Smart City Connections
Representatives from the City of Lafayette, Louisiana first met KPMG Adoxio at the 2017 Nordic Edge Smart City conference in Norway. Lafayette had an impressive list of objectives they wanted to accomplish, and were at Nordic Edge to network and learn about how other municipalities and industry leaders were accomplishing similar goals.
Lafayette already had the underpinnings of a smart city in place. Their locally-owned utility company, LUS, literally laid the groundwork by installing fiber optic cable throughout the city, to every house and business.
In December 2014, they were named as having the fastest home Internet in the world according to Open Technology Institute’s report, “2014 Speed Leaders for Home Broadband.” LUS Fiber’s Gig connection, with equal upload and download speeds, put them on par with internationally-recognized Smart City leaders such as Seoul, Tokyo, and Hong Kong.
Building Strength through Strategic Thinking
As a partner in Microsoft CityNext and an advocate for the smart city movement, KPMG Adoxio was a catalyst for the City of Lafayette’s smart city vision. KPMG Adoxio began by calling on their strategic partnership with IBM to host a Design Thinking session, which concluded with a list of objectives for Lafayette and LUS Fiber for advancing smart city initiatives such as:
- Citizen Engagement - adding text, email, and online chat for communicating with citizens and using surveys to track satisfaction, crowdsource opinions and provide project feedback, etc.
- Customer Service - empowering citizens by moving services online as part of the digital transformation, including online bill payments and other self-service options.
- Connected Community - sharing data with citizens via the Open Data Network to send automatic alerts, notifications, data usage messages, planned outages, maintenance work, etc.
Further ideation resulted in the idea to optimize LUS Fiber’s commitment to Festival International de Louisiane (the world’s largest free music festival) hosted every year by the City of Lafayette. It was the perfect opportunity to hit refresh on the smart city initiative, and manifested as the first ever LUS Fiber Smart City Challenge Civic Hackathon.
“Creating this civic hackathon was an important step towards paving the way for Lafayette as a Smart City. It opens up the doors to innovation and economic development as Lafayette hacks its way into a smart future, with an accent.”
~ Joel Robideaux Mayor-President of Lafayette Consolidated Government
The hackathon was a great opportunity to showcase smart city initiatives to the citizens of Lafayette, and included teams from national partners such as IBM, CGI, and Catapult, along with local groups. Over the 24-hour event, teams came up with solutions to alleviate the damaging effects of traffic and transportation issues on Lafayette's quality of life. The wildly successful event achieved the goal of engaging the community in designing, collaborating, and ideating towards better transportation options in Lafayette.
And the Winners Are...
360Fuel, an IoT company delivering connected fueling and c-store retail, was announced as the winners of the inaugural event on the main stage of Festival.
The team was led by Werlien Prosperie III, CEO and Founder of 360Fuel, along with four 360Fuel engineers specializing in system architecture, materials science, computer vision, and electronics, as well as Alumni from the University of Louisiana Lafayette.
“We were pleased with the opportunity to apply our expertise over an impactful 24-hour period, and to deliver a winning solution amongst healthy competitors like Microsoft, CGI, and IBM; We thank LUS Fiber and KPMG Adoxio for hosting such a spectacular event.”
~ Werlien Prosperie III, CEO and Founder of 360Fuel
The winners were presented with $10,000 in cash and prizes for their solution, Geaux, a sensor, mobile, cloud, and AI-driven platform that incentivizes carpooling, bike-sharing, bus-riding and walking, while enabling the quickest directions and fastest parking times. Geaux opens enhanced real-time data sets and traffic diversion capabilities to mapping engines and mobile apps such as Uber, Waze, and Lyft.
360Fuel’s solution, paired with LUS Fiber's sophisticated infrastructure, establishes a path forward to improving transportation and providing the capability of vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications in Lafayette.
“We are proud to present the Smart City Challenge, and are enthusiastic about the progressive thought leadership and city planning happening at the City of Lafayette.
With a real desire and effort to provide a more connected community and infrastructure, the city is creating an environment of citizen service limited only by creativity, and we are excited to be a part of it.”
Grant McLarnon, Partner at KPMG Adoxio
As trusted advisors to the City of Lafayette and LUS Fiber, KPMG Adoxio will continue working with long-time strategic partner, IBM, to develop the City’s Smart City Roadmap by identifying and prioritizing smart city projects to connect the city with its citizens. These partnerships will steer the smart city transformation beyond what others think possible, such as ending up on the Times Square billboard.