Cincinnati and Philadelphia moving ahead with smart city projects
Plenty of cities are pushing through small-scale projects in order to eventually create a utopian ‘smart city’ – more than 175 cities around the world, according to Navigant Research – and now Cincinnati and Philadelphia are getting behind their own projects for smarter applications and greater Wi-Fi accessibility respectively. The City of Cincinnati yesterday issued a request for qualifications around the deployment of Wi-Fi, or wireline broadband systems, throughout the city, defining it as ‘smart cities initiative phase one’. The document, available here, defines Cincinnati’s vision of what truly makes a city – its city – ‘smart’.
“To Cincinnati, a ‘smart city’ means one that puts its infrastructure and other assets to work in collaboration with private industry to make ubiquitous, high-speed broadband internet access available and affordable to our residents and businesses,” the document explains. “We see the proliferation of wired and wireless connections as the ignition for economic growth, a means to improve public safety, a tool to power efficient governance, and the bridge to span the digital divide. “We have a vision that we want to achieve for our citizens, and now we’re looking for innovators, builders and doers who can make that vision a reality,” the report adds. “The collaboration starts now.”
Meanwhile, Philadelphia was one of five cities chosen last month by the Smart Cities Council to ‘develop a roadmap for applying smart technologies to further innovation, inclusion and investment within their cities’. From more than 130 original cities, Philadelphia was chosen alongside Austin, Indianapolis, Miami, and Orlando. “We have been building a coalition of city, community, business and educational institutions. They are all enthused and ready to help with smart city projects focused on the built environment, telecommunications and basic public services like water,” said Jim Kenney, mayor of Philadelphia at the time. “We know the technology behind us is important for our citizens and businesses alike, and the expertise that the Smart Cities Council brings will help us realise those opportunities.”
As reported by GCN, Philadelphia CIO Charles Brennan said the application process revealed a variety of siloed projects within the city, from smart traffic light sensors to data-infused water meters. One US city which has launched a couple of projects in this area is San Diego. The city is working with Current, powered by GE, for an IoT-enabled sensor platform, as well as introducing its Climate Action Plan, enabling sustainability initiatives such as water conversation and improving air quality.