The City of Covington will continue its urban revival with plans to create the foundation of what will become a smart city success story. The city has partnered with Cincinnati Bell to provide free public WiFi to residents as they move about the downtown core. This will likely lead to other smart city projects ranging from parking solutions to smart lighting. Eventually, cities such as Covington, Newport, and Cincinnati can work together on smart regional solutions focused on transit, air quality, and other pressing regional issues. In fact, we are happy to say such conversations are well underway.
This isn't the first time Cincinnati Bell has been on the radar for smart city efforts. You've heard about their success stories and plans at each of the Smart Cincy Summit events, and you have probably tapped into the free public WiFi services across your favorite venues throughout the region from the airport to the Banks to Riverbend. Last year, the company partnered with Nexigen and smartLINK on P3 efforts in Newport aimed at defeating the digital divide. Earlier this year, CBTS hired John Putnam to run their smart cities practice as they continue to pursue public-private-partnerships across the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Region. Now, CBTS has partnered with the City of Covington to keep citizens and businesses connected. (CBTS was also named as one of the shortlisted vendors for the City of Cincinnat's downtown WiFi RFP.)
Jason Praeter, president of Cincinnati Bell's entertainment & communications business, said the project demonstrates the company's "commitment to partnering with civic leaders across the region as we continue our fiber build that supports high-speed, public Wi-Fi networks and Smart City technologies."
There will be a celebration on June 8th in downtown Covington to kick off the connected city effort. Details about that here.
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.
The City of Covington will continue its urban revival with plans to create the foundation of what will become a smart city success story. The city has partnered with Cincinnati Bell to provide free public WiFi to residents as they move about the downtown core. This will likely lead to other smart city projects ranging from parking solutions to smart lighting.
Smart Cincy is grateful to have had Michael Beck - Smart Cincy Advisor and Founder of Code For Kids - as well as Derick Lee - who is from the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) Education Supercluster - lead an afternoon workshop at the second annual Smart Cincy Summit!
Smart Cincy was pleased to have Andrew Bremer (DriveOhio), Robyn Bancroft (OKI Regional Council of Governments), John Gardocki (SORTA), Jiaqi Ma (University of Cincinnati) and Pete Metz (Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce) as speakers for the second annual summit on the panel titled, Smart Cincy: Building the Internet of Transportation.
CINCINNATI – The City of Cincinnati has adopted the 2018 Green Cincinnati Plan (GCP) to make Cincinnati more sustainable, equitable, and resilient. The 2018 GCP marks the third update to the plan, which has helped establish Cincinnati as a national leader in sustainability and an attractive destination for businesses and individuals.
Smart Cincy was pleased to have Mitchell Kominsky (Venture Smarter), Jeremy Faust (5/3 Bank), Nicollette Statton (City of Cincinnati), Oliver Kroner (City of Cincinnati) and Scott Tousley (Department of Homeland Security, Science & Technology) participate in the second annual summit on the panel titled, Resilience: Risk Assessment and Mitigation in Smart Cities & Regions.
DriveOhio, the state's clearinghouse for autonomous vehicle testing and smart technology, plans to include Interstates I-75 between Cincinnati and Dayton and parts of I-275. It's also helping to further Cincinnati's effort to build a test track for driverless shuttles.