White House Office of Science and Technology Policy highlights San Diego’s leadership in clean technology and big data solutions. This distinction is in recognition of the region’s success in accelerating research, development, and collaborations in data-enabled science and engineering.
This event: “Data to Knowledge to Action: Building New Partnerships,” was hosted in Washington, D.C. under the Obama Administration’s Networking and Information Technology R&D (NITRD) program. This program represents the information technology portfolios of all 18 Federal agencies.
CleanTECH San Diego’s Sustainable San Diego pilot project was prominently featured as one of five programs characterized as “Supporting the Earth, Energy Use, and the Environment.” The pilot’s goal is to change the way people think and support a city – not as a collection of independent buildings, streets, or utilities – but rather as an integrated system, much in the same way a university campus operates.
CleanTECH San Diego received White House recognition as a “launch partner for building the data innovation ecosystems.” Other projects acknowledged in the same category were led by Google Earth, Amazon, and federal agencies including NASA, Department of Energy, U.S. Geological Survey, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Sustainable San Diego pilot project deploys a cloud-based data infrastructure, provided by OSIsoft (http://www.osisoft.com/), which connects physical city systems – such as those managing electricity, gas, water, waste, buildings, transportation, and traffic – allowing the City of San Diego to drive large-scale applications to lower electricity consumption and costs. Under this new system, the city will also be able to discover and anticipate grid instabilities, educate the public, and improve the region’s quality of life and economic development.
“CleanTECH San Diego is excited to be part of this cutting-edge smart city initiative that advances national priorities while also asserting the San Diego region as a clean energy leader,” said CleanTECH San Diego Chair Jim Waring. “We look forward to sharing results from the Sustainable San Diego downtown pilot project so the model of energy efficiency on a big data platform can be scaled and replicated in cities around the globe.”