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Regional data sharing model approved at summit


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More than 20 elected officials representing the City of Reno, the City of Sparks, Washoe County and Washoe County School District met to discuss next steps in achieving  recommendations made by the IBM Smarter Cities team in 2013.

As part of a strategic focus to help the region achieve economic development success and sustainability, the group approved a recommendation for the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency (TMRPA) to move forward with the design and development of new regional data sharing relationships to accomplish advanced geospatial analytics for the region.

“We are extremely pleased to continue our role in the Smarter Region initiative,” said Kimberly H. Robinson, Executive Director of the TMRPA. “Affirmation from the leadership team allows us to begin discussing regional data sharing and analysis at a level never imagined in our community. A new collaborative approach to data collection and organization combined with the ability to do regional analysis is crucial to our region moving forward successfully.”

During the original Smarter Cities Challenge, the IBM team assessed the benefits of a regionally integrated and operated geospatial analytical system and concluded that such a system could fulfill a critical role in helping the region achieve economic development success and sustainability. For implementation, IBM recommended that the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency (TMRPA) be the lead entity, with the Desert Research Institute (DRI) providing technical support for the system’s architecture, analytics, and security.

In the past five years, significant advancements have been made in geospatial analytical technology, Robinson added, which allow for the development of new perspectives when considering old problems such as industrial land availability and connectivity, or traffic flow issues in and around potential business or residential development sites.

The Smarter Region Leadership Team also recognized that all types of community and business data must be looked at to achieve success in this new initiative, including data from the region’s schools and arts and culture sectors.

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