Smart Columbus Initiative Seeks Open-Source Data-Sharing Infrastructure

(TNS) — The Smart Columbus initiative wants proposals to create and build the backbone of an information system to allow all the elements of a "smart city'' to talk to one another.

"This is really the heartbeat of the Smart Columbus" project, said Brandi Braun, deputy innovation officer for the city of Columbus who is working on the project. "All of our projects require data and will give off data."

Smart Columbus is looking to build a web-based information system that will collect and share all of that data, Braun said. It will include data that allow vehicles, roads and streetlights to communicate.

The data will be open source — available to anyone online to allow entrepreneurs to look at and analyze the information and spark ideas for applications to make transportation more efficient.

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