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Smart Region Initiative

What are we doing?

Joint Venture’s Smart Region Initiative is a coalition between local governments, businesses, and residents working together to improve quality of life in Silicon Valley through the targeted and holistic application of smart city technologies. The coalition builds on existing relationships with technology companies, academia, and local government leaders to drive a coordinated public-private sector effort and mounts a highly strategic campaign to lead and transform Silicon Valley’s smart cities implementations at a regional scale.

Focus Areas Under Consideration:

  • Open Data - Data Sharing, Security, Governance, Privacy
  • Communication Technologies - IoT, LPWA, LoRaWAN, Narrowband LTE, Wi-Fi, LTE-MTC, D2D, V2V
  • Digital Inclusion - Public Wireless, Point-to-Multipoint, Community Broadband

Strategies Under Consideration:

  • Expand Coalition - Encourage dialog between local governments, businesses, residents, and academia. Create coalitions to help build human-centric smart city systems that solve problems and create efficiencies. Determine areas where scale can be realized through partnerships. Lead those partnerships in tactical ways.
  • Educate Public and Private Sector Stakeholders - Identify key stakeholders in cities/counties and educate them on technology and trends in smart city.
  • Regional Alignment - Encourage cities, towns, and counties to share information and deploy technologies that allow for seamless regional coverage.
  • Locate New Technologies – Identify early-stage companies with compelling technology, and bring those companies to the attention of the consortium.
  • Promote Model Ordinances and Processes – Work with cities/counties to provide best practices and guidelines for developing smart city ordinances that encourage innovation and deployment, while protecting privacy and individual freedom.

Why are we doing it?

Applying IoT/M2M technologies to the challenge of improving the lives of citizens leads to the creation of “Smart Cities” – evolved solutions that have the potential to help solve numerous challenges we face in the 21st century. We define "smart cities" as technology applied to create vertical solutions that address municipal challenges. Given the potential value of smart cities and the negative impact of not addressing those challenges, forward-thinking leaders are strategizing around and planning for smart cities now.

Who's involved?

Our project is guided by a Steering Committee consisting of:

  • Tony Batalla, CIO, City of San Leandro
  • Kip Harkness, Deputy City Manager, City of San Jose
  • Roger Jensen, CIO, City of Mountain View
  • John Lang, Economic Development Coordinator, City of Morgan Hill
  • Kevin Miller, Civic Tech Manager, Microsoft
  • Bill Mitchell, CTO, City of Cupertino
  • Jonathan Reichental, CIO, City of Palo Alto
  • Jon Walton, CIO, County of San Mateo
  • Bryan Witkowski, Head of Product - MachineQ, Comcast

What are the next steps?

  • Inventory Silicon Valley's cities to determine areas where scale and collaboration are possible.
  • Examine what other cities (outside the region) are doing to catalog best practices.
  • Focus on one or two areas in which we can have meaningful impact.
  • Expand the Initiative to include members from the business community.

Where do I find out more?

To learn more about the Smart Region Initiative, to request a briefing, or to inquire about membership please contact:

David Witkowski

Smart Region Objective

Joint Venture's Smart Region Initiative is focused on education, collaboration, and expertise sharing to drive deployment of regional Smart City systems in the Silicon Valley.

Smart Region Partners

  • County of San Mateo
  • City of San Jose
  • City of Morgan Hill
  • City of Palo Alto
  • City of San Leandro
  • City of Cupertino
  • City of Mountain View
  • Microsoft
  • Comcast

Smart City Drivers

81% of US residents live in urban areas, and this will rise to 87% by 2050. (Source: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, 2014)