St. Louis Pilots Smart City Technology with DHS

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate – working with the City of St Louis, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), and the T-REX Innovation Center (T-REX) – has completed the final integration of a smart city technology pilot in St. Louis, MO. The pilot project is part of a program designed to enhance overall public safety and streamline operations across the city’s departments.

“This final rollout event, which included a series of tabletop exercises and operational scenarios, demonstrated how these technologies could be leveraged by first responders, emergency managers and other city officials in real-life events, such as floods, fires or earthquakes,” the DHS stated.

The project has been using Smart City Interoperability Reference Architecture (SCIRA) as an interoperable framework, integrating commercial proprietary Internet of Things (IoT) sensors for public safety applications and assessing open standards. By validating the SCIRA architecture through the pilot, officials can recommend its adoption to other smart city efforts.

“With this experiment, and by bringing in a variety of city, federal and other stakeholders, we are aiming to get cities to prioritize their procurement and have a clear vision of their immediate operational needs and desired benefits in a realistic manner,” said Norman Speicher, DHS S&T program manager.

“The City of St. Louis is proud to partner with DHS S&T, OGC and T-REX on this very important smart city effort,” said St. Louis mayor Lyda Krewson. “Smart city technologies deliver 21st century services to its residents, provide for their public safety, and enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of all city services.”

The products and guidelines from SCIRA project will be posted on the DHS S&T website as they become available.