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Today, several important announcements were made at the the nation’s first Smart Regions Conference, hosted by Cincinnati-based Venture Smarter, an organization aimed at aligning governments, business and academia nationally toward Smart Cities implementations.

The City of Cincinnati announced a request for proposals (RFP) to combine data sets to bring seamless mobility and personalized transit optimization through the development of a web-based, fully mobile-friendly tool.

“Cincinnati is a city of innovators, and we want to harness their knowledge and expertise to drive us forward," said Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley.

City Manager Harry Black added, “The app is intended to be a tool for which every person traveling through Cincinnati may optimize their own, unique mobility experience.” “We’re looking to enhance connectivity and mobility as we continue to build Cincinnati into a truly smart city” Black said.

City Manager Black, the Office of Performance and Data Analytics, and the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) announced the RFP at the Regional Smart Cities Initiative’s Midwest IoT Showcase and Smart Regions Conference held at BB&T Arena on the campus of Northern Kentucky University.

The RFP asks developers to combine transportation data from various providers such as the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA), TANK, Red Bike, and others, into a web-based tool that allows users to personalize trip planning and transit choices.

The goal is to find an innovative solution to promote optimized personal mobility throughout Cincinnati that can serve as a data gathering tool for better understanding the travel patterns of residents and visitors to inform decision making, Black said.

More information about the City of Cincinnati’s Smart Mobility App RFP can be found at

In a conference session entitled, “Cyber Security in Smart Cities.” Cisco Security and Trust Organization’s Senior Vice President of Advanced Security Initiatives Greg Akers addressed cyber security threats to cities and regions as part of a conversation addressing the costs and impact of security breaches and natural disasters such as the recent hurricanes.

“Economic, societal, and technological growth are the imperatives for regions of this century. The Internet of Things will be the fuel for this growth. In order to achieve the true potential for Smart Regions, we must  build secure infrastructure. Cyber security must be pervasive and built in not bolted on,” Akers said.

“Smart regions will be the the platform on which innovation happens. Industry, government and academia will all support and use this platform for growth.” Akers said.

Akers, an Internet security and critical infrastructure protection advisor to Cisco customers and the U.S. government, regularly advises and directs activities relative to technology and security matters of domestic and international importance.

“Smart City solutions always do at least one of three things: cut costs, create value, and/or generate revenue. This is why we are meeting here today. It’s the foundation of everything we are discussing, and the discipline for creating Smart Cities of the future,” said Venture Smarter founder and CEO Zack Huhn.

Media Contacts:

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phone  Phone Number:904.270.3885
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