Colorado Smart Cities Alliance Announces Open Lab

A public private partnership between the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance and Arrow Electronics, Inc. will result in the launch of the Colorado Open Lab. The Lab will be an Internet of Things (IoT) engineering lab for customer development showcase and innovation collaboration to fast track development of OEM IoT appliances and AI-enhanced applications, according to a news release specifying plans. The announcement of the Lab, set to open in the second quarter of 2019, and located within Arrow’s global headquarters in Centennial, CO, was made September 18, during the inaugural Colorado Smart Cities Alliance Symposium. The Colorado Open Lab will comprise engineering facilities with the latest bench, test and edge compute equipment, a customer experience center and a live experience of Smart City showcase consisting of technologies and solutions deployed across the region. Members of the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance can collaborate, discover, innovate, test and confidently validate Smart City solutions prior to deployment within their jurisdictions. According to the Arrow Electronics news announcement, the Lab has been backed by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade and the Denver South Economic Development Partnership. “The pace of growth in Colorado demands that we look at new models of collaboration between our companies, our cities, and our research institutions,” said John Tolva, co-founder and chairman of the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance. “The Colorado Smart Cities Alliance, aided by the new Colorado Open Lab, is more than an effort to rethink solutions to urban complexity,” he noted, adding, “It’s an effort to remake how we experiment, test, and scale solutions in the first place.” “The Colorado Open Lab represents not only an opportunity to leverage leading global technology companies to tackle some of our biggest social issues, but also to redefine public-private partnerships and become a new model for the future of regional and cross-sector collaboration,” said Mike Fitzgerald, CEO, Denver South Economic Development Partnership. Showcases will cover more than a dozen key technologies, including: Smart Street Lighting, Smart Parking, Smart Buildings, environment and resource conservation, energy resilience, infrastructure and asset management, intelligent transportation, connected and automated vehicles, public safety, agriculture, Smart City ICT Infrastructure, security and regional scalability, among others. “The Colorado Open Lab is the latest extension of a network of open labs that Arrow is launching around the world,” said Aiden Mitchell, vice president of IoT global solutions at Arrow. “Our first open lab was in Hong Kong and has seen significant customer collaboration in both consumer and Industrial IoT,” said Mitchell. According to Mitchell, the Colorado Open Lab will build on that theme and be an advanced engineering lab for our customers, technology partners and suppliers. “The domain expertise in Smart Cities and Smart Counties will advance the deployment of technologies needed to support growth and efficiency within urban society,” Mitchell added. Arrow Electronics guides innovation forward for over 150,000 of the world’s leading manufacturers of technology used in homes, business and daily life. With 2017 sales of $26.6 billion, Arrow aggregates electronics and enterprise computing solutions for customers and suppliers in industrial and commercial markets. The company maintains a network of more than 345 locations serving over 80 countries.   Source: Smartresilient