The City of Colorado Springs (City) and Colorado Springs Utilities (Utilities) have joined together to develop a smart citySmart Cities utilize technology and the Internet of Things to address challenges facing our community and improve the quality of life for our citizens, particularly in the areas of connectivity, energy, and resilience. Colorado Springs identified four organizational pillars to implement a vision for Smart Cities: Energy and utilities, transportation and mobility, City services, and buildings and sustainability. vision, known as SmartCOS. Being a smart city is the concept of deploying advanced technologies to improve public services, drive economic development, and solve issues facing the city.
Through an extensive stakeholder process with more than 100 participants representing private, public, academic, and non-profit institutions in the Pikes Peak Region, 11 SmartCOS concepts have been identified to explore and deploy as opportunities arise and funding allows. The City and Utilities will pursue funding options to support the SmartCOS program, including grant opportunities, public-private partnerships, and leveraging existing capital expenditures where it makes sense.
In addition, the City and Utilities have partnered with US Ignite, a national non-profit that has developed an ecosystem of other cities pursuing smart technologies across the nation to share lessons learned and best practices. Furthermore, Colorado Springs is one of the founding cities of the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance, which is a statewide, multi-jurisdictional collaboration of public, private, and academic sector leaders committed to accelerating the adoption of smart cities initiatives in their respective communities.
The 11 SmartCOS Concepts
For complete descriptions and a narrative of the process, download the complete SmartCOS Strategy (pdf).
- Advanced Metering Infrastructure – an integrated system of smart meters, communications networks and data management systems that enable two-way communication between Utilities and customers
- Connected VehicleA vehicle that can communicate with other vehicles and infrastructure. The most common wireless technology used for connected vehicles is dedicated short-range communication (DSRC). Platform – Enabling the adoption of connected vehicles in an urban environment
- Microgrids – Integrated power deliver system
- Enhanced Engagement – Publish city-owned data and modernize citizen request process
- Smart Building Management – Making buildings more efficient through automation and integration
- Smart Kiosks – Integrating wayfinding and other user-friendly information in the downtown core
- Smart Parking – Improving the efficiency and customer interaction with parking
- Smart Payment Solutions – Payment integration system for various modes of transportation
- Smart Security Systems – Adopting cutting edge technologies for the benefit of public safety
- Smart Streetlights – Converting existing streetlight infrastructure with sensor-capable LED lighting
- Smart Transportation – Integrating smart technologies into long term transportation planning
The Southwest Downtown redevelopment district has been identified as an area where the City would like to leverage existing public and private funding to deploy smart technologies that support the mission of both the City of Colorado Springs and Colorado Springs Utilities. This district offers a unique opportunity to leverage the momentum gained through the SmartCOS program so far, leverage over $42 million in existing state and local public funding, and deploy a wide range of smart technologies in a defined area. This will allow the opportunity to explore various use cases in a confined area to that could be scalable across the community in the future.