Google’s Sidewalk Labs: Exploring Better City Living

SAN FRANCISCO — Sidewalk Labs will help lay the foundation for real-time oversight of civic activities and resources through sensors, software, and ubiquitous connectivity. It will be Google's path to smart city projects.

The Internet of Things turns out to be more than merely connecting things to the Internet. Politics, economics, and technology must be aligned before we can truly connect devices.

Yet to continue to grow, Google must make more connections, beyond the markets it already touches, where connections require finesse. Toward that end, it has launched Sidewalk Labs, a company focused on better urban living.

To a hammer, everything is a nail. To an Internet technology firm like Google, everything is connected, or should be.

“Sidewalk [Labs] will focus on improving city life for everyone by developing and incubating urban technologies to address issues like cost of living, efficient transportation, and energy usage,” said Google CEO Larry Page in a post on Google+.

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