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Smart Cities Council announces challenge winners

The Smart Cities Council has announced the five winners of its annual Readiness Challenge grants. Each winner will receive mentoring and a tailored Readiness Workshop, as well as products and services from leading tech organizations and Smart Cities Council partners to accelerate their smart city initiatives.

The challenge winners are:

Birmingham, Ala., which will develop a collaborative framework for its smart city projects addressing open data, smart street lighting, community Wi-Fi, bus rapid transit and a violence reduction initiative that uses data to spot problems early.

Cary, N.C., which will continue work on its smart parking, mobility and street lighting projects and develop a single core platform to promote data sharing between departments and with citizens.

Louisville-Jefferson County, Ky., which will advance its fiber-optic network and use smart technologies to address challenges in transportation, telecommunications and public safety.

Las Vegas, which will improve its open and adaptable public safety platform to pull in data from many sources for collective analysis.

Virginia, which will create a framework for expanding broadband, adopting interoperability standards, developing a cybersecurity and privacy plan and creating sustainable funding for smart projects.

Four runners-up will also receive feedback and guidance from the Smart Cities Council.

The council will take the information that it receives from the Readiness Workshops to develop a shareable readiness roadmap to provide guidance for each community’s smart city program implementation.

Posted by Sara Friedman on Mar 08, 2018 at 6:03 PM


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