The Evolution of Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities… to Colorado
It’s been a little over a year since Cisco unveiled its holistic blueprint for “Smart+Connected Communities” (S+CC) a new global initiative that views the network as the platform for integrated city management, better quality of life for citizens and economic development. Since then the initiative has evolved from an idea to the start of a new industry that is transforming cities, communities and countries around the world.
Today, Cisco has continued the growth and evolution of its Cisco’s S+CC vision with the announcement of Colorado as the first state to collaborate around the Smart+Connected Communities. Colorado’s state government is taking a leadership position here in establishing the Colorado Connected Communities Initiative, which will focus on piloting projects aimed at improving health care and education, reducing energy consumption and creating economic opportunity. Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior discussed the intitiative in the context of a national broadband plan for the US with CNBC’s Scott Cohn during the live coverage of the CTIA Wireless show in Vegas (at 4mins 15 secs).
The CIO of the State of Colorado, Mike Locatis, talks here about why he views the network as a foundational, open platform on which citizen-centric services can be delivered to the state. Click here to see his video and read the press release.
As part of these initiatives, pilot programs will include incorporating Cisco TelePresence into some Colorado university college to help nursuing students living in rural areas to gain recertification without travelling to major urban centres, using Cisco HealthPresence video technology at rural sites across the state and helping to create more energy efficiency in various state buildings in Grand Junction and Mesa County.
In this video, the CIO of the State of Colorado, Mike Locatis, gives his perspective on why he views the network as a foundational, open platform on which third party services can be delivered to citizens across the state. He also discusses the genesis of the pilot projects from an original discussion between Governor Bill Ritter and Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers.
The idea for S+CC came from Cisco’s overall view that the same principles of openness that made the Internet the central nucleus it is today can be applied to make communities a smarter and more connected platform for people, products, services and information. In the last year, Cisco has announced several major projects and solutions that are key to our S+CC initiative. A select few of these milestone projects include:
- An agreement with the mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom to develop a joint vision for a “Sustainable 21st Century San Francisco” and also explore drawing on S+CC expertise for other multiple projects in the city.
- Working with the City of Holyoke to establish a vibrant 21st century neighborhood inside of the city that will be modernized with the latest network solutions.
- Extended the collaboration with Gale International based on the success of Smart+Connected Communities in the new Songdo International Business District in Korea to include near-term opportunities in Meixi Lakes in China.
- The development of the Smart+Connected Center in Chongqing, China that will help provide technical support and services to test S+CC solutions and products and serve as a model for the network infrastructure required for sustainable city development.
- Announced a collaboration with Metropolis, an organization comprised of 106 of the world’s largest cities, to develop its “Vision 2030” for sustainable cities around the world.
Bruce Klein, Cisco senior vice president for Public Sector also gives his views here on how Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities initiative could provide an innovative approach for driving productivity and efficiency in Connected Government.
Looking at all the momentum Cisco’s S+CC initiative has gained in the past year in various cities and communities across the globe, how do you see the initiative making an impact on future cities and what other improvements do you think can be made?