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City Innovate Foundation Joins US Ignite, Inc.’s Smart Gigabit Communities Network

November 29, 2017 – San Francisco – Today, US Ignite, Inc. announced that City Innovate Foundation is the newest participant in the US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities (SGC) program. US Ignite is a nonprofit that spurs the creation of next-generation applications and services that leverage advanced networking technologies to build the foundation for smart communities. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2015, US Ignite’s Smart Gigabit Communities program is creating “living lab” environments for the next generation of gigabit applications. City Innovate Foundation representing the San Francisco Bay Area joins 24 other national and international communities participating in the SGC program.

“Smart communities and the Internet of Things are a set of modern digital technologies, civic innovations and social changes that have come together to create the opportunity to drive fundamental changes in government, business and society,” said Kamran Saddique, Executive Director, City Innovate Foundation. “Our participation in the US Ignite Smart Gigabit Community network will help us to leverage these technologies to enhance the quality of life for the San Francisco Bay Area.”

Smart Gigabit Communities is a collaboration among US Ignite, universities, municipalities, community anchor institutions like hospitals and schools, nonprofits, network carriers and ISPs. Together, these organizations are focused on developing smart gigabit applications that address local community needs, such as education, workforce development, public safety, community health, smart energy and transportation. Each member of the program has committed to develop two gigabit applications or gigabit services per year that provide advanced technology solutions to issues faced by that community. They also agree to share those applications with the others in the SGC program.

San Francisco Bay Area leads the world in technology innovation and the demand for new products, new companies and new skilled jobs will create tremendous opportunities for US businesses, including service delivery and technology exports. The market for smart and connected cities is expected to reach more than $1 trillion in the next decade, according to IDC, MarketsandMarkets and other analysts. McKinsey estimates that cities will be the second largest setting for the impact of IoT, where IoT applications have the potential for an impact of as much as $1.7 trillion per year in 2025. Many of these technology solutions will involve manufacturing, distribution, installation and maintenance of new hardware systems, supporting the growth of middle class jobs. The Bay Area is leading the country in this new marketplace.

City Innovate Foundation is a leader in a number of Smart City efforts, including the Startup in Residence (STIR) Program. STIR is a program that connects government agencies with startups to develop technology products that address civic challenges. Over 16 weeks, startups and government work together to co-develop solutions that create real impact. Additionally, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) recently awarded San Francisco an $11M DOT grant to harness emerging technological innovations to make mobility smarter and more equitable.

“San Francisco Bay Area is a hub of technology and innovation,” said William Wallace, Executive Director of US Ignite. “We anticipate that the addition of City Innovate Foundation and the Bay Area into our network of Smart Gigabit Communities will yield many benefits for not just the Bay Area, but people throughout the country.”

About US Ignite, Inc.

US Ignite, Inc. spurs the creation of next-generation applications and services that leverage advanced networking technologies to build the foundation for smart communities. The nonprofit organization helps to accelerate new wired and wireless networking advances from research to prototype to full-scale smart community and interconnected national deployments. US Ignite, Inc.’s Smart Gigabit Communities program accelerates the adoption of ultra-fast, programmable fiber and wireless networks as the bedrock of smart communities by identifying new economic and social opportunities created by those networks. US Ignite, Inc., together with Northeastern University, also now operates the National Science Foundation-funded Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) Project Office (PPO), coordinating a $100 million public-private partnership of federal agencies and over 30 leading companies and technology associations supporting the deployment of wireless research platforms in multiple communities across the United States. Together, these collaborative efforts among research universities, local communities and industry will yield breakthroughs in new wired and wireless networking technology. The applications and services that result from this work will help enrich residents’ lives while generating improved, potentially transformative, community services, investment in high-growth startups, and high-skilled jobs.

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