On Monday, December 4th, Cincinnati leaders meet with Ohio Department of Transportation, Jobs-Ohio, and The Governor’s Office to discuss deploying autonomous vehicle test locations in Cincinnati and making the region smarter using IoT and connected technologies.
Later this week, the group will also host leaders from around the state to highlight the smart cities research cluster that has formed within the University of Cincinnati working on autonomous vehicles, drones and UAVs, Hyperloop, data and analytics, cyber security, design and architecture, behavioral sciences, environment and sustainability, and sensors and IoT.
Local smart cities evangelist and founder of Venture Smarter Zack Huhn (pictured speaking at the Smart Regions Conference in October) will lead the group. Venture Smarter launched Regional Smart Cities Initiatives in partnership with University of Cincinnati last year. “Smart Cities are about using technology as a tool to create better places to live, work, and visit. Everyone deserves equal access to these new solutions that spark social mobility and bolster economic development,” said Huhn.
Since the regional efforts began, the coalition launched “Smart Cincy” to bring together leaders, ideas, and resources across sectors and government agencies to research, plan, fund, and deploy smart city style solutions including those in transit and transportation that help agencies cut costs, create new value, or simply generate revenue to alleviate otherwise strained municipal budgets and to better serve residents, visitors, and businesses in the area.
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