ENRICH in the USA Smart City Landing Hub

Located in Dallas, Texas and hosted by the Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA) and their Innov8te Incubator, the Smart City Landing Hub welcomes EU research, innovation, and business stakeholders who work within smart city applications. The city of Dallas, with DIA at the helm, has had over ten years of government officials and industrial giants collaboratively transforming parts of the city into a “living lab”, enabling state of the art solutions in transportation, commerce, environmental monitoring, public safety, utilities, recreation, and more, to find a real-world, real-time urban demonstration site. Born from necessity, as Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington is the fourth largest populated metropolitan in the United States and annual influx of 100,000 people, government and citizens alike have strived for public solutions to improve traffic, safety, pollution, and other challenges as a result of an overcrowded, high growth population.

With major initiatives across the metropolitan area, from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s stunning commitment to innovative traveler amenities, to Plano’s FritoLay IoT-infrastructure laden manufacturing plant, to the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ impressive intelligent transportation system plan, visiting EU innovators will truly have access to a breadth of applications in one location. Placed on the 2018 Forbes list for the 6th best place in the US for business and career, as well as Business Insider’s 11th most high-tech city in the world, Dallas, Texas provides a rich ecosystem of incentives and benefits for EU companies. So much so, that EU corporations Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent, and Ericsson Inc. join 200 other foreign companies who have located their North American headquarters in Dallas.

About Dallas Innovation Alliance and the Innov8te Smart Cities Incubator

The Dallas Innovation Alliance is a private-public partnership made up of the city of Dallas and more than two dozen large companies and local foundations. DIA is focused on creating a living lab in Dallas’ historic district (West End) that is piloting/leveraging smart technology to improve the intersection of community, technology and data solutions to facilitate sustainable growth, increase efficiency and, importantly, improve the quality of life. The DIA in partnership with City leadership was launched at the White House in September 2015 as part of the Office of Science and Technology Policy announcement of federal Smart City initiatives. Currently, the DIA has nearly 30 partner organizations across the public, private, civic and academic sectors and has worked with over 20 City departments. The partnership has working reciprocal relationships with nearly 40 cities around the world.

In addition to DIA’s living lab, their newly opened Innov8te Smart Cities Incubator was launched in February 2019 to support entrepreneurs and early-stage companies in sectors supporting urban and civic transformation. Founding public, private and academic collaborators include AT&T, Cisco, Microsoft, the University of Texas at Dallas, and The Dallas Entrepreneur Center network. This incubator’s presence in the Dallas Innovation District and Smart Cities Living Lab continues to drive a focus on smart city technology research and development for the region.

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