Columbus unveils smart city operating system

By Jonathan Dyble
According to The Associated Press, Columbus has launched its new pioneering transportation operating system that will look to accelerate the development...

According to The Associated Press, Columbus has launched its new pioneering transportation operating system that will look to accelerate the development and deployment of the city’s smart transportation solutions.

The operating system will be launched throughout the capital city of Ohio, gathering data that will aid in learning transportation patterns to better enable the launch of new technologies, such as autonomous vehicles.

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“Today's initial launch of the Smart Columbus Operating System is a major milestone in our smart city journey, as we are now better able to analyze, interpret and share data that will help us solve critical challenges and inspire innovation,” said Mayor of Columbus, Andrew Ginther.

The capital of Ohio gained a $40mn federal grant having won the US Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge ahead of six other cities in 2016, alongside $10mn in investment from Paul Allen’s Vulcan Inc.

Ginther continued: “Fundamental to 'becoming smart' as a city is discovering how to use data to improve city services and quality life for residents. When we apply data to the challenges we experience as a city, we can transform outcomes in education, employment, healthcare and even access to healthy food.”

The announcement reinstates Columbus’ goal of leading the way in smart transportation development and research.

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