Stafford, Virginia, June 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Stafford County, the Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation (VIPC), and OST today celebrated the success of the Virginia Smart Community Testbed with an anniversary event that gratefully reflected the support from the commonwealth, the community, the federal government through the DHS Science and Technology Branch, and Testbed corporate sponsors Cisco and Verizon. Over the past year, The test bedwhich is the first of its kind in the Commonwealth, has become an award-winning smart community initiative receiving national recognition.
“Innovation is key to creating new jobs, driving economic growth and addressing our greatest challenges,” said David Ihrie, VIPC CTO and Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. “The Virginia Smart Community Testbed serves as a living lab that helps communities like Stafford lead the development and testing of technologies while proving the value of successful public-private partnerships.
As an established leader of Smart Communities initiatives on behalf of the Commonwealth, VIPC partnered with Stafford on the testbed project in 2019 as part of a comprehensive plan to build the new “smart” community. Stafford is now the first Smart City testbed in Virginia involving an IoT platform, fully integrated with 5G and other new and emerging technologies that have national impact.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to continue to attract technologists, entrepreneurs and innovators to our community through the Testbed and that our public and private industry partners, including Cisco and Verizon, continue to support us. as we grow and develop,” John said. Holden, director of economic development and tourism for Stafford County. “We are thrilled to see the positive impact this initiative is having on our community. We are leading the way and being recognized as one of the best smart city initiatives in the country is truly an honor.
The Virginia Smart Community Testbed received the SMART 50 Award in 2022. The award, in partnership with Smart Cities Connect, Smart Cities Connect Foundation, and US Ignite, annually recognizes smart city projects around the world and rewards only the top 50 projects most innovative and influential. work. In their first full year as a technology testbed, Stafford was honored as the winner.
The test bed serves to accelerate technology solutions for the Commonwealth. It provides a venue for companies looking to provide technology solutions to public infrastructure challenges. It provides a space and a place to accelerate the commercialization of new products.
Last year’s Testbed pilots and partnerships included more than a dozen technology companies in developing innovative solutions for the public-private, state and federal opportunities and identified needs. Innovation participants have included: AccessVR, ATA, Breeze Technologies, Express-tek, Helicore, Hire Henry, Intellisense Systems, N5 Sensors, NFF, Onclave, Planet Defense, RIoT, Signify and Traxyl.
About the Smart Community Testbed:
The Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation (VIPC) and Stafford County are founding partners of the Testbed. OST, Inc. (OST) is the lead systems integrator and a founding partner. This public-private partnership constitutes the Executive Committee of Testbed. Stafford County is focused on three key areas for smart community solutions: finding innovative technologies and ways to improve the quality of life for its citizens; build an entrepreneurial ecosystem for start-ups and existing businesses; develop pilot projects for innovators and entrepreneurs deploying cutting-edge smart community solutions for their business or products. www.VirginiaSmartCommunityTestbed.com
About Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation (VIPC)
Our business: Connecting innovators to opportunities. The not-for-profit operations arm of the Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority (VIPA), VIPC is the Commonwealth’s seed-stage commercialization and economic development engine that directs funding, infrastructure, and policy initiatives to supporting Virginia’s innovators, entrepreneurs, startups, and market development strategies. VIPC works with local, regional, state and federal partners to support the expansion and diversification of Virginia’s economy.
Programs include: Virginia Venture Partners (VVP) | Virginia Founders Fund (VFF) | Commonwealth Marketing Fund (CCF) | Smart Communities | Unmanned Systems | Entrepreneurial ecosystems | Regional Innovation Fund (RIF) | Federal Funding Assistance Program (FFAP) for SBIR & STTR | University partnerships | Mentoring and engagement of start-up companies. For more information, please visit www.VirginiaIPC.org. Follow VIPC on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
About Smart Stafford
Stafford is a smart place for innovation. Stafford has a strong foundation in cybertechnology and intends to build on this strength with the inclusion of smart city technology. Smart Stafford’s vision began with the council’s 2040 strategic plan to consider opportunities to invest in technology that will improve the lives of our residents, businesses and visitors. The Virginia Smart Community Testbed provides the technology that will help us achieve this vision. The Stafford Proving Ground will unlock critical new resources and promote business investment in Stafford County and the Commonwealth. Learn more about Smart Stafford initiatives. For more information on Smart Stafford: www.gostaffordva.com | www.VirginiaSmartCommunityTestbed.com
About the OST
Based in McLean, VA, OST, Inc. (OST) is a systems integrator that has been providing innovative technology, project management, consulting and engineering services for over 20 years. Specialized in advanced technologies such as intelligence, cybersecurity, cloud, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), predictive analysis and data visualization, etc., consultants and engineers OST also optimize business processes and staffing to deliver a complete business solution. . As a strategic partner, OST provides systems integration services for Virginia Smart City Testbed (VSCT) in Stafford County, manages the Smart Airport Testbed at the FAA Tech Center in Atlantic City, and supports federal contracts , state and local for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Energy (DOE), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (PA), District of Columbia (DC) and others. For more information on OST: www.ostglobal.com
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