CompTIAWorld | FALL 2017 30 Start Your Engines: Indianapolis Takes Smart on the Road Eric Hromadka in Indianapolis will use the Smart City Challenge program to facilitate emerging initiatives in smart utilities and transportation sectors. He said the city holds many key smart city assets including a history of private and public partnerships, a dynamic tech sector and a collaborative community. This is especially true within the transportation vertical. “It’s the home of Blue Indy, a fully electric car sharing program that was launched in partnership with a French company and provides hundreds of vehicles at charging stations located all over the city,” he said. “The city also operates dozens of plug-in cars in its own fleet and is working on the nation’s first electric bus rapid transit line.” Within the energy vertical, just north of Indianapolis, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator manages delivery of power across the electric grid in 15 states and the Canadian province of Manitoba. “From such large-scale smart systems to alternative energy generation, such as the solar farm at Indianapolis International Airport, there are ample opportunities to utilize smart energy plans to most effectively allocate resources,” Hromadka said. In addition to the specific smart city tools for transportation and energy, there are also synergies that exist among the sectors in Indianapolis. “Smart metering technologies and analytics that can be used for both energy and water are examples,” he said. “Likewise, electric vehicles that can recharge during off-peak hours can create smarter solutions for energy and transportation. The common element in all smart systems is the use of data-driven tools that allow the flexibility to create adaptable solutions that meet the needs of city residents both now and in the future. These systems must also work to serve residents in an inclusive way that connects all neighborhoods and areas of the city.” He added, “We have a unique opportunity to show national leadership in deployment of smart solutions for water, energy and transportation. This recognition reflects years of hard work and investment in Indianapolis to create a world-class city.”