Verizon, Urbanova, and the city of Spokane, Washington are partnering to develop scale-able technology solutions aimed at creating a smarter, safer, more connected place to live. They are initially focusing on smart community solutions that directly impact public safety, traffic congestion, and parking within Spokane’s University District.
“We’re excited to welcome Verizon as a partner with Urbanova in Spokane,” said Spokane mayor David Condon. “Verizon already knows our community as one of our major network service providers. Now, they will share their expertise around new technology applications and data delivery as our community seeks out advanced ways to serve Spokane’s citizens into the future. This is another important step forward as we seek solutions that lead to healthier citizens, safer neighborhoods, smarter infrastructure, and a more sustainable environment.”
Verizon is bringing its smart communities solutions, which are designed to foster growth and opportunity within communities, while minimizing risk and cost for municipalities. Working with Urbanova partners such as the city, Itron, Avista, and Washington State University (WSU), the team will seek solutions such as connected streetlights, smart parking, grid resiliency, and air quality human health research – along with new initiatives that will streamline the installation of these technologies.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Urbanova, the City of Spokane, and Mayor Condon to bring technology advancements that will help to improve the lives of citizens today and set the city up to lead for tomorrow,” said Mrinalini (Lani) Ingram, vice president of smart communities at Verizon. “It’s not just about smart technology, connectivity or applications; it starts with a focus on the people. We’re looking forward to working hand in hand to understand the needs of the community and together, develop solutions that bolster the economy and improve the lives of the people that live and work in the area.”