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St Louis launches smart city technology integration pilot

The Department of Homeland Security is collaborating with the city and the Open Geospatial Consortium on the project which will involve testing an interoperability framework.

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The St Louis smart city pilot aims to improve the nation's public safety
The St Louis smart city pilot aims to improve the nation's public safety

The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) has embarked on a pilot project that will test the integration of smart cities technology in St Louis, Missouri.

 

The intended outcome of this smart city effort – in collaboration with both the city and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) – is to enhance public safety and efficient and effective operations across all city departments.

 

The pilot will take place at T-Rex, the downtown St Louis technology innovation centre.

 

Interoperability framework

 

Through this pilot, the partners will research, design and test the Smart City Interoperability Reference Architecture (SCIRA) as an interoperable framework that integrates commercial proprietary Internet of Things (IoT) sensors for public safety applications at the community level.

 

“With this pilot, we will be able to engage stakeholders in St Louis to test how their technology can meet real city needs,” said William Bryan, senior official performing the duties of the under secretary for science and technology.

 

“The city of St Louis joined the federal smart cities initiative in an effort to improve public safety, among other objectives. We, at DHS S&T, are honoured to work with the city and OGC as we continue to serve our colleagues in public safety.”

 

The goal of the SCIRA pilot is to integrate and test existing real-world technologies that can augment, and even improve, all day-to-day city operations and emergency response capabilities.

“With this pilot, we will be able to engage stakeholders in St Louis to test how their technology can meet real city needs”

The pilot will test the technologies’ performances and ability to enhance public safety via a series of major flooding, flash flooding, vulnerable population outreach, and building fire scenarios.

 

Through the project’s findings, cities could have open, interoperable methods for incorporating smart city technologies into across city services using shared technology standards.

 

“Community level application of existing technologies is essential for a 21st century city to adequately deliver services to its residents and provide for their public safety, as well as enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of all city services,” added Lyda Krewson, mayor of St Louis.

 

“The way our residents live, work and play is continuously evolving and their government must evolve with them. I am excited to be partnering with DHS S&T and OGC on this very important smart city effort.”

 

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