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iSoftStone leads smart city efforts at Global Cities Team Challenge


iSoftStone leads smart city efforts at Global Cities Team Challenge

Global City Team Challenge (GCTC) overview

Last February iSoftStone participated in the Global City Team Challenge (GCTC) Transportation Summit in Portland, Oregon. The aim of this event was to provide opportunities for collaboration related to smart cities and intelligent transportation solutions. Co-hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Technology Association of Oregon and Urban.Systems, the event brought together over 200 attendees from academia, public and private sectors. As a leader in smart cities and smart transportation implementations, iSoftStone sponsored a product showcase and an urban freight delivery and logistics workshop.

Learn more about the GCTC Transportation Summit here.

Global City Team Challenge “SuperClusters”

Since February’s GCTC Summit, multiple cities and stakeholders have continued to collaborate within “SuperClusters.”  A SuperCluster is a multi-city, multi-stakeholder group organized around common project objectives and shared solutions. Each SuperCluster produces a blueprint to be used by cities and communities around the world as the foundation to build their own smart city strategies. Focus areas include transportation, public safety, energy, water and environment, city data platform, public Wi-Fi and health.

Transportation SuperCluster (TSC)

With deep industry expertise in smart city solutions, iSoftStone joined the Transportation SuperCluster (TSC) to provide strategic leadership, while helping develop industry-standard frameworks. The TSC is focused on the following six topic areas; first and last mile, sensors, smart city SDK, regulatory and policy, transportation modeling, and urban freight. This SuperCluster brings together forward-thinking municipalities with interest in preparing their infrastructure for adoption of new technologies while helping create better, more equitable services at a lower cost.

For example, the TSC focuses on exploring opportunities provided by first and last mile solutions including shared, low speed and autonomous vehicles. In addition, it looks for ways to build more vibrant communities around transfer points and mobility hubs, as well as addressing how vehicles and hubs can play a role in last mile delivery of packages and freight.

In order to support their initiatives, the TSC works closely with groups developing new and advanced transportation models and environmental sensors. This collaboration allows for more accurate prediction and measurement of outcomes when introducing new technologies into transportation infrastructures.

Additionally, the TSC works with teams creating a “City Web,” which encourages the adoption of common and proven approaches to the smart city mission. By providing an open source Software Development Kit (SDK), cities can access shared libraries, software tools and common APIs.  Overall, this helps cities and stakeholders coordinate existing activities, making it easier, cheaper and faster to develop, deploy and sustain smart city applications worldwide.

Transportation SuperCluster “blueprint”

Exploring and managing transportation options in a smart city is a large and complex topic. According to Wilf Pinfold, TSC co-chairman, the smart city blueprint helps outline best practices municipalities can use to guide their efforts. The blueprint helps create dialog, highlight challenges and technology requirements, encourage sharing of methods and accelerate collective learning between practitioners. The TSC follows a methodology of describing good design practices and patterns of useful organization within a particular solution area. They believe these blueprints will be foundation to creating sustainable solutions in other communities.

Transportation SuperCluster at the GCTC 2017 expo

On Aug. 28-29th, iSoftStone will join fellow Transportation SuperCluster members at the GCTC 2017 Expo. This event is a global gathering of government, industry and academic leaders with interest in smart cities. The Transportation SuperCluster will host educational sessions, technology demonstrations and display informational kiosks showing best practices in smart city transportation.

At the GCTC expo, iSoftStone will be leading the Urban Freight and Logistics ActionCluster.  In addition, iSoftStone will have a booth showcasing Final 50 Feet: Urban Goods Delivery System in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation and the University of Washington.

If you are interested in attending the Global City Teams Challenge 2017 Expo, register here.