Regional Smart Cities Initiatives: Executive Summary

The Regional Smart Cities Initiative is born out of a need to bring cohesiveness to the Smart Cities conversation taking place across the United States and around the world. The Regional Smart Cities Initiative will bring about collaboration among stakeholders beyond municipal boundaries, which will be the key to ensuring that implementation of smart cities solutions will be successful and sustainable.

The Regional Smart Cities Initiative has identified and defined four pillars of successful, livable, workable cities and regions. Smart Regions connect municipalities (and groups of smart cities) that are using the Internet of Things, data aggregation, and other innovations that aid in the improvement of a city’s planning and services from these standpoints, ultimately making positive contributions to economic development and quality of life:

  • Connectivity: Connectivity has become a utility, equal in importance to gas and electricity. The Internet is making our world smaller, connecting our rural communities to our urban cores, and creating jobs along the way. Connectivity is the foundation of smart planning. Internet of Things sensors rely on their ability to transmit data in real time, which aid in smart planning decisions.

  • Mobility: Improvements to our existing physical transportation infrastructure are necessary to accommodate population growth and business needs. But mobility is about more than getting from place to place; it’s about providing access to education and job training, advancing careers and growing businesses.

  • Security: Physical and cybersecurity are equally important in a connected region. IoT-provided data can identify problem areas and guide law enforcement strategies, while state-of-the-art encryption and active network surveillance protect our businesses, schools, municipal networks, and IoT sensors from malicious intrusions.

  • Sustainability: Sustainable practices provide benefits across all sectors, from agriculture to heavy industry, from residential to commercial and everywhere in between. By being mindful of sustainability during the construction of new buildings and the implementation of other Smart Cities solutions, we can reduce costs while protecting our natural resources and improving quality of life.

The Regional Smart Cities Initiative will officially launch at the Smart Cincy Summit, to be held April 25 at Union Hall. The Smart Cincy Summit will bring together stakeholders from around the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana region for panel discussions concerning the four pillars of smart growth, breakout sessions, networking, and speeches given by thought leaders in the Smart Cities space. The Summit will culminate with the establishment of the first Smart Region in the United States.