food is often fresher because it doesn’t contain preservatives that make it last longer. Organic farming is better for the environment. Organically raised animals are NOT given antibiotics, growth hormones, or fed animal byproducts.
When desperate for lunch and pressed for time, go to your nearest America’s Food Basket Supermarkets deli and pick up some fresh cold meats. Try the Boar’s Head Chicken or the Boar’s Head Turkey, two of America’s Food Basket Supermarkets classics.
Just try getting out of America’s Food Basket Supermarkets without picking up something from the baked goods department. It’s just about impossible. We’re big fans of Portuguese and Caribbean breads, bagels, cookies and other delicious offerings that give and give when you’re cooking meals during the week.
Regardless of the continent or region’s foods you’re craving—from the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and North to British to Mexican and everywhere in between—America’s Food Basket Supermarkets has an abundant quantity of imported and internationally inspired products to try.
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Answering consumer needs increasingly means helping them easily procure the items they want and at desirable discounts. Analytics derived from in-store IoT technology can enable grocery stores to instantly target promotions to opted-in customers and increase sales without the creep factor.
With expiration dates being a heavy burden on grocery stores, keeping a tight focus on moving goods out the doors takes center stage. To help spur purchases, grocery stores have to resort to the old strategies of sales and discounts. Likewise, close to 60 percent of grocery shoppers suggest they would buy more if given coupons as a healthy 30 percent are currently using grocery store’s app to get better deals, discounts and price comparisons.
Personalizing ads for and connecting with the customers who are most likely to take advantage of special sales and/or coupon campaigns at the right time can make a huge difference.
That said, combining in-store IoT offerings with analytics, detailed consumer data, beacons, radio-frequency identification (RFID), Wi-Fi as well as CRM can help cast discounting and other time-sensitive marketing campaigns info to customers, thereby, provide a viable solution. To make this possible, customers opt-in by signing up with the store’s app, allowing the retailer to send promotions via notifications or SMS messages and detect where they are in the store. Likewise, retailers can utilize proximity marketing along with in-store digital displays to feature personalized promotional offers as participating consumers approach.
Although some consumers are wary of privacy violations, a great percentage (70 % )of them is generally willing to trade information in exchange for valuable service (discounts, special access, events, services.) With privacy concerned addressed, info ( consumers’ purchasing histories, browsing behaviors, neighborhoods, birthdays and household income ranges, among other factors ) collected on these customers can be analyzed in order to extract actionable insights that can further be used to target the right customers.