The project, known as Smart Cities USA, is expected to help drive San José’s economic growth, foster 25,000 clean-tech jobs and create environmental sustainability.
The pilot program in San José is Intel’s first smart city implementation in the US. The scalability of Intel architecture enables the intelligence and flexibility necessary for cities across the country to quickly deploy a range of smart city solutions for everything from air and water quality to traffic and parking management to communications systems and other city infrastructure, the company says.
The joint project was selected to be showcased this week as part of the White House SmartAmerica Challenge. The program is a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow initiative that aims to bring together research in Cyber-Physical Systems and the internet of things and combine test beds, projects and activities from different sectors, including smart manufacturing, healthcare, smart energy, intelligent transportation and disaster response. The goal of the SmartAmerica Challenge is to show tangible and measurable benefits to the US economy and the daily lives of American citizens.
Cities consume two-thirds of the world’s energy, according to the UN. To address the escalating demands of existing and future residents, cities are looking for ways to introduce more technology to become “smarter” about the use of limited resources.
The Smart Cities USA pilot project will give San José residents real-time, local data that can inform their personal decisions. For example, the community will better understand how they can help “Spare the Air” on poor air quality days. When there is a local air quality alert, residents can choose to take public transit, bicycle or carpool to get to work or school and thus reduce emissions and improve air quality.
San José, known as the Capital of Silicon Valley, is installing a network of sensors to create a “sustainability lens” that uses Intel technology to measure characteristics such as particulates in the air, noise pollution and traffic flow. Such measurement data will produce meaningful insights that will lead to improvements in air quality, noise, transportation efficiency, environmental sustainability, health and energy efficiency.
This project also aligns with the San José Green Vision, a long-term sustainability initiative adopted by the city in 2007 to protect the environment, stimulate economic growth and achieve sustainability.
City governments are projected to collectively invest about $41 trillion over the next 20 years to upgrade their infrastructure. Intel says its technology can help cities cost-effectively manage infrastructure growth and resource sustainability that can help them meet the demands of escalating population rates.
The city of San José has installed a sensor demonstration platform using Intel Gateway Solutions for the Internet of Things with an Intel Quark processor and third-party sensors. Each gateway incorporates Wind River Intelligent Device Platform software with McAfee security features connected to Intel’s Hadoop distribution in the cloud.
IBM and Cisco are the top smart city suppliers, positioned to become global leaders in the market, according to a July 2013 Navigant Research report. The firm forecasts that the global smart city technology market will grow from $6.1 billion in annual revenue in 2012 to $20.2 billion by 2020.