Scroll down to read a recap and summary of the 26 page document released today meant to act as the foundational layer of smart city planning throughout the City of Cincinnati. Click "View RFQ" to view the entire document from the Entrepreneurship and Education Committee.
City of Cincinnati - Smart Cincy
Request for Qualifications,
Smart Cities Initiative Phase 1: "Deployment of WiFi and/or Wireline Broadband Systems Throughout the City of Cincinnati"
CINCINNATI, Ohio (March 21, 2017) -- Cincinnati wants to deploy high-speed Internet connectivity throughout the city, and it means business.
On Tuesday, City Manager Harry Black, Assistant City Manager Sheila Hill-Christian, and Chief Procurement Officer Patrick Duhaney announced the issuance of a request for qualifications, or RFQ, for the first phase of deployment of what they envision will become a city-wide network of WiFi and wired broadband systems.
“The City desires to leverage its infrastructure and the public rights-of- way to establish a technologically neutral platform for new and innovative services that will continue to fuel the city’s economic growth,” the RFQ states. “We want your help to lay the groundwork for a smart-city grid in Cincinnati, that is useful, cost effective, and opens doors to future innovations to benefit our citizens.”
The initial phase would be deployed along the 3.6 mile-long Cincinnati Bell Connector route, which would “serve as the backbone for a network that courses through the City Center from the Banks to Findlay Market in Over-the- Rhine,” according to the RFQ.
The city sees providing Internet connectivity through partnerships with private industry as foundational for becoming a smart city. “We see the proliferation of wired and wireless connections as the ignition for economic growth, a means to improve public safety, a tool to power efficient governance, and the bridge to span the digital divide,” according to the RFQ.
The city could enter into one or several public-private partnerships to make this happen. The city is offering potential partner businesses low- to no-cost access to city infrastructure, including more than 12,000 poles, street lights, traffic signals, and other structures in the rights-of- way along the Connector route.
The city wants partnerships to include a revenue-sharing model that would provide wired and wireless Internet service to the city’s residents, businesses and visitors “at commercially competitive speeds in highly trafficked areas,” according to the RFQ.
Additionally, the city wants cost-free Internet access for targeted city buildings, public spaces, schools, community centers, and residences where connectivity is unavailable due to lack of access or affordability. Internet connectivity would ideally be provided at speeds exceeding 1 gigabyte per second to each residential unit within the deployment area, and businesses would receive speeds at least equal to that.
“We want innovative communications initiatives to be tested and made available to our residents and businesses,” according to the RFQ, “and we want to provide key resources and a friendly environment to those who want to share and push forward our vision.”
The city is building on steps it took last year toward becoming a “smart-city visionary,” when it developed guidelines for the rapid deployment of 5G-and- beyond connectivity on streetlights and utility poles. The guidelines were developed by city experts in collaboration with the wireless industry.
Pushing forward that vision would eventually mean a “City-wide network of multiple, interconnected networks, constructed independently over time by multiple network operators,” according to the RFQ.
Before allowing service providers to submit proposals, the city is soliciting statements of qualifications, or SOQs. The city will invite qualified respondents that have “the capability, capacity, experience and qualifications” to make the city’s vision a reality. SOQs are due May 5. The city is holding a pre-submittal meeting on April 11, and has set a deadline of April 18 for the submission of written questions about the RFQ by respondents.
“We have a vision that we want to achieve for our citizens, and now we’re looking for innovators, builders and doers who can make that vision a reality,” the RFQ states. “The collaboration starts now.”
JOIN US AT THE SMART CINCY SUMMIT ON APRIL 25th
Smart Cities use technology as a tool to create equitable outcomes for people. The Smart Cincy Summit, IEEE, Venture Smarter, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host the Smart Cincy Inclusion Breakfast ahead of the Smart Cincy Summit on April 25th.
On WVXU this week, Smart Cincy organizational founder Zack Huhn said, "Last century we automated communication. This century, possibly even this decade, we have the opportunity to automate transportation." The truth is that many of the companies that would have to work together to make that happen will be attending the inaugural Smart Cincy Summit next week beginning on April 25th.
Join the Smart Cincy team and help make Greater Cincinnati a smart region! We are looking for volunteers to support event and programming efforts the week of the first Smart Cincy Summit which will welcome main event programming on Tuesday, April 25th. Perks, camaraderie, food, and free tickets to Smart Cincy events are just a few of the volunteer offerings. We are excited to welcome in supporters of Smart Cincy efforts and are flexible with scheduling and commitments.
Wednesday April 26 is Smart Cincy Summit Community Day! Founder Institute will host the Frontier Founder Smart Cities Forum and leaders will announce the Smart Cincy Fellowship program that will be inclusive of Founder Institute scholarships and resources for emerging entrepreneurs looking to tackle smart city challenges.
Smart Cities are healthy places for residents and guests. Sustainable food systems, clean water and clean air, active outdoor areas, and data-driven healthcare solutions are all key elements of smart cities that use technology as a tool to create better outcomes to people.
Technology, Transportation, and Tourism are fundamental elements of any smart city, where leaders in public and private sectors use technology as a tool to improve outcomes for people. Join elected and public officials, academic and business leaders, and community members committed to building a smart region in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana at the Smart Cincy Summit on April 25th at Union Hall.
Rhonda Binda's keynote "The C's of Smart Cities" will be featured at The Smart Cincy Summit where we will talk about connectivity, community, culture, and commerce as Greater Cincinnati leaders continue to take steps at building a smart region.
We automated communication during the last century, and we are on pace to automate communication during this one. The question remains: what mode or modes of transportation will help us achieve that goal?
The challenges that face cities in the United States today haven’t changed much. Cities still struggle with gridlock and a lack of transportation capacity. Poverty and crime are still widespread problems. At their core, these are simple problems.The problem is that because there are so many more of us than before, the solutions to problems cities face are more complex and costlier. And because population growth isn’t going to slow down anytime soon, cities can no longer take a reactive stance on fixing society’s ills.
April is finally here and we are excited to begin releasing more details about the first Smart Cincy Summit happening the week of April 25th. Following the Summit's main event we will host the Smart Cincy Innovation showcase where businesses large and small will showcase their smart city solutions during a networking reception and happy hour at Union Hall.
The April edition of the Smart Cincy Newsletter is the fourth of its kind. This month we take a sneak peek at The Smart Cincy Summit and a 30,000 foot view of smart city happenings throughout the Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana region. Don't forget, Regional Smart Cities Initiatives "officially" launch at the Smart Cincy Summit on April 25th.
The tragic mass shooting that took place Saturday at Cameo Nightclub is a jarring reminder of the importance of the smart cities pillar of security. Public safety is now top of mind in Cincinnati, and the Regional Smart Cities Initiative and its supporters must lead the conversation about how technology can make our city a safer place to live and work. To that end:
This weekend's mass shooting is an upsetting example of why public safety is highlighted within the four pillars of smart cities. Technologies are available to prevent senseless acts such as those that happened in Cincinnati this weekend, and we want to help usher in those solutions in short time in our smart cities, connected campuses, and advanced facilities throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.
In advanced facilities we see technology solutions (Internet of Things, Internet of Everything) create value across sectors, from agriculture and manufacturing to energy and transportation (and everything in between.)
"We have a vision that we want to achieve for our citizens, and now we’re looking for innovators, builders and doers who can make that vision a reality. The collaboration starts now." Scroll down to read a recap and summary of the 26 page document released today meant to act as the foundational layer of smart city planning throughout the City of Cincinnati. Click "View RFQ" to view the entire document from the Entrepreneurship and Education Committee.
The City of Cincinnati released an RFQ (request for qualifications) relating the what city leaders are calling "Phase One" of creating a Smart Cincinnati, or Smart Cincy. Click here to view the 26 page document or see links below for a summarized recap and overview from our Director of Communications. Questions? Want to join the Smart Cincy brain trust? Hello@smartcincy.org.
Step one in smart city planning is analyzing available data to discover opportunity areas that are immediately addressable. When looking through the lens of smart cities, sometimes data is able to solve problems without deploying any hard solutions but by simply identifying a disparity or solution. Data interoperability and protocols are not yet streamlined, but standards and solutions are in the works. Join us at Smart Cincy Summit on April 25th in Cincinnati, OH to discuss Big Data in Smart Cities, Connected Campuses, and Advanced Facilities.
Urban agriculture and sustainable food systems are not interchangeable terms. We will be discussing the importance of sustainable food systems and urban agriculture at the Smart Cincy Summit in April where participants will explore how agriculture can bolster economic development and ties between our urban, suburban, and rural regions.
The thought leadership event will welcome elected and public officials, academic and business leaders, and community members committed to solutions in our region looking through the lens of smart cities. Union Hall will host the first annual Smart Cincy Summit on Tuesday, April 25th beginning at 8am.
Pipeline H2O's clean water accelerator program is the brainchild of The Hamilton Mill from The City of Hamilton, OH where they treat the City as a Lab to compress the time to realization of smart city implementations that help to improve the quality of life for residents and guests. They also have some of the best water on earth.
We are excited to have welcomed more than 50 guests to our roundtable discussion on Sustainability, Mobility, Clean Water and Clean Air at Union Hall today, Wednesday, March 15.
Last century we automated communication. This century we will automate transportation. It won't be easy, but we are well on our way. Mobility solutions in smart cities face unique problems across sectors. Come learn about smart cities transportation and innovation and discuss Regional Smart Cities Initiatives.
The round-table open discussion will focus on the pillars of smart cities before breakout sessions will feature structured conversations around mobility, sustainability, clean water, and clean air. Lunch is on us, and those interested may watch the new Pipeline companies pitch their solutions for feedback and support.
Attendees of the February round-table included foreign and local public officials, private sector executives, academic leaders, and emerging innovators. Every guest shared the Smart Cincy passion for smarter cities and streamlined solutions that leverage technology to improve our collective quality of life.
Join public and private stakeholders following the Smart Cincy Summit as doors open to the public for the first Smart Cincy Innovation Showcase where businesses will showcase innovative and emerging technologies related to smart cities and smart planning (think connected campuses, advanced facilities.)
Join regional leaders at the last community round-table event before the Smart Cincy Summit in April. The March round-table with a focus on the pillars of smart cities, specifically mobility, sustainability, clean water and clean air. Lunch will be provided with special thanks to Pipeline and The Hamilton Mill.
It’s time for us to start thinking ahead -- and beyond our municipal boundaries. That’s what we’ll be discussing at the Smart Cincy Summit, and we want you to be part of the conversation as we launch Regional Smart Cities Initiatives throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.