Smart Region Initiative Joint Venture Silicon Valley

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Smart Region Initiative, Joint Venture Silicon Valley
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Team Members Crown Castle Int’l; E Ink Corp
Point of Contact Jeff Lewis, Director – Smart Region Initiative, Joint Venture Silicon Valley
Participating Municipalities County of San Mateo CA; City of Cupertino CA; City of Hayward CA; City of Mountain View CA; City of Morgan Hill CA; City of San Jose CA; City of San Leandro CA, USA
Status Launched
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Description

Joint Venture’s Smart Region Initiative is a coalition between local governments, businesses, and residents working together to improve quality of life in Silicon Valley through the targeted and holistic application of smart city technologies. The coalition builds on existing relationships with technology companies, academia, and local government leaders to drive a coordinated public-private sector effort, and mounts a highly strategic campaign to lead and transform Silicon Valley’s smart cities implementations at a regional scale.

Challenges

  • Expand Coalition - Encourage dialog between local governments, businesses, residents, and academia. Create coalitions to help build human-centric smart city systems that solve problems and create efficiencies. Determine areas where scale can be realized through partnerships. Lead those partnerships in tactical ways.
  • Educate Public and Private Sector Stakeholders - Identify key stakeholders in cities/counties and educate them on technology and trends in smart city.
  • Regional Alignment - Encourage cities, towns, and counties to share information and deploy technologies that allow for seamless regional coverage.
  • Locate New Technologies – Identify early-stage companies with compelling technology, and bring those companies to the attention of the consortium.
  • Promote Model Ordinances and Processes – Work with cities/counties to provide best practices and guidelines for developing smart city ordinances that encourage innovation and deployment, while protecting privacy and individual freedom.

Solutions

Major Requirements

  1. Survey Silicon Valley’s local governments and special districts to determine areas where scale and collaboration are possible.
  2. Examine what other cities (outside the region) are doing to catalog best practices.
  3. Identify one or two areas which we can have meaningful impact.
  4. Expand the initiative to include members from the business community and districts.
  5. Finalize the Smart Region Initiative update.

Performance Targets

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) Measurement Methods

Key performance indicators will be identified once focus areas have been established.

Methods to measure performance will be created once the planning stage establishes focus areas.

Standards, Replicability, Scalability, and Sustainability

The goal is to create a document for local government and private sector agencies to reference in regards to best practices for the identified focus areas.

Cybersecurity and Privacy

Cybersecurity and privacy are paramount to smart region solutions and need to be built in from the ground floor of identified focus areas. The steering committee along with any focus groups/subject matter experts will evaluate uncertainties and risk related to security and privacy.

Impacts

Applying IoT/M2M technologies to the challenge of improving the lives of citizens leads to the creation of “Smart Cities” – evolved solutions that have the potential to help solve numerous challenges we face in the 21st century. We define "smart cities" as technology applied to create vertical solutions that address municipal challenges. Given the potential value of smart cities and the negative impact of not addressing those challenges, forward-thinking leaders are strategizing around and planning for smart cities now.

Demonstration/Deployment

The Joint Venture Silicon Valley Smart Region Initiative is in the planning stage with an estimated completion time in the August/September 2019 timeframe.

The Director of the Smart Region Initiative will attend the GCTC Expo 2019 to share concepts and ideas and gather feedback to assist in completing the initiative update.