3M Czech Republic and the Embassy’s Commercial Service organized a “Smart Cities” seminar followed by a networking reception at the Residence of the U.S. Ambassador on December 2, 2014.
3M presented a wide variety of technical solutions for the public sector, including electronic monitoring and tolls systems, and personal communicators. U.S. Ambassador Andrew H. Shapiro, Global Government Marketing Leader Dr John Pournoor, and Managing Director of 3M Czech Republic Radoslaw Kaskiewicz delivered remarks.
3M Smart Cities is an innovative program, aimed at improving the lifes of city dwellers. Our cities are getting larger and larger, creating problem for people. The Smart Cities includes solutions on how to improve city transportation, security, the environment, water supplies, and communications infrastructure.
The company is very well known, because their products are in daily use by everyone. The company produces over 55, 000 products, perhaps the best-known being the Post –It, or sticky note. Their wide variety of products range from health appliances, to graphics for the automobile and from industry, technical solutions to digital documents.
3M was founded in 1902 at the Lake Superior town of Two Harbors, Minn. Five businessmen set out to mine a mineral deposit for grinding-wheel abrasives. But the deposits proved to be of little value, and the new Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co. quickly moved to nearby Duluth to focus on sandpaper products.
In the 1950s, 3M introduced the Thermo-Fax™ copying process, Scotchgard™ Fabric Protector, videotape, Scotch-Brite™ Cleaning Pads and several new electro-mechanical products.
In 1980, 3M introduced Post-it® Notes, which created a whole new category in the marketplace and changed people’s communication and organization behavior forever. 3M scientists developed a break-through, an ultra-compact LED-illuminated projection engine in 2008 for integration in personal electronic devices. Other successes, this time in health care, followed.
Today, 3M is a major American multinational company, operating in over 65 countries around the world.