Round-table recap: smart cities are safe cities
The tragic mass shooting that took place Saturday at Cameo Nightclub is a jarring reminder of the importance of the smart cities pillar of security. Public safety is now top of mind in Cincinnati, and the Regional Smart Cities Initiative and its supporters must lead the conversation about how technology can make our city a safer place to live and work. To that end:
• We will plan a community town hall that looks at public safety through the lens of smart cities. Our goal will be to educate and engage stakeholders, including public and law enforcement officials, on technology’s role in making our city safer and creating better outcomes;
• Our solutions-oriented approach will include the prioritization of public safety opportunities. We will explore the possibility of leveraging existing resources, including those owned by businesses and private individuals (such as cameras);
• We’ll also harness the power of our city’s start-up and maker communities to brainstorm solutions in managed innovation sessions, such as hackathons;
• Our efforts must project altruism, ie. a selfless desire to make positive changes. The Cameo incident, pedestrians being struck by vehicles, abductions, and heroin overdoses are all areas of concern to varying degrees. We won’t point fingers – we’ll focus on better outcomes as a collaborative.
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The city of Cincinnati has signed an electricity contract with Dynergy Inc. to purchase 100 percent green energy for many city facilities beginning January 2018. Now, all city police and fire stations, health clinics, recreation centers, and other administration buildings -- including City Hall -- will be powered by renewable energy through at least 2021.
On Monday, December 4th, Cincinnati leaders meet with Ohio Department of Transportation, Jobs-Ohio, and The Governor’s Office to discuss deploying autonomous vehicle test locations in Cincinnati and making the region smarter using IoT and connected technologies.
“We want to show the public what we are already doing and what we could be doing,” says Huhn. “Smart city initiatives will improve social mobility, drive economic growth and make the region a more desirable place to live and work.”
Cincinnati is no stranger to smart cities or innovation in government. Smart Cincy and Venture Smarter are proud to host Smart Cities Day at Cincinnati Startup Week. Cincinnati Startup Week is a week long event presented by Techstars and Startup Cincy.
Happy Birthday to our friends at Cincy Red Bike! Congrats on nearly 300,000 rides in 3 years! We were excited to welcome leaders to Smart Cincy this summer from more than 12 state DOT's and USDOT - all riding Red Bikes!
Impact Ohio announced their agenda for the Cincinnati event on October 5th. Among the panel topics, Smart Cities will be put front and center as technology, policies, and regional planning conversations will feature a lineup of active Smart City supporters