KEYNOTE: Passport -- Breaking the Monolith: A Case Study in Starting Over


Brad Powers
Passport, Chief Innovation Officer

Brad Powers is the Chief Innovation Officer at Passport, Inc., a leading smart city and mobility platform that serves over 1,000 U.S. cities. 


It's estimated that somewhere between 25 and 50 million traffic tickets are issued each year. Most of these tickets are issued due to antiquated systems such as physical signage and parking meters. Commuters simply don't know that they are committing a violation.

On the enforcement side, cities struggle to collect revenue from outstanding parking tickets. It's a lengthy and inefficient process that ends up being overly punitive for their residents and expensive to follow through on from the city's perspective.

It doesn't have to be this way. Imagine a smart city ecosystem where there are fewer parking tickets only reserved for those who intentionally disregard the rules, but cities still collect more revenue from the tickets they do issue.

Like most things, the answer to the nationwide parking crisis is coders. What does scaling a smart city API across thousands of cities that all have unique needs and requirements look like? Brad Powers, CTO of a leading smart city and mobility platform, breaks down his technical learnings and offers best practices for developers tackling similar challenges across any industry.