The twenty-first century is an urban living century. It is predicted that by 2050
about 64% of the developing world and 86% of the developed world will be urbanized.
Almost everyone will inevitably face and get involved in this rapid urbanization.
Urbanization brings us both unprecedented challenges and wonderful opportunities.
New technologies are making urbanization easy to manage as they create platforms and
systems that make everyday lives of inhabitants easy. For example, today, the Internet
of everything and Internet of people are making it easier to manage and provide urban
services through smart real-time data-driven management of urban systems. Urban communities
can take advantage of smart technologies that are utilizing the rapidly growing real
time urban generated data to improve the quality of life of the citizens for the betterment
of society. Chattanooga is a growing mid-sized city with a proud tradition of public-private partnerships
that drive innovation and sustainable economic growth and development. The city has
carefully and smartly used its unique location and its resources to build the first
10Gbps fiber optic internet service through the Electric Power Board (EPB) of Chattanooga
to 80,000 householders and businesses. This has led it to be called the GigCity because
it is the first city in the Western Hemisphere to acquire such city-wide fast internet
service. Chattanooga is uniquely positioned to be the next generation testbed for
smart cities. We have been working collaboratively with the City of Chattanooga,
Chattanooga Department of Transportation, EPB of Chattanooga, and The Enterprise Center
in to develop, deploy, and publish innovative practices for the smart city of Chattanooga.
Our main focuses are on Transportation, Energy, and Health.