About the Smart Columbus Operating System

We are Smart Columbus

As the winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) first-ever Smart City Challenge, Columbus was awarded $50 million in grant funding and the designation as America's Smart City. Smart Columbus is embracing the reinvention of transportation to accelerate human progress. And with it, taking on the coveted job of teaching cities as they evolve similarly around the world.

The Smart Columbus Operating System is the nexus where our city becomes “smart.” By ingesting, visualizing and sharing open, secure data, the operating system will equip public sector officials and private sector innovators to use data to activate insights.

Backbone of a Smart City

The Operating System serves as the backbone of the projects in the USDOT Smart City Challenge grant portfolio, serving to collect and transmit project data and capture performance data reported to the USDOT and the public. To learn more about Smart Columbus and the USDOT Project Portfolio, please visit www.smart.columbus.gov

The Operating System also serves as an open data platform for the region, syndicating public, anonymized open data accessible to other Columbus city agencies, academic researchers, startups and app developers and the community at large. By opening transportation data to the community, we hope that it may be leveraged within or from outside the public sector to help our city move more efficiently and safely.

The Operating System currently stores over 3000 datasets; examples of datasets include traffic characteristics, city infrastructure inventory, crash records, weather readings, emergency response times, food services, parking locations and health behaviors.

The Smart Columbus team engages a range of stakeholders for feedback on user needs and experience. Our collaborators span the public and private sectors and include city agencies, nonprofits, academics, entrepreneurs, data scientists and app users. Select city agencies will pilot tools that leverage the operating system to deliver agency efficiency benefits.

You can support the value of the Smart Columbus Operating System by contributing data that can be used to solve mobility challenges experienced in central Ohio. See Share Data to learn more.