Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. And where there’s a real-world technical challenge, there’s the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) to provide an innovative solution.
Great story in the news last night on a vital group effort to bridge the internet access gap ahead of the school year and help make #broadband economically feasible in hard to reach places in #Virginia! Interviews with Stafford County CTO Michael Cannon and #CITSMART David Ihrie and Keith Walker, CEO of Aer Wireless as well as Pete Torres and his kids (Homeowners association and pilot program participant.)
We are working together to pilot a new technology that could help make broadband economically feasible in hard to reach places. The County has a VATI grant. It would look for more funding there to expand coverage beyond the initial pilot. Aer will also provide private service offerings to homes that can access the signal but not eligible for the pilot since they don’t have kids in Stafford schools.
- Multi-agency collaboration to create pilot program that will help ensure Virginia has the safest and most open UAS airspace in the U.S.
The broadband network that connects Stafford County schools will soon be used to bring high-speed internet to about 130 private homes in the Hartwood area as part of a new program slated to begin next month.
CIT Selects Partners to Build a First-of-Its-Kind Smart Community | Contract agreements signal the official start of building a technology testbed in Stafford County
Herndon, VA, May 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) today announced that four contracts have been issued to build Stafford’s technology testbed, a key milestone for the public-private partnership developing Virginia’s first ground-up “smart community.” Expected to be up and running in six weeks, the smart city technology testbed will focus on Internet of Things (IoT) device security to help prevent community ransomware attacks, and protect the privacy of citizens, while providing critical data to help the county improve operations and services.
The Stafford testbed will act as a living laboratory - testing emerging technologies in real-world situations and providing a long-term capability that can be used to validate innovation before bringing it into the operational “Smart Stafford” infrastructure.
It’s been a dream of county officials for more than a decade, but there’s new support from the state for Stafford as a Smart Community test site, and a private partner is ready to begin construction on the first phase of the project. The region’s next urban destination might be just right around the corner.
Partners at the state’s Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) spent $100,000 last summer to develop the specifications for this smart downtown.
In announcing the deal last spring, David Ihrie, chief technology officer at CIT, said other communities around the state are excited to learn from Downtown Stafford.
“Stafford County is moving ahead at an exciting time in the development of these ideas, and our collaboration will provide one model for how a community can establish a vision for their future and then take the steps towards making that future a reality,” Ihrie said.
The state has gone beyond that initial investment to help make Downtown Stafford a test lab for new efforts in public safety technology — work has already started at the county government center to test these new technologies.
Hamburg-based environmental analytics company Breeze Technologies has been selected as an industry partner for a new wildfire sensor workstream by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T).
The CIT Smart Communities Team continues to keep the innovation machine running in Virginia. CIT leads the SCITI Labs program for DHS, driving ongoing innovation in areas of public safety, critical infrastructure and other areas of national concern. Early wildfire detection is one of those issues. While not the focus of today's most pressing issues - continuity of all Virginia based innovation efforts happening now will be critical to weathering this storm and will speed eventual long-term recovery in the Commonwealth.
CIT CTO Dave Ihrie | In the News | #SmartCommunities
COURTHOUSE AREA COULD BECOME ‘SMART COMMUNITY’
Stafford targeted to become Virginia's first Smart Community By James Scott Baron The Free Lance–Star:
“We’re looking to build a secure facility from the ground up,” said David Ihrie, chief technology officer of the Center for Innovative Technology. “Our goal is to make Stafford a model community for all of Virginia.” Ihrie said CIT would bring a host of interested partners to Stafford to help boost economic development in the region and realize his vision. “We want to make Downtown Stafford the state’s first standalone smart community,” Ihrie said.
"After concluding a 2-year effort focusing on sensor-based technologies for public safety, our SCITILabs partnership is launching similar R&D to combat wildfires in urban areas. We’ll continue our work with the Center for Innovative Technology, Smart City Works and TechNexus - along with these four new industry partners, who will ready their prototypes for testing with first responders over the next 6 months." DHS Science and Technology Directorate
DHS S&T selected four new industry partners to participate in a new wildfire sensors workstream of the Smart Cities Internet of Things Innovation (SCITI) Labs.
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