The City of Ontario’s quest to one day establish a smart city corridor in its historic downtown received a financial boost recently when the city was awarded a $418,000 grant through theFuture Communities Pilot Program.
The funding will support a series of integrated pilot projects designed to bring smart city applications to the downtown area. The design includes a physical space/hub, where community members, local companies and government agencies will have access to technology and data to better address issues and needs in the city and explore innovation opportunities.
The hub will be located within a city-owned building on historic Euclid Avenue and will bring together innovators, entrepreneurs and community stakeholders to explore ways to leverage the city’s extensive broadband networks and infrastructure under a smart city model.
The hub will offer co-working spaces, small business support and other features to help promote and incubate innovative and scalable new ideas and solutions. One area of emphasis will be technology development in the commerce and logistics industries.
Specific projects being developed and evaluated using a rapid validation approach includes the use of technology, sensors and data analytics to study multimodal transportation patterns, create affordable bikeshare docking systems and intelligently collect commercial refuse.
“We’re excited to be selected for this important pilot program and to put into motion our smart city vision for the downtown area,” said Ontario Mayor Paul S. Leon. “Ontario is fast becoming a technology and innovation hub for the region, and this plan opens up a whole new world of opportunities for us. It will provide the community with solutions that enhance a broad spectrum of quality experiences in Ontario, support our re-commitment to downtown and further our commitment to sustainability.”