Lighthouse City

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Partnership with Cisco to make DC the US’s first “Lighthouse City”. As part of the partnership, Cisco will open 2 new coding academies at DC public schools in FY17 and work with DC to pioneer Internet of Things (IoT) and smart city solutions.

Progress Updates:

November 2019: In late spring 2019, OCTO and DC-NET deployed a proof-of-concept, citywide Low Power, Wide Area (LoRaWAN) network for IoT (Internet of Things) and to pilot solutions in the areas of water and air quality sensing, people counting, and asset tracking. OCTO is using Cisco equipment and guidance for buildout and deployment of the LoRaWAN. The network is now in proof-of-concept phase supporting the above mentioned pilots.

The economic value of LoRaWAN is that it offers the flexibility to deploy and/or leverage private and public networks in a cost-efficient manner, along with network and device interoperability. It also enables data communication over a long range while using very little power.

Original Lighthouse agreement expired in the Spring of 2018, but OCTO continues to work with Cisco in public Wi-Fi expansion and enhancement through use of control/management software: Cisco Prime.

February 2018: OCTO is currently piloting Cisco’s Kinetics for Cities data platform and evaluating the potential of another Smart & Connected Community proof of concept in DC. Cisco also is working to expand its Networking Academy presence with new academies at UDC, UDCCC, and In3 (in addition to existing at McKinley Tech & Phelps).  Cisco team members have discussed with DC Government ways to expose more students to self-paced courses in curriculum including Cyber, IoT, and Entrepreneurship. These courses could be offered at the middle school level in order to begin building a pipeline of students who would continue to earn a valuable industry certification for workforce and job readiness.

  • Timeline: in-progress
  • Lead and key partners: Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO)
  • Related core sectors: technology
  • Related opportunity areas: smart cities and civic solutions
  • Related action areas: space and supports, talent