Stafford County Smart Community Testbed and the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) | In the News
"Stafford County, Va., CTO Michael Cannon has a unique opportunity to help build a downtown from the ground up.
The rapidly growing jurisdiction contains a county seat, also called Stafford, and several years ago, the local government began planning a smart community in the heart of it. In doing so, the county has maintained cybersecurity as a top priority, Cannon said Tuesday during a panel at the Smart Cities Connect Fall Conference and Expo in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.
“It’s not a matter of whether you will get attacked, it’s a matter of when you will get attacked,” Cannon said, emphasizing the importance of regional information sharing and collective defenses.
To achieve its smart community vision, Stafford County partnered with the nonprofit Center for Innovative Technology, headquartered in nearby Richmond, Va. In 2019, the two agreed to establish an initial test bed for technologies as Smart Stafford, the first Internet of Things platform in Virginia. Fully operational as of May, the test bed runs a dozen smart city uses cases, integrating with 5G and other emerging technologies, Canon said."
WINCHESTER — You may see some unusual activity in the skies above Winchester next week as the city tests the capabilities of aerial drones.
Drones are remote-controlled, unmanned aircraft used for purposes ranging from recreation to warfare. Winchester’s Emergency Management Department owns five of the devices and has 10 trained pilots that have used them for things like searching for hot spots during structure fires.
Starting Monday, the city will be conducting tests to further explore the potential uses of drones. Specifically, the tests will determine the feasibility of using drones to:
According to a media release from Rouss City Hall, next week’s tests will be conducted by the Virginia Beach-based company DroneUp in partnership with city staff and the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), the nonprofit operations arm of the Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority.
White House Recognizes SCITI Labs program in June 2021 Fact Sheet Addressing the Growing Wildfire Threat
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Use research to improve early detection wildfire sensors.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is also focusing its research agenda on innovations that will improve the Nation’s ability to predict, detect, and control wildfires. Just two weeks ago, DHS Science and Technology announced successful Phase II trials of four prototype early detection wildfire sensors. Through a variety of sampling sensors and advanced algorithms, these technologies, once deployed, will provide early warning to fire-vulnerable communities, ultimately providing valuable time that will aid responders and save lives.
S&T established the SCITI (pronounced “city”) Labs initiative in collaboration with the Center for Innovative Technology, TechNexus and Smart City Works to focus on applying new and existing technologies to public safety and national security needs, with an emphasis on extensive validation and go-to-market support through industry partners.
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The evaluation was conducted during a controlled, prescribed burn at the Dye Creek Preserve near Red Bluff, California, in partnership with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and The Nature Conservancy. Additional observers included partners from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).
The test was the second phase of S&T’s Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) wildfire sensor technology program, part of the Smart Cities Internet of Things Innovation (SCITI) Labs initiative, which brings together government and private sector partners to identify technologies that meet first responders’ operational needs and ensure the nation’s critical infrastructure remains secure and resilient.
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DHS Science and Technology Directorate's (S&T's) SCITI Labs initiative leverages cutting-edge Smart City and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to deliver new capabilities to DHS components and to enhance public safety in communities across the country. SCITI brings together key government and private sector partners to identify new and existing technologies that both meet first responders’ operational needs and enhance commercial buildings, ensuring the nation’s critical infrastructure and those who protect it are secure and resilient.
STAFFORD, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 8, 2021--
Mutualink, Inc., in partnership with Stafford County and Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology ( CIT ), successfully deployed and is powering the state’s first Smart City deployment, the Virginia Smart Community Testbed. Mutualink’s secure, intelligent network is the digital backbone for Smart Cities connecting community partners, smart infrastructure, and sustainable IoT technologies in real-time so community leaders can work together to improve livability, workability and resilience.
Stafford County and the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) Announce Opening of the First Virginia Smart Community Testbed | Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey reports on a new partnership between high-tech companies and Stafford County.
(News4's Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey has been covering this side of the state since joining NBC4 in 1992. She's joined by reporter Drew Wilder.)
Stafford County and the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) Announce Opening of the First Virginia Smart Community Testbed
Launch celebration included ribbon-cutting ceremony and technology demonstration
Stafford, VA, May 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Stafford County and the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to formally establish the opening of the new Virginia Smart Community Testbed. The Testbed, located next to the Stafford Government Center at 2143 Jefferson Davis Hwy, is the first of its kind in the Commonwealth. Testbeds are a way of testing new technologies in a real-world setting, a method that drives faster innovation. This Testbed will help propel both Stafford and Virginia to the forefront of smart community adoption across the country and the world.
"Innovation is the key to creating new jobs, driving economic growth, and tackling our biggest challenges," said Governor Ralph Northam. "This testbed will help build Virginia’s first smart community in Stafford County and serve as a living laboratory to pilot smart city technologies. This is exactly the type of public-private partnership we need to make the delivery of goods and services more effective and efficient, reduce our carbon footprint, and improve the health and well-being of our communities, our Commonwealth, and our country."
Smart City Works AnnouncesAward of New Grant byGo Northern Virginia to Support theNorthern Virginia Smart Region Initiative
Northern Virginia, April 27, 2021 – Smart City Works, with partners Washington DC ArchAngels and VA Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), announced a new grant award supporting the Northern Virginia Smart Region Initiative. The $1.9 million grant was approved by the Virginia Growth and Opportunity State Board.
Virginia: Moving at the Speed of Innovation | Virginia Stakeholder Meeting Video | Hosted by Tracy Tynan, Director, Virginia Unmanned Systems Center at CIT - the nexus for Virginia's activity in UxS - Land, Air, Sea, and Space.
[ *The Center is responsible for instilling an entrepreneurial culture regarding Autonomous Systems across Virginia, encourage economic growth across the Commonwealth via Autonomous emergent business activities, and continue and increase the Commonwealth's position as a leader of the Autonomous Systems community. ]
Smart City Works and Fairfax County Announce Pitch and Pilot: Pedestrian/Bike Safety Innovation Challenge
Registration now open for Innovation competition focused on engaging diverse teams to develop smart city solutions focused on pedestrian and bicycle safety.
Fairfax County, March 17, 2021 – Smart City Works and Fairfax County, with partner CIT, will host the Pitch and Pilot: Fairfax County Innovation Challenge, an innovation competition where teams create high-impact solutions to address bicycle and pedestrian safety. The goal of the Challenge is to find innovative solutions to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety in our increasingly multimodal transportation landscape. Registration is now open, and the competition will conclude on April 21.
iDISPLA Announces University Adversarial Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning Challenge Winners
University of Virginia, Penn State & Bowie State teams’ winning proposals to detect ‘Deep Fakes’.
"The challenge was sponsored by The Greer Institute and ran from January 19th through February 1st. Several prominent members of the AI and ML technology communities volunteered to serve on the panel of judges for this challenge including David Ihrie, Chief Technology Officer, Center for Innovative Technology..."
March 23, 2021 - Richmond, VA - iDISPLA (Innovative Discovery Science Platform), Army C5ISR Center Night Vision and Electronic Sensor Directorate (NVESD) and The Greer Institute for Leadership and Innovation (Greer Institute) announced the winners of the recent University Adversarial Artificial Intelligence (AI) / Machine Learning (ML) Challenge. The winners are 1st Place – University of Virginia; 2nd Place – Pennsylvania State University; 3rd Place – Bowie State University.
Thanks to its comprehensive flight test sites, miles of open roads, a long coastline with access to open water and world-class rocket launch facilities, Virginia is a natural location to support all domains in the unmanned systems (UxS) industry: air, ground, sea and space. Despite a challenging year due to a worldwide health pandemic and the sluggish economy created by the virus, UxS continued to accelerate in Virginia as the industry accomplished many new milestones and achievements.
The project to connect Stafford County like never before is well underway.
Dubbed “Smart City Test Bed,” the project to remake the county into the state’s first-ever 5G-connected community is focused on how to reduce traffic, how to predict and detect flooding, and, maybe someday, guide a tourist to get a juicy hamburger at a locally-owned restaurant.
“Smart is bigger than technology,” said Stafford County Economic Development Director John Holden.
Last summer, the county signed an agreement with the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), Virginia’s quasi-governmental agency, promising to work together to first blanket the area around the county’s courthouse with 5G wireless technology. That work is happening now.
Virginia Venture Connect | Ep 6: Forget Smart Homes, We're Talking Smart Cities | Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC) | Interview with David Ihrie, CIT Chief Technology Officer
David Ihrie - Innovation Partnerships for Virginia | Video | Shenandoah Valley Technology Council Luncheon Feb 2021
David Ihrie talks about CIT Smart Communities, the Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority (VIPA), and what projects might lend themselves for development in the Shenandoah Valley.
About the SVTC: The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council is a non-profit that serves technology users and creators in the Shenandoah Valley. Its members gather together for education, networking, and business development. By helping technology businesses in the area succeed and grow, the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council is an integral component of the region, helping bring high-paying technology jobs to the Valley. Website: https://svtc-va.org/
Stafford’s Smart City is beginning to materialize.
As an offshoot of the SCITI Labs program, CIT SMART is now deploying 66 of the flood sensors featured in this video below throughout Virginia. We are working with state agencies, including the Department of Natural Resources and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, to make this a sustainable statewide flood sensor network.
The sensor network and the data it produces will help better characterize coastal inundation due to climate change, better predict the exact timing and location of flood events on rivers throughout the Commonwealth. It will also help better understand homeowners' risk in flood plains with more accurate updated models than those currently available.
(Updated at 11:55 p.m.) More than 100 people have signed up to compete in Virginia’s inaugural Smart City Challenge, and organizers expect more to join in the coming weeks.
The proceedings kicked off on Saturday (Jan. 23) with remarks from Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and panel discussions on how technology could be used to address societal challenges, from COVID-19 and natural disasters to the availability of healthy food and efficiency of traffic lights.
The month-long competition will conclude on Feb. 18 when participants pitch projects designed to improve modern communities by tackling issues in housing, transportation, health, education, and other sectors.
Commonwealth Cyber Initiative Technical Advisory Board ready to help make Virginia a global cybersecurity leader
The CCI Technology Advisory Board inaugural members are: (from top left) Elisa Bertino, Tracy Gregorio, David Ihrie, and Jim Mollenkopf; (from bottom left) Melur “Ram” Ramasubramanian, Zachary Tudor, Sennur Ulukus, and Dan Woolley.
The Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) has tapped top cybersecurity leaders to provide strategic guidance as part of its inaugural Technical Advisory Board.
“The inaugural members represent some of the highest levels of industry, academia, and government and bring a wide array of experience and expertise, including running large research groups and developing innovation programs, said Luiz DaSilva, CCI executive director. “They’re also strong advocates for the initiative and their expertise will help us develop programs to further enhance cybersecurity workforce development and innovation within the commonwealth.”
Stafford County is proud to announce that we are the home of the Commonwealth's Smart Community Testbed.
The Virginia Smart Community Testbed (Testbed) is coming to Stafford, Virginia in Spring of 2021! Located next to the Stafford Government Center at 2143 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Stafford, VA, the Testbed will be the home to developing smart technology for the Commonwealth.
Smart Technology developments include IoT platforms that will be fully integrated with 5G and other new and emerging technologies for Smart Cities around the country. Technologies developed in the Testbed will accelerate smart technology growth across the Commonwealth and Nation.
The Testbed is a “shared knowledge platform” to develop practical and relevant smart technology solutions. The Virginia Smart Community Testbed is a public-private partnership involving multiple industry partners who will focus on relevant and practical use cases and produce innovative solutions using emerging and smart technologies.
Governor Northam Announces Silent Falcon UAS Technologies to Locate East Coast Operations in Warren County, Creating 249 New Jobs
Company to invest $6 million in new Mid-Atlantic headquarters for research, development, manufacturing
“We are really excited that Silent Falcon has chosen to build its future in Virginia,” said Bob Stolle, CEO at the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT). “They are pioneers in this young industry that will soon impact every aspect of our lives, and the Unmanned Systems Center at CIT is anxious to support them in that pursuit.”
The city of Fredericksburg is partnering with the Center for Innovative Technology to make Riverfront Park a "smart" location.
The City of Roanoke, VA is working with the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) on a flood sensor project. The city was chosen for the project by CIT due to its history of flooding and the city’s existing flood resiliency efforts.
(Fredericksburg, VA) November 20, 2020 – The City of Fredericksburg is proud to announce a partnership with the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) for a “smart” Riverfront Park. This new park located along Sophia Street in Historic Downtown will be a significant new public space in the downtown area. It is currently under construction and, when complete, will feature Rappahannock River views with open space, event space, and a play area.
CIT is coordinating a flood sensor pilot project that originated with the Department of Homeland Security. “And the ultimate goal would be to be able to do this throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia,” Kirby told WDBJ7.
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