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iSoftStone Sponsors Smart Transportation Event


iSoftStone Sponsors Smart Transportation Event

iSoftStone attends summit in Portland to discuss smart transportation solutions

On February 1st-2nd iSoftStone participated in the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) Transportation Super Action Cluster Summit in Portland, Oregon. The Technology Association of Oregon and Urban.Systems hosted the event, while NIST and US Ignite were co-sponsors. The event brought together over 200 attendees from academia, public and private sectors. In summary, the event focused on the future of smart cities and how to create intelligent transportation systems. As a leader in smart cities and particularly in smart transportation implementations, iSoftStone provided substantial industry expertise.

Creating sustainable transportation practices

Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) events bring together local governments, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, technologists, and private corporations. To summarize, these groups form project teams called “Action Clusters”, who are responsible for creating groundbreaking Internet of Things (IoT) applications and solutions. Usually, the solutions focus primarily on the smart city environment.

GCTC Action Clusters and SuperClusters

The GCTC Transportation event was a continuation of the GCTC SuperCluster Kickoff in Washington, D.C. in 2016. Prior to the event, NIST and US Ignite determined that the next phase of the GCTC was to encourage the formation of SuperClusters. Generally speaking, SuperClusters are made up of multiple existing GCTC Action Clusters. By bringing them together into larger SuperClusters, this in turn enables teams to join forces. Together, they can pursue shared objectives and common approaches for collaborative deployment.

Portland’s status as a Smart Cities Challenge finalist helped the city and the region emerge as a leader in the world of Smart City planning and technology.  As a result, Portland was selected as the city to lead the Transportation SuperCluster. A kickoff was held in Washington DC in late October 2016 and included Baltimore, Boston, Columbus, District of Columbia, Greenville, and Portland. Moreover, focus areas were identified, and included ‘Urban Mobility: First and Last Mile’ and ‘Air Quality in Transportation.’ Lastly, during the Transportation Summit, the groups collaborated on new approaches not only focused on improving transportation, but also identifying a wide variety of new solutions to benefit citizens.

To summarize, discussion topics included:

  • How to Finance Smart City Projects.
  • Data Protection, Privacy, Security, in relation to Smart Cities.
  • Sensor Network Development.
  • Urban Mobility: First and Last Mile.
  • Shared Personal Mobility and Sensors.
  • Urban Freight Delivery and Logistics.
  • Smart City SDK Development.
  • Transportation Modeling.
  • Regulatory and Policy Issues.
  • City-University Private Partnerships in Transportation.

 

GCTC Summit
Attendees enjoy keynote on Global Smart City Trends by Ruthbea Clarke, International Data Corporation

iSoftStone hosts smart transportation workshop

As a leader in smart transportation, iSoftStone led the workshop on Urban Freight Delivery and Logistics. In particular, the session focused on how to successfully utilize data, sensors, applications and emerging technologies. Effectively, these technologies can help transportation planners reduce congestion, improve safety and reduce overall environmental impacts. In addition, the workshop discussed local drayage for shipping and logistics and “last 50” logistics for consumer freight delivery. Likewise, unmanned aerial delivery, semi-autonomous trucks and connected corridors were also key topics for discussion.

Urban Freight and Logistics Workshop
Greta Knappenberger, Director of Smart Cities for iSoftStone, leads Urban Freight Workshop

After a successful workshop, iSoftStone was selected to lead the creation and formation of a new Action Cluster on Urban Freight and Logistics. Including representatives from cities, universities and industry stakeholders, the urban freight team will work collaboratively to build, deploy, and/or test transformative freight-related applications. In the end, the result will be an increased coordination of scalable, replicable, and interoperable projects for any city. Most notably, the Action Cluster will create economies of scale that will provide benefits to all communities.

Do you have a passion around transportation, freight delivery, and logistics? Join our Freight Super Cluster and see how you can make a real sustainable impact!

iSoftStone and DKS collaborate on Transportation Analysis Platform

At the event, iSoftStone and DKS also announced their partnership in a new packaged solution offering. Specifically, the solution provides transportation planners with a more agile, data-driven approach to planning and investment decisions.

The new solution leverages a combination of consulting services, engineering expertise and new data-related technologies. These technologies incorporate existing data, sensor feeds and untapped information sources into one consolidated analytics portal. Additionally, the portal offers interactive data-discovery tools. In particular, these systems help guide transportation planners in decision making based on real-time information and analysis. Overall, this solution helps support and address the constantly changing requirements faced by modern cities.

Read more about iSoftStone’s partnership with DKS Associates to create smart transportation solutions. 

About the Global City Teams Challenge

Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) events bring together local governments, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, technologists, and private corporations. Together, these groups form project teams, or Action Clusters responsible for creating groundbreaking Internet of Things (IoT) applications and solutions within the smart city environment. Accordingly, for NIST, US Ignite, and GCTC conveners, the goal is deployment of IoT projects and smart city solutions that are scalable and easy to replicate.

Overall, the summit provided iSoftStone with the opportunity to:

  • Discuss the future of smart transportation in addition to larger smart cities topics.
  • Explore opportunities for collaboration related to smart transportation solutions.
  • Make progress toward creating a shared blueprint of smart transportation technologies for cities and communities with diverse requirements.
  • Participate in the autonomous and electric vehicle demonstration and product showcase.

 

PGE EV
Plug-in Electric Car on display by Portland General Electric

 

EV Testings
iSoftStone at the wheel, driving into the future of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles.

 

iSoftStone is looking forward to continued collaborations with the GCTC Supercluster.