Atlanta case study: Smart cities need smart utilities

Atlanta case study: Smart cities need smart utilities

Electric utilities and cities share a unique alignment - their success is collaborative, cooperative and indelibly linked.


Find out how this is working in the City of Atlanta, where the City works closely with Georgia Power, the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, through a unique partnership to deliver benefits for citizens.


Attend this roundtable to share your ideas and insights, ask your peers questions and understand:


1. The City of Atlanta’s smart city goals, successes and challenges so far

2. How the City of Atlanta and Georgia Power are pioneering new ways to fund smart cities and showcasing the shift towards outcome-based approaches

3. How Georgia Power & the City of Atlanta collaborate and what other cities/utilities can learn from this partnership

4. What has been learned so far from Georgia Power and the City of Atlanta’s pilot of 200 LED streetlights as an IoT sensor platform – and how this is contributing to city goals around mobility, public safety, sustainability and more

5. What’s next for the City of Atlanta and Georgia Power


If you work for a city or state government in North America and are in Atlanta for Smart City Expo, then why not join us for this lunchtime round table? This event takes place directly opposite the Expo and requires just 90mins of your time.


Register Here Registration is free, however applications will be approved by an event curator to ensure it’s a balanced roundtable.

Agenda for the Day:


Our roundtables always start with a mixture of networking with other cities representatives combined with a buffet style lunch. We then start proceedings with a short introduction from our SmartCitiesWorld editor followed by a scene setter - which will be led by the CTO of City of Atlanta and Georgia Power. The floor is then open for discussions which is curated by the SmartCitiesWorld editor.


After the roundtable there is further networking or delegates can walk across to Smart City Expo - which is a 3 minute walk. The timetable is as follows:


12pm – 12.30pm: Registration, Lunch & Networking


12.30pm – 12.40pm: Welcome, Introductions


12.40pm – 1.25pm: General Discussion on challenges


1.25pm – 1.30pm: Summary


1.30pm onwards: Networking or return to Smart City Expo


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Venue: 100 CNN Center, Atlanta, Georgia. 30303 (next to the Georgia World Congress Center)

Venue: 100 CNN Center, Atlanta, Georgia. 30303 (next to  the Georgia World Congress Center)
Introduction and scene setter

Roundtable Discussions

In advance of the roundtable, SmartCitiesWorld's will provide all guests with a preview of its latest City Profile report - which focuses on Atlanta. Sarah Wray, Editor of SmartCitiesWorld, will then set the scene for the lunchtime roundtable with a short snap shot of Atlanta's journey towards becoming a smart city.


We will then look at a number of initiatives within Atlanta and discuss the issues, challenges and learning that other cities can take away.


Delegates will have a chance to give their own views and to ask questions throughout this session - making it as interactive as possible!

Guest - City of Atlanta

Guest - City of Atlanta

Name: Tye Hayes

Title: CTO

Company: City of Atlanta








Tye Hayes is an IT veteran who brings to her role experience in both the private and public sectors. She joined as the CTO for the City of Atlanta in December 2018


In her previous roles, Hayes was the deputy chief information officer for Atlanta Public Schools for most of 2014. Her resume also includes stints as information security/privacy officer and program manager with major private-sector companies such as Lockheed Martin and General Electric.

Guest - Christine Primmer

Guest - Christine Primmer

Name: Christine Primmer

Title: Smart Cities Program Manager

Company: Georgia Power







Christine leads Strategy & Business Development for Smart Cities at Georgia Power, which is currently engaged in many initiatives across the state to promote safety, reliability, resiliency and efficiency, and build the “future of energy” in our future cities.


Most recently, Georgia Power, in partnership with AT&T and Current by GE, is leading a pilot within the City of Atlanta to deploy Intelligent Infrastructure sensors on existing assets to enable applications in public safety, mobility, and environmental sustainability.


Prior to Georgia Power, Christine was a Principal at SJF Ventures where she focused on smart cities sectors like energy, transportation, and industrial innovations.

Guest - Austin Ashe

Guest - Austin Ashe

Name: Austin Ashe

Title: Co-Founder and General Manager, Intelligent Cities

Company: Current, powered by GE






Austin Ashe is the Co-Founder and General Manager of GE Intelligent Cities. In this role, he leads the sales, marketing, alliances, and engineering teams required to deliver the world’s most advanced IoT sensor platform for cities, CityIQ. This open, cutting edge IoT technology enables scalable smart city applications that address a multitude of existing challenges and prepare cities for future growth.


Prior to being appointed General Manager, Austin led global product management and sales, where his team sold the World’s largest IoT sensor platform to the City of San Diego. Austin has held multiple roles within the past 10 years at GE, including LED Driver Global Product Manager, Regional Sales Manager, Government Relations Operations Manager, Cross-GE Business sales leader, Area Sales Manager (GE Water), and Regional Environmental, Health, & Safety leader (GE Water).




Name: Sarah Wray

Title: Editor

Company: SmartCitiesWorld








Sarah has many years of experience as a B2B journalist and editor, specialising in technological innovation and its impact in cities.