OneCleveland Propels Region to Worldwide IT Leadership; Intel's Recognition of Cleveland-Northeast Ohio Will Lead to Expansion of Next-Generation Applications and Services
"Being named a Worldwide Digital Community by Intel gives OneCleveland the opportunity to showcase to the world how the next generation of IT infrastructure is being leveraged by our region's great institutions as a catalyst to change the way we live, learn, work and play," said Scot Rourke, president of OneCleveland, a non-profit ultra broadband applications network that serves governments, schools, hospitals, libraries, arts organizations and other nonprofits.
“OneCleveland is helping the city use technology to deliver comprehensive solutions and services that will transform government services, increase economic vitality, and enhance the livability of communities.”
Intel announced today that Cleveland and Northeast Ohio is one of its first three pilot Digital Communities around the world as part of an initiative aimed at helping communities use wireless technology and innovative applications to expand and improve services for constituents. Intel's Digital Communities initiative, which includes extensive work from a diverse group of high tech companies, helps communities design, develop and deploy comprehensive solutions and services to enhance government services and efficiency, promote economic growth and foster improved community satisfaction. The applications range from automating mobile workers such as gas, water and electric meter readers, to improving public safety by enhancing collaborative communications, to increasing access to healthcare information and services, and to expand lifelong educational opportunities.
Intel chose Cleveland and Northeast Ohio because of the region's extensive use of OneCleveland's ultra broadband applications network. More than a dozen institutions and more than 100 facilities are subscribers to the OneCleveland fiber optic network, including Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Orchestra, the City of Cleveland, MetroHealth and the Cleveland Clinic.
OneCleveland's initial Digital Communities solution is an e-permitting application for 11 divisions and departments of the City of Cleveland. It utilizes mobile and wireless technology from Cisco Systems, IBM and Accela. The application streamlines Cleveland's paper-based inspection system and integrates the workflow activities of these departments and improves the effectiveness of up to 500 mobile employees. Building and housing inspectors can now file reports, schedule inspections and download new assignments from the field using their PDAs.
"Intel is pleased to work with the City of Cleveland and OneCleveland on the Digital Communities initiative," said Paul Butcher, state and local government marketing manager for Intel. "OneCleveland is helping the city use technology to deliver comprehensive solutions and services that will transform government services, increase economic vitality, and enhance the livability of communities."
Rourke said OneCleveland is working with Intel and its Digital Communities constituents to implement additional applications and services to be deployed via the OneCleveland network.
Additional projects being pursued as part of the Digital Communities program include:
-- Deploying applications that will improve the capabilities of police, fire and emergency response personnel across multiple jurisdictions. Examples include wireless access to streaming audio and video communications; vehicle, personnel and asset tracking; and surveillance cameras.
-- Providing remote access to healthcare professionals to extend the delivery of health and dental services and monitoring to schools, churches, community centers, libraries and other sites.
-- Enhancing access, usability and rich media applications available to promote lifelong learning for students, parents, teachers, seniors and other citizens. Target areas include education, workforce development, home ownership content, financial planning tools and computer training.
In addition to working with Intel, IBM and Cisco, Rourke said the Digital Communities initiative is also being helped by contributions from local corporations, law firms, banks, technology companies and individuals who recognize the great benefits that can be achieved by deploying innovative high bandwidth applications and services throughout the region. Supporters of OneCleveland's Digital Communities program include Case Western Reserve University, NorTech, The State of Ohio, MCPc Inc., City of Cleveland, The GAR Foundation, The Generation Foundation, The Arminius Foundation, Panzica Investments, the Lindsey and David Morgenthaler Foundation, The Sherwick Fund and many others.
OneCleveland is a nonprofit provider of community-based ultra broadband networking services and applications that enable educational, governmental, research, arts and cultural, healthcare and nonprofit organizations across Northeast Ohio. OneCleveland was a 2005 a finalist in the international competition for Top 7 Intelligent Community and a top 3 finalist for Visionary Community of the Year hosted by the Intelligent Community Foundation. OneCleveland's mission is to stimulate economic activity in the region by enabling adoption and innovation of new products and applications that take advantage of the speeds and capacity of its regional ultra broadband network. For more information, visit OneCleveland online at www.onecleveland.org.