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.
Ann Arbor, MI - The U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today released new federal guidance for Automated Driving Systems (ADS): A Vision for Safety 2.0. This is the latest guidance for automated driving systems to industry and States.
In 2018, the Department of Homeland Security will co-sponsor the Global City Teams Challenge. Central to the initiative is establishing proven smart cities practices and technology that can be replicated in cities around the world.
The House voted to speed the introduction of self-driving cars by giving the federal government authority to exempt automakers from safety standards not applicable to the technology, and to permit deployment of up to 100,000 of the vehicles annually over the next several years.
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.
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:
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!
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.
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.
We are excited to welcome new users this week including Cisco, IDC, Linkology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Bell, and more! We are excited to build smart cities and connected communities with you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
AutonomouStuffis enabling the future of autonomy. The company is on a mission to provide the world’s innovative organizations with the best products, software and engineering services that enable robotics and autonomy.
IEEE and IEEE Standards Association leaders have been working with Venture Smarter leadership to move forward the standardization conversations for smart city technologies and planning processes. This week, the IEEE Smart City Technology Standards Committee named
AV legislation is being discussed and drafted worldwide on the road to automation. Just this month the UK released their guidelines, and in the United States conversations are moving along more quickly than usual.
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...
The Inclusive Smart Cities Summit will bring together top leaders from across the globe to discuss the future of smart cities and the need for inclusivity in innovation. Join us to discuss, debate and learn how cities around the world are attacking the challenges surrounding the future of the workplace, workforce and transportation.
In Southwestern Ohio and Northern Kentucky, the Cincy Red Bike Program literally goes beyond municipal boundaries, over bridges, and across state lines. Here in Newport, bikeshare programs and paths promote sustainable mobility, and smart city kiosks create solutions...
What does a smart city mean to you? Councilmember Amy Murray asked our audience that at the Smart Cincy Summit in April of this year. We want to hear from you. Take this 60 second survey and you will be entered for a chance to win two (2) all access passes to the Smart Regions Fall Conference.
“Panasonic is one of the iconic brands of the digital era. Combining their nearly hundred year history with our team’s creativity and design capabilities will create remarkable opportunities for innovation,” TransitScreen CEO Matt Caywood said in a statement. “With Panasonic as our hardware, solutions, and integration partner, we will have the chance to bring our human-centric technologies to a national scale.”
Venture Smarter shares Bloomberg’s view that cities will determine the direction of the United States. That’s why Venture Smarter is committed to the philosophy of smart cities and the mission of democratizing smart city planning. Building a smart city is a team effort, but effective leadership is a critical component to any smart city success story.
The first event was held at 1776 in Washington, DC as innovators and investors discussed market challenges and opportunities over lunch and engaging discussions. From there, the group headed to The World Bank to work with World Bank Y2Y leaders to better understand how smart city solutions deployed domestically might compress the time to realization of next generation technology implementations in the developing world.
October is quickly approaching and we are excited to begin releasing details about the first Midwest IoT Showcase where guests will become immersed in all things smart cities and the Internet of things. The event will be the largest Regional Smart Cities Initiative event of the year bringing together key stakeholders to listen, learn, and play.