Typhoon “Lekima” is raging, what can digital twin carry out? | 51Share

SHARER: 51VR Earth Clone Research Institute, DCG & IVT

Recently, the super typhoon “Lekima” has been raging wildly, affecting China’s Zhejiang, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Shandong, Anhui, Fujian, Hebei, Liaoning, and Jilin provinces. 128.84 million people were affected and 13,000 houses collapsed. According to media reports, the number of deaths due to disasters in Zhejiang alone reached 39, and the direct economic loss was 24.22 billion yuan. The numbers are shocking!

While we can’t help but sigh with the ruthless typhoon, we are also thinking about the current work, the digital twin visualization operating system, and what kind of energy can be contributed to urban emergency management in the extreme situation? Based on such a system, what value is it possible to play in the future?

As far as our current progress is concerned, the smart city operating system created at this stage can contribute two major values ​​when helping the city deal with emergency affairs:

First, an integrated visual platform to improve decision-making efficiency; second, based on the viewable and controllable capabilities of real data, it helps to facilitate real-time scheduling.

In the future, as digital twinning technology becomes more mature, the simulator will exert more and more value.

Let me talk about the first point, how the integrated visual platform can improve decision-making efficiency.

The operating system we have built, 51City OS, is very unique, which is the ultimate visualization ability. It can restore all the information on the current city with 1:1 high and let the whole city live and show.

Many of the company’s colleagues have been engaged in the visualization industry for more than ten years. They have worked as a big movie in Hollywood and have also produced 3A-level large-scale games. Now they are turning into smart cities, and have a deep understanding of visualization technology.

▲The picture shows the smart system that 51VR creates for a city

The ability to visualize cannot be simply understood as a better look at the picture. At a deeper level, it is to lower the threshold of operation and make more things to be processed at the same time. Compared with the traditional 2D planar city management, the urban management based on the high-fidelity 3D city floor is actually to realize the dimension upgrade of information expression, which drives the information transmission method from the “Dos era” to The transition of the “Windows era”. Think about how much change these two operating systems have brought to the computer industry.

In addition, on the basis of this, the originally separated government affairs, police affairs, water affairs, transportation, planning, energy, and other systems can all be displayed in an operation interface, breaking the data islands, and integrating all the current data in an intuitive way. It is especially important for the leadership to fully understand the situation, comprehensive analysis, and rapid decision making.

The integrated visual platform, the two integrated features of “integration” and “high-realistic 3D visualization”, can reflect the value in dealing with emergencies. At this time, the more comprehensive and intuitive the information, the more you can make precise decisions.

Second, I would like to talk about why GIS-based data can be viewed and controlled to help make real-time scheduling easier.

The smart city’s operating system presents a complete picture of the city, not just the restoration of the shape, but also the restoration of its core.

This kernel is very rich. Based on the real GIS data, the details of the restored city, in the spatial calibration, its geographical location information is also completely 1:1 compared with the real world.

In addition, the deeper level is the system structure with precise access to rich information, and the simulator can be directly operated through the screen.

▲The picture shows the dispatch of emergency personnel directly from the screen

Any action can be seen and controlled directly on the screen. There’s no need to change any other platform. This system is still upgrading. In the future, with more scenes added to the system, adding machine learning algorithms, etc., this system can really play a greater role.

Now we can realize the real-time simulation of traffic flow, generate virtual traffic flow in real-time based on traffic camera signals. With it, we can analyze, track and archive traffic flow, and provide a pre-decision reference for traffic management.

▲The picture shows 51VR real-time traffic flow simulation

It is conceivable that in the future, combined with more mature digital twinning technology, simulation will be applied to a wider range of fields.

For example, an astronaut needs to perform an emergency extravehicular mission in outer space.

Due to the high-risk factor of the outboard, the consequences are unimaginable in the event of an accident. Digital twin technology can do its job. By inputting various parameters of the current external environment into the digital twin operating system, it can simulate a virtual environment that is exactly the same as the real environment. With its help, trials can be repeated many times until the optimal task execution mode is found, greatly reducing the risk and risk factors. NASA began applying digital twin technology to solve specific aerospace problems as early as a decade ago.

For another example, in order to reduce air crash incidents, Airbus and Boeing have also begun to adopt digital twin technology to record the loss of aircraft from the design, production, and use the life cycle of an aircraft, in order to predict the condition of the aircraft in advance and upgrade the aircraft.

In the future, perhaps all extreme disasters, such as typhoons, heavy rains, and floods, can achieve accurate simulations in such digital twinning systems to prevent, reduce, and accurately reconstruct in advance. Of course, this is very difficult, and such a system is a great test for all aspects of technology. However, working hard in this right direction will success.

Anyway, I recommend an article “Smart City Overview (Abridged) — Columbus, Ohio, USA”, written by the mayor of Columbus, introducing the city’s package of smart cities, including goals, organizations, obstacles, partners, program measures, risk control, funding sources, current status, etc., can be a case of a detailed understanding of a city’s overall planning in a smart city. From this, we can also look at which layouts, It can also be used for future urban emergency management.

A review of the smart city planning road map of Columbus

Columbus’s vision: to provide a beautiful, healthy and prosperous city for every Columbus citizen.

In the past three years, every effort in Columbus has created a healthy, prosperous and beautiful city for everyone, as shown in Figure 2. These plans involve investments, data and innovative solutions that meet the needs of citizens. Together with partners who share this vision, Columbus has identified several common goals and actions to achieve the goals:

Ensuring the vitality of the Columbus community by connecting the city center of Columbus with the entire region;

Improve personal health and safety through a complete street, interconnected network, and secure street design, with a special focus on the most vulnerable people;

Reducing inequities by ensuring that all residents have access to high-quality, affordable transportation options that connect them with work, housing, education, services, and daily life needs;

Enhance Columbus’ economic competitiveness by building digital infrastructure and networks to meet industrial needs and attract and retain employment opportunities;

Seek alternative energy sources, reduce environmental impacts, and address climate change by reducing consumption and emissions;

Through transparent communication and information and participation, government and community members can solve problems and negotiate decisions together.

By leveraging the opportunity to enrich data, collaborate with partners, prioritize investments to achieve goals and continually measure progress to achieve fiscal sustainability.

Columbus faces four main problems:

  1. As the population ages, more and more young people are moving to dense urban areas;

2. Liquidity challenges in specific communities;

3. Related housing and commerce, passenger and freight;

4. environmental issue.

Columbus’s approach to meeting these challenges and achieving its vision includes Columbus’ existing infrastructure, networks, and data while leveraging the smart technology strategy of its partners and stakeholders in Columbus. The challenges of Columbus are no different from other medium-sized American cities. However, unlike some of these cities, Columbus has the technology-based resources, collaborative environment, and existing physical and network infrastructure to successfully complete this demonstration project. In addition, the city of Columbus is committed to sharing the strategies and lessons of the city of Columbus with other medium-sized cities.

To complete the demonstration project and realize the vision of Columbus, Columbus will establish a new Smart City Program Office to manage the design, development, demonstration, and integration of the Columbus project. The office provides a central organization that enables many cities, counties, regions, business and technology partners and suppliers to jointly implement, evaluate, and share project results in Columbus.

Columbus: A city full of opportunities

Columbus is the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the Midwest, the best growing employment in the Midwest, and the fastest-growing region in the United States. Columbus has a better infrastructure system for Columbus’s demonstration projects: a dynamic highway network, including a 600-mile fiber-optic smart corridor; rail, aviation, warehousing, and multimodal freight facilities, including the inner harbor of Rickenbacker; and public and personal transit services. Columbus also made a clear commitment to the sharing economy, encouraging bicycle sharing (CoGo) and car sharing (Car2Go, Uber) services.

Another important feature of Columbus highlights Columbus’s commitment to smart technology: Columbus’s open, accessible data experience. Columbus has a fully operational MyColumbus app that gives citizens access to city services; publicly accessible transit routes, timetables; and the MORPC Regional Data Lab portal, which provides transportation, housing, and other access.

Columbus and its partners have used this data for sponsored research programs, such as the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) Integrated Dynamic Transportation Prototype Deployment Project led by Battelle, which integrates transportation from the Central Ohio Transportation Authority (COTA) and Ohio. data.

Economic

Columbus has $18 billion in output (GMP), an economy of more than 142 countries and 17 states. The Columbus area has 15 Fortune 1000 companies and 4 Fortune 500 companies.

The city of Columbus thrives to retain and attract high-quality talent and young workforce, in part because of the low cost of living (8% below the US average) and higher average wages. Millennials account for more than a quarter of the population. Columbus’s world-renowned sporting events, entertainment and culture, as well as excellent sports, art attractions and cultural centers attract more than 37 million visitors each year, creating more than $8 billion annually in the economy.

Environment

Columbus has always adhered to environmental values ​​and is committed to sustainable development. Columbus is proud of the STAR (Sustainable Assessment and Rating Tool) community in December 2015 to certify Columbus as a 4-star community. STAR includes 44 goals and more than 500 sustainability outcomes and action measures. Of the nearly 20,000 communities in the United States, only 18 have this level of certification in the STAR community rating system.

Solve the challenges of Columbus

With all these advantages and assets, Columbus is not without challenges. Specifically, the pressure challenges in Columbus include 1) an aging population, 2) an increasing number of young people moving to dense urban areas; 3) traffic passages in several communities in Columbus, and 4) economic growth and Population and related housing and commerce, passenger and cargo, and environmental issues.

The city of Columbus will address the challenge through five interrelated strategies:

Access to employment: Columbus has several major job centers but has a reasonable opportunity for workers to get these jobs.

Smart Logistics: Columbus is a major cargo hub with multimodal intermodal ports. However, the reliability of Columbus’s road system needs to keep pace with the growth of Columbus. The main solution in Columbus is to improve the timeliness and quality of traffic data and develop route applications for trucks to improve the reliability and operational efficiency of Columbus’ road systems.

Connecting visitors: Columbus is a regional destination for sporting events, zoos, airports, medical services, and shopping products. However, there is a lack of real-time information related to traffic and parking conditions as well as transit options. The main solution for Columbus is to provide seed funding for applications developed for the private sector for specific events, and to provide solutions for other urban activities and to extend such services to other medium-sized cities.

Connecting citizens: The former community of Columbus faced liquidity challenges that limited access to jobs, health care and educational services for its citizens. Columbus’s solution is to examine the Linden community mobile challenge and work with local private and public social service providers to rationalize current transportation services and provide more efficient mobile services.

Sustainable Transport: Columbus has a green community plan and recently completed a major smart grid project. The city of Columbus plans to challenge urban vehicle ownership/sharing and driving/mobile mode environments, encouraging the use of sustainable models and energy consumption, such as electric vehicles (EVs) and smart grids.

Columbus will implement a new Smart City Program Office responsible for the demonstration project in Columbus. The program office will focus on implementing the five strategies of Columbus and will connect Columbus’ ITS research and technology partners (such as OSU, Battelle and IBM data centers) with technology vendors and service providers in Columbus (such as GM). Uber, Car2Go, GE and Siemens) integration.

Columbus: Project Understanding

Columbus has a clear direction for its goals and has the necessary goals and actions. Gaps and barriers to action have been understood and a range of plans and investments have been developed and initiated to address these issues. With funding, organization and information resources, you can successfully achieve the goals of Columbus.

Modern mobility

The city of Columbus has always promoted mobility and fully enjoyed the sharing economy. CoGo, Columbus’ bicycle sharing system, launched on July 30, 2013, has 30 stations and has grown to 410 bicycles and 41 stations throughout the city, serving more than 120,000 times. In the same year, Car2Go launched 300 point-to-point shared cars in Columbus — one of the only nine cities in the United States to enjoy this service. Uber and other transportation network companies (TNCs) provide a new, statewide ride-sharing operational legislation that provides a fair, consistent, and predictable basis for its operations.

City leaders and partners are committed to innovation

Steady leadership is the hallmark of Columbus. Mayor Ginther will provide ongoing leadership for the entire Smart City Challenge. He is the mayor who has served the longest in the history of the mayor.

In addition, Columbus has a long history of public/private partnerships, represented by the Columbus Partnership, a membership organization of more than 50 CEOs from leading companies and institutions in Columbus.

There are many other partners in the Columbus area dedicated to innovation. The Ohio Supercomputer Center provides a reliable, high-performance computing and communications infrastructure for a diverse, statewide community, including education, academic research, industry, and state government.

SciTech is the state-of-the-art research campus on the Oregon State University campus, connecting world-class academic expertise with cutting-edge, commercial, technology-based innovation. TechAngels, Ohio, is the nation’s largest network of angel investors, hiring qualified entrepreneurs with high-growth businesses in Ohio, focusing on innovation in the life sciences, information technology, and physical science markets.

Show success promote innovation

Columbus is an early leader in automated vehicle technology, working with OSU to test smart mobile operations: OSU Transportation Hub or SMOOTH, an on-demand automated vehicle network. The vehicle has GPS, a map database for routing assistance, and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication capabilities. They will also be equipped with pedestrian detection technology to enable them to operate in a pedestrian-rich campus area.

To nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators, the Oregon State University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship influences the global economy by facilitating the formation of new companies and developing new products and services in existing businesses that promote entrepreneurship and innovative learning and experiences.

State of the art facilities and network

Columbus has completed the construction of a new state-of-the-art Traffic Management Center (TMC) and is currently building the city’s $76 million Columbus Traffic Signal System (CTSS) project.

Upon completion in 2018, CTSS will connect ColumbusTM to all 1,250 signal systems and utilize new weather tracking software and sensors to communicate road conditions, while the GPS system provides real-time information on the location of the snowblower. Most importantly, the CTSS project and the new ColumbusTMC will provide traffic management coordination between the Columbus community, Franklin County, Oregon State University and ODOT. TMC integrates traffic signals, special event traffic and snow removal commands into a centralized location in Columbus. Columbus is also home to ODOT TMC, which monitors traffic conditions in every major metropolitan area of ​​the state and connects to the city’s infrastructure through powerful sensors, cameras and communication technology networks.

Smart Grid Technology is a smart solution for power utility grids (power lines, transformers and meters) that serve residential and commercial customers. Columbus worked with AEP and recently completed a system deployment in the northeast of the city. The foundation of smart grid technology is the installation of “smart” meters that allow for two-way communication between utilities and consumers. In essence, this two-way communication can significantly improve the way utility companies identify and manage power usage/demand and power outages. This alone can improve the planning and recovery of utility companies, but because it affects truly smart cities, another aspect of this technology is more critical to managing future demand and controlling costs. As a general rule, the cost of producing and delivering electricity is a function of demand. The higher the demand, the higher the cost. As part of a smart grid, consumers can configure specific equipment at home, such as heating or air conditioning systems, washing machines and dryers, and other high-energy equipment to operate at different times or at different levels (think temperature), depending on the time. Electricity fee.

Accessible and available data

Columbus is a city committed to transparency and partnership, feeling comfortable and confident in sharing and using data, information and visualization to interact with the public and inspire further innovation in the private sector.

Columbus encourages citizens to participate actively, and Columbus communicates regularly with them through the established institutional structures of the Moving City Hall, Neighborhood and Regional Commissioners. Since 2013, Columbus’s mobile city hall “The CBUS” has been a frequent visitor to the entire city festival. CBUS provides residents with WiFi access and technology to access a variety of online services. Teams of community groups and individual residents, businesses, schools and other partners work hard to make the community safer, cleaner and more pleasant by providing services such as street cleaning, pothole repair, bulk garbage collection, garbage and graffiti handling.

To make data easy to access and user-friendly, Columbus maintains a powerful data visualization program called MyNeighborhood that aggregates data from various city agents and databases into a user-friendly format that synchronizes with the MyColumbus application. In addition, MORPC has a publicly available online data center that can access traffic counts, GIS layers and population estimates.

Columbus Smart City Demonstration Project

The City of Columbus worked together to develop a strategy included in the Smart City Demonstration Project to ensure that Columbus responds to citywide challenges and affects all demographics and modes of transportation. Among the methods proposed by Columbus, Columbus includes automated and connected vehicles, electric vehicles, sensors, and vehicle- and infrastructure-based solutions. The City of Columbus generates, captures and benefits from the tremendous growth in available data. The city of Columbus intends to integrate this data with existing data sources to make more informed decisions about system operation and to achieve Columbus’s target performance metrics. The city of Columbus also wants to promote a data-rich environment and support third-party venture capital.

Partnerships, stakeholders and governance

Columbus is the main applicant for the Smart City Challenge. Columbus is one of the fastest-growing major metropolitan cities in the country and is an up-and-coming technology city supported by nationally renowned research and technology institutions.

Partners

Through Columbus’ new Smart City Project Office, implementing partners will help Columbus achieve the vision of a smart city in Columbus by leading and collaborating on five proposed strategic projects. Columbus’s business and public entities in the region, including Columbus 2020, Rev1 Ventures, MORPC and Experience Columbus, will be Columbus’ primary implementation partners responsible for policy/regulatory and economic development. ODOT and COTA are public service providers in Columbus and are key to several projects.

Data and ITS technology partners in Columbus include Clean Fuels, Ohio, Oregon State University, IBM Analytics Data Center and Battelle.

Columbus will also collaborate with major regional cities and universities through ITS technology research/testing platform expertise, including Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan (Automotive and ITS Traffic Research and Test Platform) and Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University (Smart Vehicle Research and Testing) platform).

Columbus’ smart city technologies and projects also work with international entities, including Barcelona and IDIADA laboratories. In addition, the city of Columbus plans to formally organize many medium-sized cities to share the results of the project in Columbus. The advantages of this strategy mean that Columbus will leverage the research and test platform expertise of Columbus and Midwestern universities and industrial centers of excellence.

These key excellence vehicles and transportation technology centers will carry their experience to better evaluate potential projects and demonstrate the transferability of the program to other medium-sized cities.

With strong support for smart city applications in the region, Columbus is supported by private sector partners and public entities to assist with projects and support implementation and transfer. Some of these partners include General Motors, Honda, Uber, Car2Go, CoGo, Banking and Insurance, Clean Fuels Ohio, Siemens, AT&T, GE, Ricardo, Franklin County and other communities in the Columbus area.

Governance

The demonstration project in Columbus will be guided by the new Smart City Program Office. It will oversee a holistic and multifaceted demonstration project aimed at solving the basic challenges facing cities in Columbus, like countless other medium-sized cities. By closely monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of each component, the Smart City Program Office will be able to refine and redeploy these technologies in a cycle of continuous learning and improvement.

The Planning Office will collect and evaluate performance data for component initiatives and integrate the findings from various parties to identify synergies, greater efficiency, multiple benefits, and lower cost opportunities. Columbus’ new Smart City Project Office will be responsible for managing the Smart City Challenge and will be comprised of elected representatives from implementing partners. The responsibilities of the Planning Office include:

  • Deploy a practical, service-oriented, mature technology
  • Collaborate with regional research and test platform participants to leverage technology understanding
  • Work with international partners to leverage their project experience
  • Maintain the plan after the end of the USDOT fund
  • Service providers share project results for deployment in other mid-sized cities
  • Use integrated economic development to address institutional and regulatory barriers
  • Assess and report deployment project performance and identify continuous improvement measures

The Smart City Program Office will be supported by the following major implementation partners: Central Ohio Transportation Authority (COTA): a regional public transportation service provider in Greater Columbus and Central Ohio. The COTA service area is 1.2 million inhabitants and provides more than 19 million passengers per year.

Central Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC): A voluntary association of central Ohio governments and regional organizations that propose innovative directions in transportation, energy, housing, land use, environmental and economic prosperity. MORPC is a representative of rural, urban and suburban communities.

Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT): Responsible for maintaining one of the nation’s largest transportation networks. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT is committed to improving safety, promoting travel and promoting economic development.

Columbus 2020: Composed of 20 full-time economic development professionals to promote Columbus’s 2020 regional growth strategy. Launched in 2010, Columbus 2020 aims to strengthen and diversify the economy by building existing assets, attracting new investments and creating new business opportunities.

Experience Columbus: Managed by the board of directors and supported by more than 1,000 members, they invest in experience Columbus and help the Big Columbus become an attractive tour by providing services, attractions and facilities to visitors, conference planners, conference delegates and residents Resort.

Stakeholders of the Columbus Smart City Project: Citizens and businesses in Columbus and other medium-sized cities. Columbus’s themes are all about connections: connected citizens and visitors, connections to work, logistics links to freight, and communities related to how they affect the environment. The City of Columbus plans to continue to involve these stakeholders in the implementation of the demonstration project to share project results.

Demonstration project strategy

The USDOT identifies the 12 elements that make up a smart city. The demo includes five strategies that are consistent with and promote integration between all smart city elements. Figure 10 shows a site map of the demonstration project in Columbus. The following shows the highlights of the project in the Columbus Strategy.

The following sections describe the five strategies of the City of Columbus, including the work done so far by Columbus, the potential of using federal funds, and the specific projects that Columbus proposes to deploy.

Wisdom Corridor provides access to work

Columbus is one of the fastest-growing regional employment centers in the country. It is the center of many industries such as medical research and healthcare, insurance, finance, manufacturing, and technology. However, much of this growth occurs near urban suburbs, limiting transportation options and increasing the health outcomes of congestion and deterioration.

The Cleveland Avenue Smart Corridor is the next generation of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) that integrates multiple technologies and data into multiple models to better manage corridors and provide information to the traveling public in real-time. By integrating a network of electronic signs, sensors, and other state-of-the-art elements, the project will enhance the safety of all road users, improve travel time reliability and reduce accidents and associated congestion.

Columbus and COTA are committed to installing Mobileye Shield + technology as a retrofit kit for the bus fleet and as a demonstration with the Columbus City School bus to provide a valuable vehicle collision avoidance system. The system will reduce and possibly eliminate bus accidents involving pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, in line with Columbus’s goal of reducing the risk of vulnerable road users.

Finally, to address the last mile connection challenge, Columbus will deploy and test on-demand autopilot electric vehicles. Based on Oregon State University’s SMOOTH pilot program, these self-driving vehicles will be routed from existing Easton transit stations and include Easton offices/shopping parks and residential, commercial and retail facilities in the Port Columbus area.

Real-time and integrated data for smart logistics

Located in southeast Columbus, Rickenbacker Inland Port is a high-speed international multimodal transport hub, including one of the world’s only dedicated freight forwarding airports, with the seventh most active foreign trade zone in the United States. The continuing challenge facing the freight and logistics industry is the limited availability of powerful and accurate navigation and traffic information unique to heavy vehicles. Available GPS “navigation” systems are suitable for light vehicles and therefore often lack information critical to efficient and safe heavy vehicle operation, such as size and weight limitations (especially height), road geometry and lane restrictions. In addition, more and more congestion and urban development are challenging the delivery system in urban areas, increasing costs and delays.

Based on data availability and the unique geographic locations and options available, City, ODOT and other data aggregators can provide this travel time and heavy vehicle limit data in an open data environment to allow third-party applications to evolve. The goal is to provide the freight community with reliable route and traffic information in sufficient time to make the necessary, appropriate and legal route choices.

Finally, to support the final delivery of the goods or goods, a plan is taken to address the location and availability of the delivery location. Currently, the availability of on-street parking and temporary delivery areas in densely populated, mixed-use urban areas faces challenges in Columbus and other dense medium-sized US cities. Demand for on-street parking is at its highest point in decades, and current development plans are considering reducing available delivery areas to meet this additional parking demand.

Connect visitors

Columbus is a regional destination for sporting events, shopping, medical services, and arts and cultural events. In the Columbus area, visitors spend $5.7 billion a year, with an overall economic impact of $8.7 billion and support more than 71,000 jobs. Visitors to these events may stay for hours or days and need to know real-time information about traffic and parking conditions, transit options, and other nearby destinations. Columbus will expand its Certified Travel Ambassador (CTA) program, including open data and applications for specific events and regional attractions, based on recent efforts by the city’s tourism agency, Experience Columbus.

Based on similar data sources that support smart logistics strategies, there are several key elements that can be used to achieve satisfactory connected visitors, especially those related to local events. They include travel time information, route guidance, and parking availability. The uniqueness of this challenge lies in the local and temporary nature of these situations, which adds additional complexity to consider. For example, in the case of parking, several large local activities, if weather permits, allow parking in public areas near the event. In these cases, maintaining availability counts is difficult. However, there are opportunities to improve transportation patterns and share with the public, such as the use of portable temporary vehicle counting and sorting equipment at the entrances and exits of these temporary parking facilities, and to integrate information on these types of equipment with existing routes.

Connecting citizens

Columbus has many isolated communities that face long-term economic and liquidity challenges that limit residents’ access to employment, health care, and education. Key challenges include reliable alternatives to personally owned cars and last-mile options, including residents for physical and physical disabilities. Personal transportation services, whether in the form of car rental (taxi, multinational), car-sharing, usually avoid this market, leaving traditional fixed-route bus services for disabled citizens, assisted passenger services, As the only choice. Traffic is also a challenge in certain areas of Columbus. For example, the Linden community has a high proportion of homeless families, access to employment and health services is unreliable, digital information is not available, and most cash-based households.

To begin meeting these needs and provide an opportunity ladder, Columbus will work with private and public sector service providers in the Linden community to understand mobility barriers and develop solutions. Columbus will work with private sector partners to eliminate cash and credit challenges for citizens to access barriers to shared mobile services and increase the availability of other mobile options in multinational companies and communities.

Other barriers to smart mobility, such as smartphone ownership and WiFi service availability, will be addressed by creating a deployment WiFi hotspot or access point.

Sustainable transportation options

Columbus’s vision is a healthy, prosperous, beautiful city that requires Columbus to take a proactive approach to climate change. Based on the recently completed AEP Smart Grid project in northeastern Columbus, Columbus will focus on improving the utilization of electric vehicles and extending smart grid technology to new areas of the city. AEP is currently working with the Ohio Public Utilities Commission (PUCO) to expand their programs. The City of Columbus plans to expand the use of electric vehicles (EVs) through a number of policy and practice changes in Columbus and incentives for developers and to expand the smart grid project in Columbus to other parts of Columbus.

Data collection, management, and integration

The smart city’s metric is the ability to implement sustainable environmental solutions that improve the quality of life of existing and future residents. The basis for achieving this goal is the need to capture, manage, understand and, most importantly, respond to these data as part of a process of continuous development and improvement. The key to this success is the ability to establish regional practices where all entities, including consumers and data providers, both private and public, can interact and participate in a fully integrated “open” data environment.

Columbus and its partners have long been committed to ensuring that their citizens, private partners, and other cities have access to data to promote entrepreneurship and innovation throughout the Midwest.

Columbus encourages and supports private transportation providers, financial institutions, logistics companies, researchers and third-party application developers to interoperate in the same environment. Instead of achieving the vision of a smart city alone, Columbus relies on third-party support and investment to help achieve these goals, so efforts will continue to provide a data-rich environment to support this goal.

Goals, indicators, and results

The Columbus region is performance-oriented, results-oriented, and has established goals to fully realize the long-term vision of the city as defined in the 2015–2040 Regional Transportation Plan. The City of Columbus focuses on the needs of the region and focuses on using smart city methods to help address these needs. These established goals include the following:

  • Reduce traffic crash rate by 15% by 2035
  • Does not cause disproportionate adverse effects on minorities or the poor
  • By 2035, the commuting driving rate will be reduced from 83% to 78%.
  • By 2035, increase the proportion of the urban population within 3/4 miles of bus stops from 69% to 80%
  • By 2035, increase the proportion of people within 3/4 miles of bicycle lanes from 62% to 80%
  • Maintain air quality compliance by 2035
  • During the entire planning period, the level of congestion is not worse than today.
  • By 2035, 95% of the road surface is in an acceptable state
  • By 2035, reduce structural defects and outdated bridges by 25%

Other objectives that the initiative will specifically address include:

Other jobs available for transit

Number of low-income residents who are able to take advantage of the “new mobile” opportunity

Efficiency and adoption of freight tools

Reliability, use, and practicality of bus passengers on the smart corridor

Reduce transportation costs as a percentage of household expenses

Reduce commute time / reduce “downtime” commuting

Ability to lead a demonstration project

Mayor Ginther has promised that the city and its resources department will lead the demonstration project. The Smart City Program Office will lead the implementation and coordinate the work of the best data and ITS technology providers and manufacturers in the region, as well as private service providers. The Smart City Challenge is an exciting and large-scale undertaking, and Columbus and its partners have demonstrated their ability to undertake projects of this size and complexity, as shown below:

Columbus is the only city that has Moody’s Investor Services, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings AAA ratings.

Columbus and its partners delivered recent major urban capital projects on time and on budget. The Columbus Traffic Signal System (CTSS) project ($76.2 million) replaced all 1,250 signalized intersections in Columbus and Central Ohio, as well as 565 miles of fiber optic cable and more than 100 new or updated traffic flows at CTSS sites. Camera. The system provides the ability to communicate across jurisdictions, share video and traffic data, and coordinate traffic signals between agencies. The city completed Phase A in 2012, the construction of the city’s TMC in 2013, and the construction of Phase B in 2015. The goal is to complete the Phase C in 2016. Phase C will complete $8.8 million to improve congestion, mitigation, and air quality funding.

The Columbus and Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority adopted a $30 million HUD Choice Community Grant in 2013 to demonstrate Columbus’ continued interest in transforming communities, creating jobs and providing better mobility to residents. The implementation of the grant will improve the conditions of residents of Poindexter Village and other underserved people in the Near East of the city.

MORPC successfully completed nearly $1 million in sustainable community challenge funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to integrate local food systems into Weinland Park, a low-income community.

In the past 10 years, COTA has received more than $25 million in federal and state grants each year. COTA employees have proven successful in implementing major retrofit projects, from designing and sorting exclusion documents, to procurement and construction, to contract closure and operations. There are no unresolved legal, technical or financial issues.

Risk identification and buffering

Columbus has pledged to provide resources to immediately launch the Smart City Program Office to manage the project and ensure timely and targeted implementation of the demonstration project. The Planning Office will be responsible for selecting, implementing and evaluating the projects proposed by the City of Columbus and the business model for each project when interacting with private providers and service providers. The Planning Office will identify and assess key technical, policy and institutional risks and act as buffers by:

  • Coordinate with public, private and university partners in Columbus;
  • Ensure ongoing, collaborative and real community engagement and dialogue with stakeholders;
  • Assess the risks associated with each project and determine the owner of each project;
  • Monitor the risk of each project through the Risk Registry;
  • Identify institutional/regulatory challenges and document lessons learned as early as possible;
  • Interoperability and create synergies between the project and other parts of the city.

Standards, architecture and certification process

The deployment of ITS technology and related systems is critical to achieving the vision of the city of Columbus for smart cities. However, connectivity and automated vehicles need to interact with these increasingly advanced and powerful ITS systems. This is why these systems must be interoperable at the national level.

As an existing advocate of these same deployment methods, as part of the overall deployment activity, Columbus hopes to continue to follow USDOT’s guidance on standards, architecture and certification process use.

Cost-sharing, donation types, and cooperation

Columbus will use long-term public and private collaborative efforts, such as the Columbus partnership, to successfully realize the vision of Columbus. Examples of recent collaborations, cost-sharing and hybrid funding include the Columbus Regional Logistics Committee at Columbus 2020, which provides private donations to the Rickenbacker Parkway intersection. This is Ohio’s stimulus plan, which includes cost-sharing between the public and private sectors.

Columbus: Columbus will provide employees, procurement suppliers and contracts, management contracts, project management, bidding and management installation projects for the Smart City Program Office. In addition, Columbus plans to allocate up to $8 million in new capital improvements (20% planned match) throughout the Smart City Challenge and continue to provide funding for the Smart City Program Office beyond the USDOT Smart City Challenge.

COTA: COTA will invest resources to coordinate smart city enhancements to its CMAX Cleveland Avenue BRT projects, such as additional sensor infrastructure along the 15-mile route and WiFi and kiosks at 32 stations.

Experience Columbus: Visitors and conference boards in the area are allocating more than $100,000 to develop Columbus’s proposed Connected Visitors program to support an enhanced visitor experience.

AT&T and IBM Data Centers: Both companies are committed to supporting access to work and smart logistics traffic conditions projects and application development.

Large technology companies/automotive industry: Columbus has sought in-kind donations and participation projects from potential suppliers and technology companies to showcase autonomous vehicles on fixed routes in the Easton area.

MORPC: The 5310 Program funds can support the Linden Community Project proposed by Columbus. The City of Columbus focuses on using data with public and personal transportation service providers to improve the mobility and overall efficiency of such services in the Linden community.

Barcelona / IDIADA: Barcelona City and IDIADA will provide technology partners in Columbus and Columbus with lessons about their private SMART City experience in the European Union.

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