Smart Columbus is a region-wide Smart City initiative co-led by the city of Columbus and the Columbus Partnership. After 78 mid-sized cities competed in the first-ever Smart City Challenge, submitting ideas for a smart transportation system to aid in more efficient mobility, USDOT named Columbus the winner. The city was awarded grant funding and the designation as America's Smart City.
Michael Baker is providing on-site project management and subject matter expertise to the Smart Columbus effort, helping to manage the delivery of several projects in the Smart Columbus portfolio, including Smart Mobility Hubs and Connected Electric Autonomous Vehicles as well as providing assistance in the delivery of the other projects such as Multimodal Trip Planning Application and Prenatal Trip Assistance.
Michael Baker is also assisting with several services, ranging from smartphone applications to field devices, including DSRC equipment. Michael Baker is acting as an extension of city staff; helping with the systems engineering approach and agile development; and ensuring delivery milestones and project schedule. Michael Baker leads the Safety Management Plan development and the testing of the projects prior to launch.
The firm is also helping to manage the development of smart mobility hubs in places of interest such as transit centers and community centers to connect travelers with a variety of mode choices on-site. The kiosks will allow for an alternate means to request transportation and plan travel for those without smart phones, ultimately increasing modes of travel to and from these locations and helping solve first-mile/last-mile gaps.
Additionally, Michael Baker will also help to manage the procurement and deployment of self-driving shuttles in Columbus.
“We are proud to partner with Smart Columbus to enhance the lives of the citizens of Columbus by increasing mobility. Smart Columbus has developed a portfolio of initiatives that will provide more simple, reliable, and efficient travel to work, healthcare appointments and other necessary destinations."
Michael Baker Assistant Program Manager – Smart Communities
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