Smart Cities Info
There are three pillars to the Columbus Smart City
application: assisting our most vulnerable populations, economic development
and an enhanced sustainable transit system.
Our Smart City implementation plan proposes autonomous
vehicle deployment for the first mile and last mile that will connect Easton,
one of our city’s largest job centers, to employees. A pilot system in Linden
will increase personal transit service: Uber, Car2Go and a new ride share
program. This means residents of Linden will now have reliable, cash-based
services to get them to jobs, healthcare and education.
Smart Cities guarantees economic development for Columbus. A
smart phone app for trucks at Rickenbacker – the 7th most active
foreign trade zone in the U.S. -- will give drivers real time traffic info,
making their drives through Columbus more efficient. In addition, we will
create a smartphone app for visitors with event information coordinated with
real-time traffic, parking and transit options. We expect these efforts to
sprout new technology companies in Columbus and relocate existing companies to
the new Silicon Valley of intelligent transportation systems.
A multimodal sustainable transportation system will include
a new traffic signal system to enhance the recently built traffic management
center. It will be the backbone for connected and smart corridors for
motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. Traffic lights will be connected with
technology to provide better traffic predictability and allow us to have
connected and automated vehicles.
Columbus is uniquely qualified to receive the Smart City
grant because we have world-class partners like the Ohio State University,
Battelle Memorial Institute and IBM’s Client Center for Advanced Analytics. We
have more than 100 partners in our application, including bi-partisan political
support, leaders in technology and education and labor and community leaders.