St. Louis Smart City Project Integrates Public-Safety Applications
Friday, January 17, 2020 | Comments

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) conducted its final integration of smart city technologies this week in St. Louis in collaboration with the city, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and the T-REX Innovation Center (T-REX).

After an initial pilot kickoff in August, DHS S&T and its partners continued to work with the city to use Smart City Interoperability Reference Architecture (SCIRA) as an interoperable framework, integrating commercial proprietary internet of things (IoT) sensors for public-safety applications and assessing open standards. This final rollout event, which included a series of tabletop exercises and operational scenarios, demonstrated how the technologies could be leveraged by first responders, emergency managers and other city officials in real-life events, such as floods, fires or earthquakes.

The intended outcomes of this smart city effort were to enhance overall public safety, streamline efficient, effective operations across all city departments and validate the SCIRA architecture for adoption by future smart city efforts.

“With this experiment, and by bringing in a variety of city, federal and other stakeholders, we are aiming to get cities to prioritize their procurement and have a clear vision of their immediate operational needs and desired benefits in a realistic manner,” Norman Speicher, S&T program manager said.

The demonstration took place at T-REX, a non-profit technology innovation and entrepreneur development center in downtown St. Louis.

“The OGC team of participating global vendors is excited to engage in this exercise by contributing their state-of-the-art interoperable products and documenting the interoperability testing in reusable deployment guides,” said Nadine Alameh, the CEO of OGC. “This collaborative exercise is the most effective way to validate the standards-based architecture and ensure other cities have a tested framework to acquire and deploy their own smart city technologies in a cost effective and future-proof way.”

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