As it builds a downtown fiber network, Cincinnati is laying the foundation for improved traffic management and other smart city initiatives, as well as offering the kind of communications infrastructure necessary to further grow the region’s economic development efforts.
“I think it will make our downtown footprint that much more attractive to existing businesses, and people who want to live downtown, as well as businesses that are not currently located in Cincinnati that may say, ‘you know, because you’ve got the power there, and you’ve got the fiber, it would be advantageous for us to look at Cincinnati,’” said Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black.
The city is installing 20,000 feet of fiber-optic cable around the central business district, while also bisecting the area with another line of cable. The nearly $9 million project is structured as four separate conduits with two of those being dedicated to municipal needs and the other two available to the private sector.
“So with the other two, we’re going to build it and look for ways to monetize them,” Black explained.
Nicollette Staton from the Office of Data and Performance Analytics will lead a hands-on workshop on CincyInsights – what’s there, what’s new and what’s upcoming.
The panel session on autonomous transportation systems at the Ohio Conference on Freight - aptly labeled "Rise of the Robots" - considered current and expected impacts of technology on “human” employment and future workforce needs.
This past week Smart Cincy partners, Venture Smarter and the University of Cincinnati (UC), were joined by representatives from Drive Ohio, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), and the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) for the Ohio Conference on Freight hosted by the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI).
The City of Cincinnati is excited to announce the launch of ‘OpenCincy,’ a new user-friendly online tool developed to guide small business owners and prospective entrepreneurs through the process for opening or expanding operations in Cincinnati.
Smart911 is now available in Cincinnati. This system automatically sends additional crucial information to 911 call takers & 1st responders in emergency situations. However, you have to sign up to participate.
By 2030, the population in Cincinnati will have grown by 11%. A group of local leaders is focused on painting a picture for a more efficient and resilient future by proposing the development of 2030 Districts downtown, and eventually, across the region so that Cincinnati is well positioned for future growth.
Is the Greater Cincinnati region prepared to respond to a changing climate? How are other cities making sure they are resilient in the face of extreme weather events? On June 15, at the 4th annual Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit, 350 attendees explored how local municipalities, businesses and peer regions are adapting to climate change and other environmental challenges.
Dr. Jiaqi Ma (University of Cincinnati), Mark Policinski (Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments), Jim Barna (DriveOhio), and Zack Huhn (Venture Smarter, Regional Smart Cities Initiative) joined WVXU in there latest “Cincinnati Edition” to discuss why Ohio could be a leader in autonomous vehicle technology and how advances in smart mobility could affect our daily lives.
CINCINNATI – An international consulting firm is in Cincinnati to begin collecting and analyzing data for a mobility study that aims to improve how all modes of transportation use the curb space along several of Downtown’s busiest streets.
Building smart and connected communities must include efforts aimed at defeating the digital divide. In Avondale, a traditionally under-served neighborhood in Cincinnati, OH, a woman-owned business has started to ‘light up’ buildings to provide open and free WiFi to residents, students, and businesses across the neighborhood as a part of a dynamic public-private-partnership.