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 thanks Jean Rice (BroadbandUSA, NTIA States Department of Commerce), Jess Kropczynski (University of Cincinnati), John Putnam (Cincinnati Bell), Edita Dolan-Mayo (Powernet) and Leigh Tami (City of Cincinnati) for joining us at the second annual summit to discuss ‘Connecting Smart Cincy: Data-driven decisions to Bridge the Divide.’
Representing Supercluster leadership from National Institute of Standards and Technology's Global City Teams Challenge, Dr. Mo Shakouri will lead the wireless portion of the Smart Planning Workshops. Alongside Dr. Mo Shakouri will be Chief Performance Officer, Leigh Tami and Analytics and Innovation Manager, Nicollette Statton representing the City of Cincinnati's Office of Performance and Data Analytics.
In Cincinnati Public Schools, at least 50% of families live beneath the poverty line and at least 41% of students experience digital divided limitations. As the digital transformation continues its rapid pace, we must ensure everyone has access to devices, networks, and digital literacy training where needed. Not just for k-12 students, but for learners of all ages across the city and region. As we connect and digitize our public services, education systems, facilities, campuses, and roadways with high speed connectivity, we must not leave otherwise disconnected residents (or neighborhoods) behind.
The City of Cincinnati took another step this week on its path to becoming a Smart City. On Thursday, January 11th it released the RFP to four qualified respondents following the Spring 'Smart Cincy RFI' release. The project is titled " DEPLOYMENT OF Wi-Fi AND/OR WIRELINE BROADBAND SYSTEMS THROUGHOUT THE CITY OF CINCINNATI: SMART CITIES INITIATIVE PHASE 1.
"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 collaboration starts now." Scroll down to read a recap and summary of the 26 page document released today meant to act as the foundational layer of smart city planning throughout the City of Cincinnati. Click "View RFQ" to view the entire document from the Entrepreneurship and Education Committee.
Step one in smart city planning is analyzing available data to discover opportunity areas that are immediately addressable. When looking through the lens of smart cities, sometimes data is able to solve problems without deploying any hard solutions but by simply identifying a disparity or solution. Data interoperability and protocols are not yet streamlined, but standards and solutions are in the works. Join us at Smart Cincy Summit on April 25th in Cincinnati, OH to discuss Big Data in Smart Cities, Connected Campuses, and Advanced Facilities.
Attendees of the February round-table included foreign and local public officials, private sector executives, academic leaders, and emerging innovators. Every guest shared the Smart Cincy passion for smarter cities and streamlined solutions that leverage technology to improve our collective quality of life.
Regional Smart Cities leaders have collaborated with municipal, academic, and private sector experts to develop and deploy the first set(s) of municipal smart city standards in the Midwest. Several collaborations made initial testing possible, as connectivity solutions act as the foundational layer of smart city planning.