Illinois announces master contracts for smart street lighting initiative | Smart Cities Dive
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Illinois leaders announced that they have chosen vendors for the statewide smart street light program. The contract was awarded to Johnson Controls, Globetrotters Engineering and TEN Connected Solutions, according to Government Technology and others.
Local governments throughout Illinois can upgrade their street lights to LED fixtures through the state's joint purchasing program. The streetlights also can be equipped with Wi-Fi and sensors for IoT technologies.
The initiative is part of leaders' efforts to make Illinois the first "smart state."
The second annual Smart Regions Conference invites guests to think BEYOND city limits, beyond bureaucratic silos, beyond party lines, and beyond all of the barriers that hinder the development of smart communities in cities and regions of all sizes.
SAN LEANDRO, CA: At the September 17th City Council meeting, Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter and the San Leandro City Council unanimously approved a Fiber Optics Master Plan to guide expansion and increased utilization of the City’s fiber network.
For governments and technologists, partnerships with academic and research institutions are particularly important as there are not yet hundreds or thousands of use cases that define and prove the concepts behind smart cities or regions.
Minneapolis has released the final draft of its comprehensive plan, Minneapolis 2040. The lengthy plan — about 500 pages — covers the city's governance over the next 20 years on topics including technology and innovation, infrastructure, transportation, housing and racial equity.
The Knight Foundation is stepping directly into the smart cities and transportation arena with the award of more than $5 million to five cities.
Pedestrian safety is a serious problem in New Jersey. Last year alone, 184 people died in pedestrian-vehicle crashes, according to the New Jersey State Police.
The Colorado Smart Cities Alliance will partner with Arrow Electronics Inc. to create the new Colorado Open Lab – a large-scale showcase and innovation lab dedicated to fast-track development of Smart Cities and Smart Regions throughout the state of Colorado.
Over the last century, the global per capita rate of water use has doubled, leading the United Nations to project that the demand for water will exceed supply as early as 2025. Thankfully, there’s an abundance of opportunity to combat this problem by leveraging smart technologies, policies and strategies.
The Silicon Harlem Tech-Enabled Community (TEC) Consortium is on a mission to achieve successful broad-based dissemination of smart city applications and services in the historically underserved urban communities of Harlem and Upper Manhattan.
Projects that promote regional economic development can capitalize upon the unique strengths of specific rural areas. USDA Rural Development helps finance these projects by helping applicants overcome multi-jurisdictional challenges and by helping leverage federal, state, local or private funding.
Building smart cities and communities requires interdisciplinary, interagency and multi-jurisdictional coordination. It also requires smart public-private-partnerships, new business and procurement models and collaborative co-creation through applied research and innovation.
The AdvancingCities Challenge will make investments of up to $3 million in cities to support creative, collaborative and sustainable solutions that address cross-cutting challenges to help more people benefit from a growing economy.