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“There is no one-size-fits-all approach to smart city
deployments,” says Danielle DuMerer, Chief Information Officer for the city of
CLICK TO TWEET: US Ignite is working to make sure that municipal leaders can learn from one another about smart cities. Nick Maynard explains in this guest blog.
With that in mind, the US Ignite Forum enters the
picture to help city officials and corporate entities alike game plan ways to
implement solutions to today’s challenges in smarter, connected ways—with help
from DuMerer and Chicago, who will kick off the first of six US Ignite Forums
On February 27 in Chicago, we are
launching the US Ignite Forum with our founding corporate partners AT&T,
Cisco, CommScope, Crown Castle, Intel, Interdigital, and Juniper Networks along
with operational support from Current by GE and Deloitte. The Forum establishes
an avenue for municipal leaders and their project partners to share information
about city-wide deployments in their communities.
As we aim to strengthen the partnerships between
governments, researchers, and industry leaders, we see the US Ignite Forum as
an opportunity to bring all these minds together to share approaches and
discuss workable solutions. Each Forum will be dedicated to a specific topic on
smart city deployments; a previous Forum covered Smart Lighting, while Chicago
is tackling Wireless Deployments.
It is a natural extension of the work we already do
with both our government and industry partners to develop resources that enable
the growth of smart cities around the country—and globe. With each Forum, we’ll
release a corresponding “playbook,” giving everyone access to the solutions
One Forum is already in the books—a gathering in San Diego in
December 2017 focused on the city’s successful Smart Lighting deployment
technology that is expected to save the City of San Diego $2.8 million a year
while creating a network of more than 3,000 smart nodes that will enable new an
array of advanced applications related to transportation, public safety, and
more. In Chicago and at five other workshops slated for 2018, we’re giving
leaders from smart communities around the country the opportunity to share
approaches to advance wireless deployments in their communities and come away
with clear-cut plans for how to move forward.
“I have the chance to better understand how a successful project
from another city might be replicated in my own,” Chicago’s DuMerer expresses.
Smart city deployments aren’t happening in a vacuum, and US
Ignite is working to make sure that municipal leaders can learn from
one another. The result of the exchanges facilitated through the US Ignite
Forum: more cities issuing more Request for Proposals (RFPs), Request for
Information (RFIs), and Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) related
to at-scale smart city deployments. US Ignite Forums are just one
step as we aim to connect the dots and make the world a more connected place.
learn more about the US Ignite Forum and access US Ignite Forum resources,
please visit the US Ignite Forum Webpage.