Discover 25 smart and connected projects from around the country

As part of the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge, regional teams of public and private sector partners are competing for $50M+ in project financing and currently preparing to pitch their smart and connected projects this October at the Smart Regions Conference in Columbus, OH.

Venture Smarter is actively supporting all challenge participants from across the country via weekly educational/training webinars.  In addition, the first 25 teams to submit their initial response are receiving support from our team members to prepare presentations, match with teaming partners, and explore the opportunities and challenges presented by smart - or IoT enabled - infrastructure and development.

Explore visions and partners among the first 25 projects:

  1. 911-Go Smart Community Risk Reduction - Led by the Cosumnes Community Services District Fire Department (CCSDFD), 911-GO is a program focused on smart community risk reduction.  Safety and security are enhanced by leveraging current and near-term technological solutions to deliver public education, mixed-reality training for firefighters and augmented cyber-physical enabled emergency response mitigation.

  2. Buffalo Niagara Smart Region - The Buffalo Niagara region is writing a new story — a story about how a "rust belt" region is retooling itself in the 21st century to meet the real challenge of how to live more sustainably in an era of economic and demographic change and environmental uncertainty.

  3. Central New York Community Revitalization Smart Technology Demonstration Initiative - The Syracuse Lakefront and Inner Harbor District affords the Central New York community (Syracuse and five neighboring small communities) a unique opportunity to apply smart technology resources as the basis for helping to attract investment capital to establish one of the most economically vibrant, environmental friendly, energy-efficient, and talent rich campuses in the world.

  4. City of Camden, NJ - As the City of Camden, NJ is experiencing rapid growth, Cooper's Ferry Partnership (CFP) is working with policy makers, business leaders and non-profits to ensure smart, holistic, sustainable growth.

  5. City of Lewisville, Texas - This project seeks to construct a sustainable, fast, green, affordable and flexible mobility system that serves the needs of people and businesses, including fast and inexpensive employment accessibility across the region, giving both residents and businesses the transportation access they need to succeed.

  6. Colorado Springs Smart Team - In partnership with the local developers, Colorado Springs Utilities, the Downtown Partnership, and others, the City of Colorado Springs is working to transform Southwest Downtown into a technology-enabled smart district.

  7. Elysian Fiber Ohio - Elysian Fiber’s public/private project will focus on the development of a fiber optic backbone and fiber optic connections to community residents and key economic and academic development sites.

  8. Greater Cincinnati Regional Smart Transportation - This project seeks to construct a sustainable, fast, green, affordable and flexible mobility system that serves the needs of people and businesses, including fast and inexpensive employment accessibility across the region, giving both residents and businesses the transportation access they need to succeed.

  9. Greater Cincinnati Smart Mobility Consortium - The University of Cincinnati is partnering with community, government, and industry leaders to build Innovation Districts and foster a thriving 21st century ecosystem centered around smart and sustainable mobility solutions in greater Cincinnati.

  10. Greater PHX Smart Region - The Greater PHX Smart Region - in collaboration with Arizona State University (ASU), Trane, and other industry partners - seeks to leverage Smart Water technologies that enable leak detection.

  11. Hampton Roads Regional Connectivity Ring - The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC) envisions a Regional Connectivity Ring (RCR), which will be used to connect five Southside cities - Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Suffolk, Portsmouth, and Chesapeake - to the transatlantic cable landings, as the foundation for smart region development and digitally-empowered communities.

  12. Kansas City Region - The Greater Kansas City team's project will focus on continuing to participate in the global community of cities and regions looking at smart infrastructure solutions with an eye towards improving peoples’ lives at a real, human level and optimizing the systems approach enabled by new technology and interoperability.

  13. LVO Mobility Hub - Utilizing demand aggregation, this project seeks to transform an underserved communities’ traditional unimodal bus stop into a multimodal ‘Mobility Hub’ and further serve as a template for smart, efficient regional deployment.

  14. Midwest Connect - The Midwest Connect Corridor project is part of the Rapid-Speed Transportation Initiative (RSTI) to explore intercity routes that could utilize two rapid-speed transportation technology options - traditional passenger rail and/or Hyperloop technology - between Chicago, Columbus, and Pittsburgh.

  15. Outposts for Community Resilience - This project seeks to identify how to optimize the use of facilities and USPS’ core service platform to address community need and pair innovative facility reuse, integrated smart city technology and community resilience utilizing the City of Pittsburgh and Southwestern Pennsylvania as a laboratory for scaling solutions nationally.

  16. Rolling Meadows Tech - Leveraging technology to monitor infrastructure and maintenance, this project aims to improve public safety for the City of Rolling Meadows - located in a Northwest suburb of Chicago, IL.

  17. SCTC Louisiana - This project will establish a Regional Smart Transportation Network within the State of Louisiana across the strategic corridor from Interstate 10 south to the Louisiana Gulf Coast, and extend from the City of New Orleans to the western border.

  18. Team Smart Lake - Representing a coalition of key stakeholders across the Lake Erie Basin, Team Smart Lake is working on building next generation infrastructure - composed of distributed sensors, networked telemetry, and advanced analytics - for our common water resource.

  19. Triangle Area Water Supply Monitoring Project (TAWSMP) - Participating in the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge, the Triangle Area Water Supply Monitoring Project (TAWSMP) is a collaborative group with a well-established, regional network of streamflow gauges that provide critical, real-time information for water suppliers, planners, recreational users, and emergency response agencies.

  20. Union Point Autonomous Drone Technology - By leveraging Autonomous Drones for delivery of pharmaceuticals and pick up of diagnostics, this Union Point project will explore a hybrid system that uses a modified vehicle as a drone-port to solve both range and payload challenges.

  21. Union Point CityScope - Union Point is seeking to implement a visualization tool - CityScope, developed by MIT Media Lab - that projects data about the city onto a large tangible model, essentially helping multiple stakeholders explore possible futures.

  22. US-27 Smart Connected Corridor Team - Focusing on connectivity, interoperability and resilience in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region, the US-27 Smart Connectivity Corridor project will support cutting edge development and provide the infrastructure for the future tech-enabled businesses and workforce.

  23. UT Beehive Team - Representing the State of Utah and Greater Salt Lake City Metropolitan area, the Beehive Team's project for the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge will focus on accelerating smarter decision-making through regional data-sharing and public communication.

  24. Village of Palmetto Bay - The Village of Palmetto Bay envisions it's new downtown streetscape as an innovation corridor that utilizes technology as a tool to stimulate economic growth.

  25. Zoning Biscuit - The Zoning Biscuit project aims to address the San Francisco Bay Area's regional housing crisis by increasing below market rate and market rate housing unit generation on transit corridors.

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