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NC town builds IoT center of excellence

Cary, N.C., will be collaborating with local analytics company SAS Institute and Sematech to build a Center of Excellence dedicated to facilitating the development and deployment of edge-to-cloud internet-of-things solutions for real world challenges local residents face and that other municipalities can replicate.

Previously, SAS and Cary worked to address stormwater flooding by installing IoT sensors that sent alerts when water levels hit a certain threshold. The gauges sent minute-by-minute information to an Azure cloud, and Cary officials used SAS Analytics to glean insights from real-time and historical data and predict what areas might flood. In 2020, the project was selected for a Government Innovation Award.

Sematech’s LoRa device-to-cloud platform will provide a long-range, low-power solution for the city’s IoT applications, and SAS’ IoT analytics platform will simplify the development of IoT solutions to help minimize the city’s environmental footprint and reduce waste.

"This partnership represents an exciting new chapter in our IoT journey," Cary CIO Nicole Raimundo said. "We believe that IoT technology has amazing potential to streamline services, making us more agile and responsive. It will help us continue to meet citizen needs in surprising new ways."

“The Center of Excellence will be a leading example of how cities and towns in the U.S. can leverage IoT data and analytics for a smarter, safer planet. In addition, deploying these IoT solutions will create better community services for their residents,” said Alistair Fulton, vice president and general manager of Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group.

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