The lab will feature fibre-optic infrastructure, an expansion of the Alabama city’s open data portal and offer free public wi-fi in downtown areas
Montgomery in Alabama is establishing a living lab to support its objective to build a smart city from the ground up. The City of Montgomery is working with the Area Chamber of Commerce, County Commission chairman, Elton Dean, and Alabama Power’s Southern Division vice president, Leslie Sanders.
The lab will be equipped with a fibre-optic infrastructure, an expansion of the open data portal and offer free public wi-fi in downtown areas. Projects include the conversion of street lights to LED and the city’s already in-process deployment of smart parking solutions throughout the downtown area.
Montgomery leaders explained that the “smart corridor” will be formalised through the creation of the Montgomery Smart Community Alliance, a private-public partnership focused on advancing smart city initiatives.
“Beginning with a smart corridor from the capital to the riverfront, we are building a smart city from the ground up, using fibre and connectivity to seamlessly integrate into the existing environment, while providing a platform for the deployment of any number of smart city solutions,” said Willie Durham, chairman of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce.
“This is all about partnerships and leveraging resources to provide a sustainable, prosperous, equitable and inclusive future for all Montgomery residents”
As part of its work, the alliance is coordinating a smart community strategic plan to identify community priorities and solutions that address them, with several initiatives already underway:
“This is all about partnerships and leveraging resources to provide a sustainable, prosperous, equitable and inclusive future for all Montgomery residents,” said Todd Strange, mayor of Montgomery.
"We are seeking to build a fabric of connectivity that can support a multitude of applications and services by utilising the same communications platforms, thus creating efficiencies, saving costs, and ultimately delivering more for those living in and visiting Montgomery.”
Montgomery has also been recognised as a Smart 50 Award Winner in recognition of its ongoing work with waste, recycling and smart city solutions company, Rubicon Global. The Montgomery City Sanitation Department deployed Rubicon’s smart city technology last year to provide the city with real-time information on route operations, vehicle patterns, and service interruptions.
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