PARTNER NEWS: Itron Smart City Challenge

We’re excited to announce that we’re collaborating with Itron – a leading provider of IoT solutions for smart cities – to launch the inaugural Itron Smart City Challenge! The Smart City Challenge will bring together leading IoT technology providers to tackle the challenges some of the biggest cities in Europe are facing today.

These challenges have been designed by city leaders with the goal of identifying breakthrough solutions that enhance citizen wellbeing, while improving operational efficiencies and creating a more resourceful world. The deadline to apply is Jan. 4, 2019.

Europe’s premier technology accelerator program for smart city innovators will include the cities of Glasgow and London in its inaugural cohort. We – in partnership with Itron and the participating cities – are recruiting  technology providers to help solve a key set of business and societal challenges within each community:

 

  • Glasgow: Improve the experience for residents and visitors during high traffic events

 

The city of Glasgow is one of the world’s top sporting cities and a major destination for conferences and concerts. Many thousands of people come to the city on a regular basis to experience its year-round calendar of events. However, this brings significant challenges in getting people safely and conveniently around the city to their location. It also impacts residents and particularly, the public transport system. In order to maintain its position as a top destination and attract even more visitors, Glasgow is seeking solutions to safely and efficiently manage the movements of large influxes of people in order to ensure that they have a positive experience.

 

  • London: Enhance safety along the River Thames in central London

 

London has opted to focus on improving safety along the River Thames in central London. The City of London would like to find new ways to improve river safety through technology to meet the city’s safety and health priorities. Due to the life-threatening nature of river entries, the city is seeking solutions that accelerate emergency response times and that protect citizens by ensuring the availability of safety equipment when it is needed.

Technology providers will leverage Itron’s open IoT platform and developer tools to prototype new smart city solutions. The winning companies will receive product engineering assistance, marketing and promotional support, and an opportunity to deploy their solution in a real-world environment.  

Are you – or is someone you know – ready to step up to challenge? Review additional information and sign up here.

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