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Smart infrastructure challenge announces winners of $50 million in seed funding

StateScoop — Four development teams have taken home top prizes in a competition for advanced infrastructure proposals, each securing up to $10 million in investment capital.

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U.S. DOT Provides More Than $63 Billion to Major Transportation Infrastructure Investments Across America in 2018

WASHINGTON – By the end of the 2018 fiscal year (FY 2018), the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) made available more than $63.9 billion in FY 2018 multi-modal discretionary and formula transportation investments and $1.6 billion in FY 2017 discretionary funds.

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Google-backed AI network aids lead pipe cleanup in Flint, MI | Smart Cities Dive

To help with the effort in Flint, MI to replace lead pipes that have contaminated residents’ water supplies, researchers from Georgia Tech University developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system, backed by Google, to predict which of the city’s 55,000 homes are affected, according to a report in New Scientist.

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Vote for DHS, FEMA and Venture Smarter in the SXSW 2019 PanelPicker today!

Are you ready to support emergency responder’s and city planners with accelerating tech development and building a culture of cross-sector preparedness?  Venture Smarter, DHS S&T and FEMA are proposing to do just that, but we need your support!  Vote to send our panel, Mobilizing Cross-Sector Innovation to Save Lives, to South by Southwest (SXSW) 2019.

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911Go SMART Community Risk Reduction — Smart Infrastructure Challenge

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 SMART infrastructure, digital assets, and artificial intelligence enabled technological solutions to deliver public awareness, mixed-reality training for firefighters and augmented cyber-physical enabled emergency response mitigation; to protect responders and save civilian lives.

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Four Communities Selected for Inaugural Georgia Smart Communities Challenge

Albany, Chamblee, Chatham County and Gwinnett County won the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge, a Georgia Tech-led initiative that brings together industry and public agencies to help local governments implement smart development

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Smart Infrastructure Challenge winners to receive at least $50M

Winning entries in the Smart Infrastructure Challenge could earn anywhere from $1 million to $10 million in funding for their projects, organizers announced Thursday at the Smart Cincy Summit. The challenge, launched earlier this year by Venture Smarter, has four project tracks: Smart and Connected Development; Smarter, Safer Streets; Critical Infrastructure; and Next Generation Infrastructure.

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U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $1 Billion in Emergency Relief for Road and Bridge Repairs

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced more than $1 billion in Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help 32 states, several U.S. territories and Federal Land Management Agencies (FLMA) repair roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods and other unexpected events.

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Did you know which are the top 3 smart cities in the world?

A city is characterized as smart city “when investments in human and social capital and traditional (transport) and modern (ICT) communication infrastructure fuel sustainable economic development and a high quality of life, with a wise management of natural resources, through participatory action.”

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America's Digital Infrastructure Is Crumbling, Too

But in the 21st century, infrastructure is more than concrete and metal. Equally important is the digital infrastructure that underlies America’s economy and governments. In an era when goods, services and ideas are increasingly transported via the internet, the strands of fiber, routers, servers and seemingly endless lines of code that compose our digital highways and hubs are quickly becoming the backbone of U.S. infrastructure -- and it too is crumbling.

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A massive seawall for Southeast Texas could save money. But so far, there's none to spend

But Texas A&M researchers found that if the government builds a 17-foot barrier about 60 miles long from Galveston Island to Bolivar Peninsula, the potential residential destruction from a storm surge would drop to about $6 billion – a reduction of more than 80 percent.

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