Intel, San Jose Leverage Internet of Things in Smart City Project
The chip maker and city are running a six-month pilot program that addresses traffic, air pollution and water quality in San Jose.Intel is working with San Jose, Calif., officials on a pilot program designed to use technology to help improve the operations of the Silicon Valley city and the lives of the people who live and work there. The smart city project, announced June 11, is part of the White House SmartAmerica Challenge program announced in December 2013 to encourage private and public entities to explore ways the Internet of things (IoT) can be used to benefit the economy and society. The six-month Intel-San Jose project is among those being showcased at the SmartAmerica Expo in Washington D.C., June 11. Intel has a similar program under way in Ireland, but the partnership with San Jose represents the chip maker's initial effort in the United States. Tom Steenman, vice president for Intel's Internet of Things Group, said during a conference call with journalists and analysts that the expectation is that Intel can leverage what it learns in San Jose to create frameworks that can be leveraged in other communities. In San Jose, city officials are installing a network of sensors as part of the city's larger seven-year-old "San Jose Green Vision" sustainability project aimed at generating economic growth while protecting the environment. The sensors will collect data on a range of areas in the city, from air pollution to noise to traffic flow, with the information being analyzed to enable city officials to develop ways to improve San Jose's environment and livability, according to Vijay Sammeta, the city's CIO.
The effort is "not just a vision, but a demand" if officials are to meet the needs of San Jose and its residents in everything from transportation and environmental sustainability to health care and energy efficiency, Sammeta said during the conference call.