Columbus seeking Big Data gurus to build Smart City transportation data hub

Story excerpt provided by Columbus Business First.

Written by Carrie Ghose.

Smart Columbus is seeking IT firms to build the Big Data brain that will power initiatives ranging from booking a parking spot online to lowering infant mortality by getting women to their prenatal doctor visits.

Because this is “uncharted territory,” there’s no estimate for how much of the $40 million Smart City grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation would go toward this key enabling project, said Brandi Braun, Columbus deputy innovation director and the city’s liaison to the public-private mobility initiative.

After a year and a half of planning, “this is our first deployment of a very significant piece (of Smart Columbus),” Braun said. “The core principle of being smart is having a holistic, integrated approach to data.”

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Originally published February 3, 2018.

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