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
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
"Richmond is home to a host of business incubators, nonprofits and educational initiatives that foster innovation and creativity; we look at what they do, the projects they support and what’s on the horizon..."
“CIT is focused on the growth of innovation and entrepreneurship in all sectors of Virginia, or all regions,” says Bob Stolle, president and CEO of CIT. “We have a variety of programs that provide direct investment into early-stage companies and seed-stage investment for equity positions in early-stage startups.”
The city of Fredericksburg is partnering with the Center for Innovative Technology to make Riverfront Park a "smart" location.
(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.
The city has partnered with Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology to bring specialized flood sensors to certain tributaries in the city.
Chuck Kirby with CIT says that came about thanks to ongoing efforts by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to combat certain natural disasters – including urban flooding.
VIRGINIA CENTER FOR INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY (CIT) & ROANOKE CITY PARTNER ON FLOOD SENSORS TO IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY
Roanoke, VA, Nov. 03, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As the 35th anniversary of The Flood of 1985 approaches, a unique partnership has emerged to seek flood safety improvements. The Commonwealth of Virginia, through the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), with support from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate, has collaborated with the City of Roanoke in a flood sensor project. CIT has identified Roanoke as an ideal location for flood sensors in Virginia, based on the history of flooding throughout the valley and the City’s existing flood resiliency efforts. These flood sensors would provide real-time, web-based information on flooding conditions that City staff can use in a variety of ways, such as evacuating flood-prone homes, proactively closing roadways, and floodplain management.
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.
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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.
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