The public/private partnership aims to serve as a model for other cities across the US
Cyber security technology and managed services company Entegra Technologies is the latest commercial partner to join the Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA).
DIA is a public-private partnership dedicated to the design and execution of a multi-phased smart city strategy for Dallas. It seeks to leverage social and technological infrastructures to accelerate sustainable economic growth, resource efficiency and improve quality of life for citizens.
Establishing cybersecurity design and infrastructure is an essential component in implementing Internet of Things (IoT) networks and capabilities in cities.
The DIA will use Entegra’s EntegraBLU cyber security solution to help support its efforts and maximise the impact of ongoing and future projects in the smart cities initiative.
“Cybersecurity is a critical and integral component in establishing smart infrastructure and Internet of Things networks,” said Jennifer Sanders, executive director of the Dallas Innovation Alliance.
“As uncharted territory for many cities, having the proven expertise of companies like Entegra Technologies is essential in the design of these next-generation projects that can bring enormous benefit to infrastructure and service delivery.”
Key challenges faced by Dallas, and cities around the world, centre on aging infrastructure, strained natural and fiscal resources, and increased density in the urban core.
DIA operates from the definition that a smart city is one where technological and social infrastructures accelerate economic development, increase resource efficiency, and most importantly, improve quality of life.
Through the support and collaboration of its members it is committed to advancing transformative change in the city of Dallas while increasing the domestic and global profile of the great innovators and ideas that reside in Dallas.
“The power of this public-private partnership shows real vision, creating value for Dallas and North Texas, and serves as a model for other cities across the country,” said Nancy Shemwell, chief executive officer, Entegra Technologies.
“With our EntegraBLU solution we are dedicated to providing leading edge technology solving the cyber security issues with industrial controls systems and the associated IoT elements, key components throughout the cities infrastructure.”
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