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Spokane forms smart city agreement

Projects include connected streetlights, grid resiliency and air quality-human health research

Spokane is on the road to a smarter and more sustainable future
Spokane is on the road to a smarter and more sustainable future

The city of Spokane, Washington, has entered an agreement with telecommunications firm, Verizon, and Urbanova to partner on developing scalable technology solutions aimed at creating a smarter, safer, more connected place to live.


Verizon, Urbanova, an organisation dedicated to finding new ways to enhance communities, and the city will partner initially on smart community solutions that directly impact public safety, traffic congestion and parking within Spokane’s University District.


Advanced ways to serve citizens


“We’re excited to welcome Verizon as a partner with Urbanova in Spokane,” said David Condon, mayor, Spokane. “Verizon already knows our community as one of our major network service providers.


“Now [it] will share [its] expertise around new technology applications and data delivery as our community seeks out advanced ways to serve Spokane’s citizens into the future. This is another important step forward as we seek solutions that lead to healthier citizens, safer neighbourhoods, smarter infrastructure, and a more sustainable environment.”


Verizon will work with Urbanova partners including Itron, Avista and Washington State University (WSU) to deploy its smart communities solutions. These will be in support of ongoing projects, including connected streetlights, grid resiliency and air quality-human health research, along with new initiatives to be developed together with the larger Urbanova ecosystem.

“It’s not just about smart technology, connectivity or applications; it starts with a focus on the people"

Urbanova and Verizon said they share a commitment to find ways to improve the economic, social and environmental equity and resilience in communities like Spokane.


“We’re thrilled to partner with Urbanova, the city of Spokane and mayor Condon to bring technology advancements that will help to improve the lives of citizens today and set the city up to lead for tomorrow,” added Mrinalini Ingram, vice president of smart communities at Verizon.


“It’s not just about smart technology, connectivity or applications; it starts with a focus on the people. We’re looking forward to working hand in hand to understand the needs of the community and together, develop solutions that bolster the economy and improve the lives of the people that live and work in the area.”


Verizon claims its smart communities solutions, which are deployed in more than 50 cities across the US, are designed to foster growth and opportunity within communities while minimising risk and cost for municipalities.


The partnership with Urbanova and the city of Spokane is designed to bolster private-sector investment, community and educational services, technology like smart parking, smart street lights and smart safety solutions, along with implementation expertise and streamlined permitting processes to install this technology efficiently.


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