ARC's Vice President, Infrastructure and Smart Cities, Jim Frazer sits down with Katie Patrick, Environmental Engineer & Dr. Melissa Wiley, Data Analyst, City of Gainesville, Florida. In order to discuss initiatives with in the Smart City ecosystem, for mitigating our collective environmental impact and how we can all get involved. 
Welcome everyone, I'm Jim Frazier of ARCA Advisory Group, and this is the Smart City Podcast. Today, we have a panel discussion with some with, with some intriguing end users of Smart City Technology.0:15We have Kevin Comstock, Smart Cities, Director of the City of Chattanooga, as well as doctor Melissa Wiley, who's a data analyst for the city of Gainesville, Florida. Welcome to both of you, love, Thank you, Jim.0:31OK, well, thanks for joining us today.0:34Um, there's been a lot lot published and discussed about Smart Cities. Much of its vaporware Can can each of you share some? You know, interesting projects that actually are happening on the ground and in both Chattanooga and Gainesville.0:53Sure, Be happy to. one of the, we've got three major projects are three major activities that we've got going on here in Chattanooga. The first one is a collaborative of different governmental agencies, academia, hospitals, health care people, the electric power board here. The individuals that installed our fiber network about 10 years ago, that created the gig city.1:24So, that group is kinda working together to identify opportunities in smart cities more from an economic development perspective and to help bring technology and research to our universities here. So, which leads into the first or the next project, which is our Testbed. The city and the University of Tennessee Chattanooga have built a living laboratory on one of our corridors here in town.1:51It's about a mile and a half long, has 11 intersections on it, where we have deployed numerous sensors for vehicle, detection, air quality detection, mckusick detection, to get a very good sense of how that corridor or operates from an urban perspective. Some of the things that we're doing there are actually starting to test out some of the ... technologies for live spat, challenge the signal facing and timing transmission between vehicles and infrastructure and from the infrastructure back to the vehicles. So that's been going on here for about 18 months, now.2:29The next project we've got is a collaborative project with the Oak Ridge National Labs, and the National Renewable Energy Lab on a digital twin here in the community, which is computer simulation of our entire city, basically. And the primary points that they're looking at with that is the traffic system, how we can reduce emissions, are improved fuel economy, reduced energy, use this as a department, event, US Department of Energy project. So, but it's, it's in its second year now, they're getting ready to roll out the next two years of the project. And they're expanding that to be much more of a regional perspective than the one specific corridor that they've identified. And I've been working on for the past two years. Well, Kevin, let me jump in that, That, that's fascinating.3:23It's a Department of Energy project that is building a Digital Twin with a focus on your transportation network, correct?3:33And it didn't come from the U S D O T? correct.3:39I don't get into politics. That's that's. That's it, That Melissa, there's another, in gainesville's a big university town.3:50Yeah. And there's a there's a lot happening there. I know, in the Smart City domain. You maybe want to touch on some of the things you're personally involved with, in terms of Data analytics.Read entire transcript at
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