Open data is continuing to evolve as an open data ecosystem that is going beyond simply making data available as a catalog of datasets to now become a data resource that is built to be useful. Useful means leading to insight enabling decision making by presenting the data in formats that are designed for human consumption employing video, graphics and maps. We are entering the next epic which will emphasize meaningful data, insight enabling data, data visualization, data contextualization, intuitive data analytics tools, reality technologies, and empowering the citizen as data scientist and lifelong learner. This epic begins to include more kinds of data, data presentation and analysis tools including video, virtual reality and augmented reality. There will be more inclusion of other human centered disciplines into the viewing, interpretation and resulting understanding that open data unlocks. New analytics uses both quantitative and qualitative data analysis such as ethnography from an evolving open data toolbox. Looking ahead we can expect the eventual introduction of reality technology such as augmented reality and virtual reality computing to supplement open data with new presentation of data and information as well as education and training in how to effectively use open data.
Chattanooga – The Smart City – How a National Laboratory and a City heralded a digital transformation
The City of Chattanooga, TN, is leading the nation in a digital transformation of the planning and operations of the city. There are several catalysts making this transformation sustained, collaborative, and impactful for its citizens, it’s businesses, and it’s governance.
The Electric Power Board of Chattanooga made an early investment in fiber optic connectivity and Chattanooga became the first city in the United States to have gigabit internet for the entire city.
A partnership developed with the nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory and innovations accept multiple sectors in the city started to materialize. The world leading scientists at ORNL were already engaged in developing the next generation solutions and Chattanooga became a hotbed of innovation towards a smarter electric grid, buildings, transportation, cyber security, and all things connected.
This season brings together City stakeholders and ORNL scientists to present four short vignettes of the transformative work done for the electric grid, transportation/mobility, building energy efficiency, and cyber security. These will be followed by a moderated panel on how these efforts have come together with engagement from a multitude of city, state, and federal agencies – towards forming a “coalition of the willing” with a deep desire for excellence for their citizens.
National Infrastructure Legislation – has the time finally come? Can it provide the necessary push to accelerating smart, sustainable and resilient cities and communities? Hear from policy experts from the two Presidential candidates and and Congressional leaders.
NGO’s are Providing High Impact and Cost Effective Resilience Solutions. Whether it be Covid, Wildfires, Hurricanes, Tornados, Flooding the NGO community is on the ground helping citizens. These efforts must be linked with overall community resilience strategies. Hear from community advocates implementing innovative resilience solutions. Hear from community advocates implementing innovative resilience solutions.
The Readiness for Resilience Program has proven to be a ground breaking partnership pairing impacted city and community leaders with industry, academia and non-profit experts to identify resilience needs, develop real project proposals and pursue existing funding sources and PPPs. Learn about exciting plans to expand the Readiness for Resilience Program and how you can bring it to your community!
Focusing on how cities can develop an inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem supporting a more diverse range of business types with a greater pool of potential investors – this session gives your city the viable alternative to ‘Silicon Valley.’
Supported by data and experience, this session is led by Jenny Kassan, author of Raise Capital on Your Own Terms with a panel of crowdfunding and other experts.
An inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem will lead to more local investment, hiring and spending with a greater opportunity for retaining local talent.
This panel will focus on the following tools:
Democratized financing through investment crowdfunding
Community-based investment funds
The role of philanthropy
Opportunity Zones – how to use them to build local ownership of assets
How to involve all community stakeholders in supporting local entrepreneurs
Available funding for developing smart & resilient cities has historically been a major barrior to progress. Recent events have placed a prority on getting funding out to states and localities to prepare and respond for the safety of their citizens. Hear from federal, state and private sector experts managing new funding opportunities and how you can apply!
Today’s transit systems are often based on single-purpose, proprietary, non-interoperable subsystems that are individually sourced from vendors. These systems are costly and time-consuming to acquire, operate and maintain. But with a connected and digitized solution, you can converge aging, disparate and proprietary networks into a single resilient, secure, multiservice, standards-based communication infrastructure. Some benefits of a digitized network are improved wayfinding, accurate real-time information for passengers, a network infrastructure that can securely transport wireless payments through third-party mobile applications and the ability to increase operational efficiency and reduce operating and capital expenses with interconnectivity and information sharing between vehicles, bus stops, stations and more.
Case Study: Connected Vehicle Infrastructure: From the Street Up
In 2005, Caltrans began work with the California PATH program at UC Berkeley to create the nation’s first public Connected Vehicle Test Bed. As of November 2019, the Test Bed has 16 operational intersections between in Palo Alto. It is expected that this connected vehicle corridor will serve as a model deployment that can be duplicated on similar corridors in other urban regions of California
Case Study: Smart Intersection Technology in Marysville Ohio
Honda has demonstrated its Smart Intersection technology in Marysville, Ohio, the town where its first North American factory and research center is based. Developed in partnership with the City of Marysville as part of the 33 Smart Mobility Corridor project, the pilot project seeks to address the limitations of on-board vehicle sensors in addressing traffic collisions at roadway intersections. Intersection collisions account for roughly 40 percent of all collisions and 20 percent of the nearly 35,000 traffic-related deaths that occur in the U.S. each year. The company’s image processing then uses that information to create a 360-degree feed, and classifies objects as cars, pedestrians, cyclists or emergency vehicles.
Case Study: Real-Time Safety Alerts and Connected Vehicles
HAAS Alert was awarded $1.1M by The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) to advance consumer vehicle safety solutions utilizing cellular technology that would allow approaching emergency response vehicles to warn other First Responders and civilian vehicles on the HAAS Alert provides collision prevention technologies and products to First Responders and other municipal fleets. The service streams real-time safety messages to drivers and connected cars via in-vehicle systems and smartphone apps when emergency vehicles are approaching and on-scene.
Increase Value of Existing Capital Projects by Making Them Smarter
Can we increase the value of our capital projects by making them smarter? A world of opportunity exists to leverage the value inherent in smart city applications, and cities should take a critical look at projects to decide how they are going to make them smarter, more sustainable and more resilient.
Wireless: How Community Vertical Real Estate Assets are Key to the 5G Mobile Revolution
Municipalities of all sizes are fielding more and more requests to accommodate demands by both public and private sector interests in the deployment of fiber-optic networks, small cell networks and a denser array of wireless antennas. The FCC estimates there is a need for millions of small cells to be sited to meet the demand for mobile capacity. As mobile operators (and others) move to “densify” mobile networks, more applications will be filed to deploy small cells Learn what your community can do to effectively manage the ROW, protect the health and safety of your residents, and bring new services to your community.
Case Study: Mapping and Asset Intelligence for Connected Municipal Infrastructure
The first step in moving forward with a Smart City, IoT, or 5G project is understanding your civic assets. But mapping, gathering data and making use of the data for actionable decision-making and insight is a much larger and more expensive challenge. This session examines a case study of how San Diego mapped its entire portfolio of streetlights and vertical real estate in order to more effectively manage, monitor and monetize it in a digital environment.
Protecting all Road Users – Smart Pedestrian Crosswalks
The United Nations reports that each year, more than 270,000 pedestrians lose their lives on the world’s roads and that globally, pedestrians constitute 22% of all road traffic fatalities. In some countries, this proportion is as high as two thirds of all road traffic deaths. Additionally, millions of pedestrians are non-fatally injured some of whom are left with permanent disabilities. This session examines implementing vehicle to pedestrian (V2P) in the connected world.
The City as a Platform- Transitioning the City into a Vibrant Digital Hub
In the age of ubiquitous Internet connections, smartphones and data, the future vitality of cities is increasingly based on their ability to use digital networks in intelligent, strategic ways. Urban dwellers now live their lives in all sorts of hyper-connected virtual spaces, pulsating with real-time information, intelligent devices, remote-access databases and participatory crowdsourcing. Civic infrastructure plays a key role in the convergence of digital and physical places. Connected components such as streetlights, interactive kiosks, traffic sensors and other smart furniture can be leveraged to serve multiple purposes. Infrastructure can now be fitted to provide a constant flow of information and intelligence. Light poles and street corners take on new life as networked hot spots.
Smarter Lighting: Smarter City Applications with Immediate ROI
The role of the city’s lighting system is quickly evolving. Once, it was only thought of to illuminate dark streets and sidewalks. Now the next generation of street lighting will be connected, which can lower energy costs, while also providing an infrastructure platform for a multifunctional communications network for the “smart city.” This session will highlight recent deployments of connected or smart lighting technologies and explore future applications that will be run on these new networks.
Governments need to be able to access the full breadth and depth of their data sets. Often that means asking for access to protected or confidential information. Explore with a panel of experts, led by Carlos Rivero, the Chief Data Officer for the Commonwealth of Virginia how Virginia and other cities and states have developed an holistic approach to data sharing. Discover the importance of the legal, government and technology framework and how to navigate the many barriers from technological to legal to cultural that make data sharing so hard. Also discover how government can work with private industry to share data – as Virginia did in creating a COVID 19 dashboard in one week.
Urban flooding is the most common and most destructive of all natural disasters. Led by the City of Nashville, TN, we explore how to use data to develop programs and policies that can improve vulnerable population resiliency to urban flooding. Multi-session.
Regional Fiber Network Case Study: The South Bay Fiber Network
Hear firsthand from the principals involved in a regional municipal fiber network in Los Angeles County’s South Bay region. South Bay Cities Council of Governments (developed a regional broadband, fiber-optic broadband network that would connect to at least one city facility in each of the South Bay cities and play a pivotal role in the region’s future. A high capacity broadband network enables the South Bay cities to embrace the digital economy, smart city initiatives, integrated utilities and next-generation economic development. This session discusses the master plan, the partners and the detailed blueprint for broadband and technology infrastructure to keep the South Bay at the forefront of the digital economy
Case Study: Regional Transportation Infrastructure Investment
One of the places where a connected infrastructure is already being built is Nevada. More accurately, Las Vegas. The city known for gambling deals with 42 million tourists and the traffic they bring with them every year. Controlling all of that is the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada. The agency oversees all the city and surrounding area’s transit infrastructure and has been proactive in its embrace of vehicle communication, including working with Audi on its traffic-light countdown system that displays the time before a light turns green on the dash of the car.
US Dept. of Transportation Guidelines for Local Governments to Implement Policies for Automation Technologies
This session examines how cities, counties, and regional transportation authorities can plan for a future of connected vehicles and smarter transportation infrastructure, and what role their permitting authority will play. Understand from early adopting municipalities and steps taken by the Federal guidelines to develop an appropriate safety management system approach to ensuring safe testing and deployment of automated transit systems.
As mobile networks transition to 5G, municipalities understand that their future economic development and growth is tied to excellent mobile communication infrastructure. Yet, municipalities are overburdened with the administrative task of fulfilling small cell applications, permitting and site development. Leadership in 5G is seen as providing impetus to the growth of local high-tech industries and the new jobs and investment they can bring. 5G is also closely tied to other innovations associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, including the widespread use of artificial intelligent, greater automation, and the creation of zero carbon cities.
Quantifying & Inventory of Existing Civic Infrastructure with Mapping & Geotagging Technology
As with inventorying, this shouldn’t be a standalone activity, but part of a broader asset management program which can both empower and be empowered by data-informed smart cities strategies. For example, in Derbyshire, UK, geocoding assets and road projects allow maintenance staff to pinpoint the exact location of problems — and identify planned projects which are close to each other.
An Innovative Source of Financing and Funding Smart City Networks
Many government agencies are looking for new ways to finance and fund investments in infrastructure. One way is through public-private partnerships (P3s), which allow private companies to operate and commercialize telecommunications networks, while at the same time, reserving some capacity for government agencies to deploy smart city applications. The result is prime opportunity for government to “monetize the telecommunications right-of-way” for funding of smart city initiatives. The arrangement leverages existing assets to creatively finance infrastructure while enabling the state department to expand its traffic management system. In turn, a private partner can lease use of the network to third parties for commercial activities.
Technology & Policy to Handle & Mitigate Public Health Threats
AI, predictive analytics and drones are among the technologies used to respond to health crises like coronavirus, though regulatory and privacy concerns have posed obstacles. Cities are at the front lines of dealing with the novel coronavirus, named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization, as it continues its rapid spread internationally, including into the U.S. Technological innovations have aided cities’ ability to detect, address and control viral outbreaks accurately and efficiently, which can lead to quicker illness containment responses. Cities and local governments [are] the ones on the ground who can implement special monitoring measures or could be taking some early action before an event occurs; gathering data, tracking trends and containing potential threats.
Policy Approaches by Local Government in 5G Connectivity
5G requires a much denser network of radio receivers and transmitters, which is driving the rush to deploy many more small cells on rooftops, power poles, streetlights, traffic lights and other locations across cities. Other city assets important to enabling 5G deployment include the ability to grant right-of-way for the network installation and the use of city-owned fiber networks for the backhaul capacity needed by 5G providers. Connectivity requirements for 5G are also driving innovation in the design of city assets. Smart poles, for example, that integrate radio equipment into the pole structure can reduce the visual impact of small cell deployments and provide advanced communications and sensor capabilities.
Improving Safety in Traffic Management Systems with AI and Analytics
With an artificial intelligence backbone to the city traffic management system, the traffic lights will be able to detect (and sometimes even prevent) accidents so that first responders can be notified immediately, minimizing casualties. The technology behind traffic-management systems is at the point where smart cities can be optimized with vehicle-to-everything (V2X) capabilities, enabling vehicles to communicate directly with traffic sensors and connected devices, creating a city infrastructure that has never been realized before. This session will some of the most exciting and innovative technologies and connected infrastructure capabilities to be implemented citywide.
Putting it All Together with Intelligent Infrastructure Management Systems
Integrated infrastructure management has moved from a practice into a category of software management platform. The fact is that capturing and analyzing data generated by a wide array of assets can lead to a new and innovative way of financing and funding infrastructure. With the right asset management technology, streams of sensor data and savvy partnerships can provide government agencies with the insight to make informed decisions on repair and maintenance for critical public infrastructure assets and more. They can also create a solid foundation for infrastructure investment in an era of tight government spending.
Deep Fiber: Still the Foundation to a Smart & Connected City
Optical fiber networks are a critical component of today’s wireless 4G networks and tomorrow’s 5G networks. Fiber is also a key enabling technology for all cities and regional government partnerships. Deloitte expects to see $130 billion-$150 billion in “deep fiber” investment in the U.S. over 5-7 years, due to a combination of broadband competition, ensuring 5G readiness, and expanding fiber into new areas. This session outlines the impact a holistic fiber network strategy can play in the smart and connected city and examine the investment and ROI potential for public and private sector services.
Connectivity-as-a-Service: A Municipality’s Roadmap to Mobility
With recent changes in the way the FCC allocates licensed spectrum, municipalities can now have its own mobile network potentially without ever having to deal with a mobile operator. These ‘private LTE networks’ provide mobility, higher quality of service and a platform for innovation that other networking topologies do not. This session details the benefits of connectivity-as-a-service wherein the installation, operation and management of the network are delivered with plug-n-play simplicity while still delivering high performance and carrier quality connectivity.
Application Development Opportunities with Connected Street Lighting
The case to connect lighting is clear enough: remote control of lighting affords about 25% energy savings, just from “dimming and trimming” of the constant light output. Integrating connected streetlights into a wider smart cities plan could be transformative. The networking capabilities can be used by a wide array of other smart city applications that otherwise would justify the investment in isolation. This session examines applications that can be leveraged by a connected streetlight initiative, and includes examples like environmental sensing, presence detection and more advanced data-heavy tasks like video analytics for traffic and pedestrian routing. Additionally, this network could also be opened to community and citizen projects, which might not be able to afford to build or lease a network independently
The Convergence of the Smart City and Connected Vehicle
The momentum for the realization of connected and autonomous vehicles is reaching critical mass. Companies such as Tesla and Toyota are now testing self-driving vehicles on the roads in places like Pittsburgh, Boston, and Phoenix. The sensors and intelligent software integrated into infrastructure for connected and autonomous vehicles enables cities see additional value: to increase safety, decrease congestion, reduce pollution and more. This expert panel provides an update on the connect and autonomous vehicle market and examines how government leaders can leverage infrastructure investment to yield new and unforeseen value.
Utilities electrified the country and connected our nation by financing infrastructure solutions. Today leading utilities are similarly connecting communities and offering smart city solutions as a service. Discover strategies for engaging your local utilities and learn how some are engaging unique financing models to build tomorrow’s cities today.
With limited resources for smart city project development, cities are getting creative in financing smart city projects. P3’s, ESCO’s, data monetization, and other non-traditional financing sources are stepping up and creating opportunities for cities embracing the future. Leading financiers will explain how they are developing new opportunities for cities.