Connecting Communities with Public Wi-Fi technology and local Tourism mobile applications

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Connecting Communities with Public Wi-Fi, technology and local Tourism mobile applications
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Team Members Transfinder; [S]CUBE; Cisco Systems Inc.
Point of Contact John Coluccio
Participating Municipalities City of Schenectady, NY
Status Implemented
Website https://www.cityofschenectady.com/505/Schenectady-Smart-City
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Description

Provide areas of Public Wi-Fi for use by residents, employees and visitors while deploying informational mobile application showcasing local businesses and giving real time data for local trolley schedules. Using technology to collect data which will improve the operation of local governments.

Challenges

  • Provide internet access to residents which may not currently have this resource. Helping to bridge the digital divide.
  • Staying current and relevant to the needs of the community
  • Providing information to improve the user experience & government responsiveness.

Solutions

Major Requirements

  • Engineer plan for Wi-Fi deployment using as many potential business cases as possible
  • Foster relationship with local tech companies and the business community to determine mutual benefits
  • Identify needs of local community.
  • Attract as many partners as possible
  • Communicate project to general public

Performance Targets

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) Measurement Methods
  • Increase visitors to local Government website
  • Improve operational efficiencies using available technology
  • Measure engagement numbers & time for Public Wi-Fi use
  • Measure usage of Public Transportation Trolley

Standards, Replicability, Scalability, and Sustainability

  • Requires interoperable data exchange with GPS, AVI with API
  • Establish baseline standards for public transportation and public works vehicles
  • The use of GPS and AVI can improve the efficiency of operations in many capacities thus reducing expenses to local governments.
  • Including local businesses fosters local innovation and ownership.

Cybersecurity and Privacy

Impacts

  • Reduce energy consumption through improved routing of vehicles
  • Reduce expenses with fuel savings
  • Reduce expenses by providing services through website over face to face transactions.
  • Reduce complaints through improve efficiencies
  • Create business models to support local commercial assets
  • Foster improved community knowledge of government services

Demonstration/Deployment

  • Deployment plan for Public Wi-Fi in community.
  • Demonstration of real time technology employed in deployment of GPS & AVI of public works vehicles.
  • Demonstration of other technology that is deployed as part of the project.