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Chicago launches first smart medical district

Illinois Medical District and Ignite Cities are building a digital infrastructure and service for the health innovation destination

IMD is seen as one of the best places to locate Chicago's first smart district
IMD is seen as one of the best places to locate Chicago's first smart district

The Illinois Medical District (IMD) and global consulting practice, Ignite Cities, is launching what is believed to be the country’s first smart medical district.


Ignite, which helps to develop connected cities, will work with IMD to build a connected and intelligent solution to transform transportation, connectivity and safety throughout the district.


The aim is to enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors, while delivering scalable digital infrastructure and services.


Health innovation destination


With more than 40 healthcare organisations, four world class hospitals, two universities and research lab space, the IMD is well-positioned to become the world’s next great health innovation destination. The IMD leverages these assets to foster economic growth on Chicago’s West Side by supporting healthcare, research, programme and technology development initiatives.


"As more residents and visitors travel throughout the IMD for educational purposes, or to receive the life-saving medical care they need, we recognise our existing city infrastructure needs to evolve," said Dr. Suzet McKinney, CEO and executive director of the Illinois Medical District.


As the country’s first smart district, the IMD will use its private and public partnerships and global technology deployments to provide digital services that trigger new public services across the district.


The IMD is home to two Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) lines and seven bus routes that move 82,000 people throughout the area weekly. Easily accessible via the I-290 highway, the district also boasts protected bike lanes and multiple Divvy bke-share stations.

"As more residents and visitors travel throughout the IMD, we recognise our existing city infrastructure needs to evolve"

"We believe that by connecting people, devices and services, we will start to resolve district-wide issues and deliver enhanced citizen engagement, transformed infrastructure and responsive digital services," said Reyahd Kazmi, managing director of Ignite Cities, whose objective is to architect a connected city by placing people at the centre of the vision and purpose.


"As a national hub for medicine and innovation, the IMD is the perfect place for Chicago’s first smart district."


The IMD Smart District will create new revenue share opportunities, sustainable urbanisation, smarter infrastructure, scalable services and transform human engagement. Through the development of public wi-fi, digital kiosks, transportation and intelligent lighting, the IMD Smart District will enhance the quality of life for citizens throughout the District.


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