Smart Technology for Resilient, Efficient, Economic and Reliable Transportation in Cities and Communities Act
A Smart City uses information and communications technology (ICT) to enhance its livability, workability and sustainability. It collects information about itself using sensors, devices or other systems, and sends the data to an analytics system to understand what's happening now and what's likely to happen next.
Smart Cities offer the opportunity to capitalize on smart technologies to help drive innovation, stimulate the economy, grow jobs and bolster the country's position as a global technology leader.
The Smart Cities and Communities Act of 2017 was introduced to the House and Senate on October 2, 2017. The purpose of this Act is to promote smart technologies and systems to improve community livability, services, communication, safety, mobility, energy productivity, and resilience to natural and manmade disasters, to reduce costs, traffic congestion, and air pollution, and to promote economic growth and opportunities for communities of all sizes.
The bill would enhance federal coordination and investment through workforce training and technology demonstration programs, improving performance and interoperability, and international cooperation and best practices. H.R. 4151 would extend the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) Smart Cities Challenge Program. In 2016, this USDOT program attracted 78 applicants from cities across the nation. Cities proposed ways in which to deploy smart transportation technologies to address real social and economic needs of the community. The application exercise itself helped cities identify and prioritize smart city needs. Ultimately, Columbus, Ohio was announced the grant winner and the city is working diligently with many public-private partners to implement its smart cities transportation plan. Extending this program will help provide more and more cities develop smart city strategies to help serve the needs of their communities.
In addition, H.R. 4151 calls for the development of federal smart cities program guide, a study of existing smart cities procurement practices so that new, innovative best practices can be utilized to pay for smart cities projects, and review of existing smart cities standards to ensure interoperable smart city devices and systems.
Both CompTIA and TECNA have announced their support for the act.