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Feb 08

Newport News Gets Smart!

Posted on February 8, 2018 at 9:50 AM by Daniel Kvaternik

The City of Newport News recently hosted a Smart Cities Readiness Workshop to explore how implementing smart technologies into our region can make Newport News a better place to live and work. The workshop was delivered by the Smart Cities Council, which awarded Newport News with a Readiness Challenge Grant to help advance the city’s vision.

“The Readiness Challenge is all about helping cities craft a vision and action plan to deliver results for the entire community,” Smart Cities Council Managing Director Philip Bane said. “The Council will continue to work with Newport News to build upon this foundation to help the city become more livable, workable and sustainable.”

More than 125 people participated in the workshop, including former Virginia State Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson, Newport News Mayor McKinley Price and Director of IT Andy Stein, as well as other city officials, city and county department heads, technology innovators, local business leaders, university representatives and community stakeholders.

“This workshop is about sharing ideas, concepts and solutions to take this region to new heights and I am excited about the possibilities,” Mayor Price said. “It will also help to solidify the Hampton Roads region as a hub for technology and innovation.” 
Workshop participants generated ideas around open data, public/private partnerships, smart utilities, emergency management, transportation and public safety. They also urged the city to consider the following initiatives:

  • Converting all of its street lights to energy-efficient LEDs to have better access to usage trends as a tool to promote conservation.
  • Improving public safety by aggregating video from various sources and providing it to first responders as they arrive on the scene as well as using GIS tools to provide indoor maps of buildings to help guide responders to incidents faster.
  • Enabling access to open data to help citizens make better choices and providing free Wi-Fi to those who do not have access at home.

The City of Newport News is in the process of developing a task force to further develop these initiatives.

SMART Cities Participants