In April, City of Cincinnati leaders convened at the Smart Cincy Summit to discuss smart city growth and collaborations. A week later, the Smart Cincy RFQ submissions were accepted focusing on downtown core connectivity and smart city strategy building. This morning, the shortlist of qualified respondents was released, led by Cincinnati's own Cincinnati Bell or CBTS. The RFQ calls for free public WiFi and Smart City or IoT connectivty solutions throughout Cincinnati's downtown core along the streetcar route. It is believed that phase one is intended to create a foundational layer of connectivty upon which smart city solutions might scale, as the city has already developed an open data exchange and insights platform with Cincy Insights, for which efforts received awards and accolades at the Smart Cincy Summit in April. Phase Two is expected to focus on street furniture to improve the walkability of Cincinnati's urban neghborhoods and bolstering the emerging smart city infrastructure planning.
- Cincinnati Bell
- Cellco Partnership with Verizon
- Macquerie Infrastructure Development
- Chrysalis, or Viaggi.
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