Brenna Berman, commissioner and CIO of Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT), sheds light on Chicago’s journey towards becoming a smart city. The initiative combines technology and data to find solutions like providing civic-data transparency, real-time weather, and environmental data to residents.

Some of our key takeaways from the conversation:

  1. The Idea of a Smart City:
    Chicago has been witnessing economic challenges in new digital manufacturing, skill shifts, and also a shift in population demographics. Brenna’s idea of a smart city comprises having a responsive government towards its residents, tourists, and the local businesses.
  2. Technology and Data in Chicago:
    Technology assists in gaining a better understanding and engagement in the process of making better policies and finding structural solutions. Chicago’s Open Data Portal is a powerful tool which strives to provide its citizens transparency in civic data.
  3. Solution Towards Becoming a Smart City:
    City services being made available online and creating a digital infrastructure are among the few goals of the Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology. The new grid app has made Chicago’s civic data finding more user-friendly.

Below are some of the key points and moments from the conversation:

  • 2:00 – Brenna chalked out the key factors that make a city a “smart city.” These include: technology, data, and IoTs
  • 3:15 – Cities around the world are looking for infrastructural, transportation, and economic solutions and technology can help find them
  • 4:59 – Chicago boasts of being one of the first cities in the US having an Open Data Portal that gives people access to public infrastructural data
  • 8:37 – Chicago doesn’t wait for other levels of government and is responsible for its future
  • 10:15 – A few months ago the department came up with the whole new OpenGrid app
  • 13:20 – The Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology uses its own data to make decision-making easier
  • 18:45 – Chicago launched the Array of Things that has sensor nodes installed across the city to provide real-time data on the city’s environment and infrastructure
  • 26:50 – The IoT Council was launched in March 2015 that brings businesses together with the focus of how IoTs help in disrupting the economy of Chicago

Speakers

Commissioner and CIO of DoIT