As communities look to technology for ways to improve their economy, Governments are realizing benefits of collaborating with Universities on projects related to such things as smart city, health care, and energy. This partnership creates a living laboratory on campus.

Below is an article from govtech.com that details how a partnership between a local government and universities use IoT to create economic improvement. After reading the article, give us a call at SpendBridge so we can assist you with building strong procurement and accounts payable departments within your organization.

Source: govtech.com | Re-Post SpendBridge 3/22/2018

The Cleveland region is set to explore Internet of Things (IoT) technology with help from two area universities.

Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University have joined forces with the IoT Collaborative to focus on the researching and testing of IoT devices and projects related to smart city, health care, energy and other areas. The collaborative is funded, in part, with a $1.75 million grant from the Cleveland Foundation awarded in late January.

“We really found it as a way for economic improvement,” said Leon Wilson, chief of digital innovation and CIO with the Cleveland Foundation. “And also, bringing a lot more brain talent into the region. But equally important, is where they were focusing their energy in: manufacturing, energy, healthcare.”

About three or four years ago, the electrical engineering department at Case Western Reserve University saw the ability to overlap IoT and data and analytics at the boundaries of the different disciplines, and set out to begin exploring how these could come together in a new area of study, said Ken Loparo, chair of the electrical engineering and computer science department at the university.

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