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9 Technologies That Power New York City

From space exploration robotics to subway subsystems, New York has technology to cover everything. Check out some cool examples near the Javits Center, home to Interop New York -- and beyond.
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(Source: Cornell Tech)
(Source: Cornell Tech)

Ah, New York City. If a technology can make it there, it can make it anywhere.

There will be plenty of technologies vying for your attention at Interop New York, our parent company's conference coming up Sept. 29 to Oct. 3. But suppose you step outside the Jacob Javits Convention Center. What technologies will you find powering the city and aiding its citizens and visitors?

New York is a city of big challenges and inventive solutions. Silicon Alley may not quite be on the level of Silicon Valley, but as one of the world's greatest -- who are we kidding? -- the greatest arts, entertainment, and advertising hub, New York has a big say in our digital future -- and the city says it loudly.

New York's technological contributions aren't limited to digital razzle dazzle, however. From robotics and space exploration to 3D printers, New York companies are pioneers.

Technology is also at work on a more down-to-earth level in city government and even under the earth in its legendary subway system. The app stores are bursting with mobile tools to help you get around town by subway, taxi, or private car.

New York is home to excellent institutions of higher education, including technology education, like Cornell Tech, currently building a showcase new campus (pictured above) on Roosevelt Island.

In the following pages, we cover free WiFi to keep you connected, wireless cameras to keep you safe (or perhaps to keep an eye on you), and much more.

Since we're offering this as an Interop preview, we spent a little extra attention on technological wonders related to the area around the convention center. So put on your walking shoes and follow us to the next page. Then register to join us at Interop.

David F. Carr oversees InformationWeek's coverage of government and healthcare IT. He previously led coverage of social business and education technologies and continues to contribute in those areas. He is the editor of Social Collaboration for Dummies (Wiley, Oct. 2013) and ... View Full Bio

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User Rank: Ninja
8/20/2014 | 11:33:52 AM
Re: Subway Time app
I really like the free wifi and the market bot store.  I should try to go to NYC more often.  I did notice most parks provide wifi service.  visitors to NYC will find it much more accomodating to their digital needs them.
User Rank: Ninja
8/20/2014 | 9:52:30 AM
Subway Time app
The Subway Time app is funny. there really a schedule? As far as New Yorkers are concerned there is no schedule--they're every few minutes, depending on congestion, time of day and construction.
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