Rhonda Binda named Director of Regional Smart Cities Initiatives

Rhonda Binda is VP Policy for Venture Smarter and is now the Director of their Regional Smart Cities Initiatives. She has a distinguished history of public service, as Deputy Director for the U.S. Department of State’s Global Intergovernmental Affairs Division, and in the West Wing of the White House, under two administrations respectively. In between her government tours she practiced technology law with Alston & Bird. 

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Creating Connectivity Corridors

Connectivity clusters are catalyzed by deploying sensors sending information to centralized data platforms and creating mesh wireless connectivity solutions for people, places, and things. This means our infrastructure - hard and soft - has to be smart and secure, allowing us to make better real-time and long-term planning decision from connecting residents to local resources to planning the next municipal infrastructure projects.

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The future of data is democratization and exchanges

Data allows us to make optimized decisions that don’t rely on gut feelings or assumptions but instead on real-results and actionable insights.  Smart Cities will have HUGE data requirements. With that in mind, we must correct the course of big data planning to avoid death by data overload and silos of data sets. Thematically, we must consider:

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Smart Cities Standards Working Group to host monthly OPEN meetings

Smart Cities, connected campuses, and advanced facilities are all leveraging advanced technology and IoT to create better experiences and optimize efficiencies. We are working together to open source agile, secure, interoperable technology standards and a supportive planning framework for municipal leaders. Interested in learning more or getting involved? Join us!

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Venture Smarter now accepts Bitcoin payments

Venture Smarter announced this week that Bitcoin may be used as a payment option for monthly and annual subscribers. The company rolled out the Bitcoin payment preference at the end of 2016 to select users using Bitpay. Now all users may enjoy the option.  

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Smart Regions Conference: Phase One Announcements (Drones Included!)

Can't make it to BB&T Arena? Tune into the livestream on October 25th! Autonomous Vehicles, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, robotics and drones, advanced tech, and more! The Smart Regions Conference will consist of three programming blocks. (1) Speakers and Awards, (2) IoT and Innovation Showcases, (3) Smart City Leadership Workshops.

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Venture Smarter hires Miami U graduate to support growth efforts

Venture Smarter is excited to announce that Jamie Sordo has joined the team. Jaime will play a significant role in marketing efforts and operations. Venture Smarter is excited to continue on a path of growth and bring in great talent such as Jaime, who will have a deep impact on helping the company connect communities and cultivate the Internet of Things ecosystem and marketplace.

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Energy Department Announces $13.4 Million Investment in Community-based Advanced Transportation Projects

Recently, (8/23), the Energy Department (DOE) announced $13.4 million in support of five new cost-shared, community-based projects focused on energy efficient mobility systems including connected and autonomous vehicles and alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure including natural gas, propane, biofuels, hydrogen, and electricity.

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The business case for smart cities

Smart City solutions should always do at least one of these three things: cut costs, create value, and/or generate revenue. In doing so, Smart City solutions will help alleviate strained municipal budgets while integrating advanced technology and the Internet of Things into our systems and infrastructure. These solutions will create open and transparent government, informed and engaged citizens, optimized public transit and public works solutions, healthier living environments, and equitable opportunities for residents regardless of socioeconomic or geographical barriers.

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Connecting smart city solutions, opportunities, and resources

Venture Smarter is working hard behind the scenes to democratize smart city planning. Venture Smarter's solution and opportunity portal connects users around available resources and addressable opportunity areas, all behind a validation firewall reserved for best-practices solution providers and verified solution seekers.

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Venture Smarter makes key hires, plans for growth

In April, Rhonda Binda spoke at the Smart Cincy Summit during her first visit to Cincinnati, OH. This summer, she announced she will join Cincinnati based Venture Smarter as the Vice President of Policy to help build smart cities and connected communities. Rhonda joins Mithell Kominsky, Busayo Odunlami...

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