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.
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“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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