Published December 08, 2021 by Take on Race, Cincinnati Bell
What is a Smart City?
Technology, and especially the internet and mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, has become ubiquitous in our daily lives. With the internet, students can access primary source documents, research just about anything, and support their own understanding with explanations accompanied by video, animations, or other helpful digital visualizations. With this reality, students who lack access to an appropriate computing device and reliable wi-fi connectivity simply do not have access to education. Data reveals that today’s youngest students are most vulnerable to falling behind and Black and Brown children disproportionately lack sufficient resources and are rapidly falling behind on expected learning outcomes.
By addressing barriers in access to connectivity, Cincinnati Bell is also taking steps to improve access to education. The UniCity program is working towards digital equity by building on a foundation of connectivity through fiber and high-speed public Wi-Fi networks alongside training programs for students and adults. UniCity works hand-in-hand with communities to custom build a suite of technology applications to impact business district vibrancy, neighborhood-based enhancements, public safety, and data-driven policy decision making. It is programs like this one that Take on Race is looking to learn from and strengthen through the collective cooperation of Corporate America.
Combining technology and community development expertise, UniCity works with governments of all sizes to problem solve through smart city solutions. Building on a foundation of connectivity through fiber and high-speed public Wi-Fi networks, UniCity works hand-in-hand with communities to custom build a suite of technology applications to impact business district vibrancy, neighborhood-based enhancements, public safety, and data-driven policy decision making.
- Drive business growth with data analytics and targeted engagement software
- Attract visitors and business by creating strong public spaces, sense of place, and vibrancy
- Engage and inform visitors of relevant information while in the city
- Improve parking and communicate locations of available parking spaces
- Data analytics increase knowledge of visitors and residents to provide better informed decisions
- Data security ensures private and otherwise sensitive data that may be collected is safeguarded and accessible only to the intended recipients
- Monitor traffic and integrate with lights to improve traffic flow based on real-time info
- Energy savings use LED streetlights which save +30% over traditional light fixtures
- Address digital equity with high speed wi-fi, devices, and training programs for students and adults
- Telehealth programs and information for residents to have improved access to health care information
- Access to resources for job search, job training and government services
- Financial health can be improved for residents by allowing them to make better financial decisions
- Video surveillance cameras to assist law enforcement in identifying and apprehending criminals to improve public safety
- Dedicated bandwidth for first responders and essential government services
- Sensor technology can be used to monitor and improve the delivery of services such as water, waste, and environmental quality