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City of San Diego, Marine Corps Sign Cooperative Agreement for Smart City Initiatives

Two Sides Will Collaborate and Share Expertise on Unmanned Aerial Technology, Smart Streetlights & the City’s Get It Done App

Mayor Signs MOU with Marine Corps Installations Command

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - NEWS RELEASE

San Diego – Continuing the strong tradition of partnership between the City of San Diego and the U.S. military, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese today signed a new PDF icon Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between their organizations to work together on “Smart City” technologies such as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), smart streetlights, renewable energy and the City’s “Get It Done” application.

“We’re building on the long tradition of collaboration between the U.S. military and the City of San Diego and taking that partnership to the next level for the betterment of the San Diego region,” Mayor Faulconer said. “We will share our experiences, share our discoveries, and share how advanced technology can benefit the people we serve.”

The MOU calls for the City of San Diego and Marine Corps Installations Command (MCICOM) to meet regularly to discuss “Smart City” issues impacting both organizations, exchange technical ideas, review the status of ongoing projects and identify new areas of collaboration. This partnership will begin by utilizing working groups to review issues and develop action plans related to the following areas: protection/security, mobility and public works.

“San Diego and the Marine Corps have a long history working together and this agreement is a testament to our partnership,” Maj. Gen. Coglianese said. “Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and the City of San Diego have significant ties with infrastructure and utilities, and both see opportunities to partner in developing innovative solutions on resilience, improved services, and transportation.”

Last year, the City of San Diego was selected to participate in a pilot program by the U.S. Department of Transportation to advance the testing of UAS, grow the innovation economy and create jobs. As part of the MOU, the City will request the inclusion of the Marine Corps as one of the 20-plus partners in the San Diego region’s consortium for the pilot program.

MCICOM has established a representative in San Diego focused on innovation on West Coast installations – including two San Diego-based installations at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. The Installation neXt concept brings together the power of ideas and community partners to imagine and reimagine the application of emerging state-of-the-art technology, processes and organizational adaptions to the future of Marine Corps bases.

Named one of the “World’s Smart Cities” by National Geographic in 2015, the City of San Diego has implemented several advanced technologies to improve city operations, customer service and public safety since Mayor Faulconer took office. Examples include:

  • Smart Streetlights: In 2017, the City installed 3,200 smart streetlights that was the largest city-based deployment of an “Internet of Things” platform in the world. The smart sensors in the streetlights reduce energy costs by 60 percent and transform them into a connected digital network that can optimize parking and traffic, enhance public safety and track air quality.
  • “Get It Done” Application: In 2016, the City launched a smartphone and web application that allows San Diegans to easily report problems and request improvements for their neighborhoods. The app uses GPS information embedded within photos to automatically update the address and location of problems.
  • San Diego UAS IPP: In 2018, San Diego – alongside a team of corporate, academic, and nonprofit partners – was designated one of 10 locations across the country to participate in the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integrated Pilot Program (IPP). This program will test a variety of advanced drone missions over the next several years.

CONTACT: Craig Gustafson at (619) 453-9880 or [email protected]

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